Tourist leaves son be­hind at Dubai shop­ping mall

Gulf News - - Nation - BY ALI AL SHOUK Staff Re­porter

Afa­ther of eight chil­dren re­alised he had left his son be­hind at a lo­cal mall only when his car hit the kerb of a nearby round­about and a tyre burst. The tourist from a Gulf coun­try stepped out of the car to check his car and when he was checking his chil­dren and wife, he dis­cov­ered that he had for­got­ten the child in the shop­ping mall.

The car ac­ci­dent hap­pened on the ser­vice road of Shaikh Mo­ham­mad Bin Zayed Road in front of the Dubai Po­lice’s Gen­eral Depart­ment of Trans­port and Res­cue of­fice.

Lieu­tenant-Colonel Ab­dul­lah Bishwa, di­rec­tor of the Land Res­cue Depart­ment, said they heard the sound of the tyre burst­ing out­side their head­quar­ters and went out to see what the com­mo­tion was all about.

“We went to check on the fam­ily and they were all safe. The father was checking his eight chil­dren when he dis­cov­ered that he had for­got­ten his 10-year-old son in the shop­ping mall,” Lt-Col Bishwa said.

“He claimed that he for­got his son in the mall be­cause he was tired and didn’t check as he had many chil­dren and many shop­ping bags,” Lt-Col Bishwa said.

Of­fi­cers started chang­ing the flat tyre and oth­ers es­corted the father to the shop­ping mall to find his child.

When they reached the mall, his son had al­ready con­tacted po­lice and the father and son were re­united. Dubai Po­lice then pro­vided two ve­hi­cles for the fam­ily to take them to Fu­jairah.

“Par­ents shouldn’t for­get their chil­dren in busy ar­eas or shop­ping malls and must check for all fam­ily mem­bers be­fore leav­ing the place,” he added.

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