A wallet, a backpack and a mobile phone were shipped back to their rightful owners in their home countries after they were forgotten in Dubai. According to the police, honest taxi drivers and individuals handed over the items to the police after finding them.
Brigadier Yousef Al Adidi, director of Al Qusais Police Station, said a British tourist forgot his wallet in a taxi as he was heading to the Dubai International Airport to fly back home. “The wallet contained a passport of one of his relatives, and 13 credit and ID cards and some personal documents,” the officer said.
The taxi driver found the wallet and handed it over to Al Qusais Police Station. “We tried reaching the wallet’s owner, but he had already flown home. We then contacted the tourist over the phone and sent him the wallet through a delivery services company,” Brig Al Adidi said.
After receiving the wallet, the British tourist sent an email to the police, expressing his gratitude for home-delivering his lost wallet. “Shipping the wallet may be a simple matter for some, but it means a lot to me since it contained some very important documents. Thank you very much,” the tourist said in his email.
In another incident, a Kuwaiti tourist lost his backpack during his visit to Dubai. “An honest individual handed the backpack with a tablet and smartphone to the police station. We were able to identify the owner and contacted him for further verification before we sent his possessions over to him,” the officer added.
Another tourist from Saudi Arabia misplaced his phone in a taxi on his way to the airport. “Once the phone was handed over by the taxi driver, we started looking for information to identify the tourist. We found a note attached to the phone with a telephone number that had a Saudi calling code. We called the number and were able to reach the owner. He was extremely pleased to know that his phone was safe as it contained important data and personal photos,” the officer said.
The police sent the phone to its owner via post.