Attempted Dubai Abductions Put Parents On Alert

Attempted Dubai Abductions Put Parents On Alert
By James Mullan
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Two attempted abductions of teenage schoolgirls in Dubai have led to warnings being posted by several schools advising parents to warn their children of the potential danger.

The first incident happened on Monday near Jumeirah mosque which is located on one of Dubai's most popular thoroughfare, Jumeirah Beach Road.  The second incident happened close to Park n' Shop on Al Wasl Road.  The incidents are believed to be unrelated and in both cases the girls refused to get into the car.

In the first incident a 16 year old student from Dubai College was followed by a man in a red car after she had disembarked from her school bus.  In the second incident a 16 year old pupil from Jumeirah College was approached by a man in a white M registration car.

Fiona Cottam, the principal and CEO of Jumeirah College, said in a letter to parents that the girl had been “repeatedly approached” by the stranger.

The letter asked parents to remind children “of the need to be vigilant”, and Cottam said the girls were “quite shaken”.

“Thankfully both students reacted responsibly and courageously and came to no harm,” she added.

Bur Dubai Police are investigating both incidents.

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