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Hug from an abaya-clad woman costs Abu Dhabi man Dh29,000

Unsuspecting victim comes to grips with loss after abaya-clad woman holds him in a tight embrace and steals his wallet

  • By Anjana Sankar, Senior Reporter, XPRESS
  • Published: 21:00 June 5, 2013

  • Image Credit: XPRESS/Anjana Sankar
  • Empty feeling: Noushad showing a wallet similar to the one which carried Dh29,000 and was stolen by the con woman

ABU DHABI: They say a hug costs nothing, but for an Abu Dhabi resident it proved otherwise.

Indian expat Noushad lost Dh29,000 when an abaya-clad con woman stole his bulging wallet after locking him in an unexpected embrace in an elevator recently. The incident happened in broad daylight in the Al Raed Automatic Laundry building in the capital’s Tourist Club area.

Shocked by affection

Noushad, 48, a vehicle estimator with an insurance firm, said he was completely taken aback by the Arabic speaking woman’s abrupt display of affection.

“It was around 1.40pm. I was about to cross the road to check on a vehicle when a woman approached me asking for a pen,” he recalled.

Noushad said the woman asked him to accompany her into the Al Raed building and help her fill up a form in English.

“She said she lived there with her family and was looking around for help as she could not read or write English.

“She appeared genuine,” said Noushad. He had never been more mistaken.

As soon as they stepped into the elevator, the helpless woman transformed into a seductress and hugged Naushad in a tight embrace. “Nothing had prepared me for this. It happened in a blur. I got so panic-stricken I dashed out of the elevator as soon as it stopped on one of the floors,” he said.

Noushad said it took him a while to realise he had been robbed. “I did not know she was a pickpocket. The sickening reality dawned on me when I went to a nearby restaurant and checked my wallet. It contained Dh29,000 which I had borrowed from a friend.”

Noushad said he immediately reported the matter to the Shabia Police Station.

Chillingly, this is not the first time that someone has been mugged by a woman in an abaya.

Similar incidents have been reported in the past in Dubai and Sharjah as well.

Early this year, two Ethiopian men were arrested for pickpocketing after they deliberately bumped into victims and hugged them apologetically.

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  1. Added 15:54 June 6, 2013

    this happens, the guy reported the incident becauce it was big amount. if we loose a wallet with no money but only cards and licence we just keep quiet because paying a fine we can get all back. should be very careful

    Alwyn, sharjha, India

  2. Added 14:56 June 6, 2013

    It cannot be coincidence , there must be information leak,..... how can one know if how much cash u hv, and why should one need to hv that much cash, ......check to whom u told u r going to have the cash.............

    zia, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 13:51 June 6, 2013


    SYED J.HUQ, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 13:41 June 6, 2013

    Once I saw an abaya clad woman steeling perfume from a department store and hid it under her abaya. Her face was covered. I wasn't sure if it was a man or a woman. I was too scared to complain.

    Mithila Chandranath, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 11:56 June 6, 2013

    How about the next time you borrow 29,000 dirhams from a friend, you go to the bank before you "check on a vehicle?" Also, that woman who robbed you must have seen you borrow said money. Retrace some steps.

    Mike, AD, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 10:03 June 6, 2013

    Can't be a coincidence ...she must have been informed that he had Dhs.29,000! what he needs to do is find out who he told...and also who his friend told...

    Maliha, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 08:00 June 6, 2013

    This is not new. Similarly happened with my driver 5 years before in Kuwait.

    Mushtaque, Kuwait, Kuwait

  8. Added 01:57 June 6, 2013

    Its really a terrible news that this man has been robbed out with such a large sum of cash.I hope abu Dhabi police could do something about this matter and recover back his money.clearly,People aren't to be trusted these day.Poor guy.

    Sumera malik, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 23:36 June 5, 2013

    similar case happened with me too in january 2013 in khalidiya , same story, she asked me for pen and she invited me to one of the building and we were inside the lift and she kissed me and she hugged me , and she was pretending that she need sex - she was running her hands on my body. She hugged me for a long time and when we reached one of the loors where the lift door opened, she said 'i love you' and pushed me out, Later i realized that i lost my 4 tola chain from my neck. with cross locket. its really shame , and i was thinking how i will complain to police with this matter. now i know that lady is still in abu dhabi, I am sure she will be trapped soon.

    johnson, abudhabi, India

  10. Added 22:26 June 5, 2013

    AED29000 in the pocket and getting seduced by a woman to an extent that he went with her from the road until the building, shows he was out of his mind.

    muhammad zeeshan, dubai, United Arab Emirates

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