A five-year-old boy was found outside Al Reef Mall in Deira on Saturday, and has yet to be collected by his parents.
A Filipina woman noticed that the boy was alone and took him inside the shopping centre. After waiting with the boy for some time she informed the mall security about the boy.
Authorities are hoping a member of the public recognises the boy so that his parents can be tracked down. It is a criminal offence to neglect a child and if the parents are found they could face legal action.
The boy has been with the police for four days and no one has a clue who he is. The police believe the boy is Indian but he could not speak or understand Hindi or Urdu. However, he did speak English and when he asked who his father was he responded with ‘Superman’.
The police assume that the boy has been abandoned in hopes of getting better care, but they are still to confirm this.