The virtual disappearance of a 52-year-old Qatar doctor who was arrested at Dubai airport last month is taking its toll on his family members, the Peninsula reports.
Emirati authorities have not given any explanation for the prolonged detention of Dr. Mahmood Abdulrehman Al Jaidah, the director of medical services at Qatar Petroleum, who was arrested at the Dubai airport during a layover on Feb. 26.
In an interview with Al Sharq, one of his sons said Al Jaidah has only contacted the family once since his arrest, speaking to his wife for a few minutes.
The Peninsula translates:
“We are in deep agony. We don’t even know why he has been arrested and when he would be back with us,” said Abdurrahman Al Jaida, one of eight children.
The son added that his father had been traveling home from Thailand after visiting a brother who was receiving medical treatment there.
When Al Jaidah did not appear at the Doha International Airport, the son talked to Qatar Airways and then the Qatari Consulate in Dubai, which told him that his father had been detained at the Dubai airport and taken to Abu Dhabi, the newspaper reports.