Was this kidnapped baby found in a suitcase at Dubai airport? No, it’s a satirical video out of context

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French, English and Arabic-speaking accounts claim that a video posted on Twitter shows the baby found in a suitcase at Dubai airport after being abducted by his nanny, who was preparing to leave the country. In fact, this old video is constantly reappearing on social media and has various accounts of its truth.

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  • A video posted on Twitter claims to show a 5-month-old baby, which was found in a suitcase when his nanny was leaving the UAE and was abducted with her.
  • The video clip has previously been circulated with various novels in 2018, 2019 and 2020 in Arabic, French and English. All accounts of the educator’s origin in a Southeast Asian country are responsible for kidnapping for revenge or ransom.
  • But there is actually another video of the child in the same scene and it proves that there is no kidnapping.

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The video, which was posted in French on Twitter on May 2, has garnered more than 22,000 views. For forty seconds, we see someone opening a suitcase in which a baby is found.

A man in the Egyptian dialect comments: “We thank the security staff at Dubai airport. The baby came out safe. The criminal abducted her, but luckily she was arrested. Do not bring people working to your homes without knowing everything about them. this baby could have died from suffocation. “


Doing a reverse image search through the InVid gadget (see here how it can be done), we find the video in Facebook, Twitter and YouTube posts that go back years. 2020 AND2019 AND2018 Available at French Arabic and English.

Each post tells a different story for the video, including a baby abducted in Pakistan and found in Dubai, and another that says an Indonesian nanny (or in some accounts, from the Philippines) abducted the baby in retaliation for the ill-treatment inflicted on her by her employers. .


Another longer version of the video posted on YouTube in 2018 shows a young Asian woman dressed as a maid and asked by a 24-year-old man in Arabic with an Emirati accent. These images allow the operator to be displayed talking to its employee.


Her operator asks her, “What did you do to the baby? Did you pull him out of the eyelashes, because you were angry with his mother?” The installation gives the illusion that the two videos are interconnected and that the domestic help displayed in them is presumed to be responsible for the kidnapping of the child.

In the original 45-second video, we see an Arabic logo for a brand on the toilet bag covering the baby in the suitcase. It is the Al Sunaidi brand, a Saudi company that sells camping, hunting and sports equipment.

The Saudi brand “Al Sanidi”, where the place of camping and voyage material, is visible on the bag and toilet bowl. © Observatories

The Saudi brand “Al Sunaidi” which sells travel equipment and camping is presented in the bag and cosmetic bag.

In addition, the person who opened the bag was wearing the dishdash, which is the traditional menswear in the Arabian Peninsula and may not be an ordinary outfit for an airport security agent.

Digging deeper into Twitter using the keywords “baby” and “bag” in Arabic, we find a video clip that has been posted on 2018 And through it we see the name of the account holder in white @ make a But the account owner blocked access to publications for non-followers.

The name of Twitter user @noash_a that he uploaded in this version of the video.
The name of Twitter user @noash_a that he uploaded in this version of the video. © Observatories

We see the Twitter username @noash_a in this version of the video. image monitors

This research makes it possible to find the work of journalist Muhammad Al-Zubayr for the fake news verification website AltNews, who verified the video clip in 2019.

In contact with The Observers editorial team, Mohamed Al-Zobeir sent us an additional video clip that was posted to the same account before its owner closed access to its publications in October 2018. In this version of the video, get this times in the desert, we see the baby sitting in a car seat intended for babies. The person filming the scene first throws the “Al Sunaidi” sign bag on the ground before approaching the child and laughing with him. Also in this video, the man was wearing a white dishdasha.

The bag bears the same logo of the Al Sanidi brand, which is used in the first viral video on the travel bag and the toilet bowl.
The bag bears the same logo of the Al Sanidi brand, which is used in the first viral video on the travel bag and the toilet bowl. © Observatories

The bag bears the same logo of the brand “Al Sunaidi”, which we see in the bag and cosmetic bag in the first video distributed on social networks. Based on the two videos, it is clear that he is the same child.

According to the Alt News article, the Twitter post that accompanies this second video says: “This is Dad [الطفل]Calm down, he took her for a walk (…). ” Comparing the two videos, we can see that they actually have the same child.

A gauche, l'fant de la vidéo viral.  A drite, the fan of the film video in the desert.  Their traits indicate that they do not reach the individual person.
A gauche, l’fant de la vidéo viral. A drite, the fan of the film video in the desert. Their traits indicate that they do not reach the individual person. © Observatories

On the left, we see the child shown in the video clip shared on social networks, and on the right we see the video clip made in the desert. From the facial features we can conclude that he is related to the same child.

What about background sounds? music video The one that claims to be related to a kidnapping has apparently been added during the composition process: in the original video, there is no background sound and we only hear the sound of the wind and the baby laughing.

Even if the exact context in which the video was shot remains to be seen, there is no evidence that these images were actually taken at Dubai airport and show the abduction of a child by a domestic worker of Southeast Asian descent.

In 2012, two Egyptian parents at Dubai airport also tried to carry their baby in a suitcase to bring to the UAE without obtaining a prior entry visa.

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