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A video shared in French, English and Arabic on Twitter claims to show a baby discovered in extremis in a travel bag at Dubai airport, after being kidnapped by his nanny who was about to leave the country. In reality, it’s an old video that regularly appears on social networks, accompanied by different stories.

Verification in a nutshell

  • A video posted on Twitter claims to show a 5-month-old baby found in a duffel bag, while her nanny was planning to kidnap the child and leave the United Arab Emirates.
  • The video has already circulated with different stories in 2018, 2019 and 2020 in English, French and Arabic. All versions, however, accuse a nurse from Southeast Asia of being behind the kidnapping, for the purpose of revenge or extortion.
  • In reality, a second video featuring the same child shows that it is not a kidnapping.

The verification in detail

The video, posted in French on Twitter on May 2, has racked up more than 22,000 views. For about forty seconds, we see a person unpack a travel bag, in which there is a baby.

A man comments in Egyptian Arabic: “We thank the security officers at Dubai airport… The baby is safe and sound. The criminal kidnapped him, but she was fortunately arrested. don’t bring people into your home to work without knowing all about them first… That baby could have suffocated to death.”


Doing reverse image search with the InVid tool (see here how to proceed), we find the video in Facebook, Twitter and Youtube publications dating from 2020, 2019 and of 2018in Englishin French and in Arab.

Each publication relates a different version: the baby was allegedly kidnapped in Pakistan and found at Dubai airport; an Indonesian (or Filipino in some versions) nanny is said to have kidnapped the child in order to avenge her employers’ mistreatment.


Another extended version of the video, posted on Youtube in 2018, shows a young Asian woman, wearing a maid outfit, being interrogated by a man from 0’24, in Arabic with an Emirati accent. These images could show an employer addressing his servant.


Her employer asks her, “What did you do to the baby? Did you pluck his eyelashes? ‘Cause you’re mad at [sa] mom?”. The editing implies that the two videos are connected, and that the servant being interrogated is the alleged abductor of the child.

In the original 45-second video, we see the logo, in Arabic, of a brand on a toiletry bag that covered the baby in the travel bag. This is the “Al Sanidi” brand, a Saudi company that sells, among other things, camping, hunting and sports equipment.

The Saudi brand "Al Sanidi"which sells camping and travel gear, can be seen on the bag and toiletry bag.
The Saudi brand “Al Sanidi”, which sells camping and travel equipment, is visible on the bag and the toiletry bag. © Observers

In addition, the person unpacking the bag wears a dishdashaa kind of long male tunic worn in the Arabian Peninsula, which is not an outfit of a airport security guard.

By pushing searches on Twitter using the keywords “child” and “bag” in Arabic, we find this video posted in 2018. We see a user name in white, @noash_a. However, the account protects its tweets, which are therefore inaccessible.

Twitter handle @noash_a seen in this version of the video.
Twitter handle @noash_a seen in this version of the video. © Observers

This research allows to find the work of the journalist Mohammed Zubair of the Indian verification media AltNewswho investigated the same video in 2019.

Contacted, he sent us an additional video published by the same account – before the latter protected his tweets – in October 2018. Shot this time in the desert, we see the same child installed on a baby seat. The person filming first throws an Al Sanidi travel bag on the ground, before approaching the child, who smiles at him. Also in this video, the man wears a white dishdasha.

The bag bears the same Al Sanidi brand logo seen in the first viral video of the travel bag and toiletry bag.
The bag bears the same Al Sanidi brand logo seen in the first viral video of the travel bag and toiletry bag. © Observers

According to the Alt News article, the tweet accompanying this second video reads: “This is the father [de l’enfant], calm down, he just took him for a walk (…)”. By comparing the two videos, we see that it is indeed the same child.

On the left, the child from the viral video.  On the right, the child in the video filmed in the desert.  Their features indicate that it is the same person.
On the left, the child from the viral video. On the right, the child in the video filmed in the desert. Their features indicate that it is the same person. © Observers

As for the voice-over that we hear in this version of the video of the so-called kidnapping, it was visibly added to the edit: on the original video, no voice-over, we only hear the sound of the wind and the laughter of the child.

While it is not possible to know the exact context in which this video was shot, there is no evidence that these images would be shot at Dubai airport and show the kidnapping of a child by a servant south asian.

In 2012, two Egyptian parents tried, at Dubai airportto pass their baby in a suitcase to bring her into the United Arab Emirates without a prior visa.

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