x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

Evicted UAE family forced to live in women's prayer room for 10 days

After being abandoned by husband, mother and her Emirati daughters forced to take shelter in mosque until police intervened.

ABU DHABI // A homeless mother of two who took shelter in the women's prayer room of an Umm Al Quwain mosque has been moved to a hotel.

The Asian woman and her two Emirati daughters took up residence in the prayer room after being evicted by their landlord over unpaid rent.

Their Emirati father, who is in his 80s, abandoned them several years ago and left them without adequate financial support, according to The National's Arabic-language sister newspaper Al Ittihad.

They had been living in the mosque prayer room for 10 days before police intervened.

The family will stay in a hotel apartment for three weeks until a permanent solution is reached, said Lt Col Adnan Bu Osaiba, head of the community police section in Umm Al Quwain.

The father has since been identified and has agreed to pay no more than a year's rent to his ex-wife.