The family of a young child who died in the UAE last month have released an emotional video that shows how the parents struggled to cope.
The family, who have requested anonymity, said they had taken their son to the Dubai hotel last Thursday (22 November) to celebrate his birthday, when he collapsed.
When he came out of the hotel, the family said, he appeared to faint.
“We came out and we couldn’t move because of the shock,” said one of the parents, Mohammed Zafar.
The video shows the parents crying and shouting as they carry their infant son to a nearby car and take him to hospital.
The footage shows them walking away from the car, but one of them can be heard shouting at them: “No, no, no!
The parents said they did not know why their son was not taken to hospital, but said the ambulance had arrived shortly afterwards.
A hospital spokesman told Al Jazeera that a doctor attended to the boy but did not speak to the parents.
The man in the video, whose identity was not released, said the family did not seek medical help when they went to the hotel to celebrate the boy’s birthday.
“I’m not happy, I’m not satisfied, but we’ve seen a lot of cases where they are not taking care of the baby,” he said.
Al Jazeera’s Omar Bayat, reporting from Dubai, said it was “a rare situation” in the emirate, where many residents and tourists have to be careful with their hands when sharing their valuables with strangers.
“The family of the young child in the hotel did not want to go to the hospital and the police did not intervene, so we don’t know why they were detained,” he added.
The hotel where the parents were detained on 23 November is part of the World Hotel Group.
Al Sharqiya is the official name of the UAE capital city.
Al Jazira is the title of a popular TV show in the region, and is sometimes referred to as “The House”.
It is widely known for its famous nightclubs and for hosting an annual carnival in late November, during which hundreds of people gather for an annual show of carnival-like performances.
The show is broadcast on state television and is a favourite among UAE tourists.
In the video posted on the Facebook page of the family, Mohammed said he had been unable to attend the funeral service, and was not allowed to visit his son.
“Our son died on his birthday,” he wrote.
“He was so young and he was already crying.
We had no choice but to go and celebrate his funeral.
We are happy because we are happy.”
Mohammed said that the family had been living in the United Arab Emirates for two years and had recently returned to Dubai to start a new life.
“This is the first time we have returned to the UAE, but my family has never come back before,” he told Al Jazer.