Mohammad Akram, 30, told Gulf News he never considered keeping the wallet, even though it contained 6,000 emirati dirhan ($1,630), about four times what he makes in a month delivering food for the China Garden restaurant. He spotted the wallet on the street while he was dropping off an order.
"Because anybody who had similar experience would be in trouble, that is the reason why I returned it without delay," Akram said. "It is something my religion and my parents always taught me." "My father was very proud when I told him about the incident."
Akram said he made two attempts to return the wallet that night to K.V. Shridharan, a 30-year Dubai resident who works as a receptionist at the German consulate. First he called the consulate and then went there in person, but it was closed for the night.
Shridharan said he spent a sleepless night after reporting his wallet missing. He said he needed the money to pay his daughter's tuition, and he never expected to get it back.
To his surprise, Akram showed up the next morning.
"It was like an angel walking inside, it was a miracle," he said. "I couldn't believe my eyes. I just embraced the young man and collapsed, I had no words, because I was so much in need of that money."