Dubai hotel worker gets surprise visit after photo competition win

13 May, 2015


Hairol Castillo is accustomed to checking tourists into the hotel where he works as a receptionist – but not his own mother and sister. It had been more than two years since Mr Castillo, 25, from the Dominican Republic, saw his family. On Wednesday, he was treated to a surprise reunion. Mr Castillo was one of 11 winners of a photo competition run by Dubai Tourism. Hotel staff were asked to submit their favourite image or video of the emirate, for a top prize of a trip for two relatives to visit them in Dubai. The receptionist was almost speechless when he was ushered into a room on Wednesday to be reunited with his mother and sister, who had made a 24-hour journey from the Caribbean for their first visit to the UAE.

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