Tributes paid to couple killed in Dubai villa as daughters take parents' bodies home to India

Friends say Hiren, 48, and Vidhi Adhiya, 40, were a perfect match

couple who was killed in the attack in the Arabian Ranches. Courtesy Adhiya family

Family and friends have paid tribute to a couple killed by an intruder at their home in Dubai.

Hiren, 48, and Vidhi Adhiya, 40, were described as perfectly matched and quiet, according to friends in India who knew them for decades before the couple moved to the UAE a few years ago.

Their teenage daughters will leave Dubai this week, along with the bodies of their parents, which will be flown to Ahmedabad in Gujarat and then to their hometown, Jamnagar.

The couple were attacked by an intruder on Thursday night in their villa in the Arabian Ranches, police said.

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We chatted on Monday and he said he wanted to get the family back for the Christmas vacation, so they could get their minds off the Covid situation. It is unbearable

Their children, aged 13 and 18, were home at the time. The elder girl was stabbed in the neck but has since been discharged from hospital.

Jaimin Patel, a family friend, said that just last week he discussed a December vacation in India with Mr Adhiya.

"I treated him as if he was my big brother. He was a guardian, a guiding light for all of us," Mr Patel told The National from Vadodara city in western India, where Mr Adhiya once worked.

The families often travelled on holidays together since their daughters are the same age.

“We chatted for about 45 minutes on Monday and he said he wanted to get the family back for the Christmas vacation, so they could get their minds off the Covid situation," Mr Patel said.

"Our wives and children had also just spoken to each other. Everybody is in shock, we cannot believe this has happened. It is unbearable.”

Mr Patel described his friend as a workaholic who came to Dubai with big dreams for his daughters.