01/30/2013 07:08 pm ET

Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Stopped His Motorcade To Help A Lost Schoolgirl (PHOTO)

Sometimes, when you're feeling a little lost, it helps to have a friend.

And it never hurts when that friend happens to be Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is also deputy supreme commander of the UAE's armed forces.

Such was the case earlier this week when Sheikh Mohammed drove past a schoolgirl, who seemed worried and lost.

Concerned, he parked his car and approached her, asking if she needed help. According to a UAE Facebook post, he offered her a ride to her house, which she politely declined, saying her father would be there any minute.


The supreme commander's assistant then pointed out he wasn't a stranger, but rather a well-known gentleman, to which the girl replied, "Yes, I know, but my dad said not to go with any strangers."

Still concerned, the Abu Dhabi crown prince decided to settle in and wait with the girl until her father showed up. A school teacher reportedly took the picture.

Soon after Emirates 24/7 posted the photo on its Facebook page, praise for the unlikely gesture began pouring in.

"Something other leaders should learn, too," one user wrote.

"Shows the kind heart of a ruler and nice upbringing of a kid by her parent," said another.

Sheikh Mohammed's fatherly interlude likely served as a welcome break from his preparations to meet King Abdullah II of Jordan on Wednesday. The two had been scheduled to discuss relief efforts for Syrian refugees and how to increase regional stability, the Khaleej Times reports.

Photo of General Sheikh Mohammed and the lost girl: