Abu Dhabi: Ten newborns — five girls and five boys — were born at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi during Arafat Day and the early hours of the first day of Eid Al Adha.
The first baby, an Emirati, was born at 12:08am after midnight on the first day of Eid Al Adha and weighed 2.7kg.
Mohammed Salem Al Mansouri, the baby’s father, said that the child’s birth made the Eid celebrations even more special. “The birth of our child on the first day of Eid was a surprise, and now the memorable occasion is doubled for us. He is our first baby and we have named him Zayed. We are very thankful for this blessing. We would also like to congratulate the UAE leaders, government and the people on this very special day.”
The baby was delivered by Dr Merlyne Acedilla, obstetrics & gynaecology specialist at the hospital, who said the baby was due only two weeks later.
“The baby was due in two weeks but at Allah’s will, he joined the family on this special occasion for everyone and doubled his parents’ joy and also ours. Both baby and mother are in good health,” said Dr Acedilla.
The second baby, a girl, was born at 1:11am to a Russian/American family and weighed 3.6kg. She is the second child of the family. The third baby, also a girl, was born at 2:18am to a Pakistani family. Her father, Abrar Sarwar said: “She is our first baby and weighed 3.150kg. She was due in five days but with Allah’s will she was born today on first day of Eid. We are truly blessed. Both the baby and the mother are in good health. Our celebration is now double.”
The fourth baby, a firstborn to a Yemeni family, came along at 6:45am. She weighed 2.8kg.
Mariano Gonzalez, chief executive officer of the hospital, said: “Including our 10 babies born at the hospital on Arafat Day and the early hours on Eid’s first day, a total of 8,805 babies have been born at our hospital since we opened in October 2015.
"All these precious bundles of joy were managed by our 70 medical team members of obstetricians, paediatricians and neonatologists. We expect to welcome another five babies by the end of the first day of Eid,” Gonzalez added.
Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi, meanwhile, successfully welcomed their first Eid Al Adha babies into the world with baby twins being born mere seconds after midnight.
Mohammed and Hamdan were welcomed by their parents, the Saudi mother and the Emirati father, Zayed Al Katheeri, with the help of consultant Dr. Sausan Abdul Rahman from Burjeel Hospital’s gynaecology and obstetrics team. They join three other siblings in the family, who were excited to welcome the first Eid Al Adha babies into the world.
“We are over the moon at the birth of our two healthy baby boys. The delivery of our twin boys is the best gift we could ever imagine, and we are so excited to welcome the twins into the world this Eid Al Adha,” said the Al Katheeri. “We would like to extend our thanks to the team at Burjeel Hospital for their care and help along the way; the support they have shown us has been most fantastic and we will never forget this Eid Al Adha.”
Dr Abdul Rahman also delivered another set of twins born on the joyous occasion. Ahmed Alnuaimi and Fatma Al Hosani were thrilled to welcome little Al Reem Alnuaimi and Noora Alnuaimi into the world at this special time. The mother and her babies are happy and healthy and the family is looking forward to the future with their new additions.
Babies born on the first day of Eid in UAE brought double delight to their parents as people celebrated the festival and the arrival of a new entrant to their families.
In Al Ain
Baby Hessa Bint Ahmad came into this world on August 21 at 5pm at the Medeor 24/7 Hospital, Al Ain. Her parents Ahmad Al Blooshi and Ameera. An overjoyed Al Blooshi told Gulf News: “We are so thankful to God and the Rulers of the UAE for giving us this wonderful life and facilities and we chose the name Hessa to show our gratitude after Shaikha Hessa, the mother of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Al Zayed Al Nahyan. Shaikha Hessa who was a mother figure for all, passed away this year and this is our tribute to her.”
In Ras Al Khaimah
Baby Rakan was born to Jordanian expatriates Walaa Ismail and Khalid Abunawa at the RAK Hospital in the early hours of August 21. A overjoyed mother, Ismail holding her first born in her arms told Gulf News: “I am thrilled to hold my son in my arms. This is a special Eid gift from God.”
With inputs from Suchitra Bajpai Chaudhary, Senior Reporter