Eid Al Fitr 2023 in UAE: Meet the country's first babies to be born on festive occasion

Two lucky parents have been blessed with a baby girl each – one in Abu Dhabi, and another in Ajman

By Ashwani Kumar, Angel Tesorero

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Published: Fri 21 Apr 2023, 7:02 AM

Last updated: Fri 21 Apr 2023, 10:54 PM

Eid Al Fitr celebrations have kicked off across the country, and they are twice as joyful for some blessed parents who are welcoming a newborn into their families today.

A baby was born to a couple exactly as the clock struck 12 at a private hospital in the capital. The moment of pure magic at the stroke of midnight unfolded at Medeor Hospital in the heart of Abu Dhabi City.

Baby Gazal was born to Moroccan-Egyptian parents Touria Kadouri and Ahmed Moheb, at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, on Friday, Eid Al Fitr.

Gazal, the second child of the family and weighing 2.86kg, was delivered by Dr (Prof) Walid El-Sherbiny, consultant, obstetrics and gynaecology and head of department, at Medeor Hospital. Both the mother and child are healthy and safe. The baby has brought joy and delight to not only her parents, but to the staff at the hospital and the entire family.

“We are overjoyed and feel blessed to have our baby on such a special day. This Eid Al Fitr will always hold a special place in our hearts because of this beautiful gift. All of us in our family are overwhelmed. We would like to thank Dr El-Sherbiny and the medical staff at Medeor Hospital for their support and care,” said Gazal’s father Moheb.

The hospital staff celebrated the occasion with nurses and doctors sharing sweets and congratulating the happy family. “We are always happy to be a part of such joyous moments in people’s lives. Delivering a baby is always a special event, and to do so on a day as significant as Eid Al Fitr is truly a blessing. We wish the best for the baby and the parents to have a healthy and happy life ahead,” said Dr El-Sherbiny.

Meanwhile, an Indian expat couple became parents for the first time at a hospital in Ajman. Baby girl weighing 3.36kg was born to Isra Abdul Muneem and Muzahir Hanif Mohammad Ali at 10 minutes past midnight in Thumbay University Hospital, Ajman.

“We have been waiting for the arrival of our baby since my wife got pregnant. This is our first child and although the due date was around the time of the end of holy Ramadan, we were not expecting our bundle of joy to be born on the day of Eid. This is truly a blessing of the Almighty and we are very thankful of the care and support given by the doctors and nurses at Thumbay University Hospital,” said Muzahir, the proud father of a baby girl born at 12.10am.

Dr Kasturi Mummigatti, specialist and clinical lecturer, centre of obstetrics and gynaecology, Thumbay University Hospital, noted: “We are happy to welcome a baby girl at our hospital during the first hours of Eid. Children are a blessing of God and their arrival on such an auspicious occasion doubles up the happiness. The baby is doing well, and we wish the parents and the child a healthy and happy life ahead.”

At 2 minutes past 3am, baby Ben Johnson Simon weighing 2.8kg was born at NMC Specialty Hospital in Al Ain. “The mother had to undergo an emergency caesarean, due to foetal distress. After performing the caesarean section delivery, both mom and baby are doing well,” said Dr Aruna Janaki, specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist.

Indian expat parents Prisilla Susan Thomas, a staff nurse, and Ruben Simon Johnson, an oil terminal operator, are excited after their first child is born on Eid.

“This is our first born child, so we are very delicate and particular with everything, we need to choose the right hand for our baby. The tender love and care of the nursing staff plus the doctor’s extra mile in handling my delivery made our experience more than we had expected,” the parents said on the reasons to choose Dr Janaki for delivery.

‘Indescribable feeling’

In Ras Al Khaimah, Moroccan parents Fatima Zahra and Badr El Ammari welcomed their first child at RAK Hospital by 3.40am.

“My feeling is indescribable. The joy of Eid and the joy of Ramadan have mixed vitality. So happy and fortunate to welcome my baby on this day,” Badr said.

Arbi El Ammari, a baby boy, weighing 2.6kg was delivered by Dr Lalitha Kamini, specialist obstetrics and gynaecologist.

“Becoming a parent is a great blessing and welcoming your baby on this joyous occasion just doubles the celebration. I congratulate the parents and wish everyone a very happy Eid Al Fitr,” said Dr Raza Siddiqui, executive director, RAK Hospital.

Meanwhile, at 5.29am, baby Mohammed Hamdan Nissar weighing 3.075kg was born at NMC Specialty Hospital, Abu Dhabi. It was the third child for Indian expat couple Huda Khadeer Mohammed and Mohammed Nissar Ahmed.

“I am very delighted to conduct the delivery of the baby of Huda on this auspicious occasion. May Allah bless him with lots of happiness and good health,” said Dr Sunita Gupta, consultant obstetrics and gynaecologist.

The delighted parents thanked the doctor and hospital staff, and said: “I am very happy that my baby was born on this special occasion. It is truly a blessing for us.”

Little princess

A bouncing baby girl is born to Syrian parents, Eman Mohammad Zarak and Nader Hanoun, at 6.20am on the first day of Eid Al Fitr, at International Modern Hospital Dubai.

The proud parents told Khaleej Times: “We are very happy that our long awaited little princess is born on this auspicious day and we are thankful to the whole team of IMH.”

Dr Meera Anto, the doctor-in-charge, added: “It is always a blessed feeling to be a part of this beautiful moment on the occasion of Eid when the world is in prayers.”

Abu Dhabi’s Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children welcomed two Emirati babies. A baby girl, weighing 2.76 kg, was born to the Al Jaberi family at 4:01am.

“The birth of our daughter on the first day of Eid doubles our joy and fills our hearts with gratitude” said Saif Rashed Al Jaberi, father of the baby. “We thank Allah for rewarding us with the most beautiful gift on this Eid. I also want to thank the entire team at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for caring for my wife and child, and for their continuous efforts.”

A baby boy was born to another Emirati family, and the hospital said that doctors were attending eight more deliveries in the day.

“On the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr, we are delighted to welcome two new babies into the world. This heartwarming event strengthens our commitment as caregivers to provide exceptional care and support to these newborns and their families,” Omar Al Naqbi, acting executive director, Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children said.

The wish of Indian couple Sukanya Vasudevan and Aswin Suresh to have a baby came true on the first day of Eid, with the birth of Tanay Aswin at 7.48am, at NMC Royal Hospital Sharjah.

The joyful parents said: “We are more than overjoyed. Our baby boy is born on the day of Eid when the entire UAE is celebrating. We feel the world is celebrating with us. We wish everyone good health and good times.”


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