New life at 12.01am: Meet UAE’s first babies born on Eid Al Fitr

Weighing 2.89kg, baby Umair spread waves of happiness and celebration among his family and the hospital staff


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Baby Umair (Supplied photos)
Baby Umair (Supplied photos)

Published: Wed 10 Apr 2024, 7:14 AM

Last updated: Wed 10 Apr 2024, 9:30 PM

A private hospital in Abu Dhabi has welcomed one of the first bundles of joy born on Eid Al Fitr.

As the clock struck 12.01, an Emirati baby named Umair was born to Sultan Amer Salem Alshamsi, an Emirati national, and Rahma Hellab, a Moroccan national, at Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi, to kick off festival celebrations across the country.

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The proud parents expressed their gratitude for the safe arrival of their second baby. Baby Umair, making his arrival on the morning of this auspicious occasion, weighed 2.89 kg and spread waves of happiness and celebration among his family and the hospital staff.

“This Eid has been doubly blessed for us with the arrival of our little one. We are overjoyed and thankful to the Almighty for baby Umair. We are grateful to the hospital staff for their exceptional care,” said Alshamsi, the beaming father.

Dr Khaled Omar, a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology at Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi, extended warm congratulations to the Alshamsi family. “Welcoming a new life into the world during such a special time fills our hearts with joy. We wish baby Umair and his family all the happiness. We also extend our warmest Eid greetings to all our patients,” said Dr Omar.

Meanwhile, at 1.49am, a Filipino couple became parents for the first time at a private hospital in Abu Dhabi. A baby boy named Quillian Santillan was born to Richie Santillan and Lucia Paz Ambubuyog at NMC Royal Women’s Hospital.

Dr Anselma Ferrao, the consultant of obstetrics and gynaecology, was in charge of the safe delivery of a baby weighing 2.65 kg. Lucia, the proud mother who used to work at NMC, expressed joy at welcoming her first baby into the world on the joyous occasion of Eid.

“I am glad, and thank the doctor and the medical team. They were very calm and professional,” Lucia said.

Also born on the first day of Eid, baby girl Jaeyoona Kaori Laurente gave tremendous joy to her proud parents Joyvi and Mark Kevin.

“We are overjoyed to welcome our precious baby girl into our lives on this auspicious occasion. Her arrival has filled our hearts with immense happiness and gratitude. We extend our deepest thanks to the dedicated staff at Aster Hospital Mankhool for their exceptional care and support throughout this special journey, the parents told Khaleej Times.

Abu Dhabi’s Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children, part of the M42 group, saw the delivery of two newborns – an Emirati boy and an expat girl.

Baby Mohamed
Baby Mohamed

The Al Matroshi family was the first family to welcome their baby boy. Born at 6:11 am, baby Mohamed was in good health and weighed 2.66 kg.

At 9:55 am, the Arsenio family welcomed baby Leonor, weighing 3.4 kg.

“Having our daughter be born on Eid Al Fitr is wonderful. We express our profound gratitude to the Danat Al Emarat Hospital team for their attentiveness and support. Our baby girl has arrived, and the whole family is overwhelmed with joy and gratitude,” said British expat Skye Edwards Arsenio, father of the newborn.

Baby Leonor
Baby Leonor

Babies welcomed in other Emirates

At the stroke of midnight, three baby girls were born at Thumbay University Hospital Ajman. The maternity ward was buzzing with activity as the medical staff assisted the mothers in bringing their newborns into the world on Eid Al Fitr.

At 12.15am, baby Xyliah Gust, a girl, was born weighing 3.02kg to John Michael and Sabrina Mae, hailing from the Philippines.

John Michael, said, “We are filled with immense joy and gratitude to welcome our baby on this auspicious day. This Eid Al Fitr will forever be cherished in our hearts because of this precious blessing. Our entire family is overwhelmed with happiness. We extend our gratitude to the doctors and medical team at Thumbay University Hospital for their support and care throughout this journey."

Just over two and a half hours later, at 2.45am, another baby Arfa Quraishi, joined the world, weighing 3.62kg. Arfa, of Indian nationality, is welcomed by her parents Mohammed Aslam and Nashra Syeda.

Mohammed Aslam said, “The arrival of our daughter on the first day of Eid not only doubles our happiness but also fills our hearts with profound gratitude. We are thankful to Allah for bestowing upon us this exquisite blessing during this sacred occasion.”

Later, at 3.15am, baby Raha Anees was born, weighing 3.27 kilogrammes, marking the second child for her parents Anees Macheryparambil and Jahana Sherin, both of Indian nationality.

Anees Macheryparambil said, “Our baby was expected to arrive a week later, but by Allah's grace, she blessed us with her presence on the very first day of Eid. She is undoubtedly a divine gift to our family, and we are thankful that she arrived to join us in celebrating this joyous occasion. Eid Mubarak."

Dr Shameema Asif, Specialist Gynecologist-Thumbay University Hospital said, “Becoming a parent is an immense blessing, and the arrival of your baby during this joyous occasion amplifies the celebration twofold. We had the delivery of three baby girls at our hospital during the early hours of Eid. All the babies are in good health. I would like to congratulate the parents and wish everyone a very happy Eid Al Fitr.”

In Sharjah, Aiman Fatima joyfully welcomed her first baby girl at 3.45am at Zulekha Hospital. Weighing 2.5kg, the newborn was delivered by Dr. Vidula Sharma. Fatima and her husband shared their delight in embracing their new arrival on this memorable day.

In Ras Al Khaimah, baby Selvi was born at the RAK Hospital at 8.29am to an Indian couple from the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

The newborn’s father expressed his happiness in welcoming their child on this special day. Mohandas Balagurusamy said, “Feeling Happy and proud to be a father again with my second child born today on this blessed day of Eid Al Fitr.”

Dr Raza Siddiqui, Executive Director of RAK Hospital extended his wishes to the parents. “I wish them a lifetime of love, laughter, and cherished memories with their newest family member.”

He added, “We are committed to providing specialist care and are delighted to have been part of this special day. Our dedication remains unwavering in serving our diverse community with excellence and empathy. May the blessings of Eid Al Fitr shine brightly upon all, illuminating our hearts with peace and joy.”


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