UAE: Palestinian baby Emarat among first newborns on National Day

These babies were born at the stroke of midnight across the UAE as the country marked its National Day

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Published: Sat 2 Dec 2023, 8:53 AM

Last updated: Sun 3 Dec 2023, 2:54 PM

While the UAE continues its humanitarian assistance to war-ravaged Gaza, here in Abu Dhabi, there has been a heartening development with a Palestinian couple becoming parents of a baby girl at the stroke of midnight marking the UAE Union Day.

At 12.01am, Palestinian expat couple Ashraf Khedr and Lmais Mohammed celebrated the birth of their fourth child at Burjeel Royal Hospital in Al Ain. And in a touching tribute, the proud parents named their newborn Emarat.

“Thank God for the safety of my wife and my daughter Emarat. We are incredibly happy to welcome our fourth child and have named her ‘Emarat’ on the occasion of UAE National Day. We named our second son Zayed in honour of the UAE’s Founding Father Sheikh Zayed, may God have mercy on him. These names are our way of paying tribute to this wonderful country,” said the ecstatic Palestinians.

Dr Mohammad Subhi Al Saad, consultant, obstetrics and gynaecology, delivered the baby girl weighing 2.900kg.

As the country gears up for a day of pride and celebration, baby Emarat is among the first few newborns at private hospitals in Abu Dhabi.

In another homage to the UAE, Egyptian couple Manal Mohamed and Mahmoud Muhareb rang in Union Day with the birth of baby Zayed exactly at 12 am, weighing 3.810 kg. After two boys and two girls, Zayed is their fifth child.

“Baby Zayed’s arrival on this special day adds an extra layer of significance to the celebrations and has created lasting memories for the family. We congratulate them and wish him good health and a prosperous future,” said Dr (Prof) Walid El-Sherbiny, consultant obstetrics and gynaecology and head of the department at Medeor Hospital, Abu Dhabi.

Emirati couple Amnah Yousuf Alblooshi and Mohamed Abdulla Aljanaahi celebrated the birth of their second child, Abdulla Mohamed Aljanaahi at 12.01 am at Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi.

Dr Khaled Omar, specialist, obstetrics and gynaecology, delivered the baby boy weighing 3kg.

“We are filled with gratitude to the Almighty for blessing us with this beautiful child. As Emiratis, his birth on the occasion of UAE National Day is a source of great joy for us,” the parents noted.

Dr Omar congratulated the family on the safe arrival of their little one.

“We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the proud parents and welcome baby Abdulla born on the UAE National Day, contributing to the legacy of joy and unity that defines this remarkable day in the nation’s history,” he said.

Blessed after 10 years of marriage

After 10 years of marriage, Chinese and Malaysian couple Wang Wan Xiu and Ren Wong welcomed their first-born baby girl Wong at 12am at Medeor Hospital, Abu Dhabi.

“Both the baby and mother are doing well. It is a double celebration that baby Wong has been born on UAE National Day. We share in their joy on this occasion,” said Dr Richa Saini, a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology at Medeor Hospital, Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi’s Burjeel Medical City welcomed six babies, including four Emirati babies on the special occasion.

The little ones, swaddled in the soft cloth entered the world on this significant day, adding extra happiness to the nation's celebrations. The hospital staff shared in the excitement, creating a warm and festive atmosphere as they welcomed the newborns into the world.

First-time Palestinian parents, Ghaydaa and Murad, said there was no birthday to welcome the birth of their first-born but on Union Day, when at the stroke of midnight baby girl Zeina was born at NMC Royal Hospital Sharjah.

Photo: Dr. Mohammad Al Hassoun with father Murad and baby Zeina
Photo: Dr. Mohammad Al Hassoun with father Murad and baby Zeina

The parents told Khaleej Times: “We have been blessed with such an adorable looking girl and our happiness knows no bounds. We thank the doctors, particularly Dr. Hassoun. We are more happy to share our daughter’s birthday on 2nd December with the wonderful people of the UAE. Happy National Day!”

At precisely 12.20am, Sayed Ali and Nousheen Tanavvur received life-changing news as they welcomed their newborn at Thumbay University Hospital in Ajman. Weighing 3.35 kg, the baby boy holds the distinction of being among the first to be born in the UAE on this special occasion.

“Our baby boy has arrived, and the whole family is overwhelmed with joy and gratitude. Also, it is such a joyous occasion to be shared with an even bigger piece of history — the UAE National Day. We would like to thank the almighty and also the staff at Thumbay University Hospital for being extremely supportive throughout our journey to parenthood.”

Dr Kasturi Mummigatti, specialist and clinical lecturer, centre of obstetrics and gynecology, Thumbay University Hospital, said: “We are happy to welcome a baby boy at our hospital during the first hours of UAE's 52nd National Day Celebration. 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.”

Another bouncing baby girl was born today at NMC Royal Hospital Sharjah - to Egyptian parents Lina and Hussain, who welcomed their third child, baby Talia. The proud parents said: “Our baby is our princess; and what a blessing to welcome her on the day we are celebrating the UAE’s 52nd National Day. We look forward to all the excitement and memories in the future. We are blessed by Allah.”

Photo: Dr. Mona Azmy with father Hussain carrying baby Talia
Photo: Dr. Mona Azmy with father Hussain carrying baby Talia

Emirati baby girl Mazna came into the world on the 52nd birthday of her nation. Her proud father, Moosz Al Raeesi, said: “Our beautiful baby girl Mazna - our third daughter - born at 1.37am (normal delivery) is perfect. She’s so beautiful. We are very proud she has chosen the UAE National Day as her birthday. We wish the rulers of this country all the happiness and best wishes.”

Photo: Dr. Rabab Helmy carrying baby Mazna
Photo: Dr. Rabab Helmy carrying baby Mazna

American parents Alan and Abubkr Alamin welcomed their fourth child - a healthy baby boy weighing 3.42kg at birth and named Awab. The proud parents said: Our son has come shining like a star on UAE’s special day. We love this country and it’s an honour to be here that we will treasure forever. Also, we would like to thank the hospital and Dr Mona for all the care given to us.”

Photo: Dr Mona and baby Awab
Photo: Dr Mona and baby Awab

Evelin Treasa Amal was born at 1.57am at Medcare Women & Children Hospital. The proud parents, Amal Palakkudiyil and Elizabeth George, joyfully welcomed their baby girl into the world through a natural delivery.

"Our gorgeous newborn Evelin Treasa has arrived, and she appears to be a world of beauty," her father, Ama Palakkudiyil said. “We are honoured to welcome her when UAE celebrates its National Day. We send our warmest congratulations and well wishes to the nation's leaders.”

Her parents are proud that their child shares a birthday with the UAE National Day. The baby's birth at such a symbolic moment has made the day even more memorable for the family.

Abu Dhabi-based Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children, an M42 company, welcomed three newborns, including two Emirati babies.

Alfan Saeed Al Mnhali, an Emirati baby girl, entered the world at 12.06 am and weighed 3.13 kg.

Her father was overjoyed at the arrival of Alfan on the special day.

“Both Alfan and her mother are in good health, and we are greatly blessed. We express our gratitude to the caregivers for their exceptional care during this occasion.”

Talia Al Rasheed Mamoon Taha, a Sudanese baby girl, was born at 12.09 am and weighed 2.98 kg.

Her father said Talia’s birth on Union Day was a joyous moment for the family.

“We are grateful to the nursing staff and the entire team for their outstanding care and service. Talia has brought immense joy to our celebrations.”

The hospital also welcomed a third baby. Mohammad Saeed Al Junaibi, an Emirati baby boy, was born at 07.38 am and weighed 3.52 kg. The medical staff expects to receive seven more new babies on this occasion.

Omar Al Naqbi, acting CEO at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children, noted that the hospital has delivered 35,111 babies since its first delivery in 2015.

“This milestone reflects the dedication of our caregivers, who consistently provide world-class care to ensure the well-being of the newborns and their families. Our warm wishes go out to the newborns and their families for a future filled with health and happiness.”

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