Dubai: Ali Mohammad Al Shaikh was the first baby to be born on the first day of Eid in the UAE this year, entering the world just a minute after midnight at Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi.
Baby Ali was born at 00.01 via caesarean section, weighing 3.41kg and spanning 52cm tall.
Emirati parents Mohammad Yasser Al Shaikh and Kholood Salem Al Daheri, said: “We have been blessed with a healthy baby boy which makes this Eid even more joyous. The medical team and staff at Burjeel Hospital have taken excellent care of us and our family during this time, and we are thankful for their support. We want to thank the entire team for all their efforts.”
Dr Sausan Abdul Rahman, consultant of obstetrics and gynaecology at the hospital, said: “We are both happy and proud that the team at Burjeel Hospital was able to be a part of the birth on such a significant day. We will always remember this moment.”
Other babies born on the first day of Eid included baby Mohammad, who was born at 12.40am at Danat Al Emarat Hospital in Abu Dhabi, born to Ahmad Mahmoud Zahid from Afghanistan and Emirati mother Ayesha Abdul Latif Al Butaih.
Zahid, 27, said: “My wife’s due date was on June 17, but with Allah’s will she started having labour symptoms on the last day of Ramadan and here we are now celebrating the birth of our second child, at 12.40am of the first day of Eid Al Fitr.
“We have named him Mohammad and he weighed 3.5kg. Baby Mohammed and my wife are in good health thanks to Allah. His sister Mahra has been waiting for him, and our celebration today is doubled with his birth and Eid. Thanks to Danat Al Emarat team for the care they have been providing my wife and both children. From here I would like to congratulate our UAE leaders, government and the people of UAE and the Islamic nation on Eid Al Fitr.”
Mohammad’s birth at Danat Al Emarat preceded the birth of Salama at the same hospital, a few minutes before Eid Al Fitr prayers.
Her Emirati father, Musallam Salem Bin Amro, said: “She is our first child, and we named her Salama. She weighs 2.7kg and is in good health thanks to Allah. Having her born today has doubled our joy as we all celebrate the first day of Eid Al Fitr. The baby and her mother are in good health. We were expecting her in 10 days, but with Allah’s will she has joined our Eid celebrations today before Eid prayers. I would like to congratulate our leaders, government and nation on this blessed occasion of Eid Al Fitr.”
Other publicised births include that of a little girl at 4am in Aster Hospital in Mankool, Dubai, to parents Neha and Tarun Dhandhaniya from India.
Tarun said: “We are blessed to have a little angel in our lives on this auspicious day of Eid. Thank you Aster for making this day so memorable for us.”
RAK Hospital also reported the birth of baby Sultan at 10.45am, weighing 3.7kg, to parents Musa Muran and Shams Muran from the Comoros Islands.
Musa said: “I’m so happy today, I feel like I’m flying high. Thankfully, both mother and the baby are doing well. We have a daughter and now we have been blessed with a son as well, so this Eid is memorable for us. I was born and raised in the UAE, and now this is our second generation being born here,” he added.