Proud parents celebrated the arrival of their newborns on Eid day in the UAE.
Eid Al Adha celebrations began at the stroke of midnight on Thursday for Filipino couple Joven and Jenalyn, who were blessed with a baby boy Jenzo born at 00:01 in Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi.
Delighted at having their first baby on the auspicious occasion of Eid, Joven said: “We are blessed to have our baby come into this world on the first day of Eid Al Adha. A pandemic with consequent restrictions has dampened the spirit of this festive season. But the birth of our child brings us so much joy and hope. We will cherish this moment forever in our lifetime.”
Dr Fady Georges Hachem, consultant obstetrics and gynaecology at the hospital, said: “We celebrate the birth of baby Jenzo on this special day. Babies born on a significant day bring added joy to our hearts, and give more reason for the family to celebrate. We are glad that the delivery went smoothly and the mother and child are in good health.”
At the NMC Specialty Hospital in the Capital, a young Serbian couple, Petar and Aleksandra Vidanovic, welcomed their first baby – Andrea in the early hours of Friday.
The baby girl was born at 2.50am, becoming the first baby to be born on Eid al Adha at the hospital.
“I am very happy that my wife has delivered especially today, even though Eid is not a traditional holiday in Serbia, now I will always celebrate it no matter what”, said Petar, who works as a cabin crew in Etihad Airlines.
“After almost 35 hours of labour, we are very happy that both mother and baby are in good health”, pointed out Dr Shubha Shankari, specialist obstetrics and gynaecologist at NMC Specialty Hospital, Abu Dhabi.
“The last couple of days have been a little uncomfortable and I am very happy my baby is born healthy. My only regret is that due to the pandemic, my family couldn’t come but the hospital staff made it really warm and congenial for me”, said Aleksandra, who is a manager of a restaurant in the city.
A few hours later, another Jordanian couple at the same hospital welcomed their third child – a healthy baby girl. Hossam and Rewa Ali, who have two boys, were looking forward to a girl child this time. “We had no idea that she – our baby girl – would come on this auspicious occasion of Eid. She is the best Eid gift for us,” said her mother Rewa, who had a normal delivery.
While Al Zahra hospital Sharjah welcomed a baby girl at 2.32am born to a Pakistani family, Medcare Women and Children Hospital Dubai celebrated the birth of a baby girl born to Indian expats Balpreet Singh and Reema Kochar at 4.16am on Friday.
Nigerian parents Ngozi Ihechilurum and Iyke Ikechu were delighted at the birth of their baby girl at 5.34am at Thumbay University Hospital, Al Jurf, Ajman.
An Egyptian couple at the Canadian Specialty Hospital, Dubai also welcomed their first baby at 8.20am on Friday.
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