Makkah crash survivor dubbed ‘Miracle Baby’

Updated 21 February 2013
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Makkah crash survivor dubbed ‘Miracle Baby’

The 2-year-old survivor of the horrific road accident in Makkah that claimed the lives of his parents, grandfather and two other close relatives has returned home in South Wales.
A memorial service was held at the Jamia Mosque in Newport to remember the five members of the Welsh family who died in the car crash while on the pilgrimage to Makkah.
Shaukat Ali Hayat, 56; his wife Abida, 47; eldest son Mohammed Ishaq, 33; daughter Saira Zainab, 29; and Ishaq’s wife, Bilquees, 30; were killed when the taxi they were traveling in rammed into a concrete barrier on the busy Makkah-Jeddah Expressway.
Mohammed Eisa, son of Mohammed Ishaq and Bilquees, was the only survivor. He suffered a dislocated shoulder, broken arm and ribs. “How he survived is a miracle,” said Dr. Ibrahim Hayat, the boy’s great uncle.
Talking to Arab News from Newport yesterday, he said: “My brother (Eisa’s grandfather) grabbed him and held him in his arms so tight he took the brunt of the impact and died. I am told that if there had been a fly flying around in that car it would not have survived.”
According to eyewitnesses, Eisa’s feeble cries were heard among the wreckage before he was found cushioned in the arms of his grandfather. “What a miracle,” he said.
Ibrahim Hayat said there was an outpouring of love and affection from the entire community. “The memorial service was attended by top politicians, community representatives and elders, neighbors and people of all faiths,” he said. “That was very soothing and comforting, and has to some extent lessened our pain and anguish.”
He said the young survivor was showered with kisses and affection by all those who came to console us. “They hugged him and held him aloft; all eyes were on him,” he said. “The newspapers here have dubbed him ‘the miracle baby,’” he said.
All the five victims were buried in Madinah early this week. “My brother always felt very attached to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his city, and so it comes as some kind of a solace that he and others have their final resting place in Jannat-ul-Baqi,” said Ibrahim Hayat.

“My brother leaves behind two young daughters, one son and one grandson — I will be their legal guardian,” said Ibrahim Hayat who is very popular in the community as a general practitioner.
“It is not often that politicians are lost for words but today is one of those days. I speak as a mother and a grandmother and I’m here just to pay tribute to the fantastic community work done by the whole Hayat family,” said Rosemary Butler while speaking at the memorial service.
Jamia Mosque Secretary Abdul Rahman Mujahid said more than 1,000 people attended the memorial service to pay their respects to the family.
“All of us were closely following their heart-rending story through the newspapers and television and radio and so when the memorial service was held in our mosque, everyone came in,” Mujahid told Arab News on phone from Newport. “There were many poignant moments, and little one looked like an angel.”


Where We Are Going Today: Workout studio aims to empower Saudi women

Updated 27 April 2018
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Where We Are Going Today: Workout studio aims to empower Saudi women

  • Studio55 is about empowering women to be more in all aspects of life. It’s more than just an exercise
  • It combines spinning with yoga, pilates, TRX, zumba, core fitness and strength training all in one session

Studio55 is a boutique chain for women in Saudi Arabia with a workout studio that features a complete cross-training approach to fitness and well-being. 

It has two branches, one in Alkhobar, established in June 2015, and one in Jeddah, set up in October 2017. 

Al-Batool Baroom, Studio55’s commercial director, said that the studio’s particular approach combined spinning with yoga, pilates, TRX, zumba, core fitness and strength training all in one session.

“It is offered to all our members under one roof through our four workout zones: Ride55, Fitness55, Focus55 and Fusion55.” 

The studio also keeps track of members’ workouts through a software program called Performance IQ. 

It sends the member their workout performance statistics by email at the end of the class and stores the data on their studio profile. 

The information includes their average heart-rate, calories burnt, average RPM (in spinning classes), time and distance.

“Studio55 is about empowering women to be more in all aspects of life. It’s more than just an exercise. We work on awareness, education and community events alongside our workouts and fitness engagement,” Baroom said.

“Every now and then we invite inspiring role-models to come and give an open talk at the studio, as well as prominent instructors to give classes. Some of our guests have included Princess Reema, Raha Moharrak, Dina Al-Tayeb, Manal Rostom, Nelly Attar and Hala Alhamrani.” 

Fatima Batook, founder of Studio55, encouraged women to visit the studio to help to change their lives for the better.

“Women should come to us to be more, to get inspired by our trainers and live their lives to their full potential, achieving not only health and fitness goals but personal life goals,” she said.