8  births recorded in holy places during Hajj 2019

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Libyan pilgrim Suad Mohammed Barbush and her baby Arafah, named after Mount Arafat. (SPA)
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Libyan pilgrim Suad Mohammed Barbush gave birth to this baby boy and named him Arafah, after Mount Arafat. (SPA)
Updated 12 August 2019

8  births recorded in holy places during Hajj 2019

  • Libyan, Guinean Hajj pilgrims give birth to healthy babies at Mount Arafat
  • Guinean baby named after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

MINA: Hospitals in Makkah and the holy places in Mina and Arafat recorded eight births while the Hajj pilgrimage was in progress, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday.

A ministry report carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said the Makkah Maternity and Children Hospital registered 5 births, two in Arafat and one in Mina.

The babies born in Arafat were delivered by pilgrims, who were performing Hajj rites in the holy mount on August 10, the second day of Hajj. It was not known if the mothers of the other babies were also pilgrims.




Guinean pilgrim Maimunah Ali and her baby, Mohammed Salman. (SPA photo)

Forty-year-old Libyan pilgrim Suad Mohammed Barbush delivered her baby boy at the Jabal al-Rahma Hospital and named him Arafah, after the holy mount. Parents usually agree to name their babies who are born in the mountain either Arafah or Arafat. 

Ashan Yusuf expressed happiness and gratitude to the hospital medical team after both his wife and baby were declared in stable condition.

The second woman was Guinean pilgrim Maimunah Ali, 23, who gave birth at the East Arafat Hospital on Saturday afternoon, hours after she and her husband climbed Arafat in the morning as part of the Hajj ritual.

Breaking from tradition, Maimunah and her husband Abu Bakr agreed to name their son Mohammed Salman, after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Doctors also declared the Guinean mother and baby in "stable and sound condition."


Sandstorms expected in Saudi Arabia

Updated 17 September 2019

Sandstorms expected in Saudi Arabia

Sandstorms will hit the southwestern region of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the Kingdom’s General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection has warned.

The civil defense will be on standby as surface winds are expected to cause low visibility, increasing the risk of crashes on highways.

They also warned those who suffer from asthma to take extra caution.

Dust storms bring increased air pollution which causes breathing difficulties in people with asthma by irritating the lungs.

Sand storms are frequent across the Middle East.