Young bride killed in Sharjah car crash

Accident leaves new wife dead and husband severely injured

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A newly-wed bride was killed and her husband badly injured following a car crash in Sharjah on Monday.

Hiam Al Kaabi, 25, from the Comoros Islands, was en route to visit her family in Dibba when the accident happened.

Police said the young couple were married on Friday in Ras Al Khaimah. Officers were alerted to the incident at 2pm and sent ambulances to the scene.

Mrs Al Kaabi was pronounced dead on arrival at Al Qassimi Hospital in the emirate, and her husband was admitted to an intensive care unit.

First Lieutenant Saud Al Shaiba, spokesman for Sharjah Police, said the groom, an Emirati, had driven into the back of a lorry and swerved off the road.

One of Mrs Al Kaabi close friends, Shaima Al Hamoudi, 26, told how she had last spoken to the couple just 24-hours before before the accident. She said the pair had been looking forward to honeymooning in Phuket, Thailand, soon after Eid Al Adha.

“She was so excited about the trip and looked gorgeous at her wedding," Ms Al Hamoudi said. "I didn’t have the chance to go myself but she sent me lots of videos and photos of the ceremony.

“I called her on Sunday night and she was staying at a hotel in Dubai and were planning to visit her family next day. She was the youngest daughter in the family, her father died before she was born and her mother was recently diagnosed with cancer.

"I still can’t believe that she is not here anymore and that I can’t call her and hear her voice. We met at school in 2009 and became best friends. She was such a cheerful person and full of life. She had a smile that could bring joy to your heart."

Funeral prayers for the bride were held in Sheikh Zayed mosque in Dibba on Monday evening before her body was buried in Dibba cemetery.