Out of step: Two Emirati servicemen arrested for dancing to the Saudi 'Barbs' dance

Published April 17th, 2016 - 12:08 GMT
You can't dance at two weddings, according to the Abu Dhabi government. (YouTube)
You can't dance at two weddings, according to the Abu Dhabi government. (YouTube)

Millions of us have watched, got hooked to and danced to Saudi Arabia's latest "Barbes" dance craze, after it was released on YouTube in December 2015.

While the dance was re-enacted by dozens across the Middle East and shared online, including Bahraini teen singer Hala Turk and her step mama Moroccan singer Dounia Batma, others were critical of the Barbs choreography as they deemed it "too sexual" and called for having it boycotted. 

But is the Barbs dance - that has been watched over 20 million times on YouTube - so bad that someone had to get arrested over it?!

Well, two Emiratis dressed in military uniforms were actually arrested after posting a video of themselves performing the dance.

According to the Washington Post, the Abu Dhabi government charged the two national servicemen for "disrespecting their uniform and the national army."

Either way, our feet are still shuffling left and right to Barb's upbeat tunes, and here's a reminder why... 


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