Luke Holland
· News : SA

Saudi Arabia arrest singer for 'dab' dance move at festival

Whether you do it on the dancefloor or at any moment that requires it, the ‘dab’ has become the latest global phenomenon with stars such as singer Jason Derulo and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba using the famous move.

Most of us will struggle to see how the move could be offensive, never mind illegal, but it has managed to land one Arabic singer in prison.

During a performance in the city of Taif, in Saudi Arabia, artist Abdallah Al Shaharani ended a small dance with a 'dab'.

In the video, he puts down his mic and gets the audience to join in with the music while dabbing. However he didn't realise that the dance crazy is banned in the muslim kingdom as they believe it's a direct reference to drugs (but stoning people to death is still okay).

Abdul-Ella Al-Sharif, from the Saudi Arabian national committee for drug control, told local news:

"[The laws] apply to everyone and does not exclude anyone – we are working to protect children and members of the society."

Al Saharan has since apologised for his actions, stating:

"I apologise to our respected government and to my audience for unintentionally and spontaneously making the dance move at Taif festival. Please accept my apology."

The 'dab' was first used in the music video for ‘How Fast Can You Count It‘ by rapper Skippa da Flippa’s in 2014 and since then has grown in popularity. Even politicians such as USA's Hilary Clinton and UK's Jeremy Corbyn done the move.

It may be overused, but its certainley not offensive or detrimental to the minds of society.