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Saudi Dance Goes Viral, UAE Arrests Two Men For It!

People spend a great time thinking of ways to go viral. One young Saudi nailed it with dance routine that went viral. It was so popular that it landed two uniformed men in the United Arab Emirates in court after they posted a video to social media showing off their moves while dressed in army uniforms.

Much like the “Harlem Shake” phenomenon, which quickly spread through Australia and North America, the “Barbs” dance has gone viral in the Middle East, but mostly among unemployed young Khaleejis with so little to do.

The man behind this viral dance is Saudi national musician and video director Majed al-Esa, who is known for incorporating Western influences into his art, released a song called “Barbs” on iTunes in January.

The term means “messy“ in Arabic, and part of the song’s music video includes a funny dance that people all over the Middle East are imitating. (Go to 1:25 in the video below to see it.) It has little to the with Saudi Arabia, this is about young people getting creative and having some cash to burn. Yes, it’s a bit like a sausage fest as they do them very well in Saudi Arabia

The dancers in the video, which up to this minute has more than 20 million views since it was released in December of last year. Sure it feels like a traditional , are shown shuffling in a line with their heads tilted back, thrusting their hips to the beat of catchy music while staring at the camera.

In response, social media users of all ages have seized the opportunity to share their own humorous versions of the Barbs dance.

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