A popular Saudia Arabian singer has been arrested for ‘dabbing’ as authorities deem the dance move a reference to ‘narcotics culture’.
Dabbing is a move where a person tucks their head into the crook of their slanted arm, while raising the other arm out straight into a parallel direction.
Saudi’s Interior Ministry’s National Commission for Combating Drugs have recently banned the move, claiming it refers to the use of marijuana, BBC reports.
Abdallah Al Shaharani did the gesture at a music festival in Taif, in the south west of the country, at the weekend.
According to the BBC, he was arrested following the move.
The man who is also a TV host and actor is shown in a video ‘dabbing’ as music plays, in footage which has been shared online.
The writing on a poster warned the move was promoting marijuana use, and warned about the risks drug use posed on society.
The singer apologised in a tweet posted on Sunday.
In a tweet that started ‘peace be upon you’, Abdallah Al Shaharani said sorry to the government and to his audience for the move at the Taif festival.
He said it was unintended and spontaneous and added: “Please accept my apology”.