Dubai Police arrest man for ‘dancing indecently’ in viral video at local cafe

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A man in Dubai has been arrested for dancing “indecently” in a viral video taken at a local café, Dubai Police announced on Sunday.

Police said they charged the man under the “committing public indecent act” after a video showing him dancing in a shisha café circulated on the video social media platform TikTok on Saturday.

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Dubai is known for having a more tolerant attitude to dancing and clubbing than some of its neighbors in the Arabian Gulf, with clubs and bars legal in the emirate.

But according to Article 358 of the UAE Penal Code, anyone who commits an “indecent and disgraceful act” could be punished with detention for at least six months.

Dubai Police also arrested the “videographer” who filmed the content on the charge of “posting online content that violates public morality,” said Dubai Police. The country’s strict cybercrime laws state that anyone posting “indecent content” online can face fines of up to 1 million dirhams ($272,294).

The café where the man was seen dancing was also fined and shut down for violating precautionary measures in place to combat the spread of the coronavirus, said officials.

The UAE is currently experiencing a second spike in coronavirus cases, with Saturday witnessing the highest daily increase in cases on record.

Authorities have urged the public to follow precautionary measures including avoiding large gatherings and practicing social distancing, and have issued fines for individuals and businesses that violate measures.

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