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VIDEO: Teen boy faces arrest in Saudi Arabia for dancing to 'Hey Macarena' in street

08:46 PM | 24 Aug, 2017
VIDEO: Teen boy faces arrest in Saudi Arabia for dancing to 'Hey Macarena' in street
JEDDAH - A teenage boy who was filmed dancing to 90s hit song Macarena at a street crossing in Saudi Arabia was arrested and later released from custody.

The video, which went viral on social media in the kingdom, shows the 14-year-old boy wearing head phones, grey shorts, a striped T-shirt and neon green and yellow Crocs dancing in the coastal city of Jeddah.




He is swaying his hips and arms to the 90s hit song, smiling and giggling throughout the dance.

The state-sponsored Al-Riyadh news website quoted Col Aati bin Attiyah al-Qurashi as saying the 14-year-old Arab national was brought to police along with his father, who was asked to sign a pledge vowing to protect his son and not to violate public morals.

Al-Qurashi says the boy was then swiftly released from custody.

The teenager, whose name and nationality were not given, was being questioned because he had shown "improper public behaviour" and disrupted traffic, a police statement said.

Western music and dancing is taboo in Saudi Arabia, but such incidents in the past have not necessarily led to lengthy imprisonment or serious punishment.

Last month Saudi Arabia released without charge a woman detained after a video of her wearing a miniskirt and walking in public went viral.

https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/world/saudi-authorities-arrest-singer-for-on-stage-dab-dance-move/

Police in Saudi Arabia had arrested the young woman for wearing "immodest clothes" after an outcry from people who said she flagrantly violated the kingdom's conservative Islamic dress code.

The young Saudi woman drew attention when the video was shared online of her walking in a historic village north of the capital wearing a miniskirt and crop top and showing her hair.

She was reportedly released without charge because the video was published without her knowledge.

Traditional dance is however permitted. Saudi King Salman and US President Donald Trump were filmed taking part in a traditional all-male Saudi sword dance in May when the president visited the kingdom to boost ties.

The writer is a member of the staff.

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains momentum against US dollar in the open market on February 28, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar moves up and currently hovers at 282 for buying and 282.25 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303.1 for buying and 306.1 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.6 for buying, and 355.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 28 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 282 282.25
Euro EUR 303.1 306.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.6 355.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181.1 183.1
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.1 209.1
China Yuan CNY 38.87 39.27
Danish Krone DKK 40.61 41
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.1
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.5 59.1
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.41 26.71
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.15 209.15
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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