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A Saudi star has been arrested for ‘dabbing’ during a concert.

TV host, actor, and Saudi national Abdallah Al Shahani was performing the dance move that has become a worldwide craze at a music festival in the city of Taif at the weekend.

It has been performed around the world by the likes of Prince Harry and Tom Watson as well as a host of sporting stars including Manchester United ace Paul Pogba and NFL quarterback Cam Newton.

The dance, which involves a person tucking their head into the their arm, is banned in Saudi Arabia because local authorities in the deeply conservative country say it is a reference to drugs culture.

When Al Shahani performed it at the festival at the weekend he was arrested.

The video of his controversial performance became popular on social media with thousands tweeting about his moves.

The Saudi Interior Ministry’s National Commission for Combating Drugs banned the move because they consider it to refer to marijuana use.

A poster published by the ministry depicting dabbing warns of the dangers of the move to young people and society.

The origins of the dance are unclear. Some suggest it was born out of the Atlanta hip-hop scene about two years ago with others postulating it debuted in the Disney video game Kingdom Hearts.

It’s popularity has soared and is now performed regularly around the world.

Other Saudi stars have also been recorded pulling the shape without having been arrested.

It is not clear whethre Al Shahani planned to do the move or got swept away in the moment.

On Tuesday he posted on Twitter writing: ‘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.’

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