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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 September 2018

Risking life, limb and arrest for Instagram 'likes'

The rising trend of social media posts of daredevils in risky locations is a bad act to follow  

Briton Harry Gallagher has posted an image of a Dubai trip on his Night Scape Instagram account.
Briton Harry Gallagher has posted an image of a Dubai trip on his Night Scape Instagram account.

Few trends can be seen as more dramatic or foolhardy in the way those involved risk life and limb to produce the most death-defying image.

A hunger for social media likes has created a modern day phenomenon of daredevils posing in life threatening situations, usually in precarious positions just inches from the edge of a potentially fatal drop.

Authorities in the UAE have been quick to try and clamp down on the modern trend with police arresting or warning several in Dubai caught taking photos of their stunts and posting online.

Here is a selection of some of the incidents in the UAE:

Producer and photographer Murad Osmann has attracted an online following of 4.6 million, largely thanks to his posts hand in hand with his girlfriend in stunning locations.

A post shared by Murad Osmann (@muradosmann) on

A post shared by Murad Osmann (@muradosmann) on

Russian model Viki Odintcova attracted more than 1.2 million views of her hanging from the roof of Cayan Tower in Dubai Marina, but was warned by Dubai Police for her actions.

British daredevil James Kingston was another to attract the attention of police whilst in Dubai after posting vertigo-inducing photos from the top of city landmarks.

Daredevils like Harry Gallagher, who goes by the name of Nightscape, has also attracted the attention of UAE authorities after filming his way to the top of Dubai buildings.

A post shared by Harry Gallagher (@night.scape) on

A post shared by Harry Gallagher (@night.scape) on

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