x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Something to cheer up the saddest 23 per cent

From a ticklish camel to a Gangam Style parody.

ABU DHABI // It seems the people of the UAE are a relatively cheery lot. When researchers from Gallup asked Emirati and Arab residents how they were keeping, 77 per cent reported feeling chipper.

But what about the other 23 per cent? To liven up that moody bunch – whoever they are – we've sought out five of the silliest UAE-relevant videos on offer. If these don't do the trick, remind yourself: it's the weekend.


A ticklish camel

Uploaded two weeks ago, this video of a camel supposedly “laughing” while his owner tickles him seems to get funnier with every viewing. Next to him, a Majahim camel looks on. “Always the black ones get no attention,” jokes one commentator.



Treadmill of doom

Is it wrong to laugh at someone else’s misfortune? Just this once then. It has been floating around the net for five years, but there is something so ridiculously cartoonish about this man’s reaction when his friends trick him into trying out their new gym equipment. Decisive proof that kanduras and treadmills don’t go well together.




National Day rock

The local fashion brand S*uce recorded a cover of Starship’s We Built This City to celebrate National Day this month. The video features a montage of street scenes, while the lyrics have been rejigged as a patriotic hymn to the UAE. “We built this city on heart and soul,” the girls croon. Ah, pride-swelling stuff.



Gangam Style Dubai

Habibi Dubai Style has the dubious honour of being one of the oddest Gangnam Style parody videos we’ve ever seen. Is it a car park dance-off? Could those vocals be any more off key? You might be laughing for the wrong reasons, but at least you’ll be laughing.



Petrol station play

Suspend, if you will, all sense of political correctness as the Dubomedy comedy duo Ali Al Sayed and Salman Qureshi act out their idea of customer service in a Dubai filling station. Al Sayed takes the role of shop attendant who greets a very masculine Qureshi: “Good day, ma’am.” From there, things go downhill.