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Saudis Investigate Dancing Nurses

Unfortunately, I can no longer find the video sent me by John Mueller on U-Tube; it has been removed, but you can see it for yourself here:

What the Saudis are investigating – and yes, there were men and women present – is a game of musical chairs, a game even children play at birthday parties.

Hospitals are a high stress environment – and these are sweet young people having a good time. Lord have mercy, and “investigation.”

Saudi health authorities have opened an investigation into three films published on U-Tube showing Asian nurses dancing at a mixed-gender birthday party inside a government hospital.

The three separate films showed several male and female nurses were involved in the concert that included music and dances, which are strictly banned at Saudi hospitals and other public facilities.

The films showed the party was held at King Fahd Hospital in the eastern town of Hofouf and the participants were apparently from the Philippines and Indonesia, according to Saudi newspapers.

One film was titled in Arabic “a scandal at King Fahd Hospital in Hofouf” while the heading of another video read “in the absence of supervision at King Fahd Hospital”. The third read “a dancing party for a nurse’s birthday.”

“We have been instructed to open an investigation into these films to determine whether this party was really held at King Fahd Hospital,” said Ibrahim Al Hajji, information director at the Health Department.

Hajji, who was quoted by Sharq newspaper, did not elaborate on what measures would be taken against those involved in the party.

January 13, 2012 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Community, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Humor, Saudi Arabia


  1. Ah yes, because government authorities have no more important issues to investigate … . What a pity – stories like this only contribute to the negative image most Americans (and many others!) have of Saudi Arabia.

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | January 13, 2012 | Reply

  2. Sadly, we all have to cope with the things fanatics do in the name of religion. Having lived there, it can be a little like living in Never Never Land.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 13, 2012 | Reply

  3. How do you think pole dancing started?? , it all statrted by nurses playing musical chair

    Comment by daggero | January 15, 2012 | Reply

  4. You know, Daggero, I have never given pole dancing a single thought, but I can tell you’ve got experience in this area . . . tell us more!

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 15, 2012 | Reply

  5. The experience in this area came from drinking Volvic

    Comment by daggero | January 16, 2012 | Reply

  6. That is HILARIOUS. I really thought he was about the invent the wheel – fooled me! Hilarious.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 16, 2012 | Reply

  7. Scandal? I’d be a lot more worried about the poor sick people stuck in ICUs and depending on health staff while the nurses are playing something wayyyy too childish for anyone past 12 years old. 🙂

    Comment by 1001Nights | January 17, 2012 | Reply

  8. LOL, had not thought about that, either, Alf Leila. Since they are not dressed for work, I imagined they were off-duty, but who knows? ? ?

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 17, 2012 | Reply

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