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Popular Emirati couple under fire over 'provocative' wedding party

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Popular Emirati couple under fire over 'provocative' wedding party

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A UAE couple who went viral over their engagement, are making the rounds online yet again, but this time it hasn't all been positive, to say the least.

Emirati actor, Ahmed Khamis, and his bride, actress and TV presenter, Mashael al-Shehy, tied the knot over the weekend... but their celebration angered many social media users, who deemed their wedding "provocative." 

Hours after their party, videos showing the couple dancing and enjoying their wedding sent Emirati tweeps into a frenzy, with many calling on authorities to take action against them. 

The newlyweds were then called in for a talk with police

Amid the intense online backlash, Fujairah Police officials called in the couple to have a "chat" over the footage.

According to Sayidaty magazine, a top official "kindly" gave them advice over their actions. 

In a tweet posted on Sunday, the police department called on people to respect and adhere to Emirati values and traditions.  

"The general of Fujairah Police calls on all members of society to hold on to the teachings of our religion and preserve our societal values," the tweet read. 

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The wedding divided people on social media...

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Some harshly criticized the couple over it...

"Unfortunately, this is shameless and provocative. It's also an insult to our values and traditions. We hope legal action is taken against them, if they're not held accountable over what they did today, more of this will happen in the future."    

Others thought there was nothing wrong with the celebration though...

"Just an ordinary happy couple, expressing their happiness in the way they see fit. Let people live the way they want and you do the same." 

"Am I the only one who thinks Ahmed Khamis and his wife didn't do anything wrong?"

"A vain society who wants everyone to be exactly the same"

"I don't think a day will come when they accept anyone who's different from them." 

Many were upset that authorities got involved...

"Emirati authorities calling in Ahmed Khamis and Mashael al-Shehy is considered an unacceptable intrusion on their personal lives. The worst thing any nation can do is hear out a group of people attacking peaceful individuals who aren't a threat to anyone, just because they don't approve of their actions. Authorities should protect them, not call them in." 

Others sent out messages of support to the duo

Not the first time the couple's spontaneity sparks controversy

The young couple previously led to a heated online debate when Khamis surprised al-Shehy by proposing to her live on stage. 

Footage capturing the proposal broke Khaleeji internet at the time and while many thought it was a beautiful gesture, others attacked the couple for going against social norms. 

Their proposal videos, which the couple posted online in the line up to their wedding, also sparked controversy, leading them to apologize to their followers. 

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