A Syrian couple has been slammed for ‘spending £74,000’ on their gender reveal, in which they had the baby’s sex beaming on the world’s tallest building in Dubai. They have been described as “disgustingly shameful” as many young families in their country starve.
YouTube stars Anas and Asala Marwah discovered that they would be expecting a baby boy when they had their gender reveal announcement beaming out on the Burg Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai.
The couple, who already have one child, reportedly spent around £74,000 to hire the building and put on such an extravagant display. However, it isn’t clear whether or not it was a sponsored event.
Mrs Marwa said: “We wanted to do something unique and memorable so that we can all look at it in the future and remember what we built as a family.”
In the Middle East media, it is unofficial but rumoured that her husband, Anas, is the son of an exiled Syrian opposition leader.
In the video the couple shared onto their popular YouTube channel, the little family can be seen waiting excitedly as the 2,700ft building teases them by lighting up in both blue and pink, before revealing their second child will be a son.
The clip has so far reached 17 million views and in the video, it is revealed what was going on behind the scenes whilst they carefully planned the big event.
Although many have wished the Syrian couple all the best, the stunt has caused criticism in the Middle East as there’s a dire situation being faced by millions of children and young families who are forced to live in refugee camps in their homeland.
In the country’s nine-year civil war over 30,000 children have perished, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights. In addition to this, 12 million people have been displaced.
Following the expensive stunt, many Syrians have taken to Twitter to slam the couple’s actions and have described it as “over the top”. Many others thought it was distasteful given the suffering the country’s people are facing.
One person wrote: “At a time when our people live in the Levant in the camps and in the open and are killed by poverty, hunger and alienation, this child gave a loud party in Burj Khalifa to find out the gender of his child.”
Another commented: “Syrians are displaced internally, displaced externally, in squalid camps and under trees, hungry, in need of aid, food, baby milk and medical supplies and treatment.
Despite the criticism, many did defend the couple’s actions and said that they have the right to celebrate this special moment in their lives regardless of what is taking place.