Parents-to-be are going all out with gender reveal parties where friends and family find out if it’s a boy or a girl. But there’s one that took the cake this weekend! And then some.
Not happy with just the regular gender reveal, You Tubers Anas Marweh and his wife Asala have taken it to a whole new level – so to speak…
The couple is estimated to have forked out a whopping R1.6 million for their baby’s gender reveal party in Dubai, where the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa tower, lit up to reveal that, “it’s a boy”.
They uploaded a 15-minute video on their YouTube channel, Anasala Family, documenting the whole journey to the reveal and have since raked up more than 18 million views.
In the video, the couple and their friends and family gather to watch an extravagant light display on the tower, which included a 10-second countdown to find out the gender of their second child.
Asala reveals that they’d been planning the video for almost two months leading up to the big reveal, and Anas adds that they’d wanted to “do something special but also memorable so that family would look back at it and see what [they’d] built and created.”
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عايلة انصالة شكرا لكم على حبكم!! شكرا لانكم جزء من حياتنا، قصتنا و كل شي نسويه! We love you! ITS A BOY🙏 @emaardubai @burjkhalifa @mydubai @thedubaimall @namshi thank you for welcoming us here, being a part of our family, and most importantly this amazing surprise! Too much love❤️ #الحمدلله #thankyouEmaar #biggestbabyrevealever #anasalaBKReveal
Why the gender reveal backfired
While gender reveal parties are nothing new, the couple’s elaborate version has been met with fierce criticism. It comes after an unrelated gender reveal party was discovered to be the cause of a devastating California wildfire which is still raging since it started last weekend.
Apparently, the fire in the US was sparked by a “pyrotechnic device” during a celebration meant to debut the sex of the hosts’ baby.
Does anyone really care about your baby’s gender?
The blogger credited for popularising gender reveal parties, Jenna Karvundis, took to Facebook, encouraging people to “stop having these stupid parties” earlier this week, suggesting that they’re outdated and that people should stop telling “everyone about your kids’ penis” because “no one cares but you.”
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