Parents blasted by paramedics as 'Bieber Fever' strikes Dubai's young fans
Medics on duty at Justin Bieber's UAE concert have slammed parents after treating hundreds of young 'Beliebers' at Saturday's packed gig.
Bieber fans were given help for dehydration and hysteria while some, who had been sat in the sun for hours without drinking enough water, passed out.
Paramedics say the problems started when fanatical fans, known as ‘Beliebers’, began arriving at The Sevens stadium from dawn despite pleas from organisers to stay away until 5pm.
By the time Bieber appeared at 10.06pm - two hours after the planned start - some fans had been there for 15 hours.
Paramedic Cecile Descally, described the scenes as “chaos”.
She said: “They were here at 7am. Loads of them, around 200. How their parents could let them do that is so irresponsible.”
Descally, from Health Safety Solutions, which works with the Dubai Ambulance Service, added: “I’ve done the majority of major Dubai concerts and the behaviour has never been so bad.
“I would rather deal with drunks at three days of rugby sevens.” Superfan Neha Sayed said: “There were a lot of people fainting and vomiting - one girl, who was only nine or 10, was vomiting but refused to leave to be treated.”
Descally said concert organisers did all they could to ensure people’s safety. She said: “It [the organising ] was excellent. It was the utter irresponsibility of people.”