Who knew that being too attractive could get you kicked out of a country?
That's what happened to Omar Borkan Al Gala, a photographer, actor and poet from Dubai, when he attended a religious festival in Saudi Arabia. The ridiculously handsome hunk and two other delegates from the United Arab Emirates were deemed "too sexy for Saudi Arabia" by the media after reportedly being deported from the Middle Eastern country.
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Al Gala, and the other men who have not been identified, were at the Jenadrivah Heritage & Culture Festival in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, when they were seized by religious police officers for being "too handsome," according to the Arabic language newspaper, Elaph.
"A festival official said the three Emiratis were taken out on the grounds they are too handsome and that the Commission [for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vices] members feared female visitors could fall for them," Elaph reported.
The UAE released an official statement indicating that the religious police were anxious over the unexpected presence of an unnamed female artist in the pavilion.
"Her visit to the UAE stand was a coincidence as it was not included in the programme which we had already provided to the festival's management," Saeed Al Kaabi, head of the UAE delegation to the festival, said in a statement.
Borkan Al Gala addressed the report in his Facebook page: "This is what written in newspapers in over the world :) UAE men ordered to leave Saudi Arabia for being 'too handsome'," and added a link to the Streamlux site on April 21.
Saudi Arabia is an ultra-conservative Islamic nation that forbids women from speaking or interacting with men who are not their relatives.