Is it a crime to be too handsome? Apparently it was enough to get three United Arab Emirates men deported from Saudi Arabia for being “too handsome.” Now one of those men has been reportedly identified as Omar Borkan Al Gala, a Fashion photographer, actor and poet from Dubai.
According to TIME magazine online:
“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 Vice] members feared female visitors could fall for them,” Elaph reported this week, as quoted on the website Arabian Business. The Emirati men were subsequently deported to Abu Dhabi. In Saudi Arabia women are largely prohibited from interacting with unrelated males.
After the incident, the U.A.E. released an official statement indicating that the religious police may have been on high alert because of the unplanned (and, we assume, unnerving) presence of an unnamed female artist, reported the Telegraph. It’s unclear whether the men were evicted in relation to that incident, however.