by Hauwa Gambo
Remember this almost-incredible story? About three men who were deported from the religious Saudi Arabia for being too handsome?
We reported that “Three men from the United Arab Emirates were banned recently from an annual culture festival in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh because they were too handsome. According to reports, a festival official said the men were taken out because of their good looks as the Commission members feared female visitors could fall for them.” Though, some have speculated the men may have been asked to leave because of the unexpected arrival of a female UAE artist. “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,” said Saeed Al Kaabi, head of the UAE delegation.
We’re sticking with the too handsome tale, sorry.
And on that note, we have seen the evidence, and we have to say: guilty as charged. Below are photos of actor, poet and fashion photographer Omar Borkan Al Gala, who was one of the deported men.