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Meet the man who was deported for being 'too handsome'

Omar Borkan Al Gala, an actor and photographer from Dubai, was given his marching orders along with a number of other men at a cultural festival earlier this month.

With his perfectly formed cheekbones, captivating gaze and well groomed appearance, it’s easy to see why authorities felt so threatened by his good looks.


Drop dead gorgeous: With his perfectly formed cheekbones, captivating gaze and well groomed appearance, it’s easy to see why authorities felt so threatened by his good looks. Pic/facebook

They were so worried, in fact, they thought the United Arab Emirates delegates might corrupt impressionable women at the annual Janadriyah Festival. After evicting them, the police immediately deported the trio back to Abu Dhabi, lest any Saudi women see them and find them too irresistible to not fall in love.

“A festival official said the three Emiratis were taken out on the grounds they are too handsome and that the Commission members feared female visitors could fall for them,” Arabic newspaper Elaph reported.

Though he has not yet confirmed if he was indeed one of the infamous three, Al Gala has modestly posted a link to the original news report on his Facebook page.

Others 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.

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