Delegates from the UAE were attending the Jenadrivah Heritage & Culture Festival in Riyadh, when religious police officials stormed the stand and evicted the trio because ‘they were too handsome’, reported an Arabic newspaper.
“A festival official said the three Emiratis were taken out on the grounds that they were too handsome and that the Commission (for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vices) members feared female visitors could fall for them,” the newspaper reported.
Saudi Arabia is a deeply religious and conservative society, which forbids women from interacting with unrelated males.
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.
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