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Earlier this month we reported on the three men who were ejected from Saudi Arabia by religious police for being “too handsome”.
A local newspaper explained the men had been targeted amid fears “female visitors would fall for them”, and they were swiftly deported to Abu Dhabi.
Now Jezebel claims to have lifted the veil on one of the trio, and we reckon those religious police were onto something…
Without further ado, meet Omar Borkan Al Gala, a photographer, actor and poet from Dubai.
Though he has not yet confirmed he was indeed one of the infamous three, Al Gala has modestly posted a link to the original news report on his Facebook page, along with such musings as: "The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides." Sigh.
We’ve messaged Al Gala to ask what it’s like to be so “really, really ridiculously good-looking” that you're thrown out of a country, and we’ll get back to you if he responds (and once we've had a lie down…)
Speculation initially highlighted by Sky Dancing Blog suggested Al Gala was attending Riyadh's annual Janadriyah Festival when the incident occurred.
Emirates 24/7 states the three men in question were delegates at a stand promoting the UAE, which had attracted the attention of the religious police due to the unexpected presence of a female Emirati artist.
A spokesman for the UAE delegation issued a statement confirming: “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.”
Arabian Business, which has also fingered Al Gala as being one of the trio, points out the strictly conservative Sunni Muslim society prohibits women from interacting with unrelated males.
Out of pure journalistic curiosity we're looking forward to checking out the other two chaps too.
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