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    Saudi Reportedly Expels Men for Being Too Handsome

    Omar Gala of Dubai claims to be one of the men expelled from Saudi Arabia for being too handsome.
    Omar Gala of Dubai claims to be one of the men expelled from Saudi Arabia for being too handsome.
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    Attention handsome young men: you might want to reconsider any trips to Saudi Arabia.

    Earlier this month, the Saudi religious police expelled three men from the United Arab Emirates, apparently for being “too good looking.”

    The men were in Riyadh attending the Jenadrivah Heritage & Cultural Festival, and according to Time magazine, they were minding their own business when the police entered the pavilion and whisked them away.

    According to the Arabic-language newspaper Elaph, they were removed for fear that women would not be able to resist them.

    “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,” the newspaper said.

    The United Arab Emirates issued a statement after the incident saying the Saudi religious police may have been on alert because an unnamed female artist made an unplanned visit to the pavilion. There was no indication the two events were related.

    One of the men named in the incident has become an Internet sensation. Photos of Omar Gala, who, according to his Facebook page, is a “fashion photographer, model, actor, poet” from Dubai, have been plastered across the web.

    Recently, the Saudi religious police have been making some efforts to improve their image.
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    by: SH from: Riyadh
    May 04, 2013 11:24 AM
    You may want to get your facts right. The gentleman was dancing inappropriately (by Saudi standards, of course) at a cultural event. Many families objected, to which he was advised by security officials to stop the shenanigans or risk being escorted away.

    They mixed this story with another one where a famous female Emirati singer was present at a national cultural festival, to which a religious police (they're no exactly cops, though) member objected. He eventually started creating a ruckus which led to the National Guard (present there) to kick him out, possibly leading to a suspension from his duties for behaving in appropriately and disrupting an important cultural festival.

    You can only be deported from Saudi Arabia for criminal activity, expired visas/resident permits, overstaying, etc. The usual reason why anyone would get deported from a country.

    by: john from: London
    May 01, 2013 7:15 PM
    A polite correction:
    THEY WERE NOT "expelled three men from the United Arab Emirates"
    Because Riyadh is NOT IN the UAE.
    They were asked to leave from a private closed festival.

    by: JKF from: Ottawa, Canada
    April 29, 2013 2:10 PM
    That is a real funny situation, religious police going out of control..; I guess next they will be working on a male version of the burka!.
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    by: Anonymous
    April 30, 2013 8:36 PM
    back about 5 years ago these dinosaurs chained the doors to a girls school that was on fire. Because the girls couldnt get to where their head coverings were kept.

    A significant number of them perished

    BTW if you remember Akin of MO and Murdoch of INDiana, they both are xtian extremists and basically condoned rape of women.

    All part of the rght wing repeub/ christian extremists who see women only as baby and pleasure factories

    Welcome to the most relgiious nation in the west - which was btw thanks to the same mentality, the second to last to end slavery, the only one to need a war to do so

    Take a guess at who else these bible thumpers hate. Hint - the word begins with G and the other group begins with N or B

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