'Too handsome' Emirati set to make movie

Omar Borkan al-Gala was supposedly kicked out of Saudi Arabia for being too attractive
Omar Borkan Al Gala.
By Courtney Trenwith
Sun 02 Jun 2013 09:16 AM

An Emirati man who was supposedly kicked out of Saudi Arabia for being too attractive has said he will make a movie out of the experience.

Three Emirati men were evicted from a religious festival in the strict Islamic kingdom by the Saudi religious police who deemed them “too handsome” and feared they could lead women astray, Arabic newspaper Elaph reported in April.

It has since been claimed that one of the men was Omar Borkan al-Gala, a model who now lives in Canada.

Al-Gala has never confirmed or denied that he was one of the men involved but admitted in an interview with Canadian TV that it had boosted his career.

He now has 800,000 followers on social media, 1m ‘likes’ on Facebook and has received marriage proposals.

“As a model, yeah, it put me on the next level,” he told Canadian TV.

But al-Gala would not reveal any further details to the network, saving the attention for the film.

“Whatever happened in Saudi is going to stay in Saudi for now," he said.

"I'm working on a 20-minute short movie to put my story altogether ... just to present it to the people who [are] following [me]."

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