UAE men 'too handsome' for Saudi festival

Saudi religious cops eject UAE men over fears women would fall for them during cultural event

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(Photo for illustrative purposes only)

Three Emirati men were ejected from a festival in Saudi Arabia as they were deemed “too handsome”, leading authorities to fear women could become attracted to them, it has been reported.

According to Arabic language Elaph newspaper, the UAE nationals were taking part in a heritage event in the capital Riyadh on Sunday when they were thrown out by Saudi’s religious police.

Saudi Arabia, a strictly conservative Sunni Muslim society, prohibits women from interacting with unrelated males.

“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.

Steps were then taken to return the three men to UAE capital Abu Dhabi, according to Elaph.

Earlier this week a video posted on YouTube appeared to show a Saudi religious cleric interrupting a traditional dance being performed by Emirati men at an event in the Gulf kingdom. After remonstrating with the Emiratis, he is then shown being escorted away from the scene by members of the Saudi Arabia national guard.

It is not clear whether the two incidents are related.

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Posted by: Sanet

I'm curious. Who decides what is 'too handsome'? Measured against what? Can we at least see the pictures of these exported people to decide for ourselves? Or is this 'classified'? This is rubbish news.

Posted by: Asif

Does not appear to be true story.

Posted by: Hans Joppe

All men are created equal. If this were not true, I should laugh on it.

Posted by: Kyle

Daniel Shane:
can you post this news original website? I can't find any about "UAE men 'too handsome' for Saudi festival" news from Elaph. I doubted this is a false news.

Posted by: Patrick Smears

Actually I think it's this article:
(the other article is reporting on the fact that the original Elaph article has been picked up by the Sunday Times among others...)

Posted by: Alex Garabet

Here's the Arabic article

Posted by: cecilauthor

What would have happened if they had been Saudi citizens, and could not be deported? Just curious.

Posted by: Nasir

Don't worry, when the time will come of Saudi citizens, you will see the result. I don't understand, why always people see the negative impact instead of positive. Rules are rules, if we don't follow it means, we are selfish. No need to be curious. we must correct ourself instead of pointing others, we will find the mistakes inside us.

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