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.