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UAE men 'too handsome' for Saudi festival

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

UAE men 'too handsome' for Saudi festival
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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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Broadus Firth 7 years ago

This is getting to be really hilarious!!

khalid 7 years ago

when i attended, no one tried to kick me out.....wait a minute...that means i must be very ugly...noooooooooooooo!!!!


@kkoolook 7 years ago

Been there, done that!

Elizabeth 7 years ago

I think it's ALREADY hilarious!

Edward Kenne 7 years ago

Oh the shame, can you imagine having to relate why you were ejected?

"They kicked me out because I'm so fine, they thought it would be impossible for the ladies to control themselves around me."

I bet they cried a little as they related the story to everyone they ever knew.

Mohammed 7 years ago

The only way to keep this from happening again is to require that all men must wear a burkha too. It's moral thing to do.

Elmajan 7 years ago

Well where are the pictures? I need more information to put it all in context, I will chance the risk of becoming instantly attracted to them.

princetrumpet 7 years ago

Celebrate diversity... or something.

Frumious Bandersnatch 7 years ago

I believe that the festival, which is the equivalent of a state fair in the states, is held in Janadriyah, east of the city of Riyadh about 10 or so miles.

The festival is very nice, although very crowded. When we went there last year, we shared our picnic lunch with a Saudi family, and they shared theirs with us. And they were total strangers.

Connie Frist 7 years ago

Where does the self-control part come in?