Three men from the United Arab Emirates have been deported from Saudi Arabia for being “too handsome.”
The representatives from the United Arab Emirates were in attendance at the Jenadrivah Heritage & Culture Festival in Riyadh when the religious police suddenly stormed the area and arrested the men.
A festival official said, “the three Emiratis were taken out on the grounds they are too handsome and that the Commission [for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vices] members feared female visitors could fall for them,” the local daily paper Elaph reported.
After the incident, the government of UAE released an official statement indicating that the religious police may have been on edge due to the unplanned and unnerving presence of an unidentified female artist in the country. However, it’s uncertain whether the men were expelled due to that occurrence.
With a majority Sunni Muslim population, Saudi Arabia is an extremely religious and ultraconservative society. It is the only country in the world that forbids women to drive.