Omar Borkan Al Gala is an Iraqi model, actor, and photographer who became popular on social media in August 2013, after he was expelled from his country Saudi Arabia for being too handsome.
Omar was said to be one of three men removed from a festival in Riyadh earlier that month by religious police in the conservative Islamic kingdom. The three men were deported to Abu Dhabi so that women don’t fall for them.
Elaph an Arabic Newspaper reported the incidence saying, ‘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’
Following the news of him been ordered out of the country, Omar took to his Facebook Page and made a post saying, ‘The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.’ Omar’s Facebook Page had 139,616 likes and about 36,487 talking about him.
The UAE released a statement that the religious police were concerned about over the unexpected presence of an unnamed female artist in the pavilion at the Jenadrivah Heritage and Culture Festival.
‘Her visit to the UAE stand was a coincidence as it was not included in the programme which we had already provided to the festival’s management,’ the head of the UAE delegation to the festival, said in a statement.
The Police released a statement saying that they feared that female visitors would fall in love with them.
In an Interview, Omar said that at the festival, some girls recognized him from some modelling he had done, and they gathered for autographs and photos, after which the surrounding crowd grew. Al Gala said that “the religion police didn’t like it,” and “they came and they asked me politely to leave the festival.”