We’d only heard till now that being too good looking should be a crime. But in Saudi Arabia, apparently they take that quite literally.
Earlier this month, three men from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), were ousted from a festival in Saudi Arabia for being just that – too good looking, and a potential distraction to women in the country. But while the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vices in Saudi Arabia may have successfully shielded their women from the tempting good looks of these men, at least one of them has driven women across the world to confess, discuss, and virtually stalk him.
Following the incident that happened at the Jenadrivah Heritage and Cultural Festival in Riyadh, the identity of one of the men was revealed by a couple of websites as that of Dubai-based Omar Borkan Al Gala – a photographer, model, actor, poet, and most importantly, disarmingly attractive. No one yet knows how the websites arrived at the conclusion, but it is being assumed that it was perhaps a post by Omar himself on his Facebook page on April 21 that led people to believe that indeed, he was one of those who was deported from Riyadh back to Abu Dhabi. He wrote, “this is what written in newspapers in over the world 🙂 UAE men ordered to leave Saudi Arabia for being ‘too handsome’ (sic)” and posted a link to the news item.
But the absence of a confirmation from either the Saudi Arabian officials or Omar himself hasn’t stopped women, and some men too, from different parts of the world, from scouring his Facebook page for his pics, confessing how he was indeed a distraction for them on workdays with his kohl-lined yes and tightly curled eyelashes and visibly Photoshopped pics. Some have even proposed marriage to him. Others have invited him to their homeland, in case he was considered too hot to be living in the conservative Middle East. In three days, there have been more than three lakh likes on the page, accompanied by hundreds of comments about his Greek God-like looks. Just three days ago, news agencies reported 1,39,616 likes on his page with some 36,000 people discussing this. On last check, the figure had gone up to 470, 711 likes with more than 1,80,000 people talking about him!
Even though Omar himself does not believe in beauty being just skin deep – “Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical,” he posted online – for a man in the profession of acting, the adulation can’t be so misplaced. Indeed, the deportation, if really he was deported, has served him well, catapulting him into a league of extraordinary men. His pictures have gone viral on the internet, and when Omar asked people on his page to write how they had got to know him, every single one of the commentors said they’d come via news reports about him being evicted from Abu Dhabi.
Whoever thought deportations were humiliating, wasn’t Omar Borkan Al Gala!
Who is Omar Borkan Al Gala?
The man is all the rage in the online world. Here’s what we know about him from various resources on the internet:
– Born September 23, 1987. Which means he’s all of 25-years-old
– Hails from Dubai, UAE
– He’s a photographer, model, actor and poet
– His career in fashion began after he went to Vancouver to study in acting and modelling
More than 100+ profiles
Apart from an official public figure Omar Borkan Al Gala page on FB, that has served as fodder for anyone wanting to know more about the man, there are several pages, profiles and groups in the photographer-actor’s name, that have cropped up on the social networking website. One particular profile with his pics has more than 78,000 followers.
A Twitter handle called Borkan_alGala has come up in the last couple of days, and already has more than 8000 followers.
There’s also a blog in Omar’s name, which has, what else, but his photographs!