'Too handsome' for Saudi Arabia: How Omar Borkan conquered the world

Why Omar Borkan is
Omar Borkan: a cosmopolitan born in Iraq
Omar Borkan: his studies
Omar Borkan's 'expulsion' from Saudi Arabia
Omar Borkan: the true story
Omar Borkan: Saudi Arabia's response
The wrong place
Omar Borkan: famous
Omar Borkan: his unexpected title
Omar Borkan: very popular on the web
Omar Borkan's Instagram
Omar Borkan: what happened to him?
Omar Borkan: married!
The misery of his fans
The lucky girl
Criticism of Yasmin
Not so happily ever after
Omar Borkan: his firstborn
Omar Borkan: handsome dad
A heart divided
Omar Borkan's YouTube channel
Omar Borkan: car enthusiast
Change of image
Matching hat
Omar has not lost his appeal
Omar Borkan: more than just
Why Omar Borkan is "the hottest man in the world"

Omar Borkan Al Gala is an Iraqi model, actor and photographer. Some years ago, he was curiously declared the most handsome man in the world.

Omar Borkan: a cosmopolitan born in Iraq

Omar was born in Baghdad, Iraq, in September 1989. He grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. And then he lived for some time in Vancouver, Canada.

Omar Borkan: his studies

The model studied photography and has a degree in hotel management. He's not famous because of his hotel management skills, though.

Omar Borkan's 'expulsion' from Saudi Arabia

The thing that made Omar Borkan an instant celebrity was his supposed 'expulsion' from Saudi Arabia in 2013. The motive? Omar was said to be '"too handsome." This story quickly went viral around the world.

Omar Borkan: the true story

In an interview with Quién magazine, Omar later clarified the situation. He was really only denounced for performing inappropriate dances with his friends at a religious festival. They had supposedly upset some young girls, he explained.

Omar Borkan: Saudi Arabia's response

The Saudi Arabian authorities also released their side of the story. They said they never asked Omar and his friends to leave the country, only the festival.

The wrong place

"I was really just minding my business," Omar told Quién magazine. "I ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Omar Borkan: famous

Once the infamous incident and its story went viral, Omar was invited to several TV shows and interviewed by media all over the world.

Omar Borkan: his unexpected title

In the process, he was praised as the most handsome Arab man in the world, and at some point, even the most handsome man in the world.

Omar Borkan: very popular on the web

Omar's popularity on social networks skyrocketed, especially after he was reportedly expelled from his country. On Facebook alone, Omar currently has over 2.3 million followers.

Omar Borkan's Instagram

And on his Instagram account, which the model began in September 2012, he has over 1.2 million followers.

Omar Borkan: what happened to him?

But what has become of Omar after all the turmoil he went through in 2013?

Omar Borkan: married!

Omar Borkan got married in 2015. The lucky woman was Yasmin Oweidah.

The misery of his fans

After receiving comments from disappointed fans, lamenting that he was now 'taken,' Omar wrote: "I would like all of you, my dear fans, to respect this and be happy for me... You will all get to this point one day."

The lucky girl

Yasmin is a model and fashion designer who was lucky enough to conquer the hottest man in the world.

Criticism of Yasmin

However, marrying the famous model was not easy. She received a lot of criticism from people who did not consider her "pretty enough" for Omar.

"Do not worry"

Yasmin had a response to the critics: "Do not worry about those who speak behind your back, they are behind you for a reason."

Epic responses of celebrities to their haters

Not so happily ever after

Although everything seemed to be going well between them, Omar announced in 2018 that he had separated from his wife. He wished her all the best in the world.

Omar Borkan: his firstborn

But the couple will always be close, as Omar and Yasmin have a son. The boy Theyab was born in 2016.

Omar Borkan: handsome dad

And his son has been a great companion for Omar, as you can see in the pictures the model posts on Instagram.

A heart divided

Omar's life goes back and forth between Canada and Dubai as he continues to work as a model with international clients.

Omar Borkan's YouTube channel

And he has a channel on YouTube called 'Mazaj', in which he shows his more than 340,000 subscribers his life full of luxury and extreme adventures.

Omar Borkan: car enthusiast

For one, Omar uploads many photos on his social networks to show off his car collection.

Change of image

Recently, the model has changed his image a bit. This is how we got to know him a few years ago...

Matching hat

... and now he has a different hat to match the rest of his western outfit.

Omar has not lost his appeal

Although he looks more mature, no one can deny that he's still very attractive. The title "most handsome man in the world" continues to make sense.

Omar Borkan: more than just "too handsome"

For Omar, there is more to life than being handsome, though. "My goal in life is to be the best I can be, and to motivate myself every morning to achieve that goal."

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