A group of men have allegedly been deported from Saudi Arabia after they were deemed too handsome.

It's rarely seen as something that will go against you, but possession of good looks proved troublesome for a number of men attending a cultural festival in Saudi Arabia, after being ejected from the event.

''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 contingent, from the United Arab Emirates, were reportedly ordered to leave the event and were deported because officials believed that their looks could corrupt young women in the country.

Arabic newspaper Elaph stated: ''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.''

However, the men in question have denied that their looks were to blame, but instead said that authorities were concerned by a female artist travelling with the group.

Saeed Al Kaabi, who was the head of the group, said: ''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.''