Omar Borkan Al-Gala is a model, photographer, poet, and entrepreneur. He gained fame after reporters claimed he was deported from Saudi Arabia for "being too handsome."
Omar Borkan was born in Baghdad, Iraq. He was raised in Dubai.
He started taking interest in photography and poetry when he was 12 years old.
When he was 18 years old, Al Gala moved to Dubai to pursue a career in modeling.
In 2013, Borkan Al-Gala gained international stardom. He appeared on the cover of Quien Magazine. In addition, he did an interview with them where he learned some Spanish from Inez Gomez Mont.
Later that year, he was also co-featured on the front cover of the Winter 2013 edition of London's Asiana.TV Magazine.
He has represented Samsung for a number of their products. In 2014, he was selected as their first Arab brand ambassador. He promoted 2 of their products in Latin America: the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Camera 2.
Saudi Arabia Deportation Rumors
In April 2013, when he was Saudi Arabia, it was reported that Omar Borkan Al-Gala was deported for being "too handsome." He gained massive amounts of popularity: his photos went viral and people were sharing articles about how he was kicked out of the country.
Within 48 hours, he gained over 800,000 followers on Facebook.
In July 2013, three months after the rumors started, he admitted that the story was misleading and that he was never kicked out.
Debunking the rumors that were spread worldwide, he said that he and two delegates from the United Arab Emirates attended the annual Jenadrivah Heritage & Culture Festival in Riyadh; they were allegedly just "looking for something to do."
Al Gala said some girls at the festival recognized him and asked for his autograph and a photo. When the crowd of female admirers grew, he said Saudi Arabia's religion police intervened and asked him to leave the festival, not the country.
They came and they asked me politely to leave the festival […] because it’s not really allowed to mix with girls there.
Looking back at the incident, Borkan al-Gala credits the Saudi Arabia incident for kick starting his modeling career.
Omar Borkan Al-Gala is the oldest of three brothers. One of his brothers is named Ain.