An unnamed Arabic ambassador has called off his wedding – after discovering his previously veiled fiancée’s beard and crossed eyes.
The Gulf News reported that the consul had not seen her often – and that she had always worn a face-covering niqab. It was only after a marriage contract was signed, when the diplomat hoped to kiss his wife-to-be, that he had a clear look at her face.
The anonymous emissary has since sued for the contract to be annulled and for 500,000 dirhams (£85,000) for clothing, jewellery and other gifts, telling a Shariah court in the United Arab Emirates that his betrothed’s mother had shown his own pictures of the woman’s sister.
The court annulled the contract, but rejected the demand for re-compensation.