Three hapless Nigerian asylum-seekers were arrested in Dubai after arriving wearing traditional Arab women’s dress and makeup in a misguided attempt to deceive immigration officials.
A video shared on TikTok shows the trio after their arrest, with before-and-after shots showing how they looked in their disguises and after their disguise was removed.
According to South African news station Kaya 959, the three men went to Dubai in hope of making a better life for themselves after hearing how the United Arab Emirates was a a prosperous country with plenty of opportunities for entrepreneurs.
The UAE’s legal system is notably strict and the fact that the three men had impersonated Arab women may increase their penalty.
According to the Federal Decree-Law No. 34/2021. in the UAE, a jail term and/or penalty is imposed on individuals who impersonate or defame others.
The offence can carry a sentence of up to three years in jail.
Quite a lot of the people who saw the would-be migrants’ disguises were impressed by the results.
Ali Salman said “I was actually convinced in the first pic,” and ‘Stanley’ added “I want the number of the make up artist”.
Fuhad suggests that the three might have worn the disguise in hope of “catfishing Arab men into dating them”
TikToker Otomuh simply asked why the three didn’t go for a full burka, which would have offered more concealment than a niqab.
More than one commenter brought up Keenen Ivory Wayans’s 2004 comedy White Chicks, in which two black FBI agents make themselves over as a pair of rich white socialites to foil a kidnap plot.
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Some commenters have suggested that the three men were from Mali rather than Nigeria, and others have added that they were trying to make their way into Algeria rather than the UAE, but that’s almost beside the point.
Any country should welcome three men with this level of determination and sheer creativity.
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