Ambassador to Dubai Annuls Marriage to Bearded Wife Diplomat says he was duped throughout courtship By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Feb 11, 2010 8:08 AM CST 49 comments Comments The ambassador says he never got a good look at his bride-to-be's face because she wore a niqab throughout their courtship. (Shutter Stock) (Newser) – An Arab country's ambassador to Dubai had his marriage annulled after discovering he'd accidentally married a bearded, cross-eyed woman. The ambassador says his bride-to-be's face had been covered by a niqab throughout their courtship and he only discovered the beard when he went to kiss her at their wedding. He claims her family duped him by showing him a picture of her attractive, beardless sister, the New York Daily News reports. "He was absolutely horrified," a wedding guest told the Daily Mail. "The bride had a nice personality, but there was a good reason why she was hiding her looks behind a veil. A divorce was inevitable, and the groom went straight to court, leaving his new bride in floods of tears." A court agreed to end the marriage, but rejected the groom's request to have the money he'd spent on wedding expenses returned.