Ahmed Mohamed Has Officially Decided To Move To Qatar With His Family

The Texas teen who was arrested after his homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb is moving to Qatar with his family.

According to The Washington Post, the family of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed announced yesterday Mohamed accepted a full scholarship for a special program at a Qatar school.

The decision came less than 24 hours after Mohamed met President Obama at the White House's second annual Astronomy Night.


Mohamed, along with his father, mother and two sisters, will make the move next week.

In a statement, the family said,

After careful consideration of all the generous offers received, we would like to announce that we have accepted a kind offer from [the] Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) for Ahmed to join the prestigious QF Young Innovators Program, which reflects the organization's on-going dedication to empowering young people and fostering a culture of innovation and creativity.

Mohamed, who is of Sudanese descent, withdrew from MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas shortly after an electronic project led to him being handcuffed, suspended and taken to a detention center last month.

Huffington Post reports he has since visited Sudan, Mecca and Qatar's capital city of Doha, where degree programs from Northwestern University, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell Medical School and more are offered through a university complex known as EducationCity.

Qatar is Amazing!! — Ahmed Mohamed (@IStandWithAhmed) October 6, 2015

In the family's statement, Mohamed said,

I loved the city of Doha because it's so modern. I saw so many amazing schools there, many of them campuses of famous American universities. The teachers were great. I think I will learn a lot and have fun too.

The teen's 19-year-old sister, Eyman, told The Washington Post Qatar, aside from the predominantly Muslim population,  actually isn't too different from Texas.

She added her brother was under tremendous pressure as a result of his fame.

Eyman said,

It's like now he's motivated to work harder than [ever] before because people are going to be waiting to see what happened to that 14-year-old kid.

Mohamed previously said he plans to eventually attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which he referred to as his "dream school."

Citations: 'Clock kid' Ahmed Mohamed and his family will move to Qatar (The Washington Post), Ahmed Mohamed And His Clock Are Moving To Qatar (Huffington Post)