Afghan Female Students Banned from Travelling to Dubai for University

  • Publish date: Thursday، 24 August 2023
Afghan Female Students Banned from Travelling to Dubai for University

An Emirati philanthropist expressed his disappointment after the Taliban prevented a group of Afghan women from boarding a plane to Dubai to study at university.

Khalaf Al Habtoor said that on Wednesday, officials at Kabul airport refused to allow 63 students to board a plane.

The group of Afghan women was scheduled to attend the University of Dubai to pursue higher education after the Taliban banned women from doing so in Afghanistan last year.

Khalaf Al Habtoor, the founder of the Al Habtoor Group, offered to help 100 Afghan female students relocate to the UAE in December 2022.

On Wednesday, Khalaf Al Habtoor described the Taliban's decision to bar women from attending universities as a "grave injustice" and a "slap in the face to humanity."

“I'm unable to express the disappointment I feel now as the Afghan female students, whom I had provided an educational scholarship were unfortunately unable to reach Dubai Airport this morning to continue their study due to Taliban's interference,” Mr Al Habtoor said on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

“Around 8am we received the uncomfortable news that the 100 Afghan women can't come to Dubai,” Mr Al Habtoor said.

“I was shocked, and this has left me lost for words to describe the disappointment I feel now. I was eagerly awaiting their arrival after months of continuous work to ensure the provision of the scholarships from prominent universities in the UAE,” he said.

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