Teen clock maker Ahmed Mohamed and family moving to Qatar

Ahmed Mohamed.
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Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas teenager who was arrested at his high school last month for building a homemade clock that officials thought was a fake bomb, has received an offer he can't refuse, and is headed to Qatar along with his family.

The Mohamed family announced Tuesday they are relocating to Doha, where Ahmed will join the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development's Young Innovators Program. The foundation will pay for the 14-year-old's secondary and undergraduate education. "We are going to move to a place where my kids can study and learn and all of them being accepted by that country," his father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, told the Dallas Morning News. He made his remarks as he boarded a plane back to Irving from Washington, D.C., where the family had been visiting the White House.

Ahmed's sister, Eyman Mohamed, said her borther will study at the Doha Academy, and once the family arrives in Qatar, they will choose schools for Eyman and her other siblings. The Mohameds said they are thankful for the messages of support and offers from people in the United States and around the world, but Ahmed's education was "central to our decision" to relocate. "Looking at all the great offers we've had, it's the best decision," Eyman Mohamed told the Dallas Morning News. "They even have Texas A&M at Qatar.... It's basically like America."

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Catherine Garcia

Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.