'You are now like my daughters': UAE businessman welcomes 3 Afghan girls to Dubai, sponsors their education

The girls thanked the businessman and even handed him a small token of their appreciation


Meher Dhanjal


Waheed Abbas

Published: Sun 27 Aug 2023, 8:20 AM

Last updated: Mon 28 Aug 2023, 1:39 PM

Founder and CEO of Al Habtoor Group, Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, met with three Afghan girls after they safely arrived in Dubai.

The businessman is offering the three girls a new lease of life by sponsoring their higher education in the UAE. Posting a video of meeting the girls on X, formerly known as Twitter, Al Habtoor said to them on a heartwarming note: "I will treat you now like you are my daughters."


He reassured the girls by telling them that the UAE is the "safest country in the world" and that they are now in one of the safest places even within the country.

“I chose for you the best university. You are now in the safest country in the world and you are with safe people. The most important to me is discipline in life. You’re coming here for a mission which you have to achieve,” the billionaire told Afghan students in the presence of Eesa Bastaki, president of the University of Dubai.

Watch the moving video here: