In a recent article, Al-Arabiya English published that there was talk about AUB relocating to Dubai in the long run. It stated that relocation was an option in consideration.
Al-Arabiya English claimed that there were reports that AUB’s President Fadlo Khoury “discussed this with employees in an internal meeting, in the first week of December 2020.”
Verdict:AUB will not relocate to Dubai. Not any time soon nor in the future.
Context: While AUB was not immediately available for comment, it became evident through posts on social media that the news was false.
Head of Communications at AUB, Martin Asser, asserted on Twitter that there was no truth to the claims published by the newspaper.
He even posted a picture of Dr. Khoury’s response to Al-Arabiya English’s interview question where he clearly states that there are no such plans under his tenure and that the option of relocating was unlikely even in the long run.
Additionally, a history lecturer at AUB, Makram Rabah, called the claim of the university relocating to Dubai “totally unfounded”.