Jeddah: The 14-year-old US Muslim teen who was arrested and handcuffed after a teacher at his school in Texas mistook his homemade clock for a bomb will perform Umarah as Saudi state guest, local media said in a report.
Ahmed Mohammed Al-Hassan, who is of Sudanese origin, would also visit relatives in Jeddah during his trip to Makkah, Arab News quoted Al-Tayyeb Abdul Raheem, spokesman of the US Consulate in Jeddah, as saying.
He however said that the exact date of 'Cool Clock' Ahmed has not been confirmed yet.
Mohamed Al-Hassan Mohamed, Ahmed's father had in September said that the family is willing to visit Makkah for Umrah.
Though not confirmed, it is also reported that Ahmed during his visit to Saudi Arabia is likely to meet King Salman, Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naef and Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman.
Ahmed was invited by President Obama to White House after Ahmed's arrest created stir across the US. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmad Mohammad during his visit to New York for United Nations General Assembly session had met Ahmed Al-Hassan.
The news of Al-Hassan's visit to Saudi Arabia for Umrah is already creating buzz especially among the Sudanese.
“We appreciate this decision by the Kingdom. We intend to have a reception to honor this student. We are trying to cooperate with the Sudanese Consulate in Jeddah to set up a special event", Awad Qarshom, head of the Sudanese community, told Arab News.
The son of Sudanese immigrants who live in a Dallas suburb, the young robotics fan brought in a home-made clock to impress a new teacher at MacArthur High School.
"It was really sad that she took the wrong impression of it and I got arrested," he told reporters last week.
Local police insisted that Mohammed's ethnicity had nothing to do with the decision to arrest him on suspicion of bringing a hoax bomb to school. No charges were laid after it was determined the teen had no malicious intent.
Along with the invitation to astronomy night at the White House next month, Mohamed also got a scholarship to NASA's Space Camp invitations to drive NASA's Opportunity rover, tour MIT and intern at Twitter.
He posted a picture of himself visiting "amazing projects and people" at Google's science fair on his Twitter account, @IStandWithAhmed, Monday.