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But "it's also an attempt to change the country's image in Europe," Fürtig, the director of the Hamburg-based GIGA Institute for Mideast Studies said, adding that the Saudi government is by no means unaware of the controversies surrounding the King Fahd Academy and the accusations of "indoctrination attempts." It's an image they want to get away from, he argued. The Saudi Arabian-financed academy in the former German capital has attracted negative headlines over the years.
A security officer who answered the school's phone said it is closed until mid-September for the summer vacation.
Moving beyond oil Closing the school is clearly linked to the "dynamic changes" in Saudi Arabia, Henner Fürtig told DW.
Courses are taught in Arabic according to the Saudi curriculum and following the "International Baccalaureate Diploma Program" in classes 11 and 12.
Construction of a second school underway in Berlin is reportedly also being stopped.
Germany has one of the world's best education systems - a system Saudi Arabia could learn from, so the government in Riyadh no longer sees the need for a Saudi school in Germany, German media quote Saudi diplomats in Berlin as saying.