UAE officials have closed down an Iranian school in the emirate's third city of Sharjah, refusing to extend its permit over what they have called illegal construction within the facility.

The school had 1,500 students, including 500 Afghans, who have now been transferred to Dubai-based schools, the official pointed out.

Speaking to Mehr News Agency, Hosseini said schools in Dubai demand much higher tuition fees which most Afghan families cannot afford.

The UAE announced a partial downgrade in its Iran ties in 2016. Abu Dhabi took the move shortly after Saudi Arabia, its biggest regional ally, with whom it closely aligns its policies, broke off  relations with the Islamic Republic.

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