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Articles on nutrition and suggestion about nutrition course in Sharjah Friday, August 14, 2009

Mrs. Maro Nigoghosian has been living in the United Arab Emirates for several years. She is an expert in nutrition and author of several books and many articles on mental and physical well being and healthy lifestyle.

In modern times, nutrition subjects are very important, especially after experiments showed strong relationship between nutrition and behavior patterns like aggression and psychological situations like depression.

We believe that there is a great need to educate our community members on such topics, for the benefit of the individuals themselves and the society in general. After all, a healthy individual will be the core of a happy and balanced family.

In a letter to the Executive Council (Azkayin Varchoutyoun) we have taken the initiative to suggest inviting Nigoghosian for a series of lectures or workshop, hoping that the Council will look into the matter favorably.

See letter to the Executive Council here (PDF format, 1 page, in Armenian)

Nutrition articles by Maro Nighogosian are available here (more articles to be added in the future).

Azeri community leader in UAE talks about the Armenians Tuesday, August 11, 2009

In a rather strange interview with Day.Az (an Azeri information website), Mr. Samir Iman, the head of the Azerbaijani community in the United Arab Emirates, dedicated more than half of his time to talk about the Armenian community (not the Azeri), providing details about the number of Armenians in the country, where they meet and what they do, where they originally come from and at what level is their knowledge of Arabic language, etc. Read more

Dubai: Azad-Hye monthly gathering (August 2009) Saturday, August 01, 2009

Monthly Gathering: August 2009

DATE: Wednesday, 05 August 2009
TIME: 09:00 pm
LOCATION: "Seville's Restaurant"
Wafi Mall, Dubai
Free parking available 
We will have seated and cocktail style tables, to facilitate conversation.
Conversation topic:
Acquiring Armenian citizenship for Diaspora Armenians 
(conditions, steps, issues, first hand information, etc).  
Other topics: Upon request
Tel: 04 3244777 (to ask directions in case you are absolutely new to Dubai)
Part of Parev Emirates program

Letter of condolence for the victims of the fallen airplane Friday, July 24, 2009

Archbishop Goriun Babian, Catholicosal Vicar of the Prelacy of Kuwait and Arabian Gulf has expressed his heartfelt condolences in the name of the religious and national bodies in the Gulf region.

Being formerly the Head of the Church in Isfahan and Southern Iran he has known several of the personalities that lost their lives on the 15 July 2009 disastrous flight of the Caspian Airlines, which caused the death of more than 40 Armenians, mostly from the Iranian Armenian community.

On 17 July 2009 a requiem service was performed in Kuwait for their memory and for the peace of their souls. Another requiem service will be held in Sharjah on 24 July 2009.

Click here to read the letter of condolence in Armenian

Book of condolences to open in the Embassy of Armenia in Abu Dhabi Friday, July 17, 2009


The Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Abu Dhabi expresses its deep condolences and support to the families and relatives of the victims of the Caspian Airlines plane, which crashed on its way to Yerevan on 15 July 2009, killing more than fourty compatriots. 

On this occasion a book of condolences will be opened in the Embassy of Armenia in Abu Dhabi on 19 and 20 July 2009 from 12:00-14:00 hrs.

The Embassy wishes to the families patience and spiritual strength in the face of this unexpected tragedy. announcement about opening book of condolences

Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Abu Dhabi
H.E. Vahagn Melikian, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Tel: +971 2 4444196 (Consular office: +971 2 4444128)
Fax: (971 2) 4444197

P.O. Box 6358, The Diplomatic Quarter, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

E-mail: armemiratesembassy@mfa.am


Embassy Location Map


Looking for a part time afternoon job in computer services, maintenance, design... Friday, July 17, 2009

I am an Armenian from Aleppo, Syria, 22 years old, now living in Sharjah, UAE. I work as office coordinator in a medium-sized company.

I am graduate of computer studies (Advanced IT Diploma, City & Guilds College of London).

I am willing to provide computer services, hardware and software maintenance, photoshop designing, private lessons for using computers and internet, etc.

All with affordable rates and with any of these three languages:
English, Arabic, Armenian.

Contact me at: 050 7380155 (Ashod)

Note from Azad-Hye: You can also post a reply to Ashod here.

Armenia diaspora comes home Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Zak Valladian

Zak Valladian
, born and brought up in Dubai, is a member of a group called Tebi Hayrenik or “back to the motherland” that encourages diasporans to relocate to Armenia. He believes “absolutely” more of them are doing what he did four months ago, and moving to the country.

“Change comes from within,” said the 30-year-old, who runs a special effects business. “I do believe for Armenia’s sake, the only thing they can do is to encourage the diaspora to come and invest. It’s home from home for us.”

Photo: Zak Valladian is one of the foreign-born Armenians returning to the country of their heritage. Onnik Krikorian / The National

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Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobian receives Azad-Hye editor Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Minister Hranush Hakobian with Hrach KalsahakianOn June 23, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobian received Managing Director and Editor of Azad-Hye Armenian website (www.azad-hye.net) in the United Arab Emirates, writer, translator Hrach Kalsahakian.

H. Kalsahakian presented activities of the Arab-English website telling about Armenian communities of the Middle East countries, as well as possibilities of cooperation with the Hayern Aysor electronic newspaper of the RA Ministry of Diaspora.

Problems (registration) relating to dual citizenship raised by H. Kalsahakian, programs on teaching the Armenian language intended for Armenians of the Arab world and other issues were also discussed during the meeting. They also touched upon the issue of creating an address reference book of all-Armenian websites that will give a possibility of uniting the Armenian Internet potential, as well as the possibilities of assisting development of tourism in Armenia, taking into consideration H. Kalsahakian's experience in the sphere of tourism.

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Dubai: Azad-Hye monthly gathering (July 2009) Saturday, June 27, 2009
Monthly gathering: July 2009
DATE: Wednesday, 01 July 2009
TIME: 09:00 pm
LOCATION: "Elements Cafe"
Wafi Mall (First Floor), Dubai
Tel: 04 324 4252 (to ask directions in case you are absolutely new to Dubai)
Part of Parev Emirates program

Media coverage on State Youth Orchestra's visit to the UAE Saturday, June 20, 2009

In May 2009 the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia visited UAE and performed in Abu Dhabi and Dubai on 16 and 17 May 2009 respectively.

Both events were highlighted in UAE and Armenian media through the following writings:

1) "Life-affirming notes", by Gemma Champ.

2) "The performances of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia", by Antranig Daghlian.

3) "New blood, new style", by Nshanag (Nishan Basmajian)

Read the three articles in our special page dedicated to the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia here.

Request information about the Armenians in Abu Dhabi Saturday, June 20, 2009

My name is Karnig Haladjian and I moved to Abu Dhabi less than a week ago.  I am originally from the States and moved out here as part of a job assignment I recently took. 

I was wondering if someone could provide me the location and detail of any Armenian community in this area as I would like to get involved.

Look forward to hearing from you.


Karnig Haladjian

Reply to Karnig Haladjian by using post@azad-hye.net

Dubai: Young Professionals (YP) meeting and fundraising event (26 June 2009) Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sweet corn fundraising eventThe subcommittee of Events & Social Gatherings would like to announce the Dubai YP's first fundraising event.

You are invited to join us for a night of mingling & casual fun over a generous table of mouthwatering Arabic cuisine, surrounded by the warm ambiance of a hospitable culture. The set-menu includes a wide range of hot & cold mezzas, main course dishes & dessert.

Wait, there is more!

Not only will you have this opportunity to re-unite with your fellow YPs & catch up with the group's latest news, but by attending this dinner you will also be contributing to the charity fundraising efforts for the development of Armenia's much needed young farmers. The proceeds of this dinner will be directly used for buying the sweet corn in collaboration with YP Yerevan & CARD (Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development in Armenia).

Event Details:

Location: SARAI (JBR The Walk)
Date: Friday, 26th of June
Time: 7:30 pm
Price: 130 Dhs

Once we calculate the net amount raised, you will be informed of it via e-mail. There is nothing more gratifying than knowing you have taken part in making a difference in this world... let alone in our motherland Armenia. Moreover, you will be sent photos of this event to keep as souvenirs, which will also be included in YP Dubai newsletters & website in the near future.

Thank you & hope to see you soon!
For reservations: Please call Mossine at 050-328 0591

Sharjah: School Board of Trustees 2009-20011 Saturday, June 20, 2009

School lifeAccording to the circular of the Council of the Armenian Community in the Northern Emirates, the Board of Trustees of the Ohannesian Armenian School for the years 2009-2011 will have the following members:

Lena Kazanjian
Maral Haroutiunian
Seta Baliozian
Tate Bakalian
Mardo Hovsepian
Nishan Basmajian
Sebouh Armenagian

Original announcement (PDF format, Armenian and English)

Sharjah: Holy Mass schedule in June and July 2009 Saturday, June 20, 2009

Armenian Church in SharjahVenue: Armenian Apostolic Saint Gregory the Illuminator Church in Sharjah

Holy Mass will be celebrated on Fridays: 12, 26 June and 10, 24 July 2009. Hours: 12:00 - 14:00

Morning Services will be performed on Sundays: 7, 14, 21, 28 June and 5, 12, 19, 26 July 2009. Hours: 09:00 - 09:30

The Holy Mass service will not be performed during the month of August due to the summer holidays.

For more info contact the Church Council (see details in the link below).

UAE Armenian community page

Original announcement (PDF format, Armenian and English)

Anger of mother who lost daughter in quad bike accident Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Sonia Babikian with daughter's portraitThe mother of a girl who died in a quad bike accident is angry they are still being used in residential areas.

Her plea for firmer action comes weeks after authorities began a drive to restrict ownership of the off-road vehicles, and she feels police are not doing enough.

Shortly after what would have been her daughter’s 18th birthday, Sonia Babikian has launched a campaign to inform people about the death of her daughter, Gabriella Mattar, and to draw attention to the dangers of the bikes. Read All

Dubai: Azad-Hye monthly gathering (June 2009) Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monthly gathering: June 2009
DATE: Wednesday, 03 June 2009
TIME: 09:00 pm
LOCATION: "Elements Cafe"
Wafi Mall (First Floor), Dubai
Tel: 04 324 4252 (to ask directions in case you are absolutely new to Dubai) 
Direct discussions and exchange of views
about the current situation of social networking in the Armenian community, its importance and ways of coordinating it.
All participants will have chance to express their views
Part of Parev Emirates program

Sharjah: End of Sunday school year festivities (29 May 2009) Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The St. Gregory Illuminator Sunday School Administration is pleased to announce that the End of Sunday school year Festivities for the academic year of 2008-2009 will take place on Friday, 29th May 2009, at 2:00 pm, at the Pierre Keusseyan hall, Sharjah.

You are all invited to attend.

St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church Council

Original announcement (in Armenian and English, PDF format)

Dubai: National Day celebration (28 May 2009) Saturday, May 23, 2009

Coat of ArmsThe Council of the Armenian Community in Northern Emirates will celebrate the 28 May National Day event in Crowne Plaza hotel in Dubai on 28 May 2009, starting from 08:30pm.

Artist Makich (Mkrtich Mkrtchian) has been specially invited from Armenia on this occasion, accompanied by David Amalian.

Patrioritc and ARF songs will be performed, glorifying the Fedayin movement and the First Republic of 1918-1920.  

Original announcement in PDF format in Armenian

Sharjah: End of school year celebration 2009. Additional texts in Armenian and Russian Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Sharjah: End of school year event

On Friday, 08 May 2009, students, parents and friends attended the Ohanessian one-day Armenian School’s end of school year celebration. The event began with the UAE and Armenian national anthems. 

You can now read the report about this event in three languages:

Text in English

Text in Armenian

Text in Russian

Vahan Zanoyan at AGBU YP Speaker Series (22 May 2009) Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Vahan ZanoyanYou are cordially invited to an AGBU YP Speaker Series talk on ENERGY MARKETS AND THE GULF ECONOMIES

by Vahan Zanoyan
Chairman, PFC Energy International
CEO, First Energy Bank, Bahrain
Friday, May 22
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
The Fairmont Hotel
Cocktails & Mixed Hors D'Oeurves
80 dhs/person

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