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Dubai-Sharjah: Armenian Annual Ball (2008)

Friday, January 04, 2008
We are pleased to inform you that this year’s Armenian Ball will take place at the AL BUSTAN ROTANA Hotel, GRAND RASHIDIYA ballroom, Dubai, UAE
 
on Thursday, 31st January from 9:00p.m. onwards.
 
The following people have been specially invited from Lebanon to entertain us:
 
Sarmen Panossian
Shake Baghdassarian
 
Also featuring Seto Baghdassarian and his band
 
For reservations and tickets, you are kindly requested to contact: Datev Soulian 06-5660320 untill 25th of January 2008.
 
Buffet dinner
 
Entry for children below 12 years old is not allowed. Free babysitting is available.
 
Entrance Fee: AED 375 (per person) only.
 
The ball is a unique event whose revenues secure the proper running of the community’s activities.
 
We invite you to participate and make this year’s Ball a success.
 
COUNCIL OF THE ARMENIAN COMMUNITY IN THE NORTHERN EMIRATES
 
Announcement in English and Armenian (PDF format)

Abu Dhabi: Armenian poetry night Wednesday, January 02, 2008
The Armenian Cultural Association of Abu Dhabi has the pleasure to organise an evening of Armenian Poetry Recital by the well known Armenian Lebanese Reciter, Mrs. Annie Sarrafian-Yepremian on Friday, 18th January, 2008, at the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation’s AL MAJED theatre on the first floor, at 6:30 pm sharp.
 
Mrs. Yepremian’s repertoire includes a collection of poems from well known Armenian poets.
 
You are cordially invited to attend the recital. Refreshments shall be served at the end of the recital.
 
Admission Free
 
MERRY XMAS & A VERY HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR
 
Armenian Cultural Association of Abu Dhabi
Tel/Fax: +971 4 361 7584
P.O. Box 18294
Jebel Ali – Dubai – UAE
E-mail
 
ՀԱՅԿԱԿԱՆ ՄՇԱԿՈՒԹԱՅԻՆ ԸՆԿԵՐԱԿՑՈՒԹԻՒՆ
 
Ընդառաջելով Նորին Սուրբ Օծութիւն ՏՏ Արամ Ա. Կաթողիկոսի «Հայոց Լեզուի Տարի» հռչակման կոնդակին, Ապու Տապիի Հայկական Մշակութային Ընկերակցութիւնը Լիբանանէն յատկապէս հրաւիրած է Լիբանանահայ տաղանդաւոր ու հայ համայնքին քաջածանօթ ասմունքող՝ Տկն. Անի Սարաֆեան-Եփրեմեանը, որ արտասանէ փունջ մը բանաստեղծութիւններ հայ քերթողներէ:

Ելոյթի վայրն ու թուականն է:- Ուրբաթ, 18 Յունուար, 2008 թ. Ապու Տապիի Մշակութային Կեդրոնի IBN MAJED դահլիճին մէջ, առաջին յարկի վրայ, երեկոյեան ժամը 6:30-ին:
 
Կը խնդրուի ճշդապահ ըլլալ:
 
Հանդէսի աւարտին տեղի պիտի ունենայ հիւրասիրութիւն, որուն հրաւիրուած էք բոլորդ, աւելի մօտէն ծանօթանալու և զրուցելու Տկն. Եփրեմեանին հետ:
 
Մուտքը ազատ է
 
ՇՆՈՐՀԱՒՈՐ ՆՈՐ ՏԱՐԻ և Սբ. ԾՆՈՒՆԴ
Հ.Մ.Ընկերակցութեան Վարչութիւն
 
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Christmas card from Hratch and Silvia Davidian-Padoyan Sunday, December 30, 2007

Christmas card from Hratch and Silvia DavidianDear all…
 
2007 was an extraordinary year for Me and Silvia…

We managed to visit Armenia 5 times during the last three months or so…. And couldn’t get enough!

Things have changed in Armenia... and certainly for us too. Soon we’ll be going home for good…
 
Yes, we do wish you to do the same and do wish you a Happy New Year and the Merriest Xmas!
 
See you all in Armenia next year!
 
Hratch Davidian-Padoyan
Managing Director
Creative Works AP L.L.C.
T 00971 6 5565528
F 00971 6 5565582
Email: hratch@create905.com
Web: www.create905.com
 
Hilltop HostelFor a place to stay in Armenia visit:

www.hilltophostel.com or contact: booknow@hilltophostel.com

Click on the logo to enlarge.

 

 

 


January 2008 Armenian community events. Saturday, December 29, 2007
Details about the Christmas Eve Holy Mass, Epiphay Holy Mass and the Blessing of the Water are available in the Events Calendar.
 
The Blessing of the Water
 
Even though this is not a feast by definition-being a mere service or office-it is considered one, as it commemorates the Baptism of Christ. It takes place on the Nativity Day, following the Divine Liturgy. In various places it is a custom to perform churorhnek at a river, lake, or sea, which is a more prevalent custom among the Greeks. We perform churorhnek in church.

See announcement below by the Caretaking Body of Sharjah's Saint Grigor the Illuminator Church, regarding the Blessing of the Water service which will take place immediately after the Holy Mass.     


ՅԱՅՏԱՐԱՐՈՒԹԻՒՆ

 

Հայաստանեայց Առաքելական Սուրբ Եկեղեցին Յունուար 6-ին կը տօնէ Քրիստոսի Ծնունդը եւ Մկրտութիւնը:

 

Ջրօրհնէքը ջուրի օրհնութիւն է, այն արարողութիւնը, որ մեր եկեղեցւոյ մէջ կը խորհրդանշէ Յիսուսի Մկրտութիւնը, որ կատարուեցաւ Յորդանան գետին մէջ: Օրէնք է ջրօրհնէքին համար նշանակել ԿՆՔԱՀԱՅՐ մը: Սովորութիւն դարձած է, որ կնքահօյր պատիւին արժանացած անձ մը կը կատարէ սրտաբուխ նուիրատուութիւն մը եկեղեցւոյ:

 

Ս. Ծննդեան օրը մեր եկեղեցւոյ մէջ ջրօրհնէքը կը կատարուի հետեւեալ ձեւով. Ջուրով լեցուած տաշտ մը կը դրուի խորանի Ս. բեմին վրայ: Նշանակուած կանոնական աղօթքներէն անմիջապէս յետոյ Քահանայ Հայրը Ս. Միւռոնով եւ Խաչով կ`օրհնէ ջուրը եւ ապա խաչը կը ձգէ տաշտին մէջ:

 

Յաճախ Ծնողներ ուխտ ըրած կ`ըլլան, որ իրենց զաւակը ԿՆՔԱՀԱՅՐ ըլլայ, այդ ընտանիքներու զաւակներէն մէկը Ծննդեան օրը, շապիկ հագած, կը բարձրանայ խորան եւ խաչը ջուրէն կը հանէ եւ կը կոչուի ԽԱՉԻ ԿՆՔԱՀԱՅՐ, արարողութեան աւարտին օրհնուած ջուրը կը բաժնուի ժողովուրդին, հաւատացեալներ օրհնուած ջուրը տուն կը տանին իրենց հարազատներուն խմցնելու:

 

Բոլոր անոնք որոնք ուխտ ունին կամ կը փափաքին ԿՆՔԱՀԱՅՐ ըլլալ թող բարեհաճին իրենց անունները արձանագրել եկեղեցւոյ գրասենեակը 06-5660320, ժամկէտ ունենալով Չորեքշաբթի 2 Յունուար 2008, որպէսզի թաղական խորհուրդը ներկայացուած անուններէն մէկը վիճակաձգութեամբ ընտրէ ԽԱՉԻ ԿՆՔԱՀԱՅՐ:

 

Հայաստանեայց Առաքելական

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Sincere wishes from the Council of the Armenian Community Saturday, December 29, 2007
Dear Fellow Armenians,
 
This year is coming to an end. We will soon be celebrating the coming New Year and Christmas. With these thoughts in mind, on behalf of Archbishop Goriun Babian (Catholicosal Vicar of Kuwait and Arabian Gulf Armenians), Father Aram Deyirmendjian (Parish priest of the UAE Armenians), and all the Armenian Committees and Councils, we would like to convey you our best wishes for a healthy, prosperous and joyous New Year and present you greetings for a Merry Christmas.
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. “Chrisdos Dzenav yev haydnetsav dzezi mezi mets avedis”
 
Council of the Armenian Community in Northern Emirates
 
Text in Armenian:
 

Սիրելի հայորդիք,

 

Տարին իր մայրամուտի օրերը կապրի եւ դարձեալ կը մօտենայ Ամանորը եւ Ս. Ծնունդը:

 

Բոլորս ալ մեծ խանդավառութեամբ կը սպասենք վայելելու նոր տարուան քաղցր մթնոլորտը եւ Քրիստոսի Ս. Ծննդեան հրաշափառ աւետիսը, որ կը տարածուի ամէն տեղ եւ ամէն տուն նուէրներով, բարիքներով, աղօթքներով, բարեմաղթութիւններով եւ յիշատակներով:

 

Նոր Տարուան եւ Ս. Ծննդեան տօներուն առիթով յանուն Կաթողիկոսական Փոխանորդ Գերշ. Տ. Կորիւն Արք. Պապեանի, Հոգեւոր Հովիւ Արժ. Տէր Արամ Քհնյ. Տէյիրմենճեանի` ընդունեցէք մեր եւ Ազգային Ժողովականութեան ամենաջերմ զգացումները եւ սրտալից բարեմաղթութիւնները` առողջութեան, յաջողութեան եւ բարօր կեանքի:

 

Շնորհաւոր Նոր Տարի եւ Ս. Ծնունդ:

ՔՐԻՍՏՈՍ ԾՆԱՒ ԵՒ ՅԱՅՏՆԵՑԱՒ ՁԵԶԻ ՄԵԶԻ ՄԵԾ ԱՒԵՏԻՍ:

 

ՀԻՒՍԻՍԱՅԻՆ ԷՄԻՐՈՒԹԵԱՆՑ ԱԶԳԱՅԻՆ ՎԱՐՉՈՒԹԻՒՆ


Christmas card from Lara Setrakian Thursday, December 27, 2007
Lara Setrakian's cardA card with local flavor
 
We received this card from Lara Setrakian who is stationed in Dubai for ABC Channel.
 

First activity of a newly formed group Thursday, December 27, 2007
Dear Hayer,
 
We are organizing Gala Dinner on 5th of January 2008 at Khaleej Palace Hotel (Dubai), in ZORBA restaurant.
 
Arabic and Greek entertainment (singers/dancers).
 
Mix of Arabic and Greek food will be served with a bottle of wine for each couple, AED 150/person.
Last day of confirmation is 1st of January 2008, hurry up places are limited.
 
For confirmation, please contact:
 
1) Datev Soulian at 050-3683538
2) Jiro Balian at 050-4745067
3) Avo Jamgochian at 050-9449349
4) Anto Bedoyan at 050-2252585
5) Sevag Davidian at 050-6507947
 
Best Regards,
 
Hayer UAE Manangment

Armenian Facebook Groups in the UAE Thursday, December 27, 2007
Hye Lounge September 2007
Azad-Hye Special
 
Social networking amongst UAE Armenians witnessed a great leap in 2007, especially with the advent of Facebook. This was obvious mainly in the circles of the young UAE Armenians, who were deprived from an organized life in the last few years.
 
Members of the Legislative and National Councils may quote several factors behind the lack of Armenian youth gatherings in recent times. "The youth are indifferent", "they have different interests", "they are not interested in traditional events", etc, are some of the excuses in circulation. No serious effort has been made though to understand the present day needs of the youth.
 
Read more ...

Rory Allardice Sunday, December 23, 2007

Rory AllardiceRory Allardice is a Scotsman based in Dubai. He is married to Ophelia Gokoyan a human resources specialist from Armenia.

Rory enjoys nature, travel and portrait photography. He tries to take photos that tell a story.

He has travelled extensively in the Middle East countries and other parts of the world. Sometimes he keeps a diary during his travel adventures and circulates it amongst friends. We have received a copy of his diary during his travels in Ethiopia.

Rory Allardice's photo galleries at pbase.com

A photo from Armenia taken by Rory Allardice: Armenian stone masons

Read more and download two songs by Rory Allardice and his son Phil.


Norair Kazandjian Friday, December 21, 2007

Click on each song:

 

Yerevan

 

Ov im mayr

 

Arevig

 

Ov intch kidi

 

Shagov ari

 

Intche im meghke

 

Houyze serdis

 

Anabade ko hokin

 

Djan yeghnig aghtchig

 

Garegtsoutioun

 

Click here to see the list of all songs (including previously available ones)

Azad-Hye
is hosting another 10 songs from Norair Kazandjian
 
Norair KazandjianNorair Kazandjian is a known name within the circles of the Armenians in the United Arab Emirates.
 
Born in the Latakia, Syria, he has been blessed with parents who deeply comprehend the value of music and arts. After High School he moves to Aleppo to study in the Medical University, but, in the meanwhile, discovers that the world of music is close to his heart. He manages to follow lessons on guitar, piano and reciting.
 
His repertoire includes, besides Armenian, songs in foreign languages.
 
He has produced 9 CDs & audio cassettes and has been invited to perform in many Armenian communities. He has composed the music of some of his unique songs (words by poets Yervant Barsoumian and Paren Hovsepian). 

Christmas bazaars in Dubai, Al Ain and Sharjah Friday, December 21, 2007
Nirva Narguizian and Sonia Ayvazian
Nirva Narguizian (left)
and Sonia Ayvazian (right)
This year the Community’s Christmas bazaar took place in three different locations: Dubai (30 November), Al Ain (2 December) and Sharjah (7-8 December). 
 
Taking this opportunity we met with several members in the Community, who were the active force behind these festive events:
 
Nirva Narguizian: 
How long it takes to prepare the Christmas bazaar?
This kind of work requires several months of preparatory work. Especially the last month is important and needs extensive attention and follow-up. We had ten volunteer ladies and two young girls involved with us this year. We would have wished to have more young volunteers. Let us hope for more volunteers next year. Read more

New Armenian Embassy - Once a dream, now reality Saturday, December 15, 2007
Several hundred UAE Armenians and a number of senior foreign diplomats gathered to celebrate a new milestone in Armenia – UAE relations, the inauguration of the new Armenian Embassy building in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 12 December 2007.

Excitement and joy filled the Embassy's courtyard when the President's entourage approached the gates of the Embassy and building dedication ceremony commenced.

Following the inauguration, the Armenian leader toured and inspected different sections of the embassy.

Read more and see additional photos here

Traditional national day picnic 2007 Friday, December 14, 2007
Organized jointly by the Councils of the Armenian Community of Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates.

At the Al Ain Rotana, Sunday 2nd December 2007 from 10:00am onwards.

Live entertainment by Razmig Dirarian (One man show)
 

 
More photos available in the Photo Gallery

Global tales of Armenians Friday, December 14, 2007
By Abbas Al Lawati (Gulf News Staff Reporter)
 
A little bit of Armenia
 
As an ancient people who have spanned the globe, the Armenians have found a unique way to preserve their identity and yet adapt to new cultures as they moved from country to country for three thousand years. Gulf News looks deeper into the 4.000 strong community in the UAE
 
Out of the eleven million Armenians in the world, only three million live in the Republic of Armenia. The rest constitute a multicultural diaspora in all corners of the world.
 
Despite having assimilated well into most of their adopted countries as a result of migration and displacement, the Armenian diaspora has remained distinct in maintaining its identity while celebrating its diversity.
 
The UAE is one of the few places where Armenians from around the world meet. There is said to have been an Armenian presence in the country since the 1960s. Read more

President Robert Kocharian in UAE (11-13 December 2007) Friday, December 14, 2007

As reported by Lucine Mkrtchian from Abu Dhabi, Public TV of Armenia.


Sharjah: Youth Committee Friday, December 14, 2007
On 10th December 2007 the newly formed Youth Committee invited the youth of the community to attend a preliminary meeting for those who declared possessing cultural interests in a questionnaire which was circulated a short while ago.
 
Similar meeting was organized on 11th December 2007, for members who declared social preferences and interests in the above mentioned questionnaire.
 
The meetings took place in the Community Center, Sharjah.

Sharjah: Cultural Committee (2007-2009) Friday, December 14, 2007
The Council of the Armenian Community in the Northern Emirates would like to inform you that the Cultural Committee members for the years 2007-2009 are as follows:
 
Alin Balian, Arpy Toutounjian, Muriel Keusseyan, Salpy Apelian, Sonia Teperdjian-Megiure, Niry Missirian and Berj Tosounian.
 
Council's representative: Nirva Narguizian.
 
We wish them the best of luck.
 
Council of the Armenian Community In the Northern Emirates
 
See text in Armenian (PDF format)

UAE Armenians: Azkayin Dourk for 2007 Friday, December 14, 2007
Dubai, Sharjah and the rest of Northern Emirates:
 
We would like to inform you that the annual Azkayin Dourk is now due. We kindly ask you to settle your dues as soon as possible.
 
Payments can be made after the holy mass service to Mardiros Kasbarian, member of the Armenian Church Committee or to Datev Soulian at our Community Centre from 8:00 till 13:00 and 16.00 till 19.00.
 
Armenian Apostolic St. Gregory the Illuminator Church Council (Sharjah)
 
Abu Dhabi and Al Ain:

Payments can be made after the holy mass service to Hagop Kahvedjian, member of the Armenian Church Council or any member of the Executive Council.
 
Council of the Armenian Community of Abu Dhabi
 
Read text in Armenian (PDF format)

Armenian president arrives in Abu Dhabi Thursday, December 13, 2007

Armenian President in UAEArmenian President, Robert Kocharian, arrived here this evening on an official visit to the UAE.

The visitor was received at the airport by Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Khalifa Shaheen Al Marri, the UAE Non- Resident Ambassador to Armenia, Vahagn Melikyan, the Armenian Ambassador to the UAE and a number of high-ranking officials.

President Robert Kocharyan is accompanied by a delegation including Armenian Foreign Minister, Vartan Oskanian, Minister of Trade and Economic Development, Nerses Yeritsyan and a number of other Armenian officials.

Emirates News Agency, United Arab Emirates
December 11, 2007


Dubai: HyeLounge event 5 Thursday, December 13, 2007

Dubai Twin TowersDear Hyeloungers,

With Xmas and New Year around the corner, most of you by now would have made plans as to where and how you will be celebrating these exciting events. Given that December is a busy period packed with nothing but fun and partying, to get into the festive mood Hyelounge will be gathering for a lunch on 14th December following the Holy Mass in Armenian Church, Sharjah and everyone is welcome to join.

After the Mass, at 13.30 we will be heading to Daniel Restaurant, 3rd Floor, Twin Towers, located on the Creek, Deira. The restaurant specialises in delicious Iranian, Arabic and Indian cuisines at  reasonable prices (buffet - 40dhs, shisha  - 15 dhs)

Looking forward to seeing you.

Best Wishes and Seasons Greetings

Hyelounge

For more information: Socrates 050 2186 026

Hye Lounge 

Photo: Dubai Twin Towers on the Creek.


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