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Searching for relatives: Tcheblakian family roots Sunday, April 05, 2009

I am looking to get in contact with Dikran Tcheblakian, because my grandmother is of Tcheblakian family of Kirason. She had two brothers, Dikran and Ghazaros.

V. Karaguezian

Those who have any clue can post their comment here.

Jivan Gasparyan in Abu Dhabi Sunday, April 05, 2009
Jivan GasparyanWOMAD Abu Dhabi (23-25 April 2009)

WOMAD stands for World of Music, Arts and Dance and gives its name to the internationally established WOMAD Festival.

WOMAD has been to many places in the world, but this will be the first event in the Middle East.

On Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th April 2009, from 7pm onwards the Corniche, a beautiful beach in Abu Dhabi, will be the stomping ground of the free festival. Artists will be performing to an international audience throughout the night.

Jivan Gasparyan will be performing in the South Stage of the Abu Dhabi Corniche on 23 April 2009, on the first day of the WOMAD festival.

Listen to 3 soundtracks by Jivan Gasparyan

Sharjah: New council for the period 2009-2011 Friday, April 03, 2009

The Kuwait and Arabian Gulf Countries 15th Diocesan Meeting took place on the 25th and 26th of March 2009 in the Pierre Keusseyan Community hall in Sharjah.

For the Northern Emirates seven Council members were appointed for a period of two years.

The new Council members held their first meeting on 30th of March 2009 and elected their board as follows:

Moushegh Bedirian, Chairman
Nirva Nerguizian,
Khachig Saba, Secretary
Bob Parseghian, Treasurer
Sonia Aivazian, Advisor
Hagop Joukjoukian, Advisor
Khajag Hovsepian, Advisor

Original announcement (Armenian and English, 1 page, PDF format)

Press release about the Legislative Council (Թեմական) meeting 25-26 March 2009 (Armenian, 2 pages, PDF format)

Sharjah: Easter party In desert (11 April 2009) Friday, April 03, 2009

This year’s “Havguetakhagh” (Հաւկթախաղ) will be held in the desert on Saturday 11th April 2009.

A special program with surprises and entertainment has been organized.

1. A “Fun Drive” will start at 3:00 pm for those who wish to participate to the dune riding with their own 4 wheel drive cars.

2. The remaining participants will meet at 6:00 pm at a designated parking lot (meeting point) where 4 wheel drive cars will be at their disposal to take them to the desert camp. Location maps for the meeting point will be sent to you with next announcement.

3. At a second stage, all interested parties will be given the opportunity to go to a dune ride in the desert with professional drivers in their 4 wheel drive cars.

4. The desert camp with all its facilities will be exclusively reserved for the use of our community.

Participation tickets:
AED 150 only for adults
AED 75 only for children (under 12 years)

Participation fees Include buffet dinner and soft drinks

Further information will follow in due course.

Interested parties are kindly requested to contact the church’s office at Tel: 06-5660320 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 to 7:00 pm, latest 8th April 2009.

Council of the Armenian Community In the Northern Emirates

Original announcement (Armenian and English, 2 pages, PDF format)

Abu Dhabi: Easter Party (11 April 2009) Friday, April 03, 2009

On Saturday 11th April 2009, Grand Ballroom, Millennium Hotel, Abu Dhabi. 
Starting from 9:00 p.m.

Tickets will be sold at the entrance:
AED 150 per person
AED 75 from 6 to 16 years old
Free for children under six

Original Announcement (Armenian and English, 1 page, PDF format)

Savina Yannatou and Primavera en Salonico in Abu Dhabi (09 April 2009) Friday, April 03, 2009

Continuing the season of World Music concerts, the Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi presents Savina Yannatou and Primavera en Salonico, one of the best known and most loved musical ensembles of Greece.

Savina Yannatou is widely considered an exceptional vocalist and has graced the stage of many international festivals, including WOMAD.

Based on traditional material - mainly from the Mediterranean Area - Savina Yannatou and the group Primavera en Salonico offer an open sound without borders, insisting on acoustic instruments, half of which have their origin in the East.

With a background that combines classical  and "authentic" traditional music with improvised music and jazz, they connect the modal music of the East with the equivalent music of Western Europe, music of the Middle Ages and the popular polyphonies of the Mediterranean.

Beginning from the melismatic riches of Eastern Maqam and the charming irregular rhythms of the Orient, the Cultural Foundation invites you to explore the territory of Western free improvisation and modern jazz.

Thursday, 09 April 2009, 8:30 pm
Al Dhafra Auditorium, The Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi

Website: www.savinayannatou.com

Click below to listen to Savina Yannatou singing popular Armenian song "Sareri hovin mernem" from her album "Songs of an other" (2007).



Guestbook: To our compatriots in the UAE Friday, April 03, 2009

You are doing a great service to those who are interested in news about Armenians and Armenia. This morning I read every word published in your bulletin (Azad-Hye newsletter) and sincerely you made my day.

I feel proud that our compatriots in the UAE are doing a great service to our nation.

I wish one day, our nation will express gratitude for the work you are doing. Please continue and best regards to you all.

Garbis Kazanjian
New Jersey

(Received on 03 April 2009)

UAE seeks Armenian support for hosting IRENA Friday, April 03, 2009

WAM Tehran, 1st April 2009 (WAM) -- UAE Ambassador to Tehran and Non-resident Ambassador to Armenia Khalifa Al Murri handed today a message sent by HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister, to his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian.

In his message, which was delivered by Al Murri to the Armenian ambassador in Tehran, Sheikh Abdullah sought the support of Armenia to the UAE request to host the venue of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi.

''The UAE views with high significance the Armenian support to to its candidacy,''the UAE envoy said.

He indicated the H.E. Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Foreign Trade, has raised the issue with the Armenian officials during her recent visit to Yerevan.

Al Murri also delivered a message from H.E. Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, to Vice President of Armenia in reply to the note he sent earlier to the UAE minister.

Emirates News Agency, UAE
April 1, 2009

Parev Emirates monthly gathering: April 2009 Friday, March 27, 2009
Parev Emirates Event
Monthly gathering: April 2009
Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday, 01 April 2009 in The Sapphire, The Century Village, Garhood, Dubai, at 09:00 pm (Location map)

When you are there ask for the Parev Emirates corner.

The Saphire Dubai

The Sapphire's telephone
(useful for last minute directions, access and parking info):
04 2868520

Sharjah: Our children in the Russian Musical School Friday, March 27, 2009

Hasmig Bedrjikian16 Armenian children are enrolled in the Russian Musical School in Sharjah. They take lessons in two instruments:


Advanced: Ani Tengerian, Nare Ohanian, Maria Giragosian and Lori Garjikian.

Beginners: Meyri Vartanian, Arman Kalsahakian, Christine Manjikian and Hasmig Bedrjikian (photo).


Advanced: Janetta Bedrjikian, Sarin Giragosian, Meyri Garjikian and Lori Giragosian.

Beginners: Nanor Katerjian, Taline Manjikian, Sylvi Segian and Areni Daghelian. 

The beginners had a recital on 20 March 2009, with the presence of their parents.

Suggestion: We suggest that the National Council creates a musical body, to look after these talented young children, by providing them with additional music lessons or guidance, organizing group outings to various cultural and musical performances and granting prizes to the best performers. It can also sponsor the participation expenses of the best students to pan-Armenian events, in Armenia or elsewhere. 

Sharjah: Holy Easter 2009 Friday, March 27, 2009


During the Holy Week the schedule of services at St. Gregory the Illuminator’s Church will be as follows:

Palm Sunday Ծաղկազարդ Holy Mass, afternoon 16.30 – 18.30

Washing of the Feet Ոտնլուայ Evening Service, 19.00 – 20.15

Tenebrae Խաւարում Night Service, 20.00 – 00.00

4. FRIDAY, 10TH APRIL 2009
Good Friday, Christ’s Burial Յիսուսի Թաղում Noon Service 12.30 – 14.00

Easter Eve Noon Service 13.30 – 14.30

6. SUNDAY, 12TH APRIL 2009
Easter Holy Mass, noon 12.30 – 14.30

Armenian Apostolic St. Gregory the Illuminator Church Council

Announcement in PDF format (Armenian and English)

Community updated information page

Azad-Hye statistics: More than six hundred thousand visitors in 2008 Friday, March 27, 2009

During 2008 the English version of Azad-Hye had 632.351 visitors, with a monthly average of 52.695 and a daily average of 1.732 visitors.

The peak month was May 2008 with 67.532 visitors.

Azad-Hye Arabic and Business versions had thousands of additional visitors.  

The monthly statistics show the following:
January: 38.360
February: 34.261
March: 53.483
April: 67.343
May: 67.532
June: 57.388
July: 66.603
August: 51.934
September: 44.461
October: 49.736
November: 54.298
December: 51.952

Statistics chart

Statistics chart 2008

Legislative (Temagan) meeting in Sharjah 2009 Friday, March 27, 2009

Legislative meeting 2009 Legislative Council (Temagan) of the Armenian Prelacy of Kuwait and Gulf countries had a meeting in Sharjah 25-26 March 2009.

Prelacy will issue a report about this meeting.

The most read article in Azad-Hye Friday, March 27, 2009

The most read article in Azad-Hye is about Dubai based MBC TV presenter and make-up artist Joelle Mardinian. Her article had about 28.000 reading hits in less than three years.  

Joelle Mardinian, Middle East TV presenter and make-up artist

The article attracted also some 60 comments from fans all over the world. Here is what Rita is writing:

"Hi Joelle, from downunder Australia,

Reading all you previous notes posted by other young ladies from all over the world, I have to agree on how wonderful, beautiful, smart and intelligent you are.   I just discovered your website a few months ago.. unfortunately I am unable to watch your programme on TV, but I go onto youtube and watch your tutorials.  It seems that everyone would love to be on your show, me included.  Any chance of you ever coming to Western Australia or if you want, I would love to come to Dubai and be on your show. Could you do a husband and wife makeover? ... that would be fantastic.  Love. Rita

P.S. I hope your have the opportunity to read this emails".

Մտորումներ թեմական հերթական հանդիպումի սեմին Monday, March 23, 2009

Տեղեկացանք թէ 25-26 Մարտ 2009-ին Քուէյթի եւ Արաբական Ծոցի երկիրներու թեմական կազմը պիտի հաւաքուի Տուպայի մէջ՝ քննարկելու համար թեմը հետաքրքող հարցեր:

Քանի որ նուազագոյնը քսան հոգի պիտի հաւաքուին այս ժողովին՝ ժամանած երեք – չորս տարբեր քաղաքներէ, առիթը յարմար կը սեպենք սեղանին վրայ դնելու կարգ մը կարեւոր խնդիրներ.- Աւելին

Prince of Iranian rock music in Dubai Friday, March 20, 2009

As part of the Norooz (Iranian New Year) celebrations tour, popular Iranian Armenian music legend Andy, performed at an exclusive event on 20 March 2009 at Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai.

Armenian participation in the Art Dubai Exhibition 2009 Friday, March 20, 2009

Well known Greek-Armenian art house Kalfayan Galleries (Thessaloniki - Athens) is participating in Art Dubai exhibition (18-21 March 2009) in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE (at stand A27), with nine artists including Hrair Sarkissian and Edouard Sacaillan.

Arsen Kalfayan and Roupen Kalfayan are the directors of Kalfayan Galleries (http://www.kalfayangalleries.com)

Emmanuel Guiragossian and Paul Guiragossian are participating in the exhibition as part of the Artspace Gallery in the UAE (Stand B19).

More information: http://www.artdubai.ae/

Newly Moved to Dubai: Looking for work Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Posted: By Garine Sarkissian

I moved to Dubai 4 months ago from Montreal. I have a BA in business with a minor in marketing (ask for CV). I am looking for a full time or part time job in Dubai. 

Write directly to Garine Sarkissian (
email) or leave a comment here.

Paregentan celebrated in Abu Dhabi Sunday, March 15, 2009


Paregentan celebrated in Abu Dhabi Armenian Weekly School (2009). School Principal, students and children appear in the album.

Abu Dhabi: Lenten event (20 March 2009) Sunday, March 15, 2009

We have the pleasure of inviting you to Abu Dhabi: Lenten event:
Friday 20th March 2009, 2:30-6:00pm
Millennium Hotel, Marakech Restaurant
Lenten buffet lunch, special children’s menu, interesting program and surprises,
Ticket prices are Dh100 for adults and Dh50 for the students.
Gulizar Jonian
Armenian Community School of Abu Dhabi

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