News > UAE Armenians > Armenia at the International Charity Bazaar in Abu Dhabi
For the second time an International Charity Bazaar was organized by the Diplomatic Group of Spouses of Ambassadors on the 1st and 2nd of May 2010, under the high patronage of H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak. The event took place in the General Women’s Union in Abu Dhabi with 35 participating countries, of which Armenia was a proud member. The aim of the Bazaar was to exhibit and sell traditional food and goods, the proceeds of which were to be donated to the Future Care Center for Special Needs in Abu Dhabi, the Special Care Center in Abu Dhabi and the Victims of the Haiti Earthquake Fund.
The items exhibited were of different sorts: handicrafts, artifacts, national costumes, food and beverages. Armenia had two tables with a big variety of products of work of Armenian craftsmen. The first table was full of wood carvings, silver jewelry, hand painted silk scarves and items of semi precious stones. The second table was filled with a vast selection of teas, preserves of vegetables and fruits (that were very popular among the foreigners and nationals, since they could taste those directly at the table) as well as the sweet soujoukh and chocolate covered organic dried fruit.
The first day of the Bazaar was especially for VIP ladies. H.H. Sheikha Fatima gave the honors and personally paid a visit to the Bazaar and handpicked items from each table. From the Armenian table she chose to buy the chocolates with dried fruit, the sweet soujoukh, hand painted bookmarks and coasters.
At the Armenian table to wife of the Armenian Ambassador Armine Melikian was supported by her daughter Daniella, her close Egyptian friend Alia El Rashedy, who now is a big supporter of Armenia and its culture, as well as close family friends Maral Bilemjian-Markosian and her daughter Mariana. For two days in a row, every one of the above mentioned people was actively and patiently explaining the visitors about Armenia, its customs and culture.
It is a pity that from the entire Armenian community only a handful of people were able to visit the function. Yet again, this did not discourage our team, as the UAE nationals and foreigners were very interested and active in buying the food and crafts from our table, which helped Armenia raise a nice amount of money that was donated to the Bazaar fund. This is something to be very proud of, because not only is Armenia being given the picture of a generous and humanitarian country, but it also gives the chance to show the works of Armenian masters.
The entire second day of the Bazaar was very active. During the whole day a raffle draw was taking place, with 80 different prizes to be won, ranging from airline tickets, jewelry, gadgets and vouchers.
The organizing committee was very satisfied with the outcomes of the Bazaar, where all 35 countries acted as one to help gather funds for those in need. H.H. Sheikha Fatima played the main role in the contribution to the fund, by donating one million dirhams.
We express our deep gratitude to those who participated with us and helped presenting our country on the highest standards in the eyes of UAE nationals and foreigners.