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Online Forums
Issue number 001 / May 2007
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Nishan Basmajian
Chepadian
Ara Pierre Keusseyan
Hye Aghchig
Hye Dgha
Suzanne Khardalian presents one of her movies to UAE audience
 
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Read also two critical comments at the end of the article.
 
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Socrates Arakelyan / Dubai
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Greetings!

Based on the suggestion of several members of the UAE Armenian community, the online forums are initiated as a preparation towards organizing an official open forum by the leaders of the community.
 
Please drop your word here, not only for the Hye Lounge related issues (as you generously did at the end of the related report), but also for all other subjects that concern our community.
 
Remember that your comment can make a difference.
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COMMENT NUMBER ONE
 
By Nishan Basmajian
 
DEAR AZAD-HYE,

WELL DONE! ALLOCATING THIS SECTION FOR COMMENTS OR SUGGESTIONS IS A WISE DECISION.

I WOULD LIKE TO INFORM MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE COMMUNITY THAT THOSE WHO DIDN'T ATTEND THE EVENT WHICH WAS JOINTLY ORGANIZED BY THE ARMENIAN CULTURAL ASSOCIATION AND THE ARMENIAN COMMUNITY COUNCIL'S CULTURAL COMMITTEE ON 1ST OF MAY 2007, IN PIERRE KEUSSEYAN COMMUNITY HALL, LOST AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY REAL ART PERFORMED BY ARMENIAN CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN 9 AND 16.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC (COMPOSED BY ARMENIAN AND NON-ARMENIAN COMPOSERS) AND SONGS (SOLOS, DUOS IN ARMENIAN AND OTHER LANGUAGES) WERE FASCINATING, AND...FREE OF CHARGE.

I APPRECIATE ALL THOSE WHO HAD COME FROM DUBAI DURING TRAFFIC AND RUSH HOURS. SIMILAR EVENTS DO NOT HAPPEN ALWAYS . I'VE BEEN THROUGH ORGANIZING SUCH EVENTS, THEREFORE UNDERSTAND PERFECTLY WELL HOW DIFFICULT AND TIME CONSUMING IS THEIR ORGANIZATION.

IT IS MY SINCERE REQUEST FROM EVERY ARMENIAN TO READ THE CIRCULARS AND THE INVITATIONS EMAILED OR FAXED BY THE COUNCIL, AS MANY OF US HAVE  THE BAD HABIT NOT TO READ THEM OR FORGET TO TAKE THEM HOME WHEN WE RETURN FROM WORK. 

WE SHOULD GIVE THE NECESSARY IMPORTANCE AND PHYSIACALLY ATTEND THE EVENTS. THAT IS THE REWARD OF THE ORGANIZERS,THE ONLY ENCOURAGEMENT TO ORGANIZE FOR US OTHER EVENTS IN THE FUTURE.

THANKS

 
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COMMENT NUMBER TWO
 
By Chepadian
 
Dear Azad-Hye,

A quick response to a simple request!

Thank you for creating this opportunity for all "concerned" Armenians to EXPRESS themselves within this forum.

Good Luck.

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COMMENT NUMBER THREE

By Ara Pierre Keusseyan
 

 

I take this opportunity to thank the Azad-Hye team for setting up this forum.

I would like to start off a discussion by presenting a fact and probing the readership about their opinion on the same.

The fact:

Currently, there are an estimated 5,000 Armenians living in the Dubai/Sharjah/Ajman agglomeration.

Despite the Council's best efforts to offer eclectic activities in various fields of interest, we have never seen the number of participants in any event exceed 200.

The solus exception being the Karnig Sarkissian event for 28th May 2006, organized jointly by the Councils of Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates which enjoyed the participation of 450 people.

To make matters worse, the core of participants in all the events are almost the same faces.

The question:

Why do you think this is the case?

Looking forward to reading your comments,

Ara Pierre Keusseyan

Photo: The Armenian Church in Sharjah (built 1998)
 
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FIRST HYE LOUNGE GATHERING IN DUBAI
 

Hye Lounge gathering
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
The first Hye Lounge gathering took place in "Shakespeare" Restaurant (Al Attar Building, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai), on 18th April 2007.

Around 50 young and young in heart Armenian professionals met in this first networking event in Dubai. Hundreds of Armenians live in Dubai, where there is an emerging need for get-together and communication.
 
The Hye Lounge team managed to materialize this first event. It is a great start and we believe there are lots of activities that could be done in the ... near future.
 
More photos are available here.
 
The event sparked a series of comments.
 
Below are two selected comments:
 
COMMENT NUMBER ONE
 
By Hye Aghchig,
 

Its out of argument that, If I am commenting under the Hye Lounge article, then my comments should be about Hye lounge, but it seems things are getting to another round right now. Unfortunately I couldn't attend the first gathering but, as I heard, it was really successful and achieved its purpose, which is to gather Armenian youth, find something in common, to get the young people to know each other, to have fun together, ect., something we lacked in THE ARMENIAN COMMUNITY in the last couple of years.

 

There should be some way to touch the Young most revolutionary, demanding, searchfull spirit and who else can do this better than the young ppl themselves,  let us not forget what Karekin Njteh says: ''Yeridasartutione joghovortin uj ne, yete guzes desnes as joghovurtin abakan, nayir nra yeridasartutian'' ["The young people are the power of the nation, if u want to see the destiny of a nation, take a look to his young generation"]

 

So, here I ask, how many young Armenian ppl exist in Sharjah and Dubai, why is the number of Armenians marrying to foreigners increasing, why are we suffering from lack of communication just to avoid embarrassment and to be within limited boundaries which after a while will destroy the whole nation. Are the Indians or even Iranians better than us? "they even have their daily schools", a step we are looking forward for our children.

 

A BARAHANTES THAT COSTS 250? a young man who is working for 3000 must spend 500 on his outfit / 250 for the ticket and 250 more if he wants to get a lottery so 1000 in one night I think it's smth. over his budget.

 

On the other hand, I really appreciate what the Armenian committee is trying to do, I mean at the end this is volunteer work.

 

Hye lounge is a very important step to the youth, so let them prove and organize themselves and the best thing we can do at this time is to support and encourage them to continue.  

 

I want to send big bravo to Hye Lounge team "NICE WORK DONE BOYS"

 
As to Mr. Ara and  Mr. Chepadian, if u have any personal issues together, it's better to solve it as two matureadults without making Hye Lounge your battlefield.
 
Best Regards,
 
Hye Aghchig
 
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COMMENT NUMBER TWO
 
By Hye Dgha,
 
One word. Good idea and keep it up.
 
I don't know why we have to make it a big deal.
 
The whole idea is a nice gathering like normal ppl need a social life and activities.
 
But as usual some ppl must start their lovely habit keep an eye on the community and making sure that this party will not make any further moves against the other party.
 
Same old and endless battle.
 
"Being Armenian is a challenge. The question is: are you up to it?"
 
Come on, it's a gathering, we don't need to be reminded on each single moment that we are Armenians and suffered a lot and we have to be organized and and
 
Cheer up guys and take it easy ;-)
 
Catch you on the next meeting
 
Hye Dgha
 
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