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List of events in the Armenian Community in 2009 Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The complete list of events for year 2009 is available here.

Below is the list for December 2009:

December 2009's Events

 


Kebab in Sharjah Saturday, January 02, 2010

If you live in a modern city, how can you manage to do Kebab in the traditional way?

Here is a practical way to combine tradition with modern lifestyle and gourmet pursuits.

Photo supplied by Zareh Kalayjian

Alternative title: A city with a kebab view

Kebab in Sharjah Kebab in Sharjah


First newborn in UAE Armenian community this year Saturday, January 02, 2010

Berghoutian family's new year celebration in Dubai

Kevork and Heghnar Berghoutian (2nd and 3rd from left) welcomed the new year with their newborn daughter AREV, who came into this world on 2nd January 2010.

Photo: Berghoutian family's new year celebration in Dubai

The baby in the photo is Caren, daughter of Harout and Nayiri Berghoutian (on the left and right sides of the photo).

Congratulations.

Kevork Berghoutian is the teacher of eight grade in the Ohanesian Armenian School in Sharjah.


Wishing you a Happy New Year and a blessed Holy Nativity and Theophany 2010 Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy New Year and Merry Christmas


Armenia - UAE consultations in Yerevan Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Deputy Ministers Arman Kiroakosyan and Tarik Al HeidanThe first consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia and the United Arab Emirates were held in Yerevan on On 24-25 December 2009. 

The Armenian delegation was headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Arman Kirakosyan. The UAE delegation was headed by Assistant Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Tarek Al Heidan.

The consultations were held in two rounds. The first round was dedicated to political, regional and international issues. The second round covered issues of cooperation in economic, educational and cultural fields. 

The parties appreciated the existing ties and expressed willingness to further develop and deepen those. They exchanged views on issues of the Middle East and attached importance to their solution in the peaceful way.

The joint UAE-Armenia political committee underscored the significance of the visits to Armenia by UAE officials: Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Foreign Minister; Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al-Qasimi, Foreign Trade Minister.

The delegation of the United Arab Emirates had meetings with the Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia, Minister of Territorial Administration Armen Gevorgyan and Minister of Economy Nerses Yeritsyan.

Photo: Arman Kirakosyan and Tarek Al Heidan

Sources: Emirates News Agency and Public Radio of Armenia
 


Abu Dhabi: National Anti-Human Trafficking Committee meets Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The UAE National Anti-Human Trafficking Committee held its 18th meeting under the chairmanship of HE Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs and Chairman of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Committee.

The meeting reviewed the developments in the country in the area of combating the crime of human trafficking.

The Committee considered a variety of topics on the agenda that included the memoranda of understanding with the Belarus Republic and the Republic of Armenia to combat human trafficking and noted that this will help to promote relations between the UAE and other countries to deal with this crime.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Read in Azad-Hye:

Armenia and UAE sign agreement to combat human trafficking
Madame Anoush will remain 13 years behind bars
ATOP Mission to Armenia
Armenia placed in 'Tier 2 Watch List' for trafficking in persons
Dr. Ani Kalayjian speaks about human trafficking
Pimp sentenced to five years in prison


Sergio Markarian receives an offer to train in UAE Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sergio MarkarianFor more than one month there were speculations that Uruguayan Armenian football coach and international training expert Sergio Markarian was going to take the charge of the Armenian national football team.

Initially Markarian was very positive about the idea, but eventually he rejected it after Armen Minasyan, the Executive Director of the Football Federation of Armenia put a condition, according to which Markarian should train the national team and another local team in the same time. Markarian said combining two posts is against his principles.

Lately, national teams of several South American countries were interested in Markarian's services (Peru, Colombia and Ecuador), but he received an attractive offer from the United Arab Emirates. We do not know yet if he has accepted the offer.


Ամանորի եւ Սուրբ Ծնունդի առիթով մաղթանքներ Սփիւռքի Նախարարութենէն Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Warm wishes from the Ministry

ՄԻՋԻՆ ԱՐԵՒԵԼՔԻ «ԱԶԱՏ-ՀԱՅ» ԿԱՅՔԷՋԻՆ

Հայրենիքի սիրոյ ջերմութեամբ կը շնորհաւորեմ Ձեզ Ամանորի եւ Սուրբ Ծնունդի տօներուն առիթով եւ կը մաղթեմ, որ 2010 թուականը համայն հայութեան համար ըլլայ խաղաղութեան, բարօրութեան, կայունութեան, նոր ձեռքբերումներու եւ նպատակներու իրականացման տարի։

Շնորհակալութիւն յայտնելով 2009 թուականի ընթացքին անկեղծ համագործակցութեան համար, ցանկութիւնս է, որ 2010 թուականին առաւել ի գործ դնենք մեր բոլոր ջանքները` Սփիւռքի ներուժի համախմբման, հայապահպանութեան, ինչպէս նաեւ Հայաստան-Սփիւռք գործակցութեան արդիւնաւէտ զարգացման համար: Թող 2010 թուականը Ձեզի առողջութիւն պարգեւէ, եւ թող նոյնքան նուիրումով ու սիրով շարունակուին Հայաստանի եւ հայ ժողովուրդի բարօրութեանն ուղղուած Ձեր ջանքերը:

Այս տօնական օրերու ուրախ առիթով ուժ եւ կորով կը մաղթեմ Ձեզի՝ Սփիւռքի մէջ Ձեր բեղուն գործունէութիւնը շարունակելու համար։ Աշխատինք եւ պայքարինք յանուն անկախ հայրենիքի հզօրացման, դառնանք հաւաքական ուժ հայրենիք-Սփիւռք գործակցութիւնը առաւել արդիւնաւէտ զարգացնելու համար։

Շնորհաւոր նոր տարի եւ Ս. Ծնունդ։

Յարգանքով`
ՀՐԱՆՈՒՇ ՅԱԿՈԲԵԱՆ

ՀԱՅԱՍՏԱՆԻ ՀԱՆՐԱՊԵՏՈՒԹԵԱՆ ՍՓԻՒՌՔԻ ՆԱԽԱՐԱՐՈՒԹԻՒՆ
22 Դեկտեմբերի 2009 թ.
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Garbis Kesisoglu in Dubai Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Garbis Kesisoglu (left) and Hrach Kalsahakian (right)

Parev Emirates welcomes Garbis Kesisoglu

Garbis Kesisoglu, who lives between Germany and Florida (USA), has been for many years Media Consultant of Hurriyet Newspaper, one of the leading Turkish newspapers.

A graduate of the Technical University of Munich, Germany in 1960 (Dipl. Ing. Fachhochschulen), he has been involved in the newspaper industry for over 40 years. Kesisoglu is a newspaper project consultant at IFRA, the world's largest association of newspapers, based in Darmstadt, Germany with branches in various regions all over the world.
 
Parev Emirates met Garbis Kesisoglu on his way back to Europe from a business trip to Asia.

We will publish an interview with the guest in due course.

Photo: From right to left, Garbis Kesisoglu and Hrach Kalsahakian (Azad-Hye editor).


Sharjah: Sunday School's New Year and Christmas celebrations Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sunday School children in front of the school building, December 2009

Date: 24 December 2009

Venue: Armenian center in Sharjah

The children of the "Sunday School" celebrated the New Year and Christmas in a unique way. Santa came on a special pick up vehicle. 

Earlier, the children attended the Holy Mass celebration in the church and learnt about the meaning of Jesus Christ's birth.

Original announcement (PDF format, 1 page, Armenian)

Santa entering the Armenian center Children surrounding Santa


Azerbaijani community in UAE sends letter of protest to Euronews Wednesday, December 30, 2009

According to Today.az website, the Azerbaijani community in the UAE has sent a letter of protest to the well-known European news channel Euronews, protesting against a documentary aired on 28 November 2009, with the topic the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh.

The letter reads: "After viewing the video report Winds of change in Nagorno Karabakh, the Azerbaijani community would like to express its protest and disagreement with the false content that was presented by your journalists."

Then it goes explaining the Azeri viewpoint about the Armenians and the history of Karabakh. The letter ends saying: "We demand changes to be made to this video report to correct all the errors made..."

To view the 8 minutes report by Michael Reichmann click as follows:

English version (with details about the report)

Arabic version

 


Armavia promots its 4 weekly flights from Yerevan to Dubai Thursday, December 24, 2009

Armavia Yerevan - Dubai- Yerevan

In Dubai call Armavia at 04-2660122.

Office location: Near Sheraton Deira, Hor Al Anz, Deira, Dubai.  


Abu Dhabi: FIFA Club World Cup (09-19 December 2009) Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Armenian fans in UAE followed the World Club Championship.

FC Barcelona won the final game against Estudiantes De La Plata (2-1).  

Photo: Several fans follow the FC Barcelona - Atlante (3-1) game on 16 December 2009 in Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi.

Armenian fans in the World Club Championship
Armenian fans in the World Club Championship

 


Sharjah: Armenian children in Christmas concert Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sharjah: Armenian children in Christmas concert
Sharjah: Armenian children in Christmas concert
Sharjah: Armenian children in Christmas concert
A group of Armenian children took part in the Christmas concert, organized annually by the Russian Music Center to display the progress of the students.

Vana Segian, Nanor Katerjian, Arman Kalsahakian, Janett Bedrjikian, Sylvie Sekian and Maria Giragosian performed works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Schubert, Anderson, Haydn and deserved the applause of the audience in the Concert Hall of the Center on 17 December 2009.

The parents were pleased to see the outcome of a semester’s hard work.

Several parents referred to their repeated appeals to the Council of the Armenian Community to arrange classes in the Armenian center in Sharjah, so that the children get musical education in a familiar environment and practice on works of Armenian authors.

“The Council is good at preparing short term activities, especially commemorative events or backgammon and blot games, but this kind of musical courses need long, wise and professional planning”, commented a displeased parent. 


Avakian couple visits the Armenian Church in Sharjah Saturday, December 19, 2009

Aram and Satenik AvakianA Parev Emirates event

On 21 November 2009, Azad-Hye welcomed Aram and Satenik Avakian, who visited the Armenian Church in Sharjah and received first hand information about our institutions and community life.

Father Aram Deyirmendjian accompanied the couple in their tour inside the complex and gave historical feedback.

Aram Avakian works in Yerevan as Sales Representative of United World Telecom company (FL, USA). Satenik Avakian is the Director of Papazian library in the American University of Armenia (AUA).

Having travelled in other communities they were specially happy to see the southernmost Armenian Church in the Arab World.

After their return to Armenia, Aram Avakian wrote the following message:

Satenik and me have already returned to Yerevan. The trip was very interesting: we saw many different places, met many people and learned a lot. Once again I would like to thank you for arranging our visit to the Armenian Church and adjacent institutions. It was so nice to meet father Aram and learn from him about the activities of the Armenian church and community.
 
Warmest regards,
Aram Avakian
Yerevan, 17 December 2009

Photo: Aram and Satenik Avakians in front of the Armenian alphabet board in the school yard in Sharjah. 

Suggestion: As the Parev Emirates visits have become popular, we suggest the following:

1) To publish a colorful guide / brochure or booklet about the Armenian complex in several languages (English, Armenian, Arabic and Russian).

2) Train young members of the community on how to welcome Armenian and non-Armenian guests into the complex and show them around. The training should include also ways of introducing the Armenian culture and answering frequently asked questions on Armenian topics.

3) Involve the young members in preparing articles based on these encounters, thus creating opportunities for further enhancing their personlity, confidence and pride in presenting Armenian topics in the most appropriate form.

READ MORE ABOUT PAREV EMIRATES PROGRAM


Armenian Educational Website Friday, December 18, 2009

The Embassy of Armenia in Abu Dhabi circulated this announcement about the Armenian Educational Portal.

The portal involves rich electronic resources (educational materials, regulations and instructions, exam questionnaires, virtual meetings, forums, consultations, etc.)

Website: www.armedu.am                            

 Original announcement from the Embassy (PDF format, 1 page, Armenian)


Abu Dhabi: School children invited to send their drawings for the school calendar 2010 Thursday, December 17, 2009

We received the following announcement by Pakrad Balabanian, Principal of the Abu Dhabi Armenian School.

Dear Parents,

The Abu Dhabi Armenian School has the pleasure to unveil its plans for the preparation and publication of the school’s calendar for the academic year 2010.

As a change to last years, the theme of this year’s calendar will be prepared from pictures and drawings of Armenian topics. These drawings with Armenian theme and style will be prepared by all the students (including KG).

Therefore, we would like to ask parents to assist and encourage their children to prepare colored drawings (with any Armenian theme in A4 size paper) and submit them to their teachers by next Saturday (5th of December 2009).

We appreciate and thank you for your co-operation.

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


Sharjah: Reminder for telephone directory 2010 Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Council of the Armenian Community in the Northern Emirates will republish the Telephone Directory of the Armenian Community in Dubai and The Northern Emirates, in both English and Armenian Languages.

For this purpose the Council is asking the community members to complete the table (see link below) send it to email or fax it back to the Council on 06-5660790.

Advertisement rate: Full color, A5 format, one page AED 1000, half page AED 500.

For any queries regarding the above, you are kindly requested to contact the Armenian Church office on 06-5660320.

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


Armenia and UAE sign agreement to combat human trafficking Thursday, December 10, 2009

UAE and Armenia sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to combat human trafficking

Dr. Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in Yerevan. 

On 05 December 2009, Dr. Gargash met Armen Gevorgyan, Armenian Deputy Prime Minister, who welcomed the distinguished guest and his delegation, stressing the importance of exchanging visits between officials from both sides, along with the cooperation between the private sector businesses in the two countries.

This was the third high ranking visit of UAE official to Armenia this year. In March 2009, Sheikha Lubna Al Qassimi, UAE Foreign Trade Minister paid a three day visit to Armenia, while in June 2009, UAE's Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan made a stop in Yerevan, at the end of his grand diplomatic tour of Europe that covered 12 countries.

Read more including our comment on human trafficking past and present practices.

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