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Նշան Պասմաճեան՝ Արմթէքի շրջանային գործունէութեան մասին Thursday, October 29, 2009

Սիրելի՛ Ազատ-Հայ,

Ուրախ եմ որ Արմթէքի ապագայի շրջանային հանդիպումներէն մին նախատեսուած է Արաբական Միացեալ Էմիրութիւններուն մէջ իրականացնել:

Այն տպաւորութեան ներքեւ եմ որ Արմթէքը պիտի յաջռղի՝ Հայաստանի եւ հայութեան օգուտ բերելով:

Պիտի խնդրէի, որ Սիլիքոն Վալիի մէջ ի մօտոյ տեղի ունենալիք համագումարին մասին ամէնօրեայ դրութեամբ Ազատ-Հայը տեղեկութիւն փոխանցէր ընթերցողներուս:

Պիտի հարց տայի նաեւ, որ գաղութէս թէ շրջանէս ովքե՞ր հրաւիրուած են եւ ովքե՞ր կը մասնակցին այս կարեւոր համագումարին:

Պիտի խնդրէի, որ ներկայացուցիչները իրենց վերադարձին զեկուցէին՝ հրապարակային ձեռնարկի մը ընթացքին:

Այդ ձեռնարկը պայման չէ սահմանափակել զայն ներքին պիտակաւորելով. Թող օտարներն ալ հրաւիրուին ու մասնակից դառնան անոր:

Կանխայայտ շնորհակալութեամբ՝

Նշան Պասմաճեան

Comment posted here: Tony Moroyan: Armenia has an absolutely remarkable high-tech future


Abu Dhabi: Forming new committees Thursday, October 29, 2009

Abu Dhabi Council logoThe Council of the Armenian Community of Abu Dhabi intends to form several committees with the "main purpose of re-energizing the community’s spiritual, cultural, social & ethnic life", after a period of relative stagnation and internal disputes.

There would be five committees in the process of formation: Armenian ball, church, youth, ladies and arts & crafts.  

The Council calls on interested persons to write to this email for the purpose of registering to one of the above-mentioned committees, providing the following information:
Name and Surname:
Contact telephone number:
Committee interested to join:

Original announcement (PDF format, 1 page, Armenian)


Azad-Hye receives Certificate of Honor on the occasion of the Armenian Press Day Friday, October 23, 2009

Certificate of Honor to Azad-Hye

Certificate of Honor

The "Azad-Hye" website of the United Arab Emirates is honored for developing the Armenia-Diaspora partnership and promoting Armenian identity preservation in the Diaspora.

Hranush Hakobyan
Minister of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia
16 October 2009
Yerevan

Read more

 


Parev Emirates becomes a valuable tool in UAE Armenian networking Friday, October 23, 2009

Razmig and Vanda AboulianPhoto: Razmig and Vanda Aboulian (left) benefit from Parev Emirates services. The couple are Iranian Australians who recently retired and decided to live in Armenia. They were in Dubai on their transit route to Yerevan, the first repatriated persons who benefited from our free services.

We arranged for them a tour of the Armenian Church and Community Center in Sharjah with proper explanation, commemorative publications and a memory photo.

New service: First time visitors to the Armenian church in Sharjah can benefit from our free navigation (detailed explanation about how to reach the Church venue), free welcome tour and a comprehensive introduction to the structure of the Armenian community.

Read more about Parev Emirates


ArmTech activities and the United Arab Emirates Friday, October 23, 2009

ArmTech CongressCo-Founder and Chairman of ArmTech Congress Tony Moroyan transitted via Dubai in August 2009. Azad-Hye met him in the Festival City and had an interesting interview.

Zareh Tutunjian of Systronics (Dubai, UAE) attended the meeting in his capacity as ArmTech 2009 Program Committee member.  

Azad-Hye (represented by Hrach Kalsahakian) is involved in ArmTech 2009 activities and other future ArmTech events as Middle East Regional Co-Chair (other Co-Chairs are Zareh Tutunjian from the UAE and Maurice Kelechian from Lebanon).

Excerpts from Tony Moroyan's interview in relation with the UAE:

"What we are doing now, is to add a third leg to Yerevan and Silicon Valley, which is Moscow. Another leg could be Paris, yet another one could be the United Arab Emirates. Indeed, the UAE is important for Armenia, since it’s the centre of the Middle East. It is becoming the heart for high-tech.
 
... So you can imagine what a huge step forward we can move when we bring together every single Armenian interested in this domain from every city in the Diaspora. There is still a lot to go ahead. The main element is the social networking website. Armenia has an absolutely remarkable high-tech future. We will make that happen and become one of the advanced in this sector on worldwide scale."

Read complete interview here.

Visit the website: www.armtechcongress.com

If you would like to be involved in ArmTech activities please contact Azad-Hye.


Sharjah: Theatrical performance for children. Saltmine Theatre (22 October 2009) Thursday, October 22, 2009

Date: 22 October 2009
Venue: Armenian Church of Sharjah
Time: 04:30pm

Announcement (PDF format, 2 pages, Armenian)

Titel: "The Hope Play" by Saltmine Theatre.

The Hope Play
 
Joseph has the most fashionable coat in town, he loves life and he has big dreams. But Joseph's brothers are fed up with him and they hatch a plan that will turn Joseph's life upside down. What does the future hold for Joseph.....is there any hope?
 
Using three actors, twelve mops, a ukulele and a bugle The Hope Play charts the story of one boy and his fight to see his dreams come true even when faced with jealousy, lies and loneliness in a foreign land. The show explores issues of rejection, perseverance and hope in a way that has never been seen before!

Website: http://www.saltminetrust.org.uk/idx/


Dual citizenship process: What should I do in OVIR? Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Armenian passport

Question: The Embassy told me that I was approved for the Armenian citizenship and my next step should be to go to OVIR (Passports and Visas Police Directorate on Mashdots Street in Yerevan) and give them my file number. Can you let me know what should I do before going to OVIR?

Read the answer in the comments section here.


We are beyond vengeance, Armenian resident says Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hagop Kalsahakian teaches in KessabThe diaspora have carried along their family stories

By Abbas Al Lawati

Dubai: Hrach Kalsahakian's grandfather, Garabed, was one of 4,000 Armenians whose ancestors settled in Kessab, Ottoman Syria, many generations ago.

Following the First World War, the town fell under the French mandate of Syria but only after half its Armenian population was either killed or marched out to as far as East of Syria and Jordan by Ottoman troops, according to the accounts of its inhabitants.

Garabed however survived, and his descendants, forming part of the eight million strong Armenian diaspora, have since moved from country to country, taking with them their family stories. Read all


Sharjah: Armenian karaoke and dinner (29 October 2009) Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Armenian karaokeAll you can sing and eat

The Cultural Committee of the Armenian Community of the Northern Emirates is pleased to invite you to a unique gathering to enjoy a light dinner while singing on the tunes of Armenian pop songs.

The event will take place on Thursday the 29th of October 2009 at Pierre Keusseyan Community Hall starting 8.00 pm onwards.

Tickets will be on sale at the entrance. Price per ticket: Dhs. 40

It is advisable to book your places by calling to Mr. Datev Soulian 06-5660320.

You are all encouraged to join us with the members of your family and sing our popular songs.

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


Sharjah: Sunday School program begins (15 October 2009) Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Church Commitee of Saint Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church of Sharjah has started the Sunday School program for this year.

The lessons will take place in the Ohannesian School in Sharjah every Thursday 5:30-07:00pm

First day: 15 October 2009

Announcement (PDF format, 1 page, Armenian)


Tamar Der-Ohannessian: A new book on Armenian loss during the Genocide Saturday, October 10, 2009

Tamar Der-Ohannessian

Long time resident of Abu Dhabi, Mrs. Tamar Topjian Der-Ohannessian, who has served also as principal of the one-day Armenian school in Abu Dhabi for more than two decades, is known for her translation work from Armenian to English.

Her first has been a book about Armenian political and military figure Drastamat Kanayan (commonly known as Dro), written by his close associate Simon Vratsian, the last Prime Minister of the First Republic (1918-1920). The 126-page book, titled “Tempest-born Dro”, was published in 2000 by the Armenian Apostolic Church of America.

This was followed by a booklet titled “St. Gregory the Enlightener and the Conversion of Armenia” (85 pages, Antelias, 2001), originally written by Rev. Fr. Barthev Gulumian and published on the occasion of the 1700th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity as the state religion in Armenia. At the time, Der-Ohannessian was member of the locally formed committee in Abu Dhabi for the same purpose and the above-mentioned work was part of her contribution to the joint commemorative effort. Complete report 


Business leads Friday, October 09, 2009

We have introduced a free business service to facilitate communication between Armenian businessmen.

The service is specially useful for those who would like to enlarge their business circle or look for new associates or contacts.

We have already one enquiry about freight forwarding companies.

Click here to read about this business lead.


Sharjah: Breakfast organized by the Ladies Committee (10 October 2009) Friday, October 09, 2009

The ladies committee of the Armenian Community Council has the pleasure to inform you that a “ladies only” breakfast is scheduled on Saturday October 10, 2009, at 10 am at the “Pierre keusseyan hall”.

A special program has been prepared by the ladies.

Children accompanying their mother will enjoy entertainments in the school’s classrooms.

Entrance Fee: AED 25 per person.

Children below 12 years AED 10 per person.

Interested ladies are kindly requested to contact the church’s office at Tel: 06-5660320 or Committee members Zaghig Berberian and Zepure Bedirian. 

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


Abu Dhabi: Opening of the Armenian School (10 October 2009) Friday, October 09, 2009

The school will be opened on 10 October 2009 and will continue on weekly basis.

Location: St. Joseph School, Abu Dhabi.
Class timing: 10:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Yearly tuition: AED 350

The Sunday school will start on the same day from 12:30 to 01:30pm on weekly basis.

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


Sharjah: New gate opened behind the Armenian Church complex to facilitate entry Friday, October 09, 2009

New school gateԴպրոց մտնելու այլ մուտք

Սիրելի Ծնողներ,

Ս. Գրիգոր Լուսաւորիչ Եկեղեցւոյ Համալիրին ետեւը բացուած է դուռ մը, դիւրացնելու համար ձեր եւ աշակերտութեան ժամանումը Ուրբաթ առաւօտները Օհաննէսեան Հայկական Վարժարան:

Թէեւ աշխատանքները լրիւ չեն ամբողջացած եւ նոր դրան մուտքի միջանցքը խորտուբորտ եւ աւազոտ է, ջանք պիտի թափենք, որ շուտով կարելի ըլլայ այդ դժուարութիւնը լուծել:

Աշակերտները անվտանգ դպրոց հասնելու համար հսկողութիւն պիտի կատարուի ետեւի դրան մուտքին եւ միջանցքին մէջ:

Օհաննէսեան Հայկական Վարժարանի Հոգաբարձութիւն

Announcement (PDF format, 1 page, Armenian)


Antranig Daghlian: Our unity is a top priority Thursday, October 08, 2009
Antranig DaghlianAntranig Daghlian, a graduate of Yerevan Polytechnic, an architect by profession, has lived in the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf states for more than three decades.

Four years after the publishing of his memoirs, Azad-Hye met Mr. Daghlian and asked him about the past, present and future of the Armenian diaspora in the world generally and in the UAE in particular.

Could you describe the activities of the Armenian Cultural Association of Abu Dhabi and how it was initially formed?

First, let me say that, in general, we have not been a united and stable community in the United Arab Emirates. Most of us come here in pursuit of a job, stay and leave after several years. Read more


Dubai: Armenian monthly gathering (07 October 2009) Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Azad-Hye

Armenian monthly gathering: October 2009

 
DATE: Wednesday, 07 October 2009
 
TIME: 09:00 pm
 
LOCATION: "Seville's Restaurant"
Wafi Mall, Dubai
 
Free parking available 
 
We will have seated and cocktail style tables, to facilitate conversation.
 
Restaurant's tel: 04 3244777 (to ask directions in case you are absolutely new to Dubai)
 
 
Part of Parev Emirates program

Dubai: Round Table Discussion on the Protocols (08 October 2009) Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Participants
HE Vahagn Melikian
 HE Vahagn Melikian, Ambassador of Armenia in UAE
Mr. Shahan Kandaharian 
Mr. Shahan Kandaharian, Chief Editor of Aztag Armenian daily of Lebanon
Mr. Nishan Basmajian 
Mr. Nishan Basmajian, Principal of Ohannesian Armenian School of Sharjah
ILLUSTRATION BY VAHE ASHODIAN
Protesting Armenian President in Paris 

Round Table Discussion

Topics of discussion
 
1) Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations Between Republic of Armenia and Republic of Turkey

2) Protocol on Development of Relations Between the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey

Signed by Armenia and Turkey on 31 August 2009
Organized by Hay Tad Committee in the UAE
Date and Time: Thursday, 08 October 2009, at 08:00pm
 
Venue: Villa Rotana hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, Next to Mazaya Center,
Dubai (click on the map).
 


Sharjah: Special programs in the Armenian School Thursday, October 01, 2009

Armenian Virtual CollegeThe Board of Trustees of the Armenian School of Sharjah has decided to introduce a ninth grade in the school and another
class for non-Armenian speaking students.

Particularely for the ninth grade students, a special online program will be introduced in cooperation with the newly launched Armenian Virtual College of AGBU. This will be the first such project on pan-Armenian level.

Read more about the Armenian Virtual College (Azad-Hye interview with Yervant Zorian during his visit to Sharjah last year)

For additional information you can contact Principal Mr. Nishan Basmajian.

Announcement in Armenian:


Kuwait and UAE Armenians: Open letter to President Serzh Sargsyan Thursday, October 01, 2009

On 25 September 2009 a meeting was held in the building of the Armenian Prelacy of Kuwait, with the participation of representatives of all active religious, national, social and sports organizations in the community.   

An Open Letter was issued as a result of this meeting, addressed to the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan. The letter was forwarded to Vahagn Melikian, the Ambassador of Armenia in the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, with the request to deliver it to the Armenian authorities.

Read full report here

Note: A similar letter was issued in Sharjah in the name of the Legislative and Executive Council members in the United Arab Emirates. However, the UAE Armenian representatives did not convene any meeting before issuing their Open Letter. This leads us to assume that the representatives were contacted by telephone (some may argue that there was no need to contact them, as the Open Letter was forwarded from the Kuwait meeting and would have been circulated anyway). Our view is that, in crucial moments like the one we are experiencing now, we should not ignore the democratic practices that give more sense and credibility to our expressions.

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