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Armenia diaspora comes home Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Zak Valladian

Zak Valladian
, born and brought up in Dubai, is a member of a group called Tebi Hayrenik or “back to the motherland” that encourages diasporans to relocate to Armenia. He believes “absolutely” more of them are doing what he did four months ago, and moving to the country.

“Change comes from within,” said the 30-year-old, who runs a special effects business. “I do believe for Armenia’s sake, the only thing they can do is to encourage the diaspora to come and invest. It’s home from home for us.”

Photo: Zak Valladian is one of the foreign-born Armenians returning to the country of their heritage. Onnik Krikorian / The National

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Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobian receives Azad-Hye editor Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Minister Hranush Hakobian with Hrach KalsahakianOn June 23, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobian received Managing Director and Editor of Azad-Hye Armenian website (www.azad-hye.net) in the United Arab Emirates, writer, translator Hrach Kalsahakian.

H. Kalsahakian presented activities of the Arab-English website telling about Armenian communities of the Middle East countries, as well as possibilities of cooperation with the Hayern Aysor electronic newspaper of the RA Ministry of Diaspora.

Problems (registration) relating to dual citizenship raised by H. Kalsahakian, programs on teaching the Armenian language intended for Armenians of the Arab world and other issues were also discussed during the meeting. They also touched upon the issue of creating an address reference book of all-Armenian websites that will give a possibility of uniting the Armenian Internet potential, as well as the possibilities of assisting development of tourism in Armenia, taking into consideration H. Kalsahakian's experience in the sphere of tourism.

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Dubai: Azad-Hye monthly gathering (July 2009) Saturday, June 27, 2009
Azad-Hye
Monthly gathering: July 2009
DATE: Wednesday, 01 July 2009
TIME: 09:00 pm
LOCATION: "Elements Cafe"
Wafi Mall (First Floor), Dubai
Tel: 04 324 4252 (to ask directions in case you are absolutely new to Dubai)
 
Part of Parev Emirates program

Media coverage on State Youth Orchestra's visit to the UAE Saturday, June 20, 2009

In May 2009 the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia visited UAE and performed in Abu Dhabi and Dubai on 16 and 17 May 2009 respectively.

Both events were highlighted in UAE and Armenian media through the following writings:

1) "Life-affirming notes", by Gemma Champ.

2) "The performances of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia", by Antranig Daghlian.

3) "New blood, new style", by Nshanag (Nishan Basmajian)

Read the three articles in our special page dedicated to the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia here.


Request information about the Armenians in Abu Dhabi Saturday, June 20, 2009

My name is Karnig Haladjian and I moved to Abu Dhabi less than a week ago.  I am originally from the States and moved out here as part of a job assignment I recently took. 

I was wondering if someone could provide me the location and detail of any Armenian community in this area as I would like to get involved.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

Karnig Haladjian

Reply to Karnig Haladjian by using post@azad-hye.net


Dubai: Young Professionals (YP) meeting and fundraising event (26 June 2009) Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sweet corn fundraising eventThe subcommittee of Events & Social Gatherings would like to announce the Dubai YP's first fundraising event.

You are invited to join us for a night of mingling & casual fun over a generous table of mouthwatering Arabic cuisine, surrounded by the warm ambiance of a hospitable culture. The set-menu includes a wide range of hot & cold mezzas, main course dishes & dessert.

Wait, there is more!

Not only will you have this opportunity to re-unite with your fellow YPs & catch up with the group's latest news, but by attending this dinner you will also be contributing to the charity fundraising efforts for the development of Armenia's much needed young farmers. The proceeds of this dinner will be directly used for buying the sweet corn in collaboration with YP Yerevan & CARD (Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development in Armenia).

Event Details:

Location: SARAI (JBR The Walk)
Date: Friday, 26th of June
Time: 7:30 pm
Price: 130 Dhs

Once we calculate the net amount raised, you will be informed of it via e-mail. There is nothing more gratifying than knowing you have taken part in making a difference in this world... let alone in our motherland Armenia. Moreover, you will be sent photos of this event to keep as souvenirs, which will also be included in YP Dubai newsletters & website in the near future.

Thank you & hope to see you soon!
 
For reservations: Please call Mossine at 050-328 0591


Sharjah: School Board of Trustees 2009-20011 Saturday, June 20, 2009

School lifeAccording to the circular of the Council of the Armenian Community in the Northern Emirates, the Board of Trustees of the Ohannesian Armenian School for the years 2009-2011 will have the following members:

Lena Kazanjian
Maral Haroutiunian
Seta Baliozian
Tate Bakalian
Mardo Hovsepian
Nishan Basmajian
Sebouh Armenagian

Original announcement (PDF format, Armenian and English)


Sharjah: Holy Mass schedule in June and July 2009 Saturday, June 20, 2009

Armenian Church in SharjahVenue: Armenian Apostolic Saint Gregory the Illuminator Church in Sharjah

Holy Mass will be celebrated on Fridays: 12, 26 June and 10, 24 July 2009. Hours: 12:00 - 14:00

Morning Services will be performed on Sundays: 7, 14, 21, 28 June and 5, 12, 19, 26 July 2009. Hours: 09:00 - 09:30

The Holy Mass service will not be performed during the month of August due to the summer holidays.

For more info contact the Church Council (see details in the link below).

UAE Armenian community page

Original announcement (PDF format, Armenian and English)


Anger of mother who lost daughter in quad bike accident Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Sonia Babikian with daughter's portraitThe mother of a girl who died in a quad bike accident is angry they are still being used in residential areas.

Her plea for firmer action comes weeks after authorities began a drive to restrict ownership of the off-road vehicles, and she feels police are not doing enough.

Shortly after what would have been her daughter’s 18th birthday, Sonia Babikian has launched a campaign to inform people about the death of her daughter, Gabriella Mattar, and to draw attention to the dangers of the bikes. Read All


Dubai: Azad-Hye monthly gathering (June 2009) Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Azad-Hye
Monthly gathering: June 2009
DATE: Wednesday, 03 June 2009
TIME: 09:00 pm
LOCATION: "Elements Cafe"
Wafi Mall (First Floor), Dubai
Tel: 04 324 4252 (to ask directions in case you are absolutely new to Dubai) 
 
Direct discussions and exchange of views
about the current situation of social networking in the Armenian community, its importance and ways of coordinating it.
All participants will have chance to express their views
Part of Parev Emirates program

Sharjah: End of Sunday school year festivities (29 May 2009) Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The St. Gregory Illuminator Sunday School Administration is pleased to announce that the End of Sunday school year Festivities for the academic year of 2008-2009 will take place on Friday, 29th May 2009, at 2:00 pm, at the Pierre Keusseyan hall, Sharjah.

You are all invited to attend.

St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church Council

Original announcement (in Armenian and English, PDF format)


Dubai: National Day celebration (28 May 2009) Saturday, May 23, 2009

Coat of ArmsThe Council of the Armenian Community in Northern Emirates will celebrate the 28 May National Day event in Crowne Plaza hotel in Dubai on 28 May 2009, starting from 08:30pm.

Artist Makich (Mkrtich Mkrtchian) has been specially invited from Armenia on this occasion, accompanied by David Amalian.

Patrioritc and ARF songs will be performed, glorifying the Fedayin movement and the First Republic of 1918-1920.  

Original announcement in PDF format in Armenian


Sharjah: End of school year celebration 2009. Additional texts in Armenian and Russian Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Sharjah: End of school year event

On Friday, 08 May 2009, students, parents and friends attended the Ohanessian one-day Armenian School’s end of school year celebration. The event began with the UAE and Armenian national anthems. 

You can now read the report about this event in three languages:

Text in English

Text in Armenian

Text in Russian


Vahan Zanoyan at AGBU YP Speaker Series (22 May 2009) Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Vahan ZanoyanYou are cordially invited to an AGBU YP Speaker Series talk on ENERGY MARKETS AND THE GULF ECONOMIES

by Vahan Zanoyan
Chairman, PFC Energy International
CEO, First Energy Bank, Bahrain
 
Friday, May 22
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
The Fairmont Hotel
Cocktails & Mixed Hors D'Oeurves
80 dhs/person
 
SPACE IS LIMITED - RSVP BY WEDNESDAY, 20 MAY 2009

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Reminder: State Youth Orchestra of Armenia in the UAE Monday, May 11, 2009

The Armenian Cultural Association of Abu Dhabi has the pleasure to inform you that the State Youth Symphonic Orchestra of Armenia under the baton of Maestro Sergey Smpadyan has been invited to perform in the UAE on the following dates:

1) On Saturday, 16 May 2009, at the Main Auditorium of Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation.

2) On Sunday, 17 May 2009, at the Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC), in the Mall of the Emirates, 2nd level, Orange Car Park.

The concerts will be held at 8:00 pm sharp.

Read more about the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia

Note: Admission is with invitations that can be obtained by calling Mrs. Shogher Jerejian on 050 3126689.

State Youth Orchestra of Armenia


Sharjah: End of school year celebration 2009 Sunday, May 10, 2009

On Friday, 08 May 2009, students, parents and friends attended the Ohanessian one-day Armenian School’s end of school year celebration. The event began with the UAE and Armenian national anthems. 

Students from all grades took part in dancing, poetry reciting, staging and other cultural acts. About 200 people followed the program with great interest. Read full article


Mothers' Day celebration in Sharjah (2009) Saturday, May 09, 2009

Ohanessian one-day Armenian School in Sharjah celebrated the Mothers' Day in March 2009. 4 groups of volunteer ladies were formed to perpare a unique set of dishes.

The coverage of the event in Armenian by Mrs. Liza Karajian is available here.


Armenian citizenship: Gathering all Armenians under one roof Saturday, May 09, 2009

Marat Melikian welcomes the applicantsThe Consular Department in the Embassy of Armenia in Abu Dhabi was one of the first Armenian Embassies to start processing the applications for the Armenian citizenship according to the new regulations. We had a meeting with Mr. Marat Melikian, the Consul, who gave some details about the process and the subsequent steps that an individual has to take after receiving the approval for granting citizenship.  

Can you tell us about the current situation of the applicants for Armenian citizenship? What is your overall evaluation of the past period?

Since almost a year, we have been accepting applications for the citizenship of the Republic of Armenia. As you know, the dual citizenship law, which was passed two years ago, enables Armenians of Diaspora to apply for citizenship of the country of their ancestors. Read the whole text


State Youth Symphonic Orchestra of Armenia in UAE (16 and 17 May 2009) Saturday, May 09, 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT

The Armenian Cultural Association of Abu Dhabi has the pleasure to inform you that the State Youth Symphonic Orchestra of Armenia under the baton of Maestro Sergey Smpadyan has been invited to perform in the UAE on the following dates:

1) On Saturday, 16th May, 2009, at the Main Auditorium of Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation.

2) On Sunday, 17th May, 2009, at the Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre, in the Mall of the Emirates, 2nd level, Orange Car Park.

The concerts will be held at 8:00 pm sharp.You are all cordially invited to attend the concerts. Admission is free.

Armenian Cultural Association of Abu Dhabi

Original announcement (PDF format, Armenian and English)


Sharjah: “Belote” Competition (15 May 2009) Saturday, May 09, 2009

We are pleased to announce that the first Belote competition in Dubai and the Northern Emirates will take place at 3:00 pm on Friday May 15, 2009, in Louloua hotel Al Khan area in Sharjah.

Entrance fee: AED 100 per person.

Water and soft drinks will be served during the competition followed by an open buffet dinner. Trophies will be given to the first 3 winning teams.

For registration you are kindly requested to contact Mr. Datev Soulian at the church’s office from 8 am to 1 pm and from 4 to 7 pm. Tel no.06-5660320 before Thursday 14th May 2009, 1 pm.

For further information please contact Mr. Moushegh Bedirian on 050-4816753.

Good luck to all the contestants.
Council of the Armenian Community
In the Northern Emirates

Original announcement (PDF format, Armenian and English)

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