Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 06 May 2009 in Sezzam Restaurant, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, at 09:00 pm (the Flame Alcoholic Section).
Located at the interconnection between the shopping mall, Ski Dubai and the Hotel, the restaurant has access from all three components in addition to main entrance right on Sheikh Zayed Road as a stand alone entity. The 900 seat restaurant features three cooking methods: flame, bake, and steam. It is open until until 11.30 pm.
We encourage you to provide us with info about places suitable for our gatherings.
When you are there ask for the Parev Emirates table.
(useful for last minute directions, access and parking info):
You can use the Mall of Emirates parking lot or vallet parking at the Kempinski Hotel
Nishan Basmajian starts a new website in UAE
Friday, May 01, 2009
Nishan Basmajian, a well-known community figure in the UAE, has started his own website under the name "nshanag" (dart board).
The website, which comes in the form of a blog, will be mainly in Armenian language and aims to be a "meeting point for intellectuals".
In his website, Basmajian plans to host different subjects, including articles on literature, art, education, religion, etc. Material about the Armenian reality would be posted as well. Read all
Nishan Basmajian lectures in Abu Dhabi
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
On the occasion of the Armenian Genocide, Chairman of Hay Tad Committee Mr. Nishan Basmajian will deliver a lecture in Abu Dhabi, on 24th April 2009, at 07:00 pm in Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Շարժայի Հայկական Օհաննիսյան Վարժարանը
Monday, April 20, 2009
Գրեց՝ Ջուլիետտա Գյուլամիրյան
Աշխարհի չորսդին ձևավորված հայկական գաղթօջախներից յուրաքանչյուրն ունի իր պատմությունը, իր առանձնահատկությունները, որոնցով այն տարբերվում է մյուս գաղթօջախներից: Միաժամանակ բազմաթիվ գաղթօջախների համար կան ընդհանուր գծեր:
Արաբական Միացյալ Էմիրությունների Շարժա քաղաքի հայկական գաղութը մյուս գաղութների հետ ունեցած ընդհանրություններով հանդերձ` ունի ինքնատիպ առանձնահատկություններ: Դրանք պայմանավորված են ոչ միայն այդ համայնքի համեմատաբար երիտասարդությամբ, այլև ձևավորման գործընթացի ինքնատիպությամբ: Միանգամից նշենք, որ առաջին և ընդգծված ընդհանրությունն այլ գաղութների հետ այն է, որ ինչպես ամենուր, այնպես էլ այստեղ, իրար գլխի հավաքված մի խումբ հայրենասեր մարդիկ առաջին հերթին հիմնել են դպրոց. կրկնվել է ավազի վրա հայ մանուկներին գրաճանաչ դարձնելու աշխարհասփյուռ պատմությունը: Բավական է ասել, որ ընդամենը 30 տարվա պատմություն ունեցող Շարժա քաղաքի հայկական մեկօրյա (շաբաթ օր) դպրոցն ունի երեսունամյա պատմություն` իր ավանդույթներով, սովորություններով, կրթության ինքնատիպ բովանդակությամբ ու խնդիրներով: Լրիւ
Dr. Armen Papazian appointed as Head of Islamic Finance at UBS
Monday, April 20, 2009
UBS has appointed Dr. Armen Papazian as Head of Islamic Finance based in the firm's branch at the Dubai International Financial Centre.
Prior to this, as Senior Vice President for Innovation and Development at Nasdac Dubai, Dr. Papazian led the market development efforts of the exchange.
Dr. Papazian earned his PhD at Cambridge, UK, specializing in Financial Economics.
Jivan Gasparyan interviewed by Abu Dhabi daily
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Jivan Gasparyan will soon play in Abu Dhabi as part of WOMAD. See more details about the schedule here.
In an interview with Abu Dhabi English daily "The National", Gasparyan says:
"I love Armenia, it’s my home. I am always happy to be there. I never left it forever. There were hard times for the Armenian people. I like to travel, and I have concerts in Europe and in the USA almost every other month but I always come back home".
Sharjah: Members of committees appointed by the National Council
Friday, April 17, 2009
The Council of the Armenian Community in the Northern Emirates has appointed the following members as part of the Cultural, Ladies and Church Committees for the coming two years (2009-2011)
Cultural Committee (also known as Arts Committee): Mrs. Muriel Keusseyan Mrs. Arpy Tutunjian Mrs. Alin Balian Mrs. Salpi Apelian Mrs. SoniaTeperdjian Miss Betty Habibian Miss Niry Missirian Mr. Berj Tosounian Mr. Norair Kazanjian Council's representative: Mrs. Sonia Ayvazian
St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church Committee: Mr. Vicken Kelendjian Mr. Mardiros Kasbarian Mr. Hratch Manjikian Mr. Raffi Baghdoud Mr. Sako Haroutiounian Mr. Sebouh Segian Mr. Kegham Bedourian Council's Representative: Mr. Khajag Hovsepian
The School's Board of Trustees remains the same. The new Board will be assigned after the end of the academic year 2008-2009. Council's representative in the Board of Trustees: Mr. Hagop Joukjoukian.
This year the Lenten (Michink) event in Abu Dhabi was celebrated on Friday 20th March 2009 in the Millennium Hotel (Marakech Restaurant) in Abu Dhabi, with interesting program and surprises.
The Principal of the Armenian Community School of Abu Dhabi Gulizar Jonian took care of the details of this event, which attracted about 100 people.
The event was an opportunity to mark the Middle Eastern Mothers' Day (which is celebrated in Arab countries on the 21st March).
Jonian welcomed the participants and said that this event was thought to be an ideal way to bring students, their families and friends of the school together and celebrate an Armenian event like “one big family”. Read more and see additional photos
Abu Dhabi Armenians: Antranig Hajibalian, 35 years service to the Armenian Church and community
Monday, April 13, 2009
Friday 09 January 2009 was a day to remember in Abu Dhabi. The tiny Armenian Community in the captial of the United Arab Emirates, marked the 35th anniversary of Antranig Hajibalian's devotion to the community and church life.
The ceremony took place in the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Abu Dhabi, in the presence of more than 70 persons.
Father Aram Deyirmendjian, the parish priest of the UAE Armenians, read the letter of appreciation signed by Archbishop Goriun Babian. In his letter, the Catholicosal Vicar of Kuwait and Gulf countries, expressed his gratitude to Antranig Hajibalian, on behalf of the believers and the national authorities, for his role in keeping the Armenian religious and national traditions alive in Abu Dhabi and serving with devotion through many years. The Archbishop expressed his firm belief that Hajibalian will continue serving the Church. He praised his spirit of dedicatoin and voluntary work, considering him as a valued example for Diaspora Armenians. Read more
Armenian Easter party in UAE desert (11 April 2009)
Sunday, April 12, 2009
This year’s “Havguetakhagh” (Հաւկթախաղ) was held in the desert on Saturday 11th April 2009. A special program with surprises and entertainment was organized, including dune riding. 4 wheel drive cars took the participants to a desert camp, which was exclusively reserved for the use of the Armenian Community.
Photos by Serine Gharibian
Searching for relatives: Tcheblakian family roots
Sunday, April 05, 2009
I am looking to get in contact with Dikran Tcheblakian, because my grandmother is of Tcheblakian family of Kirason. She had two brothers, Dikran and Ghazaros.
Those who have any clue can post their comment here.
Jivan Gasparyan in Abu Dhabi
Sunday, April 05, 2009
WOMAD Abu Dhabi (23-25 April 2009)
WOMAD stands for World of Music, Arts and Dance and gives its name to the internationally established WOMAD Festival.
WOMAD has been to many places in the world, but this will be the first event in the Middle East.
On Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th April 2009, from 7pm onwards the Corniche, a beautiful beach in Abu Dhabi, will be the stomping ground of the free festival. Artists will be performing to an international audience throughout the night.
Jivan Gasparyan will be performing in the South Stage of the Abu Dhabi Corniche on 23 April 2009, on the first day of the WOMAD festival.
Press release about the Legislative Council (Թեմական) meeting 25-26 March 2009 (Armenian, 2 pages, PDF format)
Sharjah: Easter party In desert (11 April 2009)
Friday, April 03, 2009
This year’s “Havguetakhagh” (Հաւկթախաղ) will be held in the desert on Saturday 11th April 2009.
A special program with surprises and entertainment has been organized.
1. A “Fun Drive” will start at 3:00 pm for those who wish to participate to the dune riding with their own 4 wheel drive cars.
2. The remaining participants will meet at 6:00 pm at a designated parking lot (meeting point) where 4 wheel drive cars will be at their disposal to take them to the desert camp. Location maps for the meeting point will be sent to you with next announcement.
3. At a second stage, all interested parties will be given the opportunity to go to a dune ride in the desert with professional drivers in their 4 wheel drive cars.
4. The desert camp with all its facilities will be exclusively reserved for the use of our community.
Participation tickets: AED 150 only for adults AED 75 only for children (under 12 years)
Participation fees Include buffet dinner and soft drinks
Further information will follow in due course.
Interested parties are kindly requested to contact the church’s office at Tel: 06-5660320 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 to 7:00 pm, latest 8th April 2009.
Council of the Armenian Community In the Northern Emirates
Savina Yannatou and Primavera en Salonico in Abu Dhabi (09 April 2009)
Friday, April 03, 2009
Continuing the season of World Music concerts, the Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi presents Savina Yannatou and Primavera en Salonico, one of the best known and most loved musical ensembles of Greece.
Savina Yannatou is widely considered an exceptional vocalist and has graced the stage of many international festivals, including WOMAD.
Based on traditional material - mainly from the Mediterranean Area - Savina Yannatou and the group Primavera en Salonico offer an open sound without borders, insisting on acoustic instruments, half of which have their origin in the East.
With a background that combines classical and "authentic" traditional music with improvised music and jazz, they connect the modal music of the East with the equivalent music of Western Europe, music of the Middle Ages and the popular polyphonies of the Mediterranean.
Beginning from the melismatic riches of Eastern Maqam and the charming irregular rhythms of the Orient, the Cultural Foundation invites you to explore the territory of Western free improvisation and modern jazz.
Thursday, 09 April 2009, 8:30 pm Al Dhafra Auditorium, The Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi