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Barahantes under spotlight Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sebouh Armenagian's article about the Annual Armenian balls in the UAE created a lot of interest. Lot of comments were made behind the curtains. Let us read a comment which is posted online by Suzana:

"I would say this is the best straightforward and frank opinion I have ever heard about our Annual Ball routine. Sadly, this is a reality. I wish the concerned committees become more conscious and make an effort to change such dishonorable acts, knowing that this barahantes is presentation of our identity, about how we evaluate people…


Is it true that whoever pays more money will be considered more Armenian, will get more respect (better seats, better shows, etc) and whoever works in silent and voluntarily in favor of Armenians will be disrespected?


That’s a big mistake .."    


Click here to read Sebouh Armenagian's article (in Armenian) and refresh your memory about how things work in this community.

Catholicos of All Armenians visits Sharjah Armenian Church (22 November 2008) Friday, November 21, 2008

His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, at the end of his Pontifical visit to India, will return to the Holy See of Etchmiadzin in Armenia, via Dubai.

Taking advantage of this opportunity, His Holiness and the accompanying delegation will visit the Saint Gregory Armenian Church in Sharjah on Saturday, 22 November 2008, at 08:30 p.m., during which a brief service will be conducted and the Catholicos will deliver his sermon to the believers. This will be followed with the ceremony of kissing the right hand (Achahampouyr) in Pierre Keuseyan Community Hall, next to the Church. 

It is recommended that all members of the community be present there and enjoy the blessings of the Supreme Patriarch and the Catholicos of All Armenians.  

Abu Dhabi: Embassy of Armenia celebrates Independence Day (23 November 2008) Thursday, November 20, 2008

On the occasion of the 17the anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Armenia, a reception will be held on Sunday, 23 November 2008 from 19:30 to 21:30 at the Grand Ballroom, Millennium Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Dress Code: National / Lounge Suite / Uniform

Contact Tel: 02-4444196

The independence day of Armenia is on 21 September, but due to Islamic Holy month of Ramadan, the above reception was postponed.

Abu Dhabi: New Colors of Armenia exhibition (24-30 November 2008) Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan, the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia has the pleasure of inviting you to the opening of "NEW COLORS OF ARMENIA" exhibition.

Monday, November 24th, 2998 at 07:30pm, Nakheel Hall, Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The exhibition will continue until 30th November 2008 

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Friendly talk between Kevo and Barack, written by Nishan Basmajian Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Մտերմիկ խօսակցութիւն Գեւոյի եւ Պարաքի միջեւ


Գրեց՝ Նշան Պասմաճեան


Պարա՛ք, Պարա՛ք։


Հայ Գեւօ։


Հայ Պարաք։ Մապրուք։ Շնորհաւոր։


Թանք Եու, Գեւօ։ Նեղութիւն քաշեր մինչեւ Շիքակօ եկեր ես զիս շնորհաւորելու...  Ուաու... Դուն տարբեր ես։ Դուք, հայերդ տարբեր էք։ Մէկուն եթէ սիրէք՝ սրտերնուդ մէջ կը դնէք ու հոն ալ կը պահէք, եւ եթէ մէկը չսիրէք...


Անոր ալ տեղ մը կը գտնենք պահելու։


Հայու հիւմըրդ բնաւ չես կորսնցներ, խայտառակ։


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Abu Dhabi: Manuella Guiragossian's works in Emirates Palace Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Dear Friends,

It would be my great pleasure to invite you to come and see some of my latest works represented by Bait Muzna Gallery in Art Paris 08 in Abu Dhabi from the 17th to the 21st of November 2008 at the Emirates Palace.

Come see us at booth A4

Opening Hours
November 18 to 21 (free entrance)
Daily from 3 pm to 10 pm

Hope to see you there.
Manuella Guiragossian

Dubai mobile: +971-50-3513922

Beirut mobile: + 961-3-044473


e-mail: info@paulguiragossian.com

Poster of the announcement

Parev Emirates: Meeting with participants of the Historical Armenian Tour of India (19 November 2008) Friday, November 14, 2008
Parev Emirates Event
Meeting with Helena Cray
(and other participants of the Historical Armenian Tour of India)
DATE: Wednesday, 19 November 2008
TIME: 09:00 pm
LOCATION: Coral Deira Hotel
Al-Muraqqabat Street, Deira, Dubai
Presentation, direct discussions and exchange of views
All participants will have chance to interact with the guests

Read more

Ramgavar leader visits Dubai Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Ramgavar meeting in Dubai

Mike Kharabian, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Ramgavar Azadagan Party (Armenian Democratic Liberal Party) met with party followers, friends and media in Dubai on 01 November 2008.
During the past months the Middle East Armenian communities witnessed a revival of Ramgavar presence. Communities like Damascus, Amman and elsewhere reorganized and put forward a new scheme for activities.
Zareh Tutunjian, a long time resident of Dubai, welcomed Mike Kharabian in the United Arab Emirates and gave a briefing about the community life, starting from the late 1970s when he first came to the then unknown and newly independent federal country of the UAE. Tutunjian described the first steps taken then in organized community life and the spirit of unity that prevails since then, especially in forming several bodies which continue governing the local public and social Armenian life. He stressed that the followers of Ramgavar Party have always been cooperative with the National Council. "We would wish the vision of cooperation and unity to remain a reality at all times. This can only be achieved when majority dominated bodies keep respecting the thoughts of others and continue giving them the chance to take part in community life on all levels". Read more

Sharjah: Non-Armenians in bowling event Saturday, November 08, 2008

If you go to this link you will find an announcement about a bowling competition that will take place on 14 November 2008.

Everything seems fine except for one clause, which reads as follows: "Participants must be above 15 years old, if they are members of the Armenian community in Dubai & Northern Emirates. Non-Armenians are not allowed to enter".

The first sentence is ambiguous. Only by reading the Armenian version, we can understand what the announcer wanted to say: The minimum age for the participants is 15 years old.

The problem is with the second sentence: "Non-Armenians are not allowed to enter". We believe the phrasing of this sentence is not correct.
Read more

Abu Dhabi: Try to find a suitable table if you are going to attend the Armenian ball Saturday, November 08, 2008

The Council of the Armenian Community in Abu Dhabi has circulated an email regarding the 13 November 2008 annual ball, in which it urges the members to secure their tickets to the ball before the 12th November 2008. The Council also asks the members to assemble themselves in groups of ten persons per round table and to identify each group or table name.

Council is ready to assist those who have difficulties in belonging to any particular ... table.

For details of the Annual Ball click here.

UAE Armenian Community page

UAE Armenian Community Services page launched Saturday, November 08, 2008

It has always been a dream to have a place where community services are provided in a smooth, interactive and updated manner.

The majority of people in position in our community (including those who occupy seats in the National Council and other bodies) are not new comers. Sadly, this fact has made them loose contact with reality. They do not remember the problems that a new comer faces in this new society (UAE). 

One of the basic rules of a strong society is the spirit of cohesion and solidarity that is manifested amongst the members. We strive to create this bond and for this reason we are introducing now the SERVICES section. Feel free to post your services and provide solutions (even in the shape of advice or words of encouragement) to the new comers or others who are using these services.

Click below to see examples of the freshly introduced service entries:

Job offers
Check the job description and other particulars with the announcing companies or individuals. Be aware that a position cannot stay available for long time. Therefore, a position offered one or two weeks ago is considered an old one and it may hardly be still available. But the same company might have similar positions or can give valuable advice.

Job seekers
Post your job request with your qualifications here. Submit your text in presentable way. You can also add your CV or other details as a link. In any case, be concise and up to the point and do not forget to provide info about how the potential employer may contact you.

Looking for relatives
Armenian reality has created stories of families living apart for decades. If you are looking for any living family members you can post your request here.

Academic and educational announcements
Announcements on academic and educational topics.


Nishan Basmajian comments on AGBU President's visit to Dubai Saturday, November 08, 2008

Ուրախութեամբ կարդացի ձեր տեղեկագիրը Պարոն Պերճ Սեդրակեանի այցելութեան կապակցաբար: Ուզեցի կատարել մի քանի առաջարկ –դիտողութիւններ, զորս կը կարծեմ թէ օգտակար են քան վնաս:

Զարմանալի զուգադիպութեամբ մի քանի օր առաջ Բարեգործականի եւ ինծի մօտիկ ընկերներէս մեկուն հետ կը խօսէինք Բարեգործականի համահայկական կրթական ծրագիրներուն մասին եւ ես հիացմունքով մտիկ կ՛ընէի ընկերոջս տուած բացատրութիւնները Բարեգործականի ինթերնեթային ծրագրի մասին, որ կը վերաբերի հայ լեզուի ու պատմութեան ուսուցման: Այս, ի միջի այլոց, Բարեգործականի ծերագիրներէն մէկն է տակաւին: Ես կը կարծեմ որ չկայ հայ մը (մանուկ, երիտասարդ թէ ծեր), որ չի կրնար օգտագործել այսպիսի ծրագիր:

Ընկերոջս հետ խօսեցանք նաեւ մեր գաղութին վերաբերող կրթական մշակութային ծրագիրներու մասին Բարեգործականին առնչուած: Շատ հաւանական է որ Պարոն Պերճ Սեդրակեան այդ խօսակցութենէն ետք անակնկալօրէն ժամանած է Տուպայ, այլապէս չեմ կարծեր որ ընկերս զիս տեղեկացուցած չըլլար անոր ժամանման մասին, որովհետեւ վարի նկարները կը փաստեն որ անոր այցը գաղտնի չէր...

Read the rest in the comment section of the following report: President of AGBU hosts dinner in Dubai

Abu Dhabi: Guy Manookian performs on the first day of Abu Dhabi Jazz Festival (20 November 2008) Saturday, November 08, 2008

Abu Dhabi Jazz Festival5th Abu Dhabi Jazz Festival (20-22 November 2008)

First show is to start at 6p and last show at 10:30p.

Guy Manookian will perform on the first day as follows:

20 November 2008
10:30p – 12:00 a

Guy Manoukian, composer with grand ambitions with exposure to musical diversity and cultural wealth, Manoukian composed and produced a wide array of musical albums acquring success internationally. In 2002, Guy won the MUREX award for best composition and best tune in the Arab world, for his hit “Harem and added to his achievements the Arab Music Award for Best dance album.

For further information and the complete program, please call Chillout Productions on 04 3911196 or check www.abudhabijazzfest.com

Parev Emirates activities requested also in Abu Dhabi Saturday, November 08, 2008

Darman Darmoian came to Abu Dhabi one and half years ago and till now he has not been able to detect any Armenian community life in that city. In fact there is a National Council there and there are several activities, all of which are enlisted in our Calendar section. In month November 2008 there is also an Armenian Ball.

Below is Darmoian's comment as posted after the article Parev Emirates program launched

"I am very happy to hear that such activities occur in UAE, but where is Abu Dhabi in this community activities? I have been here for 18 months and this is the first time I know we have such things". Darman Darmoian

Sharjah: Bowling competition (14 November 2008) Thursday, November 06, 2008

This year’s Bowling Competition is scheduled on Friday, 14th November 2008 at 3:00pm in Sharjah’s EWAN hotel bowling alley, opposite Louloua hotel.

Listed below are the requirements to enter this competition:

- Teams who whish to participate must be formed and registered prior to the competition date.

- Participating teams must register latest by 13th November 2008 evening.

- Participants must be above 15 years old, if they are members of the Armenian community in Dubai & Northern Emirates. Non Armenians are not allowed to enter.

- There are no fees or charges. Participation is for free.

- For children aged 8 – 15 years, there will be a special competition made up of 2 teams. The top 3 scorers will receive special gifts.

- Water, soft drinks & pop corn will be served during the competition for free.

For further information and team registration, kindly contact Mr. Zareh Kalaydjian on 050- 4820141 and Mr. George Lentian on 050-3021040.

Bowling Committee

Under the Cultural Committee of The Armenian Community of Northern Emirates

Announcement text (PDF format, Armenian and English)

UAE Armenians factsheet

Sharjah: General knowledge quiz show (21 November 2008) Thursday, November 06, 2008

The Cultural Committee of the Armenian Community of the Northern Emirates has the pleasure to invite you to participate in the general knowledge quiz show to be held on Friday 21st of November 2008 at the Pierre Keusseyan Community hall in Sharjah.

Age group of participation: 16-36 years old

Team: group of 5 participations.

The Cultural Committee is ready to create teams for individual applicants.

The competition will comprise of questions and quizzes from diverse field of knowledge.

Valuable prizes to the 1st two leading Teams.

For more information and for registration please contact to
Mrs. Salpi Apelian 050-6302765, Mr. Datev Soulian 06-5660320

The Cultural Committee of The Armenian Community
of Northern Emirates

Announcement text (PDF format, Armenian and English)

UAE Armenians factsheet

Ensemble Naïri in Abu Dhabi (01 November 2008) Friday, October 31, 2008

TECHNIP, for its 50th anniversary occasion, cordially invites you to a classical music evening performed by ENSEMBLE NAÏRI, conducted by Mr. Haïk Davtian on Saturday 1st November 2008 @ 7:00 pm , at the Culture and Heritage Centre, Abu Dhabi.
A photo exhibition for the occasion will take place before the concert and a cocktail party will follow.
Your presence in support and encouragement will be highly appreciated.

President of AGBU hosts dinner in Dubai Friday, October 31, 2008

Mr. Berge Setrakian, President of Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) worldwide, hosted a dinner on 29 October 2008 at the Emirates Towers, Dubai, for some of the organization's members and friends living in the UAE.

Mr. Setrakian debriefed members on the progress of AGBU programs around the globe, placing special emphasis on the AGBU's youth programs such as summer camps in Armenia, France, and USA and summer internship programs for young professionals in New York, Paris, and Yerevan.

Read more and see photos here.

Monument of Gratitude to Arabs Friday, October 31, 2008

Comment by Nishan Basmajian on the following article: Call to support the fundraising campaign for the Monument of Gratitude to Arabs

Although it is an expensive project but it is unique.

I am glad to read the name of Hrach Brunsuzian (who has long, impartially and in good faith served the community in the Emirates), as responsible for the donations in UAE.

I would like to read as many names as possible in the list of the donors from the UAE Armenian community.

Who can forget the hospitality of the Arab nation when our ancestors were being killed and persecuted in the Syrian deserts? We all realize and are grateful to all Arab governments, irrespective of the regimes, for the advantages and the autonomy given to us Armenians as communities.

Look at the freedom we enjoy in UAE! Arabs have shown and proved their SINCERE friendship to the Armenians. We can't and don't ignore this fact. We have never been an ungrateful nation and we know how to reciprocate to favors.

Time has come to reciprocate.

I believe it is the obligation of any Armenian, whether living in the Middle or the Far East, whether in the Northern or the Southern Hemispheres to participate in the construction of the MONUMENT OF FRIENDSHIP, a new landmark which belongs equally to the Arabs and Armenians.

Place your own comment at the end of the article here.

Lena Shamamian's concert in Sharjah (30 October 2008) Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Lena ShamamianDate: October 30, 2008

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: American University of Sharjah (AUS), Main Auditorium, Main Building

Description: Lena Shamamian (Chamayan), a Syrian of Armenian heritage, is a professional vocalist who has built a successful recording and performance career on her classical music education, enriched with elements of Oriental jazz, Armenian folklore and Syrian song traditions. In 2006, she won the prestigious Radio Monte Carlo Moyen-Orient Music Award.

Tickets for this event (AED 30) are available at the AUS Student Center daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 7 p.m.- 10 p.m. For further information or reservations, please call 050 341 3478 or 050 738 5583.

The concert is organized by the Cultural Events Committee in cooperation with the Syrian Student Club.

Source: Website of AUS

Read in Azad-Hye: Lena Shamamian, fusing oriental classics with Armenian music

"Alrouzana" traditional Arabic songs performed by Lena Shamamian: Listen to the song here.

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