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
Until recently (June 2010) applicants were obliged to register themselves in the local registry office of their chosen home address. Fortunately, this complicated procedure is not required any more.
1) For female applicants: Submit the passport application to the OVIR officer. The officer will define a day (usually in the coming 3 working days) to take the oath, sign the documents and receive the passport as a citizen of
Normal passports cost about US$ 15, while urgent passports cost about US$ 60 (although in most cases, as first-time applicant, you cannot practically benefit from the urgent option).
Note that OVIR officers are able to locate your file based on your name; a practice useful in case you do not remember your file number or are not notified by the Embassy with your number.
The queue in OVIR (in front of Arevik Petrosyan's office) is out of control and lacks administrative coordination. People with trivial enquiries and others with major issues stand in the same queue, often returning back to the same queue more than once on a given day. Take with you a bottle of water and be very patient. Try to arrange babysitting for your children, as there are no provisions for kids or pregnant women or senior individuals.
The most interesting moment in this process is the oath taking ceremony. Do not let documentation technicalities spoil your genuine feelings related to the moment.
The Department of Criminal Investigation arrested an Armenian gang of two women and a man who stole from duty free shops at airports in several countries.
A woman-like walk by a suspect gave the criminals? away and opened them to monitoring by the police. The modus operandi of the gang was to steal jewels from duty free shops and fly out.
Police tracked the suspects and surveillance cameras showed a man who walked like a woman. He was seen walking into a shop and writing his name on a draw coupon after stealing jewels from a shop. The police checked the coupons and found all the passengers were residents except the suspect. The group was seen flying in and out of several GCC countries and the arrests were made last Friday.
Major Ahmed Al Merri, Director of Criminal Investigation, said, the police received a complaint that they found jewellery worth Dh300,000 missing from the shop.
He said, the thieves had tricked an employee by pretending not to know each other and diverted his attention when he showed them a large collection. The gang members confessed they stole from duty free at airports and left on flights to other Gulf countries, only to return to Dubai.
Khaleej Times, Dubai, 20 August 2010 (URL)
Azad-Hye will resume in August 2010. We recommend you to spend your summer holidays in Armenia.
On the occasion of the first anniversary of his death, we would like to invite you to visit Mr. Hagop Kalsahakian's website, www.baronhagop.com (in Armenian)
Hagop is Azad-Hye editor Hrach Kalsahakian's father.
Պրն. Յակոբ (Քալ) Սահակեանին մահուան առաջին տարելիցին առիթով կը հրաւիրենք ձեզ այցելել իր յիշատակին նուիրուած կայքէջը՝ www.baronhagop.com
Roupen Malatchalian (born 1966) has passed away in Al Zahra hospital in Sharjah on 29 June 2010 following brief period of illness.
Roupen used to work in Interplast company in Sharjah. He is married to Maria Dabbaghian and has one child.
May his soul rest in peace.
The Arts Committee in Sharjah is planning to have a talent show for all members of the community, on individual or group basis. The show will cover all age groups.
If you are interested please fill the form and send it to the Armenian Community Center in Sharjah.
Յուշիկներ Պետրոս Բարսեղեանէն
Գրեց՝ Նշան Պասմաճեան
Ցոլակ Թիւթէլեանը, այդ տարիներուն Լիբանանի ՀՅԴ Կեդրոնական Կոմիտէի եւ Համազգայինի Կեդր. Վարչութեան կարեւոր անդամ, յանձնարարեց որ Ապրօ Ապրոյեանին փեսան Պետրոս Բարսեղեանը տեսնեմ գործի համար: Լսած էր Պետրոսէն որ ան Ծոցի երկիրներ պիտի գար, որովհետեւ ?Պում? ի մէջ էին այս երկիրները: Զուգադիպաբար, Շարժայէն Հրայր Սողոմոնեանը լուր ղրկած էր ինծի, որ Պերճ Պետրոսեանի ցանկութեամբ հարցազրոյցի մը համար պէտք էր տեսնուէի Պետրոս Բարսեղեանին հետ: Ցոլակին ու Հրայրին տուած հեռաձայնի թիւերը իրարմէ տարբեր չէին: Ուրեմն երկու այս ընկերներս նոյն մարդուն ուղղած էին իրենց ցուցամատերը : ?Սա ուրեմն լաւ մարդ պէտք է որ ըլլայ?ըսի մտքէս ու հեռաձայնին ընկալուչը վերցուցի հեռաձայնելու համար Պետրոսին:
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Previously living in UAE, Zak and Garo Walladian and their cousin Boghos Tutundjian are preparing to re-launch “That Place” Bar in Yerevan, Armenia, on 10 June 2010.
“That Place” is a family owned bar and grill in the heart of Yerevan, North Avenue.
The owners are members of “Tebi Hayrenik” movement.
See their group site on facebook here.
Photo: Boghos Tutundjian doing some repair work.
My name is Angel Avetisyan. I was born in Yerevan in 1981. I graduated from The University of the name of Monte Melconian. I am a teacher of foreign language and translator by occupation. Now I work in Polytechnic University of Yerevan as a linguist about 2 years. I have knowledge of the following languages: Armenian, Russian, English and French.
I am seeking any suitable job in schools in Armenian diaspora.
Azad-Hye announces the launching of a 24-hour internet radio channel dedicated to the Republic Day (28 May 1918).
Enjoy Armenian patriotic songs all year round, dedicated to the freedom fighters and founders of the First Republic in 1918.
Click the above icon to hear the songs.
The channel is brought to you by:
Hello. I am Ara Arakelian, 25 years old from Damascus, Syria.
I have been in Abu Dhabi since January 2010.
I am working here as an administration assistance in KIS (Khalidia Intersystems).
I studied Psychology and Business Administration in Damascus (separate degrees).
I am planning also to have my Master's degree in MBA or Human Resource Management (HRM) during my stay here in the UAE.
I would be happy if I get to know new friends here in UAE.
Ara Arakelian Email
The trip was a cooperation between the ANCME and Embassy of Armenia in UAE with five individuals sponsering the event.
The number of articles published to date is 15.
And the number of Journalists were 4.
What we learned? Healthy cooperation will lead us to success.
A group of UAE journalists visited Armenia from 20-25 April 2010.
This was the first press trip organized in UAE by the Armenian National Council (Middle East office) with the participation of 5 journalists representing several well-known UAE dailies.
The journalists had the chance to meet with high ranking officials in Yerevan, such as Hovik Aprahamyan (National Assembly Speaker), Armen Gevorgyan (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Territorial Administration), Arman Kirakossian (Deputy Foreign Minister), Armen Movsisyan (Energy Minister), Ara Bedrosyan (Deputy Minister of Economy and Minister of Tourism) and others. The ministers provided first-hand information about Armenia.
As a result, more than 10 articles and reports were published in the UAE media, covering various fields, including politics, economy, energy, tourism, investments, bilateral relations, etc. This has contributed in creating awareness about Armenia and Armenian issues in the UAE press in the past few weeks.
From 26-28 April 2010, Armenia participated in the Middle East Food exhibition in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The Armenian stand was organized on the initiative of the Embassy of Armenia in Abu Dhabi and the Armenian Development Agency.
Dear Azad-Hye Editor,
?Bridge Artsakh 2010? is a reliable bridge connecting Nagorno-Karabakh Republic with friends and the outside world. Thanks to the Forum, Armenian entrepreneurs from different countries will have the chance to get acquainted with the economic situation and investment possibilities in the NKR.
We are glad to invite you to take part in this Forum and would like to ask you to support it by circulating the information in your community.
With best regards,
For participation please confirm by 19 of June 2010
The Council of the Armenian Community in Northern Emirates will celebrate the 28 May National Day event in New Carlton hotel in Dubai on 27 May 2010, starting from 09:00pm.
Singer Mher Minasian has been specially invited from Aleppo on this occasion.
Patrioritc songs will be performed, glorifying the liberation movement and the Armenian Republic of 1918-1920.
Date: May 8, 2010
Dr. Armen Papazian will be addressing the AGBU Young Professionals on the roots of the financial crisis and where things stand today. A native of Lebanon, he has led a distinguished career in finance and academia, recently serving as the head of Islamic Finance for investment bank UBS and the Senior Vice President for Innovation and Development at the Dubai International Financial Exchange (DIFX).
Dr. Papazian is a graduate of Cambridge University, England, and was previously an Assistant Professor in financial economics at the American University in Dubai, UAE. His research interests include financial economics, development economics, financial systems, money, and wealth creation.
Contribution: 80 Dhs