Photography fans will have the opportunity to see original photos taken by
Shiraz-Hovhannes Djeredjian, representing natural scenes and historical monuments from Armenia.
The Council of the Armenian Community in Northern Emirates (Cultural Committee), invites you to enjoy this special photo exhibition devoted to Armenian landscape and architectural heritage.
The photo exhibition, which will be inaugurated in the Pierre Keusseyan Community Hall in Sharjah on 20th April 2007, at 7:00pm, will include also a slide show.
The exhibition will be continued during the following two days (21 and 22 April 2007) from 9:00 am ? 1:00 pm and 5:00 ? 9:00 pm
Those who find difficulty in attending the Sharjah event, will have the opportunity to enjoy the photographs for a longer period in the Auditorium of the Alliance Francaise in Dubai, from 27th April to 5th May 2007.
According to a leaflet by the Alliance Francaise, Djeredjian is “Known as the Photographer of the Armenian People. His story-telling photography preserves the richness of the Armenian History. Through his lens we celebrate the perseverance of our Nation. Shiraz has a unique talent in showcasing his photographs. His ability to narrate coupled with the breathtaking scenes and historical sights take you back to the places your ancestors lived, prayed and fought?”
See the cultural schedule of Alliance Francaise at:
Contact details and map of the Alliance Francaise in Dubai:
The date of the first Hye Lounge Gathering has been set on Wednesday 18th of April 2007.
We are a lot, waiting for this event, and we hope that it is just the beginning of a long series of gatherings and events that will make us meet. Even people that are planning to come by their own should not hesitate as we will be there to welcome them.
The First Hye Lounge will be hosted by Shakespeare Restaurant, Al Attar Business Tower on Sheikh Zayed Road. The Mezzanine is booked for us. A very big parking area is available next to Al Attar Business Tower.
The idea would be to arrive around 8:30 pm so that we can fully enjoy the evening. A selection of Fresh Juices, Soft Drinks and little snacks will be available on the Mezzanine for very affordable prices.
For logistic purposes, a confirmation e-mail (attending or not) would be highly appreciated before Thursday 12th of April.
We hope to see you all on the 18th,
The Embassy of Armenia in Abu Dhabi participated in the Annual Charity Bazaar which was organized by the Diplomatic Group of Spouses of Ambassadors in Abu Dhabi, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bent Moubarak.
Armenia?s table included souvenirs brought exclusively from Armenia.
The entire income of the Charity Bazaar was transferred to the “Future Centre” fund of H.H. Sheikha Fatma for handicapped children.
The spouse of H.E. the Ambassador of Armenia Mrs. Armine Melikian attended the opening ceremony on 11th April 2007 at 10:00am. The Bazaar lasted for 12 hours.
Venue: Abu Dhabi Ladies Club
Tel: +971 2 666 2228 Fax: +971 2 666 4449
We have the pleasure to announce that the 2007 Armenian Annual Ball?s photos & DVDs are now ready. To order your own copies kindly contact Mrs. Talin Saba at the Church?s Office on 06-5660320 from 8:00am-1:00pm, except Fridays, till May 31, 2007.
Prices: Dhs. 5 (photo) and Dhs. 75 (DVD)
Council of the Armenian Community in the Northern Emirates
Saturday 07th APRIL 2007 at 8:00 p.m
Abu Dhabi CROWNE PLAZA Hotel, EMIRATES BallRoom
Live entertainment by popular singer Norayr Kazandjian.
Sumptuous buffet, warm family atmosphere, Games and surprises
Ticket: Adults 125 Dhs. Children (5-12 years) 60 Dhs.
Please contact below mentioned members to secure your ticket in advance:
Mr.Vahe Toukhmanian 050-6413484
Mr. Kegham Bayandourian 050-5522061
Mr. Setrag Der-Melkonian 050-6521240
Mr.Jirayr Ghazigian 050-6413562
The Council of The Armenian Community of Abu Dhabi
See Armenian text here.
This year?s ?Havgetakhagh? will be held at the Marriott Hotel Dubai, Deira Ballroom on Saturday 7th April 2007 from 9:00 pm onwards.
The entertainment will be provided by KOKO ASAYAN & his band.
A program for children will also be available.
Entrance tickets inclusive of dinner will be charged at:
AED 150 only per person,
AED 75 only per child (4-12 years of age)
Interested parties are kindly requested to contact the church?s office at Tel: 06-5660320 from
8:00am to 1:00pm.
COUNCIL OF THE ARMENIAN COMMUNITY IN THE NORTHERN EMIRATES
See Armenian text here.
If you want to see the photos of the newly elected members of the Abu Dhabi Legislative Body, you are invited to click here.
As far as we know, this is the first time that photos of Temagan members are circulated through official announcement. It is an interesting move and shows understanding for the power of visual contact.
One final comment: More than seeing the photographs, we are interested to know what these people have done in the past for the Community and (even more important) what they are planning to do in the … near future.
I am Armenian Orthodox from Iraq, Baghdad 33 years working in Engineering Consulting company called ARC International. I have been around 4 years and half in the UAE, interested in computer graphics which is my profession now after I graduated from Baghdad University, Eng. Mech. Department.
I am aware of Azad-hye which I visit from time to time. When I found your mail in my mail box I was interested to join. I used to go to all the Armenian clubs in Baghdad, but unfortunatly, still having problems with Armenian Language which keeps me somehow away.
Thanks again wish you have a nice day.
The gatheing will take place in the hall of Greek Orthodox Church in Abu Dhabi, on 30 March 2007, from 2:30-3:30 p.m., immediately after the Holy Mass.
See announcement in Armenian (PDF format)
On the occasion of the sudden death of Antranig Markarian, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, a condolence book will be opening in the Embassy in Abu Dhabi on 28 March 2007, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
We received the following comment by Nishan Basmajian on the subject: Sharjah-Dubai Armenians express views on community issues
DEAR SEBOUH MANJIKIAN,
I READ YOUR INTERVIEW IN THE WEBSITE OF AZAD HYE. WELL DONE!
YOU HAVE AN AGENDA FOR THE COMING FOUR YEARS, A PLAN. THIS SHOULD BE THE APPROACH AND THE ATTITUDE OF ANY ARMENIAN LEADER. THE SUBJECTS YOU HAVE TACKLED ARE OF GREAT IMPORTANCE, I WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT ON SOME POINTS:
*THE ARMENIAN DAILY SCHOOL: I AM CONFIDENT THAT YOU WILL GIVE THE REQUIRED IMPORTANCE TO THIS MATTER. THIS SHOULD NOT BE POSTPONED ANY FURTHER. THE DAILY SCHOOL HAS BEEN A SUBJECT WHICH YOU AND I HAVE DISCUSSED IN SO MANY OCCASIONS DURING THE LAST 6 YEARS. TIME AND OPPORTUNITY HAVE COME. I AM CONFIDENT THAT YOU ARE A SINCERE BELIEVER IN EDUCATION AND A RESONSIBLE PERSON. YOU HAVE TO PUT ALL YOUR WEIGHT TO MAKE THIS NOBLE PROJECT A SUCCESS. I CAN SEE A LOT OF ENTHUSIASM IN PARENTS AND CHILDREN. YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES SHOULD NOT DISAPPOINT THEM . I WISH TO SEE THE ARMENIAN DAILY SCHOOL OPENING ITS DOORS TO ITS CHILDREN IN FALL 2007!
*YOU WANT TO SEE THE RESCUCITATION OF THE PERIODICAL “SHEPOR”. IT WAS MEANT TO SERVE AS A PUBLICATION WHERE ARMENIAN YOUTH COULD EXPRESS ITS VIEWS, THROUGH WHICH THE COUNCIL COULD MAKE ITS VOICE HEARD TO THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY. POOR SHEPOR, IT WAS DEGRADED AND HAD BEEN TRANSFORMED TO “SOULICH”… NOW IT IS A DUMB INSTRUMENT… YES, SEBOUH, IT HAS TO BE REVIVED. IT IS YOUR AND YOUR COLLEAGUES DUTY TO PERSUE THE ISSUE SERIOUSLY!
*YOU ARE CONCERNED IN MODERENIZATION OF THE CONSTITUTION. WHY NOT! BUT , FRANKLY SPEAKING, ALTHOUGH IT IS IMPORTANT BUT IT IS NOT PRIORITY IF YOU WANT MY OPINION. FOR ME PRIORITY IS TO KILL THE INDIFFERENCE OF THE YOUTH IN PARTICULAR AND THE AVERAGE ARMENIAN LIVING IN UAE, IN GENERAL. YOUTH IS NOT INDIFFERENT, WE MAKE THEM INDIFFERENT. YOU, SEBOUH , HAVE ALWAYS LEAD BY EXAMPLE, YOU HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY TOGETHER WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES ,THE COUNCIL THAT YOU ARE GOING TO ELECT AND THE SUB COMMITTEES THAT THE COUNCIL IS GOING TO APPOINT. LET US STOP BLAMING OTHERS FOR INDIFFERENCE TO JUSTIFY OUR INDIFFERENCE TOWARDS YOUTH. IT IS TIME TO TURN UP THE SLEEVES!
*I WISH YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES SUCCESS. WE HAVE A WONDERFUL COMMUNITY IN THE UAE. THEIR MEMBERS NEED CARE. DO NOT LET THEM FEEL LIKE ORPHANS FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE! THEY DO NOT DESERVE THAT!
*MY AND OTHER COMMUNITY MEMBERS EXPECTATIONS ARE HIGH FROM YOU. DO NOT DISAPPOINT US.
STRENGTH AND COURAGE TO ALL OF YOU!
Posted 26 March 2007
Few weeks ago Sharjah-Dubai Armenians elected their Legislative Council, which will govern the community life for the coming four years. The time is ripe for changes.
In the 1990s members of the Community were involved in a very noble mission: the building of the Church. This great mission was fulfilled in 1998 and a Church complex (named after Saint Gregory the Illuminator) with weekly school facilities turned into reality. Armenians in the UAE had for the first time a place where they could call their “own”.
This was followed with the excitement and jubilation of establishing the Embassy of Armenia in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The Armenian Community in Sharjah-Dubai supported this mission morally and financially. The official ceremony of the opening of the Embassy in Abu Dhabi (September 2000) was an important milestone. Two years later, in April 2002, President Robert Kocharian visited the UAE, while the excitement scored a new height. During this period several Ministers visited the UAE rekindling public attention towards Armenian issues.
The elections for the 3rd legislative period (December 2002) seemed very encouraging with the participation of more than 500 members in the United Arab Emirates. The competitions in both Abu Dhabi and Sharjah-Dubai were fierce and some mishaps were recorded, with the result that some Armenians were displeased and others felt the elections were meaningless. A less troublesome elections took place this year, but with an exceedingly shrinking participation from the public. The re-election of the same personalities to the Legislative posts created mixed feelings.
Azad-Hye had the following interviews with several Armenians residing in Sharjah-Dubai.
Vosgeperan Arzoumanian, Vice-Chairman of the Central Executive Council of the Catholicosate of Cilicia, and father of Abu Dhabi Armenian Community member Dr. Vartkes Arzoumanian, passed away on 18th March 2007.
Click here to see the annoucement of the Council of the Armenian Community of Abu Dhabi and several other annoucements from various national institutions.
Click here to see the PDF format of the Abu Dhabi Council's announcement.
Azad-Hye expresses its deepest condolences to Arzoumanian family.
Photo: The late Vosgeperan Arzoumanian (1924 – 2007) decorated with the “Cilician Prince” insignia of the Catholicosate, 19 March 2004, Antelias.
From: Hye Lounge [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2007 3:06 PM
Within a week, more then 95 people answered the Hye Lounge e-mail with great enthusiasm. Some other people asked for more specific questions about Hye Lounge, who? Why? When? Etc.
Well Maybe we should one more time describe this little project, it is very simple and transparent. Hye Lounge's objective is to gather Armenians informally around a drink so that people that do not have the chance to be with Armenians have that opportunity. It has nothing to do with politics or anything like that, it is simply a Lounge.
Everybody is welcome, this is the main idea.
We are planning to do a first Hye Lounge gathering in mid April, as a lot of you are asking for it. To be able to better understand you we would like to have your answers to these following questions:
– Would you prefer to have Hye Lounge on a week day evening (Sunday, Monday, etc.) or on a weekend evening (Thursday, Friday)?
– Could you please indicate your age bracket: 20-25; 25-30; 30-35; 35-40; 40-45; over 45?
– What is your occupation? (Job, company, other activities?)
– What are your expectations from Hye Lounge? (i.e. Business Networking; New Friends; Listen to music with a drink, be able to share ideas or projects with others..)
– How often would you like to meet? Monthly, weekly, semi-annually?
– Would 9:00 pm be a good time for you? (For a Dubai based Lounge)
Please, take a couple of minutes to answer these questions. This is done to better plan the gatherings for you.
Thank you in Advance, and see you all very soon.
01 April 2007
Palm Sunday (Dzaghgazart)
Holy Mass (Badarak) 17:00 ? 18:45
Sermon (Karoz) 18:00
Procession (Tapor) 18:30
Note: Decorated candels will be availabe for sale.
05 April 2007
Maundy Thursday (Avak Hinkshapti)
Holy Communion (Sourp Haghortoutyoun) 12:00 ? 13:00
Washing of the feet (Vodenleva) 17:30 ? 19:00
Tenebrae (Khavaroum) 20:30 ? 23:30
06 April 2007
Good Friday (Avak Ourpat)
Christ?s Burial (Hisousi Taghoum) 12:30 ? 14:00
Sermon (Karoz) 13:30
Procession (Tapor) 13:45
07 April 2007
Easter Eve (Djerakalouyts S. Haroutyan)
Holy Mass (Djerakalouyts) 19:00 ? 20:30
Holy Communion (Sourp Haghortoutyoun) 20:15
08 April 2007
Easter Sunday (Sourp Zadig)
Holy Mass (Badarak) 12:00 ? 14:00
Sermon (Karoz) 13:30
For more details see the following PDF file.
Also see a day to day account in the Events Calendar section here.
The timetable is issued by the St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church Council
My name is Rafi Tavitian and I have received your e-mail address through the General Directory of the Armenians living in the U.A.E or other sources.
We are a group of young Armenians that have the same will: creating an Armenian Youth Community that would gather every few weeks in different places (restaurants, lounges, etc.), to be able to meet, talk, and enjoy time surrounded by friends having the same roots.
We would be more then happy to have your opinion and suggestions to be able to make these gatherings a success.
You can e-mail: [email protected] with your Interest or not in joining such events.
(Only the persons answering this e-mail with a positive interest will be e-mailed in the future)
Do not hesitate to spread the word; we are already more then 40 young Armenian professionals that are going to meet.
Thank you for your attention and consideration,
Received on 12 March 2007
Nishan Basmajian writes an open letter to his readers on the occasion of the announcement of the year 2007 as the year of the Armenian language.
Nishan highlights the noble meaning of this occasion and encourages – in a convincing way – the readers to take care of their language and try to keep it intact and unaffected by the waves of change.
A language stays in its best form by constant attention. Let us use this opportunity to renew the commitment to our beautiful language.
Read the artcile of Nishan Basmajian here.
The new discounted rate on Armavia Air Dubai-Yerevan-Dubai is AED 1110 (including taxes).
One way rate Dubai-Yerevan is AED 710
See the flyer here.
Comment on the Article “Elections in the Gulf Armenian communities“
Posted by Nishan Basmajian
DEAR HONEST OBSERVER,
I AGREE WITH MOST OF YOUR COMMENTS EXCEPT YOUR FIRST SENTENCES WHERE YOU STATE THAT THE HARD ECONOMIC CONDITIONS COULD BE (OR ARE?) A REASON WHY AZKAYIN DOURK IS NOT BEING PAID BY POTENTIAL VOTERS . I HOPE THIS IS NOT A JOKE, IF SO, FORGIVE ME FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THE JOKE, OTHERWISE ALLOW ME TO GIVE SOME PRACTICAL ADVICE HOW TO SAVE THOSE AED 100 A YEAR, 400 IN FOUR YEARS TO OBTAIN THE RIGHT TO VOTE AT THE TEMAGAN ELECTIONS.
Read the complete text of the comment here.
My name is Yervant Toramanian. I just came to Abu Dhabi and this is my third week here. Anyhow I was wondering if there are any Armenian clubs or even people in Abu Dhabi that I can meet.
I would surely like meeting new people and help the Armenian community here. Anyhow Hope to hear from you soon.