I know many of you will read this and go on or might think its another catalyst to start a fiasco.. No it isn't. Put your senses together and let?s make a difference. Its not through Hye Lounge or via the National Council that were going to make this difference; but within our OWN SELVES, next with people we interact with and finally that will arrive to the collective group who will function with a single spirit, instead of separate paths leading to no where.
Chepadian-If 'rebellion' is what counts to you so-called-Chepadian- this is not how delicate issues are discussed. Your style of communication and addressing people must be altered in order for you to comprehend others and make yourself understood by others.
You are not lurking around to discuss or to point fingers. Instead we should all try to bring out the voice within all of us to better the situation and put an end to a fiasco created by short minded people.
Why cant you all for once let go of this Armenian ego and live your everyday life? individualism is not going to win over collectivism. Is this how all of you live domestically and professionally? always promote your own self and forgetting about others? Its past time we all come out of our hard shells and think realistic instead of personalized idealistic.
We all know it and we are all open and able to see how this egoism is pulling everyone down. But yet practice it.
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Comment by Socrat Arakelyan On the following article: Legislative Council's meeting in Sharjah
First, I wish to thank the Council, the Archbishop for their efforts and the voluntary work in relation to the Legislative Council. We all know how difficult it is to combine the pressures of every day work, family life with other interests/pursuits. I am sure that during its time the Council and its members achieved many positive things for the community, but:
Surely the members of this community should have the right to know what is being discussed and decided on behalf of the community during these meetings. Such meetings should be transparent (perhaps independently monitored) and the outcome of the meetings should be made available to the public. Not informing and keeping its members up to date is counter productive not only for the Council (which might achieve positive things and community wouldn?t know anything about it) but also the community as it?s not going to generate any interest or participation from members of the community.
Knowing that some meeting took place between representatives of certain regions/institutions adds little comfort to resolving the community issues.
As we all know, the communities in Dubai and Sharjah and maybe in Abu Dhabi have a number of deeply rooted problems which should be resolved and the Community wants to know what is being done to resolve those issues. After all, it is this secrecy, lack of communication, lack of transparency that causes a lot of people to shy away from the community life.
Read the rest of the article and the 6 questions of Arakelyan to the newly appointed Council here.
Photo history of the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire and the Armenian orphans of the Genocide
The Council of the Armenian Community in the Northern Emirates invites you to this unique event which will be presented in English by Joseph E. Malikian, Ph. D.
from New York.
The Presentation will take place on Saturday 9th June 2007, at 8:30pm in Pierre Keusseyan Community Hall, Sharjah.
Council of the Armenian Community in the Northern Emirates
Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and Minister of Finance and Industry received on 28 May 2007
Vahagn Melikian, Ambassador of Armenia to the United Arab Emirates, who came to offer greetings at the start of his tenure.
Ambassador Melikian has been serving in Abu Dhabi since 2006.
Source: “Emirates News Agency”, 28 May 2007
On the occasion of the Republic Day (Anniversary of the declaration of the first Armenian Republic in 28 May 1918), the Council of the Armenian Community in the Northern Emirates has the pleasure to invite you to a lecture, which will take place on Friday 1st June 2007 at 6:00 p.m. in the Pierre Keusseyan Community hall in Sharjah.
The Lecture will be delivered by Lebanse Member of Parliament Mr. Hagop Pakradouni, who is specially invited from Lebanon.
The invitation is open to all community members.
Council of the Armenian Community In the Northern Emirates
The 2nd Hye Lounge gathering was held on 23rd May 2007 in Dubai
The event was held at “Cosmo Caf?” (Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai), who had kindly provided two sections of the mezzanine and facilities to entertain the guests with the traditional and modern sounds of Armenian music.
It was delightful to see those who had attended the initial event and more encouraging to see new people who have heard about Hye Lounge through friends, relatives and much talked about Armenian website Azad-Hye.
The event which hosted 67 guests lasted nearly 4 hours during which everyone was meeting new people and catching up with friends met at Hye Lounge initial gathering.
Read more and see 14 photos here.
Kuwait and Arabian Gulf Countries' 14th Legislative Council meeting was held from 25-26 April 2007 in Pierre Keusseyan Community Hall in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, presided by the Catholicosal Representative Archbishop Goriun Babian.
During the meeting the complete reports of all three Executive Councils (Kuwait, Sharjah-Dubai and Abu Dhabi) were read and evaluated. The volunteer work of all members was highly praised, without making reference to aspects of community life that showed weakness in the past period.
Read complete report here.
The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage
Under the high patronage of
HE Vahagn Melikian, Ambassador of Armenia
and HE Patrice Paoli, Ambassador of France
Has the pleasure of inviting you to the inauguration of
An exhibition by DOVLAT
On Tuesday, 29th May 2007, at 9:30 pm
The Exhibition will continue until the 7th June 2007
Ibn Dhahir Hall – First Floor
Cultural Foundation – Abu Dhabi
You are cordially invited to the End-of-Year School Play of the Armenian Community School of Abu Dhabi.
Friday, May 18, 2007, at 6:30 p.m. at “The Club”.
Council of the Armenian Community of Abu Dhabi
Text in Armenian (PDF format)
The Kuwait and Arabian Gulf Countries 13th Diocesan Meeting took place on the 25th and 26th of April 2007 in the Pierre Keusseyan Community Hall in Sharjah.
Nine members were elected for the Northern Emirates Council for a period of two years.
The new Council held its first meeting on 12th of May 2007 and elected the board as follows:
Chairman: Moushegh Bedirian
Council of the Armenian Community in the Northern Emirates
The Hye Lounge Team is very pleased to inform you that the next Hye Lounge Event will take place in “Cosmo Caf?” (04 332 6569) located in “The Tower UP” between Capricorn Tower and the Emirates Towers on Sheikh Zayed Road – Dubai.
The Lounge will start at 8:30 pm on Wednesday the 23rd of May.
As usual, the Team will be there to welcome you. Do not hesitate to forward the invitation to other Armenians that would be interested to share this social event with us.
Looking forward to see you all,
Received: 13 May 2007
Additional photos: See Photo Gallery
Frunzik Danielyan, the father-in-Law of the Armenian Ambassador Vahagn Melikian died on 26th April 2007, in Yerevan.
On this occasion a requiem service will be held immediately after the Holy Mass in Abu Dhabi, 11 May 2007.
Location: Abu Dhabi Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.
Celebrant: Father Aram Deyirmenjian.
Text in Armenian (PDF Format).
See other events in May 2007 by clicking here.
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Below are the comments.
It is your turn now to post your ideas and make this interaction more lively and purpose oriented.
POSTING NUMBER ONE BY NISHAN BASMAJIAN
WELL DONE! ALLOCATING THIS SECTION FOR COMMENTS OR SUGGESTIONS IS A WISE DECISION.
I WOULD LIKE TO INFORM MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE COMMUNITY THAT THOSE WHO DIDN'T ATTEND THE EVENT WHICH WAS JOINTLY ORGANIZED BY THE ARMENIAN CULTURAL ASSOCIATION AND THE ARMENIAN COMMUNITY COUNCIL'S CULTURAL COMMITTEE ON 1ST OF MAY 2007, IN PIERRE KEUSSEYAN COMMUNITY HALL, LOST AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY REAL ART PERFORMED BY ARMENIAN CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN 9 AND 16.
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC (COMPOSED BY ARMENIAN AND NON-ARMENIAN COMPOSERS) AND SONGS (SOLOS, DUOS IN ARMENIAN AND OTHER LANGUAGES) WERE FASCINATING, AND…FREE OF CHARGE.
I APPRECIATE ALL THOSE WHO HAD COME FROM DUBAI DURING TRAFFIC AND RUSH HOURS. SIMILAR EVENTS DO NOT HAPPEN ALWAYS . I'VE BEEN THROUGH ORGANIZING SUCH EVENTS, THEREFORE UNDERSTAND PERFECTLY WELL HOW DIFFICULT AND TIME CONSUMING IS THEIR ORGANIZATION.
IT IS MY SINCERE REQUEST FROM EVERY ARMENIAN TO READ THE CIRCULARS AND THE INVITATIONS EMAILED OR FAXED BY THE COUNCIL, AS MANY OF US HAVE THE BAD HABIT NOT TO READ THEM OR FORGET TO TAKE THEM HOME WHEN WE RETURN FROM WORK.
WE SHOULD GIVE THE NECESSARY IMPORTANCE AND PHYSIACALLY ATTEND THE EVENTS. THAT IS THE REWARD OF THE ORGANIZERS,THE ONLY ENCOURAGEMENT TO ORGANIZE FOR US OTHER EVENTS IN THE FUTURE.
POSTING NUMBER TWO BY CHEPADIAN
A quick response to a simple request!
Thank you for creating this opportunity for all “concerned” Armenians to EXPRESS themselves within this forum.
POSTING NUMBER THREE BY ARA PIERRE KEUSSEYAN
Dear fellow Armenians,
I take this opportunity to thank the Azad-Hye team for setting up this forum.
I would like to start off a discussion by presenting a fact and probing the readership about their opinion on the same.
Currently, there are an estimated 5,000 Armenians living in the Dubai/Sharjah/Ajman agglomeration.
Despite the Council?s best efforts to offer eclectic activities in various fields of interest, we have never seen the number of participants in any event exceed 200.
The solus exception being the Karnig Sarkissian event for 28th May 2006, organized jointly by the Councils of Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates which enjoyed the participation of 450 people.
To make matters worse, the core of participants in all the events are almost the same faces.
Why do you think this is the case?
Looking forward to reading your comments,
Ara Pierre Keusseyan
Let us start the discussion. You can write using your original name or a nickname.
Based on the suggestion of several members of the UAE Armenian community, this online forum is initiated as a preparation towards organizing an official open forum by the leaders of the community.
Please drop your word here, not only for the Hye Lounge related issues (as you generously did at the end of the related report), but also for all other subjects that concern our community.
We have created also specific topics for discussion
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Hye Aghchig admits that she did not attend the 18th April 2007 Hye Lounge gathering in Dubai. But still she has lots to say. After reading her comments you can post your own by clicking here.
BELOW IS THE HYE AGHCHIG'S COMMENT
Its out of argument that, If I am commenting under the Hye Lounge article, then my comments should be about Hye lounge, but it seems things are getting to another round right now. Unfortunately I couldn?t attend the first gathering but, as I heard, it was really successful and achieved its purpose, which is to gather Armenian youth, find something in common, to get the young people to know each other, to have fun together ? ect., something we lacked in THE ARMENIAN COMMUNITY in the last couple of years.
There should be some way to touch the Young most revolutionary, demanding, searchfull spirit and who else can do this better than the young ppl themselves, let us not forget what Karekin Njteh says: ''Yeridasartutione joghovortin uj ne, yete guzes desnes as joghovurtin abakan, nayir nra yeridasartutian'' [“The young people are the power of the nation, if u want to see the destiny of a nation, take a look to his young generation”]
So, here I ask, how many young Armenian ppl exist in Sharjah and Dubai, why is the number of Armenians marrying to foreigners increasing, why are we suffering from lack of communication just to avoid embarrassment and to be within limited boundaries which after a while will destroy the whole nation. Are the Indians or even Iranians better than us? “they even have their daily schools”, a step we are looking forward for our children.
A BARAHANTES THAT COSTS 250? a young man who is working for 3000 must spend 500 on his outfit / 250 for the ticket and 250 more if he wants to get a lottery so 1000 in one night I think it's smth. over his budget.
On the other hand, I really appreciate what the Armenian committee is trying to do, I mean at the end this is volunteer work.
Hye lounge is a very important step to the youth, so let them prove and organize themselves and the best thing we can do at this time is to support and encourage them to continue …
I want to send big bravo to Hye Lounge team “NICE WORK DONE BOYS”.
As to Mr. Ara and Mr. Chepadian, if u have any personal issues together, it's better to solve it as two mature adults without making Hye Lounge your battlefield.
View the report and photos here.
The gathering organized by the Hye Lounge Team on 18th April 2007 was a subject of heated discussion.
We believe that discussion is a healthy phenomenon, as long as each party respects the other.
You can place your own comment at the end of the report.
Posted by Chepadian on Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Yes, my wife and I went to the first gathering. Excellent idea…finally a group of “fresh” minded and young Armenians dared to create an event where flags, umbrellas, colors and egos did not dominate! hmm. A simple occasion to meet one another, share a thought or two and a laugh or two, plus exchange business cards…
Thank You guys. Well done.
Except…some of the old-face Armos, who show up at every other Armenian Community event year after year to gossip, to criticize and maybe subconsciously cure their old rotten community inferior wounded egos where there!!
And if you are reading this comment, which I doubt (maybe you just searched for your photos and got your kick) May I kindly say… please don't show up again.. please go to your annual Armenian Barahantess and do your session there.. Please do not infect these young enthusiasts and their future events.
Posted by Nishan Basmajian on Wednesday, April 25, 2007
The event organized by Hye Lounge was a success.
A big Bravo to the organizers and to the participants too. We all enjoyed it .The atmosphere in “Shakespeare” restaurant's mezzanine lounge was not “shakespearian”, it was “mashdots-ian”, “vartan-ian”.
That mezzanine lounge had become a real “Hye lounge”. I was so happy to see the Chairman of the Council of The Armenian Community Northern Emirates and his colleagues there. There couldn't be a better gesture of encouragement from the Armenian Church in UAE. Azad-Hye was there to make the event known to the public. That is a big encouragement to the organizers.
Well done Rafi Tavitian and colleagues. I am looking forward to the next event.
Posted by Ara Pierre Keusseyan on Friday, April 27, 2007
Dear Fellow Armenians,
I would like to applaud Rafi's initiative one more time. Although I've done it privately and within small groups, this time I want to do it in public. I am certainly looking forward to participate in the next one.
I would like to thank Mr. Basmadjian who analysed my presence there with members of the Armenian council team as an encouragement to Rafi?s initiative.
As referred to by Mr. Chepadian, I?m probably one these old face Armos that have showed up. Thanks for your comments which offer me the opportunity to respond to specific issues boggling you.
Mr. Chepadian, I'm happy to know that assumingly you have already been a patron of the Barahantess and your comments are not of a hear say nature. However, I am sorry you feel that the latter is about doing a “session”…
These old face Armos, as you call them, are people who have and are still contributing resources to help create, organize, strengthen our community to face the present and future challenges facing it.
Among fellow Armenians, it is always a pleasure to share a thought or two, a laugh or two, exchange business cards or even share a good time at a the barahantess… Then what?
If you are proud to be an Armenian, if you are happy to assert your “Armenity”, then you must understand that being an Armenian is not about raising flags, brandishing umbrellas, or flying colors etc..
Being Armenian is a challenge. The question is: are you up to it?
Ara Pierre Keusseyan
Commemoration of Armenian Genocide Day (24th April)
Organized by The Council of the Armenian Community in Abu Dhabi
The remembrance of the Armenian martyrs? day will take place on Saturday 21th April 2007 at 7:30 p.m, Abu Dhabi Crowne Plaza Hotel, Al Diafa Ballroom
Lecturer: Mr. Gegham Gharibjanian, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, specially invited from Armenia for the occasion.
Announcement in Armenian (PDF format)
Live entertainment by popular singer Hovsep Kasparian and his band “Gomidas”, specially invited from Syria.
In Le Royal Meridien Hotel's Liwa Ballroom
Thursday 17th May 2007, at 9:00 p.m.
International buffet and Valuable gifts
See announcement in Armenian (PDF format)
In collaboration with the Armenian Cultural Association of Dubai and the Northens Emirates, Alliance Francaise of Dubai will host a unique parade of Armenian young musical talents, in the Auditorium of the Alliance Francaise (near Wafi Center, Dubai), on 27th April 2007, at 8:00 pm.
Read details of each musician or artist and the program that will be performed on 27th April 2007 here.