21 March – 16 May 2008

21 March – 16 May 2008

Dubai: Post WWI Armenian independence celebrated (05 June 2008) Friday, May 16, 2008

Armenian emblemThe 90th anniversary of the post WWI Armenian Independence (1918-1920) will be celebrated in UAE with big glory.

Date: 05 June 2008, starting 08:30pm

Venue: Intercontinental Festival City, Dubai

For this purpose the following teams / personalities are invivted:

– Famous singer of patriotic and revolutionary songs Karnig Sarkissian, based in the USA (accompanied by Araz Armenian band from Aleppo).

Agounk folklore ensemble with singer Sarkis Alaverdian.

Hrant Markarian (ARF bureau representative).

To secure your place you are urged to call the Armenian community center at 06-5660320 (08:00-13:00, 16:00-19:00).

Entry ticket: AED 250 for adults, AED 150 for children 5-12 years old. Baby-sitting available.

The above information was sent to the community membres through a circular issued by the Council of the Armenian Community in Northern Emirates. The circular ends with the following patriotic appeal: “Let us gather and pay our collective respect and gratitude towards the eternally alive heroes of the Armenian nation. Glory to those who achieved the independence of Armenia, long live free and independent Armenia and long live the Armenian nation”.

Azad-Hye alert: As in previous celebrations, expect to hear more ARF related songs towards the end of the party. If you have different political affiliation or background, you might feel uncomfortable.

Announcement in Armenian (PDF format) 

Azad-Hye radio: comment posted by reader Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Comments on article: Sebouh Armenagian: We are launching the online radio on this symbolic day as a sign of revival.

This is great news. We have Vana Tzayn that is broadcasting online, from Lebanon (www.voiceofvan.net). Another radio station that has recently been established called Radio Sevan. They have a website, and most probably they have plans to broadcast online (http://www.radiosevan.com/).

Of course, there is a rare online radion station, which is the Armenian Christian Internet Radio (http://bashde.org).

Շնորհաւոր Ըլլայ:


Emmanuel Chanitz Blog, admin

Abu Dhabi: School year celebration event (03 May 2008) Friday, May 02, 2008

Dear Parents,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the school year end celebration event:

Under the auspices of His Grace Archbishop Dr. Goriun Babian, the Catholicosal Representative of the Diocese of Kuwait and the Arabian Gulf countries

“Tebi Hayrenik” at St. Andrews Hall
Saturday, May 3rd 2008
Gathering time: 3:30pm
Program starts: 4:00pm Sharp!

Please take notice that St. Andrews management require the said hall to be vacated by 6:00pm, as they have another scheduled event.

Let's get together -on time- and celebrate with our children, the rounding off of another year of Armenian education.

Gulizar Jonian
Armenian Community School Principal

Comment posted by Vahram Gevorgyan from Kuwait Friday, May 02, 2008

Comment in forum: GCC Armenians: Embassy and Consulate related issues


Dear Hyer,


I am trying to contact our embassy in Abu Dhabi from Kuwait, since last few weeks, but no telephone no fax lines are working and no replay to email.


Please, if anybody have any information about what?s going on or how else I may contact them, replay to my message.


Appreciate for help.




Response from Azad-Hye: In March 2008 the Embassy has moved to a new location in the diplomatic quarter in the capital Abu Dhabi, next to the USA Embassy.


The new contact details are: Tel 00971-2-4444196 and fax 00971-2-4444197, email (remains the same):

[email protected] or [email protected]

Abu Dhabi: Al Fayha Choir from Tripoli, Lebanon Friday, May 02, 2008

Barkev TaslakianAbu Dhabi Culture and Heritage is celebrating “Melodies from the East“, from 1 to 6 May 2008.

02 May 2008

Al Fayha Choir from Tripoli, Lebanon, under the leadership of maestro Barkev Taslakian.

Venue: Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Time: 08:30pm

Tel: 02-6195338 


Sharjah: Lecture by Deputy Foreign Minister Arman Kirakossian (01 May 2008) Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Arman KirakossianPublic Lecture

We hereby invite you to a discussion on the current events in Armenia.

The Political and Economical situation in the Republic of Armenia Will be presented by Arman Kirakossian (Giragossian), Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Armenia.

On 1st of May 2008, 08.30 pm, at Pierre Keusseyan hall, Sharjah, UAE.

Council of the Armenian Community in the Northern Emirates

Text in Armenian (PDF format)

Lena Shamamian in the UAE Sunday, April 27, 2008

Lena Shamamian, Syrian-Armenian singer

Lena Shamamian and her band perform in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain as part of the Syrian Cultural Week in the UAE.


Abu Dhabi: 29 April 2008 and 02 May 2008 (National Theatre, 08:30pm).

Al Ain: 01 May 2008 (Hilton Al Ain, 08:30pm)

Lena Shamamian is a young Syrian-Armenian singer, who has produced in 2006 her first CD album, made up of Arabic traditional songs with modern flavor (see sample below).

Shamamian is a graduate of Aleppo Institute of Music and the Higher Institute of Music in DamascusIn September 2006, together with colleague Basel Rajjoub, she won the Radio Monte-Carlo 1st Musical Prize, at a contest in Amman, Jordan. The event was sponsored by the European Commission. Soon afterwards Shamamian and Rajjoub completed a tour of European cities and performed in the Arab World Institute in Paris on 17 October 2006, under the guidance of maestro Saoud Masi.


Shamamian has worked on several Arabic traditional songs (Ya Mahla el-Fouseha, Alrouzana, Hal Asmar Elloan, Ya Mayla Al'Ghousn, Bali Ma'ak, etc.) preserving the original identity of these songs and re-producing them with a new style.


In an interview with Arab newspaper Asharq Alawsat (11 October 2006) Shamamian affirms “everything around us is in constant change, we cannot avoid progress. What I aspire is to achieve harmony between the two cultures in an environment of mutual exchange, without undermining the original identity of the oriental music, which in fact fascinates me. This music depends highly on rhythm, while the western music depends mainly on musical notes. I aim at integrating both styles in a scientific way” (see sample of her song below). 


Shamamian has managed to create a new formula after fusing jazz, Armenian and classical western music and pouring all these elements into an oriental musical frame.


Listen to “Alrouzana” traditional Arabic songs performed by Lena Shamamian here

Comment by Suzy Karajian, Dubai Saturday, April 26, 2008

Comment on article: Sebouh Armenagian: We are launching the online radio on this symbolic day as a sign of revival


Dear organizers of Azad-Hye radio station,


It was a real delight to hear about an Armenian Radio station launching from UAE and based on volunteer work, I really appreciate it.


I am sure that its not easy to accomplish such a project specially all of you are committed to your own businesses and the Radio requires so much time and work.


I just wanted to thank you guys for the amazing job you did and its really meant a lot to launch it today on 24th of April, apparently despite that the Turkish government tries to deny the existence of creative and strong nation like the ARMENIANS, we will still survive and we will stay Armenian and listen to Armenian music even in the heart of the Arabian desert.


Shnorhagalutiun yev chermakin maghtaknerov


Suzy Karajian

Hovsep Kasparian and Gomidas Band in Dubai in May 2008 Saturday, April 26, 2008

Hovsep Kasparian and Gomidas BandDear Friends

One more time we have the opportunity to enjoy the Armenian Live Music & Dance, along with delicious dinner in Dubai.

We are pleased to announce one of Armenian well know singers “Hovsep Kasparian & Gomidas Band” will be performing in
Legend Restaurant (Al Ostourah) in dubai on Friday, 2nd of May 2008.
Venue: LEGEND Restaurant (Al Ostourah in Arabic) – with Armenian Management: Al Mamzar, Behind Century Mall, Next to Dubai Intl. Bowling Center.

Date & Time: Friday ? 2nd of May, 2008 – 10:30 pm onward.   

Tickets: 300 Dhs per person with food

For more information and the ticket booking please contact following numbers: 050 6550707, 050 5519927, 04 2960002.

NOTE: The seats are limited so whoever is interested please book your tickets as soon as possible.


LEGEND (Al Ostourah) Restaurant Management
[email protected]

Enquiry about the location of the Armenian Church in Sharjah Friday, April 25, 2008

Comment on article: 9th anniversary of the Armenian Church in Sharjah


Posted by Hrant on Thursday, April 24, 2008

Can anyone give me the exact address / location of the Church in Sharjah? I visited there from Yerevan and heard about the Church, but no one could tell me where it was. I'd like to see it next time I go to UAE. Is there a Church in Dubai or Abu Dabai?



Azad-Hye response: You can find the location of the Armenian Church in Sharjah and information about the Armenian Community in the UAE at this link

We hope that during your next visit you will achieve your goal and visit the Community Center in Sharjah.

There is no Armenian Church in Dubai. The Armenians of Dubai use Sharjah facitilites, although it is getting more difficult for them – due to the excessive traffic between the two Emirates – to follow Armenian events in Sharjah.

Abu Dhabi Armenians use the Catholic Church (Saint Joseph) or the Orthodox Church (Saint Nicholaos) for the Armenian religious services, conducted by the same UAE pastor (Rev. Aram Deyirmendjian).  

Azad-Hye Radio: Comments posted by readers Friday, April 25, 2008

Comments on article: Sebouh Armenagian: We are launching the online radio on this symbolic day as a sign of revival.


Posted by Shant on Thursday, April 24, 2008

Great job… all the best.

Keep it UP gentlemen.



Posted by Seta on Thursday, April 24, 2008


Ourakhem aysbisi ashkhadank me daradze Sebouhe, abirs, tebed shad me haygagan 24 jam radioner gan sagayn sepagan ounenale darper zkatsoume hadoug UAE….. nayev anonk voronk okdagar tartsadz en Sebouhin vor hachoghtsnen ays radiojame……..

Gareli e desagtsoutyounner al elan, inchbes kaghoutes aytselogh gam kaghoutes ners voreve daghantavor martig vor gernan irents portsaroutyounnerou masin khosil… yev darper paner.

Indzi hishetsouts yerp meg ankam gazmagerbetsink mer srahen ners nakhajash me our engeratsav radiojam me 1 jamva devoghoutyamp, ays tsevov garoghatsank darper pan me hramtsnel ayt orva houyreroun, voronk irents garkin ourakhoutyamp masnagtsetsan tsernargin.

Gareli e menk ounenank nayev mer khosnage yev nergayatsoutsiche vor nerga ella tsernargneroun…. aysbes ashkhdanke ge medzna.

Hachoghoutyoun Sebouh

Shnorhavor ela UAE hyer.

Seta Mangassarian Balouzian



Posted by Panos Balian on Thursday, April 24, 2008

Dear Sebouh, Hrach, Norair & Carlos,

Well done boys! Tebi arach, noranor nvajoumner…

This unique event also coincides with 93rd commemoration of the genocide.

Warm regards,

Panos Balian, Abu Dhabi



Posted by vatche bedrossian on Thursday, April 24, 2008

Congratulations. We are listening the station in USA. Your contribution to the Armenian culture is tremendouse. I will recommend your station to all my friends and ask them to invite other friends.

Good Luck 



Posted by Armig Nadjarian on Thursday, April 24, 2008

Well done guys! Loved it so much, am forwarding it to any Armenian and Non-Armenian friends I have all over the world. Keep up the good job.All the best.



Posted by Socrat on Thursday, April 24, 2008

Dear Sebouh, Hrach, Norair and Carlos,


Any new venture/business or idea that is contributing to the Armenian cause deserves to be praised especially when this is done on a voluntary basis,   therefore, I and many others wish you every success in your new project. I hope that this radio will reach many Armenian desk/laptops and also homes across the whole of Middle East through radio waves in near future and will become the Voice of Armenia in this region.


Whilst we often receive messages, community news through various electronic communication channels, I hope that the leaders (Council of the Armenian Community, The Church, Armenian Embassy) of our respective communities will endorse (as this is done for the benefit of our community) and use this new tool of communication to get closer to us.


For a long time Azad-Hye website has been a source of unbiased, reliable and valuable information which has brought our community together and I hope that the new radio will follow suit.


Good Luck and Best wishes,


Socrat Arakelyan, Dubai.


p.s. I will be happy to provide you with all kinds of Armenian music (ranging from heartfelt love songs to rabiz :)) and other material if required.



Posted by Gulizar jonian on Thursday, April 24, 2008

Sebouh, Hrach, Norair and Carlos

You are not just good Armenians … You are Pioneers!

You may always count on my support.

I salute you.

Gulizar Jonian



Posted by Shavasb Bohdjalian on Thursday, April 24, 2008

Congratulations to both Azad-Hye and Sebouh Armenagian for a great effort.

A job well done. I know from my own business how difficult it is to set up a site with so much features, and you have done this on your own resources and apparently through help from Cyprus.



Posted by Vehanoush Balian on Thursday, April 24, 2008

Parev sireli Hayer!

Serdants ge shnorhavorem tser polore. Manavant Norair Kazanjian'in yerkere yev tsayne shad shad ge havnim.

Siradz yerkes A R A R A T! !!!!!!

Hatchoghoutyoun Hayer!

Vehanoush Balian



Posted by Carlos Jose Bourdjian on Friday, April 25, 2008

Dear all Armenians,

First of all thank you for all your comments, these will cherish us a lot to do our job in a perfect way.

Our aim is to be distinguished from other 24 hours radio stations presenting good quality Armenian Music with its different genres from Armenian Liturgy to today's contemporary music besides to brodcast other cultural and educational materials in order to provide a quality Armenian atmosphere and avoid what all other online radio stations do.

This is a huge job to do but I believe that we can do it step by step and with the help of all of you.

Enjoy Azad Hye Radio,

Carlos Jose Bourdjian



Posted by Kevork Nazarian on Friday, April 25, 2008

Dear Sebouh,

May God bless you and gives you the strength for the fine job that you are doing to the Armenian community all over the world (Aztvatz ouj garoghout dah kez) the whole family is enjoying your site and the music, I forward your site to all my friends, what a beautiful name AZAD-HYE.

Best regards,

Kevork Nazarian, USA



Posted by sonig boghosian on Friday, April 25, 2008

Well done, keep up good work for good causes.


Abu Dhabi: Genocide commemoration Sunday, April 20, 2008

Event date: Friday, April 25, 2008


Venue: Millennium Hotel, Abu Dhabi


07:00pm Cultural program with the participation of the children of the Armenian Weekly School.


Lecture by the Armenian delegate in the Iranian parliament Kevork Vartanian.  



Council of the Armenian Community in Abu Dhabi


Sharjah: Genocide commemoration (24 April 2008) Sunday, April 20, 2008

Event date: Thursday, April 24, 2008


Evening service 8:30-09:00pm at the Armenian Church. Placing of flowers and candle lighting in memory of the one and half million Armenian victims in front of the monument dedicated to the Armenian Genocide. 


09:15pm Cultural program with the participation of the children of the Armenian Weekly Ohannessian School.


09:30pm Lecture by the Armenian delegate in the Iranian parliament Kevork Vartanian.  



Venue: Armenian Church in Sharjah (see map in the Armenian Community page below).


Council of the Armenian Community in Northern Emirates


Sharjah: Ohannessian school parents' meeting (18 April 2008) Saturday, April 12, 2008

Venue: Community Hall named after P. Keuseyan.


Subject: Meeting and discussion about the ways and methods of achieving the educational mission of the school.


Host: The Board of Trustees of the Armenian One-Day Ohannessian School in Sharjah, UAE


No further details are available.




Note by Azad-Hye: We will try to inform the readers about the outcome of the above meeting. However we cannot guarantee to do so, as the Board of Trustees rarely issues any statement or report related to the school life.   

Tebi Hayrenik: 24 April 2008 in Armenia Monday, April 07, 2008

We received the following 24 April timetable for those in UAE who would like to join the Tebi Hayrenik initiative:


23 April 2008 – in the morning, visit to Yeraplour


23 April 2008 – evening – Traditional torch-ligh march from the Republic Square in central Yerevan to the Genocide memorial complex on Dzidzernagapert Hill.

24 April 2008 – Day time march to the same monument to pay respect to the victims of the Genocide by placing flowers around the eternal flame.
Whoever is interested can write to
[email protected] or call Sevag on 050 6507947, for information of the flights, hotels or others.


If you didn?t have the chance to visit homeland Armenia yet, or you have been there but never during April 24, this is the best timing and the best opportunity to feel like HYE all over again, to be part of Armenians' sorrow walking through the city holding torchlights and heading to Tzitzernagapert to give respect to victims of the Genocide.


Diocese?s legislative body meets in Kuwait Friday, April 04, 2008

The agenda of the meeting remains unknown


The 14th annual session of the Legislative Body of the Armenian Diocese of Kuwait and the Arabian Gulf Countries will convene in Kuwait from 10-12 April 2008.


Half of the 18 laymen members of the Body are from Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, while the rest are from Kuwait. The members of the Legislative Body are elected every four years. Azad-Hye has covered the last elections extensively (see report here).


Traditionally, only 10% of the Armenian population in the voting age takes part in the above elections (no real research has been conducted to find out the reason behind this phenomenon, which apparently serves the existing ?eternal? officeholders). It is not strange therefore that the Legislative Body lacks the support of a real popular base. Read more …   

Abu Dhabi: Armenian language courses for adults Friday, April 04, 2008

Dear fellow Armenians,


We are pleased to inform our community members that the Abu Dhabi Armenian School, in coordination with the
Executive Council, is planning to establish a special class for parents and adults who were deprived, for several
reasons, from the privilege of studying our mother language Armenian.


Those who are interested may contact:
– the School?s Principal, Mrs. Gulizar Jonian (050-4940455)
– or the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Panos Balian (050-6229237).


The program will be implemented starting from the new school year, provided that there is enough number of participants.


Abu Dhabi Armenian School Board of Trustees
(Announcement 39/2008)


United Nations Development Program team visits Sharjah and Dubai Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for Armenia team visited Dubai from 28 March to 01 April 2008.
The team delivered in Sharjah a lecture on the educational opportunities currently available in Armenia. School graduates, university students and interested parties attended this event in Pierre Keusseyan Hall, Sharjah Community Complex, on 29 March 2008.


The UNDP for Armenia team visited Dubai from 28 March to 1 April 2008.


The team discussed on 30 March 2008 at Al Bustan Rotana Hotel the programs, business and investment opportunities available in Armenia through UNDP.




Noyan Tapan reports that on 27 March 2008, Consuello Vidal, UN Resident Coordinator and UN Development Programme Resident Representative in Armenia, visited Aztag daily in Lebanon and met with Shahan Kandaharian, the editor-in-chief.


Vidal was accompanied by Sona Hamalian, the head of the public relations department.


The guests presented the purpose of their visit to Lebanon, as well as the main fields of their mission in Armenia. They toured Aztag and got acquainted with the nature of the work of this newspaper.


It was agreed that the above mentioned UN office will send all the news and bulletins concerning their activities directly to Aztag.

Armenian Youth Conference in Lebanon: 12 – 16 August 2008 Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The Youth Department in the Catholicosate of Cilicia is organizing a conference in Bikfaya monastery (Beirut, Lebanon) from 12 – 16 August 2008.


It is preferred that the participants will be well aware about the community youth affairs, activities and concerns.


The age limit for the participants is 18-35


Those who are interested to take part in this conference are required to contact the Armenian Community Administration in order to complete the relevant application form.


For additional information please contact the Armenian Community office at 06-5660320, from 8:00am to 01:00pm and from 04:00-07:00pm


Council of the Armenian Community of Northern Emirates 




Azad-Hye comment: Such a conference is needed also in the UAE level. At the time being there are more than 5 Armenian youth groupings in the UAE. The Armenian youth should discuss their problems in the UAE first, before going to Lebanon and representing the community there.


There are many problems: some problems are of inner nature (organizational issues, overlapping rights, lack of financial support from the community organs, deliberate indiffernence of decision makers towards the youth, etc.).


Of course we are not advocates of introducing one and single color organization, but we think that a coordination is needed and there should be support from the National Council to all the groupings, on practical basis (moral and financial) and not just on the level of good wishes.


But most of all there should be a vision about the role of the youth in modern time Armenian society (according to which they would be given authority to realize the vision). Let us make a conference or a meeting here before going to the big one in Lebanon.


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Andy Madadian in Dubai Friday, March 21, 2008

Another Armenian artist in Dubai! This is really great.


We are happy to announce Andy Madadian, who has been awarded as Best Armenian International Singer before, will be performing live in Dubai on 24th March 2008, with other Iranian & Arabic singers:



Andy Madadian (Iranian ? Armenian)
Ragheb Alama (Arabic)
Faramarz Assef (Iranian)
Siyavash (Iranian)
Sepideh (Iranian)


Venue, Date & Time: 24th March, 2008 – 08:00 pm
Dubai Tennis Stadium – The Aviation Club


Tickets: 295 Dhs per person


For more details please contact Reza Alvand at 00971-50 3837127


You can check some of Andy's Armenian songs to know this artist better:


Garoun Garoun?eh (Adiss Harmandarian and Andy Madadian)



Shoorterd anoush (Andy Madadian & Aram Asadourian)



Seres Kez Lini (Andy Madadian & Armen)


Genank Hayastan (Andy Madadian)


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