Arshak Poladian

Ambassador of Armenia to the United Arab Emirates. He first arrived Abu Dhabi in February 2000 and operated from a small hotel not far from the present location of today's Embassy premises.

Few months later, in September 2000, the Embassy was officially inaugurated with the presence of UAE, Armenian officials (including Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian), Ambassadors of friendly countries and many Armenians.

Dr. Poladian was at that time (2000-2002) Charge d'Affaires of Armenia. In August 2002, few months after President Kocharian's visit to the UAE and Qatar (April 2002) he was promoted to the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. President Kocharian appointed him also as non-resident Ambassador to the neighbouring State of Kuwait and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

On 26 April 2004 Ambassador Poladian presented his credentials to Sheikh Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain. During the official ceremony he discussed with the King the current state of Armenian - Bahraini relations and the importance of developing them. He met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the tiny island.

On 29th October 2004 he visited Kuwait to present his credentials to the Emir of Kuwait as non-resident Ambassador of Armenia. The official ceremony took place on 2nd November 2004.

Ambassador Poladian took the opportunity to discuss the visit of Artur Baghdasaryan, Chairman of the National Assembly of Armenia to Kuwait which took place in 2005. He met also with members of the Armenian Community and the Head of the Armenian Church in Kuwait and the Arabian Gulf countries.

Poladian is author of few books and researches mainly in Orientalism.

He speaks Armenian, Russian and Kurdish.

He is married and has grandchildren.

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