H.E. Vahagn Melikian, Ambassador of Armenia in the UAE, hosted a reception in Millennium Hotel, Abu Dhabi, on 23 November 2008 on the occasion of the 17th anniversary of the Independece of the Republic of Armenia. The independence day of Armenia is on 21 September, but due to Islamic Holy month of Ramadan, the above reception was postponed.
The celebration was attended by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians (who was visiting the United Arab Emirates on the way back from pilgrimage to India and Bangladesh).
Mohammed Abdul Rahim Abdul Jaleel, the UAE Foreign Ministry's Assistant Under Secretary for International Cooperation Affairs attended the event with members of the diplomatic corps.
Members of the Armenian community and friends of Armenia also attended the reception.