Newsletter issue number 002 (February 2006)

Newsletter issue number 002 (February 2006)

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Middle East Armenian Newsletter
Issue no. 2 14 February 2006

In this issue

25th anniversary celebrations in the United Arab Emirates

Ambassador Poladian awarded ?Independence Order?

Second volume of ?Arevig? Armenian language computer-based course

Concert by ?Nazareth? Choir of the Armenian College and Philanthropic Academy in Calcutta, India

Medieval Armenian Manuscripts exhibited in Bibliotheca Alexandrina


25th anniversary celebrations in the United Arab Emirates

It seems that 2006 will be an active year for the UAE Armenians. The Community which has some 3000 members concentrated in three main cities (Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai), is planning to celebrate the 25th anniversary of organized entity in the UAE.

A Syrian Armenian historian Dr. Shogher Ashekian has been invited to prepare a memorial book dedicated to this event. Community members are encouraged to provide Ashekian with all kind of information that will help to produce a great publication. There are lots of factual stories, photos, letters and various archival material available with individuals, that can really enrich the work.

The above material is requested to be sent to the Sharjah Armenian Church's e-mail address, with the promise that, after scanning, all items will be returned to their owners.

Find out more and read annoucement text in Armenian …

Dear Azad-Hye subscriber

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Although our focus is the Middle East Armenians, but we still have a wider perspective and try to cover some pan-Armenian subjects.

It is a fact that Armenians are scattered worldwide and there is no particular geography that can limit them.

This has granted us ability to survive in various circumstances and to progress on individual level.

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  • Ambassador Poladian awarded ?Independence Order?


    Azad-Hye, Dubai, 12 February 2006: On 11 February 2006 the President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has awarded the ?Independence Order? to outgoing Armenian Ambassador Dr. Arshak Poladian, in appreciation of his efforts made during his tenure to strengthen and expand the ties between Armenia and the UAE.

    Poladian, previously advisor to Armenia?s Foreign Minister, has first arrived in Abu Dhabi in 2000 and started his initial contacts from a hotel room, near the present location of the Embassy on Khalifa Street. Few months later, in September 2000, the Embassy was officially inaugurated with the presence of Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian. The new building of the Embassy was inaugurated in September 2005 and is expected to be ready in two years time.

    See photos:

    1) Poladian receives the “Independence Order” from Foreign Ministry's Under Secretary Abdulla Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, on behalf of the President of the UAE.

    2) Farewell party to Ambassador Poladian (third from right) and his colleagues.

    Read on…

  • Second volume of ?Arevig? Armenian language computer-based course


    Azad-Hye, Dubai, 7 February 2005: The second part of the computer-based popular Armenian language course ?Arevig? was released recently. Similar to the first part, this CD also is funded by the Lisbon based Calouste Goulbenkian Foundation?s Armenian Communities Department and comes under the patronage of the Catholicosate of Cilicia. It is realized within the 1600th anniversary celebrations of the creation of the Armenian Alphabet by Mesrob Mashdots.

    Asdghig Tchamkerten member of the Central Committee of the above Department points out in the introduction that appeared on the inner cover of the CD: ?We are introducing the second part of a three folded project of learning the Western Armenian. Arevig 1 has addressed the alphabet recognition needs of pre-elementary and early elementary level children up to the third grade. Now the second release of this serial Arevig 2 will cover further level of study?.

    More about the nature of this important edition …

  • Concert by ?Nazareth? Choir of the Armenian College and Philanthropic Academy in Calcutta, India


    “Nazareth” Choir of the Armenian College and Philanthropic Academy (ACPA) gave a concert on 15 February 2006 at the renowned Calcutta School of Music as part of the 185th Anniversary celebrations of the college. The choir song works of a number of Armenian and European composers. The choir also performed the well known Bengali song “Dhitang dhitang soleh”.

    Prior to the concert Father Oshagan Gulgulian gave a concise history of the ACPA and Indo-Armenian centuries old friendship, emphasizing the important role Armenians had played for the development and prosperity of Calcutta. He spoke also about the Armenian songs and music.

    Find out more and read PDF text in Armenian …

  • Medieval Armenian Manuscripts exhibited in Bibliotheca Alexandrina


    Azad-Hye, Dubai, 15 February 2006: On the occasion of the 1600th anniversary of the creation of the Armenian Alphabet, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria, Egypt, in collaboration with the Armenian Embassy in Cairo, has organized an exhibition of original and facsimile copies of medieval Armenian manuscripts and miniatures from the Matenadaran Institute of Manuscripts in Yerevan.

    The exhibition opened on 7 February 2006 in one of the biggest halls of the famous Library.


    1) Vardan Grigorian (Vice Director of the Matenadaran Institute of Manuscripts) lecturing a subject titled: “Armenian scientist Arshak Alboyajian and his contribution to the investigation of Armenian – Egyptian historical relations”.

    2) The Armenian dignitaries in the reception hall of the Alexandria Prelacy.

    Find out more about the exhibition and the accompanying conference on Armenian – Egyptian relations

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