'Taste of Armenia' begins tomorrow

'Taste of Armenia' begins tomorrow

Taste of Armenia teamBy Anwar Ahmad


ABU DHABI: The Embassy of Armenia will host a cultural extravaganza week -?Taste of Armenia? – from tomorrow (20 October 2007) to 25 October 2007 in Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah to promote the cultural relations and cement bilateral trade and commerce ties between with the UAE.


People can taste the food and cultural heritage of Armenia at the event, said Vahagn Melikian, Ambassador of Armenia to the UAE, yesterday.


A concert will be held at the Cultural Centre in Ras Al Khaimah tomorrow, while the official launch of ?Taste of Armenia? and other activities of the cultural extravaganza will be convened at Millennium Hotel in the capital on October 21, the 16th Independence Day of Armenia.


The programmes are being sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Abu Dhabi Culture and Heritage Authority, Millennium Hotel, Rakeen and others. They include concerts, live Jazz band, a selection of Armenian cuisine, art exhibition and an exclusive gala dinner.


?For making the event memorable, a group of professional and highly acclaimed performers and artistes are arriving to convey the cultural and historical heritage and spirit of our country to the UAE nationals and expatriates,? said Melikian.


?Prominent Armenian singers Aramo, Emma Petrosian and Arman Hovhannessian are participating in the gala event. Violinist Hakob Shirinian, painter Zara Gasparian and other singers will display their creative works and talents,? added Melikian.


Tourism and business
?We are trying to promote tourism. We want our Emirati friends and foreigners to visit Armenia. They should come and discover what Armenia has to offer,? the ambassador said.


?We are also trying to bring businesses from Armenia to the UAE. Many businessmen are already working here and signing contracts with individual and private companies. The embassy is also taking measures to promote business and tourism from the UAE,? Melikian said.


Azad-Hye photo:


“Taste of Armenia” organizing team's meeting on 28 August 2007 in Abu Dhabi.


From left to right: Panos Balian, Hratch Davidian, Ambassador Vahagn Melikian, Hrach Kalsahakian, Gulizar Jonian, Vahe Toukhmanian and Zack Valladian.

Other attendants not included in the photo: Armine Melikian, Marat Melikian, Armen Sakissian, Berj Aprahamian, Krikor Mahserejian, Sevag Davidian, Silvia Davidian and  Garo Khorozian.