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Embassy of Armenia: map Saturday, December 08, 2007
Embassy location map
Those who will be attending the 12 December 2007 Embassy new premises inauguration ceremony (see details here) can make use of the location map (click to enlarge).
Physical address of the Embassy is:
Old Airport Road, Embassies' District, Sector W. 2/59, Abu Dhabi.

Enriching Azad-Hye (especially by adding pages in Armenian language) Friday, December 07, 2007
Posted by Nihan Basmajian on Tuesday, December 04, 2007, in the comments section of the following article: Each and every year should be considered 'The year of the Armenian language'

Dear Azad-Hye,
More than 50 people have read my article published in Azad Hye. It would have been great pleasure if I get some comments about the article.
Actually you were the first who commented: I quote:  "Azad-Hye has the expertise and linguistic know-how to produce pages in Armenian language, but lacks the financial means to do so. Hope someone will read this and contact us." (see the last note at the end of my article).
I’ll be the second to comment. I totally agree with you. You are doing the job of an institution. I am sure you are spending from dire financial resources to maintain this very important site, not counting the long hours spent for its survival and its development.
Read more (including Azad-Hye response) in the Forums section: UAE Armenians: Shepor and media issues

Abu Dhabi: New embassy building is ready for opening ceremony Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Embassy premises
Azad-Hye Special
President Robert Kocharian will be paying an official visit to the United Arab Emirates from 11-13 December 2007, during which he will preside the inauguration ceremony of the new Embassy premises and Ambassador's residence in the Diplomatic Quarter in Abu Dhabi.
The ceremony will take place on Wednesday 12 December 2007, at 4:30 pm and will be attended by high ranking UAE officials, foreign diplomats accredited to the UAE and members of the Armenian community. 
Later on the same day, President Kocharian will meet representative of the Armenian organizations in the UAE. Read more ...

Embassy: Opening ceremony of the new Embassy premises in Abu Dhabi Monday, December 03, 2007

The opening ceremony of the Embassy premises and Ambassador's residence will take place on Wednesday, 12 December 2007, at 4:00 pm in the Diplomatic Quarter in Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE.

The new Embassy is located in close proximity to the United States Embassy and is characterized with national Armenian architecture.

President Kocharian is expected to do the opening ceremony with the attendance of high ranking UAE officials and foreign representatives.

Embassy circular in Armenian (PDF format)

NOTE: Initially 10 December was announced as the opening day but this was re-scheduled later.

Dubai: Christmas Bazaar in Rotana Towers Friday, November 30, 2007
The 8th annual ‘Festive Bazaar’ took place on Friday 30th November 2007 from 10:30 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. at the Rotana Towers Hotel - Sheikh Zayed Road - Dubai (4th floor).
Click to enlarge the photo:

See the rest of the photo here.

Each and every year should be considered 'The year of the Armenian language' Friday, November 30, 2007
Nishan BasmajianBy Nishan Basmajian
Azad-Hye special
I refer to Catholicos Aram I's declaration of the year 2007 as "The year of the Armenian Language" and my subsequent comment*. 
Recently I was reading an article in Aztag daily newspaper (1st October 2007 issue) with the following title: "Vdankevadz lezounerou tej vayrer" (Location list of endangered languages), where Ms L.Guloyan-Srabian quotes and comments on the research about languages in danger. The research is done by two linguists, D. Harrison and L. Campbell.
As per Prof. Harrison, in most of the cases it is the children who decide to abandon a mother tongue. Children living in environments where two languages are spoken tend to use the higher evaluated language and they abandon the one which is given less importance (makes sense!). more ...

UAE community page (introduction to the UAE Armenian community) Friday, November 30, 2007
Read the brief story of the Armenian community in the UAE and get other information such as (Click on each topic):

Sharjah: 9th anniversary of the Armenian Church Friday, November 30, 2007

Madaghorhnek in Sharjah 2007

"Go ahead and create an active community life", says Bishop Papken Charian.


The 9th anniversary of the inauguration of the Saint Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church of Sharjah took place on 16th November 2007. 


Following a special ceremony and the blessing of meat and salt, some 10 volunteers spent the whole night of 15th November 2007 in the church yard, preparing the sacrificial offerings (madagh).


In the morning of the following day, His Grace Bishop Papken Charian, Primate of the Diocese of Isfahan (Nor Jugha), Iran, who was visiting the United Arab Emirates, performed the Holy Mass and delivered a sermon in the presence of hundreds of Armenians from all around the country.


Read more and see additional photos here

UAE Armenians: Traditional national day picnic Thursday, November 29, 2007

Organized jointly by the Councils of the Armenian Community of Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates.

At the Al Ain Rotana, Sunday 2nd December 2007 from 10:00am onwards.

Live entertainment by Razmig Dirarian (One man show)

Delicious Buffet
Backgammon and “Belotte” Tournaments
Children’s program

Participation fee:
AED 100 per person
AED 50 per child (4-12 years of age)
Free for children below 4 years old.

For further information please contact Mr. Datev Soulian at the Church Office on 06-5660320.

Your presence is most welcome.



Click here for Armenian text (PDF format)

Pastry or baker job in Dubai Saturday, November 17, 2007

My name is Gilda Stephanian. I am Armenian from Amman Jordan. Now I live in United States of California. I am a Pastry Chef and I have Degree in Culinary Arts Baking and Pastry. I have 7 years experience in Middle Eastern, Italian and French Pastry and Cuisine. My whole life is in the kitchen. I have the skills and education in Culinary Arts.

I am intrested to work in Dubai, it is my dream to have pastry or baker job in Dubai, because I know that I will gain much more success in Dubai.

I speak and write English, Arabic, Armenian very very well.

Please dont hesitate to contact me at my e-mail address. My home # is +714-964-6231 .

I hope I hear from you guys soon. Thank you for your help.

Gilda Stephanian
USA California

You can write to Gilda directly or post your comment at:

Middle East Armenians: Career related subjects / Job prospects and offerings 
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Embassy of Armenia in the UAE: Armenian cultural database Monday, November 12, 2007
According to the request of the Ministry of Culture in Armenia a database is being compiled which will include the names and contact details of Armenian cultural institutions, unions, musical, theatrical, dance and other groups, individuals involved in cultural matters (including lawyers), etc. 
To enlist, please contact the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in the UAE at the following address:
P.O. Box 6358, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Tel: 00971-2-6769222
Fax: 00971-2-6764888
Embassy circular in Armenian dated 30/10/2007 (PDF format)

Sharjah: Anniversary of the Saint Gregory the Illuminator Church Sunday, November 11, 2007
The 9-th anniversary of the church, will take place on Friday 16th November 2007 in the Armenian Church in Sharjah.
Service Time:
Holy Mass 11:00
Sermon 12:00
“Madaghorhnek” 13:00
Mass will be celebrated and the sermon will be delivered by His Grace Bishop Papken Charian, Primate of the Diocese of Isfahan, Iran.
In lieu of sacrificial offerings (magagh) donations will be accepted as detailed hereunder. Kindly contact the church’s office at 06-5660320, daily from 8:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 19:00.
For a rooster (aklor) AED 50.00
For a lamb (vochkhar) AED 200.00
Text in Armenian (PDF format)

Dubai: Good news from Armavia Airline Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Armavia logoArmavia is glad to announce that the price of the airline ticket to Yerevan is again reduced:
One month Dubai-Yerevan-Dubai: AED 980 (All taxes included).
See the rate for other durations and types of reservation by clicking here (PDF format).
Effective from 18 November 2007 Armavia Airline operates three flights a week (Tuesday, Friday and Sunday).

Abu Dhabi: ‘Taste of Armenia’ at the Cultural Foundation Saturday, October 27, 2007
As part of the Armenian cultural week, the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage hosted an Armenian evening at the Cultural Foundation.
The cultural evening featured the famous dance troupe "Barekamutyun" and a number of Armenian singers enthralled a large audience.
The week-long event being observed across U.A.E. celebrates the 16th Independence Anniversary of the Republic of Armenia. The week is expected to provide an informative out-look into the unique aspects of the Armenian community as well as promoting its culture.
Source: Emirates News Agency, 25 October 2007  

Abu Dhabi: UAE Minister of Labour attends Armenian National Day Reception Saturday, October 27, 2007
National Day Celebration
Dr Ali bin Abdullah Al Ka'abi, Minister of Labour, attended on Sunday 21 October 2007 a reception hosted by the Armenian Ambassador Vahagn Melikian on his country's national day. Present at the function were a number Arab and foreign diplomats.
Source: Emirates News Agency 21 October 2007  

Lara Setrakian: Dubai-based reporter for ABC News Sunday, October 14, 2007
Lara SetrakianLara Setrakian has moved to the UAE in October 2007 as the Dubai-based reporter for ABC News.
Previously based in New York, Lara has been assigned to cover stories from Iran and the Arab World as wide ranging in topic as art, culture, business, politics, and education.
Raised as an active member of the Armenian community, Lara would love to hear your ideas for stories that would be important and interesting to an American audience. You can reach her at this e-mail.

Genocide film by ex-resident of Abu Dhabi Saturday, October 13, 2007
Shaghig Festekjian - ToukhmanianThis is Shaghig Toukhmanian - Festekjian  daughter of the Armenian community of Abu-Dhabi. Hope you're all doing well.
I am currently making a movie concerning the Armenian Genocide. It's a short student film and we're now in the process of pre-production and raising funds  to complete the film.
Below is the website we created were you can go and find out more about "Armen" the film.
Since this is a student film and we have limited funding we'd greatly appreciate your support both financially and emotionally. We hope this film will open the eyes towards the atrocities commited towrads the Armenians and be proof that generations may pass but we will never forget.
Shaghig Toukhmanian - Festekjian
12 October 2007
The website of the "Armen" the film.  
Read biography of Shaghig Toukhmanian - Festekjian in Azad-Hye directory.

'Taste of Armenia' (Cultural Extravaganza Week!) Friday, October 05, 2007
The Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in the U.A.E. presents:
"Taste of Armenia"
Cultural Extravaganza Week!
October 20-25, 2007
Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah
Under the patronage of Mrs. Nani Oskanian, Spouse of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia

Stimulate all your senses with Armenian culture in Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah, U.A.E
Cultural Performances
Concerts and Live Jazz Band & more
Food & Drink Tasting
Art Exhibition
Exclusive Gala Dinner
"Taste of Armenia" complete brochure (PDF format, 6 pages, 1.3MB). Click on each page for the details (details are in JPG format):
1- Front cover of the announcement (Page 1).
2- The program (20-25 October 2007) (Page 2).
3- Barekamutyun Dance Band and Hakob Shirinian (Page 3).
4- Zara Gasparian and Arman Hovhannisian (Page 4).
5- "Time Report", Aramo and Emma (Page 5).
6- Sponsors (Page 6).
Read more ...

Obituary: Souren Kurdoghlian Sunday, September 30, 2007
Kurken and Lena Kurdoghlian and their children Pamela and Simon (Dubai, UAE)
Deeply regret to announce the sad demise of SOUREN KURDOGHLIAN, their father and grandfather, which happened in Damascus, Syria on 27 September 2007.
May his soul rest in peace 
E-mail of Kurken and Lena Kurdoghlian 

President Khalifa and Vice President Mohammed greet Armenia Monday, September 24, 2007
ABU DHABI — The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, have sent cables of greetings to President Robert Kocharian of Armenia on the Independence Day of his country.
Emirates News Agency, 24 September 2007

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