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Committee of Abu Dhabi Armenian Church (Teghagan) Thursday, March 20, 2008
The Council of the Armenian Community of Abu Dhabi has the pleasure of informing you that it has appointed the below mentioned as members of the Committee of the Abu Dhabi Armenian Church for the period 2008-2009.
Mr. Hagop Kahvedjian
Mr. Mihran Patanian
Mr. Dikran Jamgochian
Mr. Hratch Hamzeian
The Council wishes the appointed members the best of luck.
P.O. Box 29423 Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

Dubai: Kalfayan Galleries at Art Dubai 2008 Thursday, March 20, 2008
Well known Greek-Armenian art house Kalfayan Galleries (Thessaloniki - Athens) is participating in Art Dubai exhibition (19-22 March 2008) in Madinat Arena, Madinat Jumeira, Dubai, UAE, with four artists: Stephen Andonakos, Hrair Sarkissian, Edouard Sacaillan and Anna Maria Tsakali. 
The 2008 fair will host nearly seventy galleries from all around the world.

Sharjah: Questionnaire for the Armenian daily school Thursday, March 20, 2008
Dear Parents
We are pleased to announce that the Council and Temagan of the Armenian Community in the Northern Emirates have started a study to consider opening the Sharjah Ohanesian fulltime school based on a pledge made by Mr and Mrs Ohanesian to donate 2 million Dirhams to the project during the 28th May Celebrations in 2006.
To that end, a study has been carried out by a special committee and presented to the Council and Temagan of the Armenian Community in the Northern Emirates.
The aim of Mr. and Mrs. Ohanessian is to open a fulltime school in the "St. Gregory the Illuminator" church complex in Sharjah, UAE. The project also aims to keep the one-day school in the same building but independent of the new school.
The study proposes to start with Kindergarten KG1, KG2 and primary 1 & 2, whilst aiming to add higher levels gradually.
We kindly request you to fill the attached questionnaire (click the link below) and return it to the council by the end of April 2008.
Please try to answer the questions as frankly as possible, your opinion - even if you do not agree with having a fulltime school - is very important and will help in advancing this project.
For further information please contact the council chairman Mr. Moushegh Bedirian on 050-4816753.
Best Regards
The Council of the Armenian Community in the Northern Emirates
P.O.Box 41117, Sharjah – United Arab Emirates
Tel:+971-6-5660320 Fax:+971-6-5660790
Click here for the questionnaire (PDF format, 14 pages, 120kb). Choose between Armenian or English to fill the 5 pages of the questionnaire.

Northern Emirates: Easter Party (23 March 2008) Thursday, March 20, 2008
This year’s "Havgetakhagh" will be held at the FLAMINGO BEACH RESORT (see map at the below link), Umm Al Quwain on Sunday 23rd March 2008 from 15:00 onwards.
A special program has been organized for children will also include face painting, a clown and games.
Entrance tickets:
AED 125 only per person including lunch,
AED 75 only for children
Drinks, swimming & other facilities are not included in the entrance fee, guests will be responsible for the use of the facilities.
Interested parties are kindly requested to contact the church’s office at Tel: 06-5660320 from 8:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 19:00, latest 19th March 2008.

Sharjah: Lent Service in Armenian Church (12 March 2008) Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Venue: Armenian Church in Sharjah.

Time: 20:00 - 21:30

You are invited to attend Lent Service on Wednesday 12th March, 2008 in St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church at 8:00 pm, during which the sermon will be delivered by His Grace Archbishop Aghan Baliozian, Primate of Australia and New Zealand

Armenian Apostolic St. Gregory the Illuminator Church Council

Text in Armenian

Armenian Community page.

Ηonoring the 25 years service of Tamar Der Ohannessian Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Tamar Der Ohannessian: Tribute. Group photoThe Council of the Armenian Community in Abu Dhabi had organized an evening of paying tribute on Friday 22 February 2008, at 7:00 pm to honor Mrs. Tamar Der Ohannessian for her 25 years undeterred devotion and service as a Principal of the Armenian School in Abu Dhabi and other services rendered in the community affairs.
The event took place in the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Main Club, followed by a reception, buffet style with lent (michink) food served. About 90 people attended, including dozens of pupils.
Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Armenian Community in Abu Dhabi Hagop Arslanian welcomed the guests and highlighted the importance of the event, which comes as a token of appreciation to the long serving and beloved Principal.
Chairman of the Council Souren Kojakian mentioned in his introduction speech: “Everyone realizes the difficulty in teaching mother language outside the homeland and educating students on Armenian values. Thanks to the efforts of Mrs. Tamar Der Ohannessian and her colleagues this task has been met”.
He addressed Tamar Der Ohannessian saying: “Dear Tamar you would feel satisfied and fulfilled when you witness the encouraging results. You have been rewarded with a medal of acknowledgment from His Holiness Aram I Catholicos of Cilicia. You have been a loyal follower of our first teacher Mesrob Mashdots for many years. We should mention here also your husband Levon who has been supporting you with patience and deep understanding for the importance of your work”. Read more

The Apology of Socrates by Plato Saturday, March 08, 2008
The Apology of Socrates by PlatoA Theatrical Performance
Under the patronage of the Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic H.E. George Costoulas
The Society for Cultural Exchanges between UAE & Greece and The Hellenic Council present Plato’s "The Apology of Socrates", with the Emmy Award winning actor Yannis Simonides (Yale Drama 1972).  Introduction by Prof. Jeremy Keymer (American University of Sharjah).
In English language.   
Venue: American University of Sharjah, Amphitheater - Main Building on the 30th of March 2008 at 13:00 p.m.
Plato's The Apology of Socrates reenacts Socrates' defense in the Athenian court and his rebuttals to a guilty verdict and sentence of death. This treatment transports the viewer from ancient times to our contemporary world, and in so doing reaffirms the relevance of Socrates' thought in today's society.
(Emmy Award Winner) Yannis Simonides.  
Director: (Broadway Veteran) Loukas N. Skipitaris.  
Costume: (Oscar Academy and Tony Award Winner) Theoni V. Aldredge.
Photo: Yannis Simonides in the theatrical performance "The Apology of Socrates" by Plato.
Read more... 

Armenian desert safari Thursday, March 06, 2008

Armenian Desert Safari 2008HyeLounge and Hayer Groups kicked of their new campaign together and organized Armenian Desert Safari which took place on 29th February 2008 in Al Aweer (Dubai).
Around 120 Armenians gathered in Dubai and Sharjah and made the trip to the pick up point in three coaches, followed by dune bashing tour through the desert, reaching the final destination around 5:30 pm. On arrival to the camp, guests were directed towards a specially designated section decorated with Armenian flags and presented with memorabilia hats designed and labeled with a truly patriotic logo ‘Proud 2 be Armenian’.
Whilst waiting for the delicious barbeque, the positive energy of attendees was very obvious as visitors participated in tattooing of traditional hanna designs, camel riding, quad biking, taking endless photos, singing Armenian songs and some even joined the exotic belly dancer in her performance. 

Whilst for some people this was the first time they attend a desert safari, to have it done in Armenian style made the occasion even more special. Throughout the day HyeLounge and Hayer received numerous messages of appreciation and encouragement to continue organizing similar events in the same spirit and dedication. Read more...

Abu Dhabi: Paying tribute to Tamar Der Ohannessian Monday, February 18, 2008

Tamar Der Ohannessian celebrates with colleaguesThe Council of Armenian Community of Abu Dhabi has the pleasure to invite you to an evening of paying tribute to Tamar Der Ohannessian for her 25 years of undeterred devotion and service as the Principle of the Abu Dhabi Armenian School.

The function will take place on 22 February 2008, at 6:30 p.m. at the main hall of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.

After the event, a reception will take place.

Council of the Armenian Community of Abu Dhabi
P.O. Box 29423 Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

Text in Armenian (PDF format)

Photo: Tamar Der Ohannessian celebrating with her colleagues the 25th anniversary of the weekly Armenian school in Abu Dhabi (10 March 2006)

Gayane Ballet in Abu Dhabi Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Gayane BalletUnder The Patronage of Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage

The National Opera & Ballet Theatre of Armenia Presents GAYANE BALLET By ARAM KHACHATURIAN

The Armenian Cultural Association of Abu Dhabi is pleased to announce that "The National Opera and Ballet Theatre" of Armenia will perform at the auditorium of Emirates Palace on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th of February 2008, at 8 pm sharp, presenting the "Gayane Ballet", which is one of the most revered works of the great composer Aram Khachaturian.

The stage paintings are the works of the great Armenian painter Minas.

The cast numbering around 60 dancers appear in authentic costumes specially designed for Gayane in dazzling and vibrant colours, complementing the stage ambiance.

This event is organized by Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage.

We do hope that all fellow Armenians and their friends will attend and enjoy this unique event, thus encouraging the organizers to repeat similar events.

Tickets are available at Box Office Tel. 04 367 6699 or on line at www.boxofficeme.com

The event in few lines:

Date: 25th & 26th of February 2008
Venue: Emirates palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Dress: Casual
Ticket Prices: 600 AED, 425 AED, 275 AED, 185 AED
Doors Open at: 7:30 pm 

Text in Armenian (PDF format, check page 2)

Armenian Annual Ball in Dubai Saturday, February 09, 2008
Armenian Annual Ball 2008Azad-Hye special
The Armenian Annual Ball in Dubai has been one of the most anticipated social events in this booming city. This year the event took place on 31st January 2008, with the presence of 450 persons.  
Dubai is known for its daily cultural, social and entertainment life, attracting tourists from many countries. Burj Al-Arab, The Palm, Madinat Jumeirah, Global Village, Festival City and (in the near future) Dubailand, Falcon City etc, will be the highlights on the agenda of millions of tourists visiting this bustling Middle Eastern hub. But for the residents there are limited events with local flavor and more intimate nature, one of these being the Armenian Annual Ball.
The organizers of the event have managed to market it successfully to non-Armenian public. More than half of the attendants are friends of the Armenian community, partners and associates who have business and social relationship with them. This reflects the spirit of Dubai, where hundreds of nationalities live together in a harmonious way. Read more.

Joint Desert Safari Thursday, February 07, 2008
Hye Lounge and Hayer are planning to organise a Safari day trip on the 29th of February 2008.
This tour departs in the afternoon across the desert of Dubai with several photo-stops during an exciting dune drive to the first destination a camel farm.
The drive continues across the desert. We stop to watch the beautiful sunset before reaching our campsite where you have the opportunity to do camel riding, sand boarding and try out a henna design on hand or feet.
After working up an appetite enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner and shisha (the famous Arabic water pipe).
Before returning to Dubai / Sharjah watch the belly dancer performing her show around the campfire by starlight.
And ..... Armenian Music to dance and enjoy the most.
Price per person: 150 Dhs.
Please contact Serine for details and bookings at 050 3678820.
See you all very very soon.

Saint Valentine's joint romantic night Thursday, February 07, 2008
We would like to announce that Hayer and Hye Lounge groups are organizing a "romantic night" on 14th of February 2008 on the occasion of Saint Valentine on a traditional wooden boat in Khor Dubai (the Creek).
The cruise will be for three and half hours and will cost 170 Dirhams per person including oriental buffet dinner, welcome drink and all night free soft drinks.
The gathering will begin from 9:15 pm in front of Dubai museum.
Alcoholic drinks are available but at an extra fee (prices are from 25 to 40 dirhmas per glass).
Please be there at 8:30pm maximum.
Entrance for kids under 12 years will be half price.
For reservation please contact:
Anto Bedoyan 050 2252585
Marie Bedoyan 0502550905
Carol Jamgochian 0507948285
Serine Gharibian 0503678820
Suzi Karajian 0504775603
Lets Have fun Hayer!!!
Hayer and Hye lounge groups
Azad-Hye Note: "Hye Lounge" (est. 2007) and "Hayer" (est. 2008) are two groups of young Armenians. Majority of their members are from Dubai and Sharjah. Both groups were formed on independent basis. However, they gained instant recognition, mostly due to the fact that they addressed the present day social needs of young Armenians in cosmopolitan cities. The National Council in Sharjah is trying to find ways to bring both groups under its umbrella, with only partial success thus far.   

Comment posted by David Guleserian (United States) Tuesday, February 05, 2008

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Hello all, I am a jewelry and giftware model maker looking for some opportunity in Dubai.

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I only speak English, is that a problem?    

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Comment posted by Lily Friday, January 25, 2008
Comment on forum subject: Armenian Grammar Courses in Sharjah
Hi, everybody.
My name is Lily and I'm from Yerevan. I think I can help you in learning Armenian but first I need some info where the biggest Armenian community is located and I need some phone numbers also.
If there are people who can help me in that I'll be grateful.
With beast wishes,

Seza Aslanian: Coming up roses Friday, January 18, 2008
Seza AslanianA. Hester meets with Seza Aslanian, owner of "Desert Rose" boutique in Wafi Mall (Dubai), to talk new fashion designers on the rise in the local market.
Any stereotypes one might have of fashion industry divas definitely don't apply to Seza Aslanian. Bright, chatty, informed and driven, this entrepreneurial lady is a supremely likeable bundle of energy who puts the fun back into funky.
Owner of the Desert Rose boutique, and the woman responsible for bringing Miss Sixty to Dubai, Aslanian has always had a love affair with fashion. "I have always loved clothes," she says. "I have always been very close to my mum, and I grew up girly." She proves the point by adjusting her pretty peasant dress (a Millie Rostock design). Read more...

Comment posted by Nishan Basmajian Friday, January 18, 2008
Comment on article: Kev Orkian performs in Dubai
To the concerned:

I'll attend (God willing) the show with family and friends. Let us (Armenians in UAE) be at Madinat Theatre hall the days of the performance. This is a good opportunity for the Cultural Committee of the community to try to organize a performancre in the Keusseyan hall in Sharjah at an affordable price. In this respect a reportage can be sent to the Armenian Newspapers in Beirut, Aleppo, Europe etc.

Azad Hye, thanks for announcing the event in the website, I would request you to try to organize an interview with Mr Kevorkian. Let us not forget the fact that it is difficult to ask Celebrities the 11th hour to allocate time for anything unscheduled, therefore it is advisable to act from today and be in contact with him and the organizers of the events, if, of course, the concerned committees have the intention to organize what suggested above.

Madinat Theatre is trying (indirectly) to make the interested in art and culture feel the Armenian cultural presence in the country; It is, therefore, our duty to take advantage of this, at the same time to reciprocate to the gesture by being physically present in the theatre hall. On another hand, by inviting the GUEST and the responsible organizers of Madinat event to the church, by showing them the warmth any Armenian deserves and making him perform in our hall, we give him the feeling to be proud of being Armenian and that he isn't anymore a guest but HE IS AT HOME

Thank you,

Nishan Basmajian

Kev Orkian performs in Dubai Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Kev Orkian
The only Armenian comic pianist in the world.
Kev Orkian has performed for many years across the world with his off the wall comedy show (with Piano accompaniment, also by Kev). 
This one man show will have you rolling in the aisle with laughter as Kev tells us the story’s of his up bringing and what it like to be the only Armenian comic pianist in the world (and how proud his parent’s are with that achievement).
Kev is an accomplished pianist playing renditions of the great classic's we all know, whilst also making you laugh with his clever musical interludes and comedy timing.
Kev will perform in "The Madinat Theatre", Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE, from 06 - 08 February 2008. 
Tickets are priced at 135 AED (about US$ 37)
Show commences at 8.30pm
Read more... 

Sharjah: Poetry recital Wednesday, January 16, 2008
The Cultural Committee of the Council of the Armenian Community in the Northern Emirates has organised an evening of Armenian Poetry Recital by the well known Lebanese Reciter, Mrs. Annie Sarrafian – Yepremian on Saturday 19th January, 2008, at the Pierre Keusseyan hall in Sharjah, at 8.30 pm sharp.
Mrs. Yepremian,whose repertoire includes a collection of poems from well known Armenian poets, will be visiting the UAE by a special invitation from the Armenian Cultural Association of Abu Dhabi.
You are cordially invited to attend the recital.
Refreshments shall be served at the end of the recital.
Cultural Committee of the Council of the Armenian Community in the Northern Emirates
Announcement text in Armenian and English (PDF format)

Sharjah: Calendar of Ohannesian One Day School. Sunday, January 06, 2008
The new calendar 2008 of Ohannesian Armenian One Day School is available now.
The calendar consists of 14 colorful pages, representing pictures of all classes with their teachers. The last page depitcs the 8th class with their teacher Kevork Berghoutian (on the left) and Father Aram Dekermendjian and Principal Datev Soulian (on the right).
The cover page depicts a sketch of the Armenian Church originally prepared by late Architect Papken Ayvazian.
The rate for each calendar is AED 20 (about US$ 5.5).
In order to receive a copy you can contact Mrs. Maria Baghdoyan (at 050-4758274) or the office of the Armenian complex (06-5660320).
The photos are taken by Harout Kalmajian and the project is done by the Board of Trustees of the School.

Nursery Class (poghpoch)
Nursery Class (poghpoch)
KG1 Class (gogon)
KG1 Class (gogon)
KG2 Class (dzaghig)
KG2 Class (dzaghig)
Preliminary Class
Preliminary Class
Meghri Class
Meghri Class
1st Class
1st Class
2nd Class
2nd Class
3rd Class
3rd Class
See the rest of the photos here.

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