14 September 2005

New premises of Armenian Embassy will be inaugurated in Abu Dhabi

AZAD-HYE (Dubai, 14 September 2005): Marking an important development in the
Armenian-UAE relations, Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian visits the UAE to
attend the ceremony of laying the foundation of the new premises of the
Embassy of Armenia, which will take place in the diplomatic quarter of the
capital Abu Dhabi on Saturday 1st October 2005.

The plot has been donated by late President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin
Sultan Al Nahyan, during Kocharian's visit to the UAE (April 2002).

This event will mark the beginning of a donation campaign within the
Armenian Communities in the Gulf countries, aimed at concentrating the
required amount for erecting the building (which happens to be exactly next
to the new futuristic building of the US Embassy).

It is worth mentioning that the Armenian Community of the UAE supported
economically the opening of the Armenian Embassy in the UAE and had covered
most of the expenses during the period 2000-2002

The Embassy was officially opened with a flag hoisting ceremony on 24th
September 2000, at its temporary premises opposite Hamdan Post Office on
Khalifa Street in Abu Dhabi. The flag was raised by visiting Armenian
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vardan Oskanian, and the first Charge
d'Affaires, Dr Arshak Poladian, flanked by young Armenians in traditional

The ceremony was attended by UAE Foreign Ministry Undersecretary, several
diplomats, UAE officials and Armenians in the country.

Photo at www.azad-hye.com : UAE non-resident Ambassador to Armenia Khalifa
Shaheen Al-Mareeh presents copies of his credentials to Foreign Minister
Oskanian on 23 January 2003 in Yerevan.

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