WATERTOWN, Mass.—The Armenian Relief Society inaugurated a new region on December 23 in Dubai-Sharjah, which will serve the Armenian communities in the Emirates.
The official ceremony took place the presence of ARS Central Executive Board Vice-Chairperson Maro Froundjian. This new addition to the global network of ARS regions is the fruition of an on-going preliminary work started by the previous ARS Executives and continued during the present Chairperson, Vicky Marashlian’s 2009 visit to the region.
“Armenian presence in the United Arab Emirates has a history of over 50 years, during which time, the community has been able to get established and organized. The creation of an ARS region was a natural outcome of this process,” affirmed Vice-Chairperson Froundjian.
“We started to discuss the creation of a Dubai region with five participants, and today, I am proud to announce the existence of an ARS Chapter at-large with 20 members from Dubai and Sharjah,” declared Salpi Apelian, the chairperson of the newly established ARS regional executive. “As all ARS groups, we hope to do our best here to enhance the further development of community structures, as well as to bring our share to the global endeavors of the Armenian Relief Society, raising the quantity and quality of involvement by Armenian women in the social and cultural life of our communities,” concluded the newly elected chairperson.
With the creation of the Dubai-Sharjah region, the number of ARS Chapters at-large rises to 18, while the number of ARS entities functioning in various countries with this latest addition is now 27.