SOAR - Abu Dhabi Chapter
Abu Dhabi joined the SOAR family in January 2016. Many Armenians originating from Lebanon, Syria and other Arab countries were drawn to UAE for the economic opportunities. The majority of Armenians in UAE are Orthodox Armenians belonging to the Armenian Apostolic Church and under the jurisdiction of the Holy See of Cilicia. The Catholicossate established the “Diocese of Kuwait and the Arabian Gulf Countries.” It is headquartered in Kuwait, but also serves the Armenians in UAE. The Armenian Catholicossate, with the support of the Sharjah Emirate, established St. Gregory the Illuminator Church in Al Yarmook, Sharjah – the first Armenian church established in UAE. Approximately 3,000 Armenians live in UAE, primarily in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
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Nairi Babayan was born and raised in Armenia, Yeghegnadzor. He received his education in Armenia: Yerevan State University of Economy, University of Foreign Relations and also completed various courses at the American University of Armenia. He has also received a musical education and plays the Armenian symbolic musical instrument, the Duduk. He is a progressive scholar in the field of business and constantly travels overseas to give sessions at multidisciplinary conferences: Paris: IJAS, England: University of London, Italy: American University of Roma, to name a few. Nairi currently resides and works in the United Arab Emirates and works closely with the Sultanate of Oman. He is a successful businessman and a well respected Armenian in this multicultural country.
Dr. Fiona S. Baker holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Exeter, UK with studies at George Washington University in Special Education and Higher Education Administration, also at doctoral level. She is currently Head of Division, Educational Psychology and Counselling, at ECAE, a dedicated teacher education college in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She has published in academic journals in the fields of TESOL, bilingualism, early childhood education and teacher development. She serves on the editorial board of Early Child Development and Care. She has written about adoption and is currently writing a book for practising teachers on the subject. Through both her personal and professional life she has established a close and loving relationship with Armenia and its people that spans more than a decade.