NEWS News Archive2008-03-19
Armenia Fund Will Upgrade Haghartsin Monastery With Donation from HH the Ruler of Sharjah
The Haghartsin Monastery Complex will enjoy major renovation and infrastructure upgrade thanks to a princely donation by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah
Haghartsin Monastery Complex
The Haghartsin Monastery Complex will enjoy major renovation and infrastructure upgrade thanks to a princely donation by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.
On March 17, an agreement specifying construction and renovation activities was signed between the Armenia Fund and the H.H. the Sheikh, represented by Mr.Varouj Nerguizian, an active member of the Armenian community of the United Arab Emirates, and a close advisor to the Prince.
The project includes renovation of the access road to Haghartsin, the installation of a water supply system, as well as the building of power transmission and gas supply systems.
The Armenia Fund Executive Director
Vahe Aghabegians meeting the contractor
The project, at a total cost of around US $1,713,000 will bring significant and essential upgrading to the entire area.
A similar agreement, for an undisclosed amount, was entered into earlier, between His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, and H.H.Dr.Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, whereby the renovation of the Church Complex of Haghartsin will be undertaken and supervised by the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, in accordance with the provisions of the Ministry of Cultures Monuments Department.
Construction and renovation will begin in April 2008. The 6 km road connecting the monastery to the main road will be upgraded and asphalted. Some sections of the road will be widened to provide space for tourism support services. Parking and lighting will be added.
Signing of the contract for the Haghartsin
Monastery infrastructure upgrade project
Modern water, power and gas supply systems will facilitate the maintenance and operation of the monastic complex.
Haghartsin is an architectural marvel, a favorite tourist spot, and a religious center. This extremely generous, thoughtful and unexpected gift will go a long way towards cementing the friendship and mutual respect between the people and rulers of Sharjah, and the Armenians. We all believe in the value of safeguarding the old, while we upgrade and renew the monuments of our heritage so that they continue to be a part of our life and culture for centuries more, said Vahe Aghabegians, Executive Director of the Armenia Fund.
Mr. Nerguizian, General Manager of Bank of Sharjah, was entrusted with the successful completion of this project after H.H. the Sheikhs official visit to Armenia two years ago when he first saw and was impressed by the beauty and history of the monastery.
His Highness, who had received the Medal for Human Rights from UNESCO in 2003, has an extensive track record supporting cultural and educational causes throughout the Emirates and elsewhere.
Contract for the Haghartsin
Monastery infrastrucrue upgrade signed
We are grateful to His Highness, Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohamed Al Qasimi. Among the Armenia Funds many programs and many donors, this project and this particular expression of generosity will be remembered and used as an example of the potential that our historic monuments represent. Even as we renovate them for their cultural and spiritual value, the community surrounding the complex will enjoy the economic advantages of a welcoming, operating center. Armenia appreciates the Sheikhs vision said Mr. Aghabegians.
Mr. Nerguizian confirmed that H.H. the Sheikh will attend personally the official ceremony marking the completion of the renovation works of the Haghartsin Church Complex.
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