10/03/2009 10:52 PM
Abu Dhabi: Armenia has about seven million "ambassadors" all over the world and more than 4,500 of them have made the UAE their second home, the country's envoy to the UAE told Gulf News.
"Only three million Armenians are living in Armenia but about seven million people are living all over the world," Vahagn Melikan said on the sidelines of Armenian National Day celebrations in Abu Dhabi recently.
He said many of the Armenians who had settled in Arab countries such as Lebanon, Syria and Egypt had migrated to the UAE.
"They are the majority in the community here - more than 3,000. Armenians migrated from the home country are more than 1,000," he explained.
The UAE has become a favourite tourist destination for Armenians as more than 35,000 Armenians visited the country in 2008, Melikan said.
A community member said Armenians' ability to learn new languages and culture has helped the community in the UAE.