Arshak Poladian has been Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the UAE since 2002, and nonresident Ambassador to Kuwait and the Kingdom of Bahrain, as of 2003. From 2000 to 2002, he was Armenia's Chargé d'Affaires in the UAE. From 1998 to 2000, he was an Advisor to Armenia's Foreign Minister. Previous to that, from 1993 to 1998, he headed the Arab States and Israel Division at Armenia's Foreign Ministry.
Ambassador Poladian received his PhD in History from the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia in 1984. He also received a State Doctorate in Historical Sciences from the same Academy in 1996. He has worked at many scientific and educational centers from 1967 to 2000, and held various positions, most notably as Professor of Arabic studies at Yerevan State University; Scientific Researcher at the St. Petersburg branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences; and Scientific Researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies.
Among Arshak's most important studies are, "Kurds in Arabic Sources," Yerevan (in Russian), 1987; "Kurds," Ankara (in Turkish), 1991; "Studies in the History and Culture of the East," Abu Dhabi, 2001; "History of Arab-Armenian Relations," Abu Dhabi, 2002; and "Islam: Religion & State," Abu Dhabi, 2003.