Khalisa is a village in the Iravan uezd of the former Iravan governorate, later in the former Vedi (Ararat) district, and currently in the Ararat province. The provincial centre lies 13 km to the southeast of the town of Gamarli (Artashat), adjacent to the canal separated from the Vedi River, at a height of 820 m above sea level. It was marked on the five-verst map of the Caucasus. Sources indicate “Khalisa Guleyyurd” as another name for the village.

The village was inhabited by 149 Azerbaijanis in 1831, 864 in 1873, 960 in 1886, 1,165 in 1897, 957 in 1904, 1,053 in 1914, and 1,159 Azerbaijanis in 1916. In 1918 the Azerbaijanis were massacred and expelled by Armenian armed forces. The Armenians relocated from Iran and Türkiye were settled in the village. Following the establishment of Soviet power in present-day Armenia, the Azerbaijanis managed to return to their native village. The village was inhabited by 311 Azerbaijanis and 290 Armenians in 1922, 331 Azerbaijanis and 240 Armenians in 1926, and 588 Azerbaijanis and 276 Armenians in 1931. According to the decision of the USSR Council of Ministers “On the resettlement of collective farmers and other Azerbaijani population from the Armenian SSR to the Kur-Araz lowland of the Azerbaijan SSR” dated 23 December 1947, the population of the village was relocated in Azerbaijan. Later, some villagers returned to their native lands. In 1972 more than 1,500 Azerbaijanis and about 600 Armenians lived in the village. The Azerbaijani population was deported by Armenians in November 1988. Currently, the village is inhabited only by Armenians.

The toponym was coined on the basis of the Arabic word “khalisa” meaning “a state land, a place belonging to the state”.

By the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Armenian SSR dated 3 April 1991, the village was renamed “Noyakert”. According to the law “On the administrative-territorial division of the Republic of Armenia” dated 7 November 1995, it was integrated into the administrative territory of the Ararat province.

Geographical coordinates: latitude: 39°49’ N, longitude: 44°40’ E.