.ae industry in 2010

March 25th, 2010 3 comments

There hasn’t been any new developments or newly entered registrars since the beginning of the new year 2010.

However the most anticipated and awaited addition this year (which is most likely to happen in Q2 2010) is the launch of the .emarat IDN in the UAE internet domain.

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TRA secures .ae website for Burj Khalifa

January 6th, 2010 No comments

Burj KhalifaThe UAE’s telecoms regulator has reserved the domain name www.burjkhalifa.ae for use to promote the world’s tallest building online after reports that the .com version had already been snapped up by a domain name squatter.

The official website for the tower was initially launched last week under its previous name – www.burjdubai.com – but officials have said they now have an alternative.

Mohammed Gheyath, executive director of the Technology Development Affairs at the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, confirmed that the domain name burjkhalifa.ae had been secured but did not say when it would be put live.

Gheyath said in comments published by news agency WAM that reserving the domain name “came to protect the rights of the authorised entity entitled to this domain, protect the intellectual property rights, and safeguard the domain from cybersquatters”.

He said the move by TRA to secure a .ae domain name was aimed at encouraging the use of the .ae domain name space.

In October, the TRA said it was targeting new UAE businesses in the second phase of its campaign to increase the number of .ae websites.

The main objective of the campaign is to target new businesses that have yet to register a domain name and also existing organisations who have not registered for a .ae domain name, the TRA said.

Up to August 2009, the number of new registrations increased by 30 percent up to 90,000 .ae websites registered, compared to about 80 million .com websites.

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.emarat (.امارات) IDN confirmed for April 2010

November 27th, 2009 2 comments

As part of its strategy to support and enhance Arabic content on the Internet, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced its plan to launch .emarat (.امارات). This step has been made under the new directions of ICANN, the international corporation responsible for managing the assignment of domain names and IP addresses, which allows the use of languages other than English as an equivalent to the domain names for countries.

“.emarat” is the Arabic equivalent for the currently used domain name “.ae”. The Ministerial Council for Services has previously approved the usage of “.emarat” as a domain name for UAE in Arabic.

In his comments, H.E. Mohamed Naser Al Ghanim, TRA Director General, said: “Our objective is to support Arabic content over the internet and build a strong identity for UAE and Arab countries across the World Wide Web. We encourage all companies and entities in the UAE to register for ‘.ae’ and Name (.امارات) ‘.emarat’ as it represents their local business identity and brings their country pride.”

Using an Arabic domain name would expand the number of Internet users and enhance the Arabic identity of UAE and increase the contribution to the Arabic content available on the Internet. The .ae Domain Administration of TRA has updated its systems to support domain name registration in Arabic.

Mohammed Gheyath, Executive Director, Technology Development Affairs, said: “Our Systems have been upgraded to handle the registration of .emarat, the Arabic domain name of UAE Our goal is to become the first Arab country to introduce an Arabic domain name.”

Gheyath added, “Introducing a new TLD will lead to acquiring several unique web addresses that attracts website owners and Internet users. Moreover, using the Arabic language in internet addresses is a new and unique experience. The launch of registration for the Arabic domain .emarat (.امارات) is expected in the Q2 2010.”
A few days after this press release the UAE business daily Business 24/7 has published an article stating that applications for .emarat will open at the end of April 2010.

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TRA Donates 50 National Domains (.ae) to Young Emirati Talents

October 24th, 2009 1 comment

The .ae Domain Administration (.aeDA) of the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced a new initiative to donate 50 distinguished Emirati websites, national domains under .ae for a whole year free of charge to encourage them to use the UAE national domain name (.ae) and to highlight their Emirati identity on the Internet.
The agreement was between the TRA and the Emirates Internet Group (EIG) for the .aeDA to cover the fees of registering 50 UAE websites under the national domain name (.ae) for a year, where the EIG chooses the websites that the conditions of the donation apply upon.
To this end, H.E. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, TRA Director General, stated: “Committed to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and in support to young Emirati websites, the TRA has decided to award these websites via granting them the registration of the national domain (.ae) for a year, where the EIG will place the standards of choosing the websites on which the conditions of these standards apply upon.” “The purpose of this donation is to encourage all companies and individuals in the UAE to use the national domain name (.ae), since it represents the UAE identity on the Internet,” added Al Ghanim.
In his turn, Mr. Khalid Bin Thani, EIG President and President of the Arab Union of Internet Societies, said: “It is our pleasure to do this task to serve the UAE national domain name in order to enhance the UAE name on the Internet.” “There are many benefits in using the UAE national domain name (.ae) in comparison to other domain names, especially highlighting the UAE identity on the Internet and the availability of a large number of attractive names under (.ae), which are nearly impossible to acquire under other domain names such as (.com),” added Bin Thani.
“The standards on which the donation will be granted to chosen websites are in two categories: for the existing websites that wish to convert from (.com) to (.ae), and for the young males and females that wish to establish new websites; where the theme and the goals of the website will be taken into consideration upon choosing,” concluded Bin Thani.

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.ae Domain Administration Confirms Technical Readiness To Support The Arabic Domain Name .Emarat .امارات

October 20th, 2009 No comments

As part of its strategy to support and enhance Arabic content on the Internet, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced its plan to launch .emarat .امارات)). This step has been made under the new directions of ICANN — the international corporation responsible for managing the assignment of domain names and IP addresses, which allows the use of languages other than English as an equivalent to the domain names for countries.

“.emarat” is the Arabic equivalent for the currently used domain name “.ae”. The Ministerial Council for Services has previously approved the usage of “.emarat” as a domain name for UAE in Arabic.

In his comments, H.E. Mohamed Naser Al Ghanim, TRA Director General, said: “Our objective is to support Arabic content over the internet and build a strong identity for UAE and Arab countries across the World Wide Web. We encourage all companies and entities in the UAE to register for ‘.ae’ and Name .امارات)) ‘.emarat’ as it represents their local business identity and brings their country pride.”

Using an Arabic domain name would expand the number of Internet users and enhance the Arabic identity of UAE and increase the contribution to the Arabic content available on the Internet. The .ae Domain Administration of TRA has updated its systems to support domain name registration in Arabic.

Mohammed Gheyath, Executive Director, Technology Development Affairs, said: “Our Systems have been upgraded to handle the registration of .emarat, the Arabic domain name of UAE Our goal is to become the first Arab country to introduce an Arabic domain name.”

Gheyath added, “Introducing a new TLD will lead to acquiring several unique web addresses that attracts website owners and Internet users. Moreover, using the Arabic language in internet addresses is a new and unique experience. The launch of registration for the Arabic domain .emarat .امارات)) is expected in the Q2 2010.”

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aeDA launches a brand new website: awesome

October 16th, 2009 2 comments

The ae domain administration (aeDA) a body under the UAE’s telecoms regulator authority (TRA) has launched a totally new and rebranded website which follows the themes of the current campaign that is help by the aeDA to increase the new domain name registrations under .ae and also to raise public awareness about the internet in the UAE and the cctld .ae and to further develop it into the society as the national internet pride. Way to go aeDA team!

P.S its really awesome to see the “if its in the UAE its gotta be .ae” banners all over Dubai, the earlier day I was driving in Dubai Media City and noticed the banners on all street poles and tunnels/flyovers. This is really interesting as the aeDA is promoting not only the .ae domain but also the accredited registrars that gain free audience from these banners. Once again things are being done in the UAE (Dubai) style, that is the ‘best” style.

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.AE Domain Registrations Increase by 30% in 2009 & Phase 2 of aeDA Campaign

October 15th, 2009 1 comment


Mr Mohammad Gheyath, Executive Director, Technology Development Affairs at TRA, and Mr Mohammad Zarooni, Director of .ae Domain Administration, at the .aeDA Media Roundtable in Dubai yesterday

If it’s in the UAE it’s gotta be .ae

Dubai, October 11, 2009: The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA)Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has begun the second phase of its marketing campaign to enhance the registration of the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) of the United Arab Emirates – .ae.

The main objective of the campaign is to target new businesses that have yet to register a domain name and also existing organizations and businesses that have a web presence but have not registered for a .ae domain name.

“In the period [August 2008 to August 2009], the number of new registrations increased by 30 per cent compared to the corresponding period the year before. There are more registrars [no monopoly] providing .ae domain name registration. Customers have the choice to select their registrar as competition leads to better service. The registration process brought online has also made it easier,” said TRA

The campaign highlights the importance of registering and using .ae domain names by all public and private entities operating in UAE or having a relationship with UAE. If an internet address has .ae at the end of it, its registered in the United Arab Emirates and a part of the .ae domain space regulated by the .aeDA.

In his comments, H.E. Mohamed Naser Al Ghanim, TRA Director General, said: “We encourage all companies and entities in UAE to move to .ae as it truly represents their UAE identity on the Internet.”

Al Ghanim added: “Through the introduction of .aeDA, we streamlined and automated the entire registration process and brought on multiple new accredited Registrars for better pricing, services and access. We also made changes to increase .ae openness and accessibility while retaining the strong moral and cultural identity of the UAE. Our new campaign is aimed at promoting the .ae domain so that it becomes the domain of choice for all users willing to showcase a UAE presence on the World Wide Web.”

The most common usage in the area of domain names is .com, which is an example of a generic Top Level Domain (gTLD). With the commercialization and popularization of the Internet in the 1990s, the .com domain quickly became the most common top-level domain for websites, email and networking.

The use of ccTLDs like .ae is specific to individual countries around the world. Some examples of ccTLDs are .uk for the United Kingdom, .au for Australia and .kw for Kuwait. The trend towards localizing online contents for better serving national identity, communities, customers and end users has paved the way for many websites to move to ccTLDs.

“There are many rational benefits to have a .ae domain name,” said Mohammed Gheyath, Executive Director, Technology Development Affairs. “It allows you to protect your web space, access the name you want for your domain name, and signal to your customers where your business is located. It is worth mentioning that .com is a saturated namespace and has already 80 million registered domain names compared to around 90 thousands registered .ae domain names. This would make the chance of getting good and catchy names under .ae much higher than .com But one of main emotional reasons is national pride. The UAE has an excellent local, regional, and global representation as an economic powerhouse and an ultra-modern nation. Having a .ae address is a big business tool that lets the company develop a unique national identity that positively communicates that the company is based in the UAE. An example of countries where the use of ccTLD dominates the use of .com is Germany. Almost all German websites uses .de as they consider it a national pride.”

Additional details and information about .aeDA Registry System and the accredited .aeDA registrars are available on the website www.aeda.ae. The .aeDA is responsible for the setting and enforcement of all policy with regard to the operation of the .ae ccTLD as well as overseeing the operation of the Registry System.

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30% rise in .ae domain registrations, most are from Dubai

October 5th, 2009 1 comment

Registrations of the .ae domain name have increased by 30 per cent this year, with the most being from Dubai, said the country’s telecom?regulator.

The Telecommunication Regulation Authority (TRA) told Emirates Business it had witnessed growth this year mainly because of the new policy framework and a non-monopolistic environment among registrars.

“In the period [August 2008 to August 2009], the number of new registrations increased by 30 per cent compared to the corresponding period the year before. There are more registrars [no monopoly] providing .ae domain name registration. Customers have the choice to select their registrar as competition leads to better service. The registration process brought online has also made it easier,” said TRA.

In fact, during the second quarter in 2009, country code TLDs (ccTLDs) globally rose by 14 per cent year- over-year to 74.4 million domain names.

.ae is the internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the UAE. It is administered by .aeDA, which is part of TRA.

The .ae domain was originally delegated to internet service provider UUNET. Recognising the domain should be administered in the country, it was transferred in 1995 to etisalat, following a brief period of administration by the UAE University. Since then, etisalat, through UAE Network Information Centre (UAEnic) division, has been responsible for operation of .ae domain.

During 2006, the TRA announced that .ae management and operations would be re-delegated to it from etisalat/UAEnic, the current .ae ccTLD manager.

A new entity called .ae Domain Administration (.ae DA) was formed to take care of management and operations of .ae based on the latest Domain Name System (DNS) and domain registry technologies. During January 2008, IANA(Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) officially re-delegated .ae domain to TRA.

In August 2008, .aeDA took over DNS (domain name system) and launched their services with the new registry system, which supports registry-registrar model. Currently, .aeDA has accredited 15 registrars, including etisalat, from different parts of the world.

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irena.ae domain available for registration again

September 21st, 2009 No comments

Following our post on August 12th titled: UAE domain regulator accused in copyright row the domain name irena.ae has been deleted from the registry system. However the registration of the domain name has been blocked for everyone as it has been added to the reserved list of the aeDA registry and the name can be only activated by a thorough review by aeDA before approving the registration of the name.
This closes the case of irena.ae which has been also marked as cyber squatting by the registry.

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EXCLUSIVE: 090909.ae for sale on AfterMarket.ae

September 11th, 2009 No comments

It’s been an iconic and a historic date in the history of Dubai. The launch of Dubai Metro on 09/09/09 and exactly at 09.09.09 PM (Dubai Time) has attracted mass attention of the public and international and local media.

That’s not all, the domain name 090909.ae has been also registered at the same date and time and is now listed for sale on the AfterMarket.ae website. This sale can be another record breaker after horse.ae has been sold for 6 Million AED.
The domain 090909.ae is a true opportunity to invest into the history of Dubai and the development of the Emirates.

The domain listing can be found here

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Promotion Launched To Get 200,000 More .AE Domains

September 2nd, 2009 1 comment

The .ae Domain Administration (.aeDA) has launched a two month advertising campaign to promote the United Arab Emirates ccTLD .AE with the aim of attracting an additional 200,000 registrations by 2010.

The campaign has been launched in most known media means, such as printed ads in the most prominent national newspapers in English and Arabic, radio stations, emails, outdoor advertising, on the TRA website, and on the .aeDA website.

The campaign follows an initial six-month campaign launched in November 2008 aimed at launching the .aeDA. The campaign was supported by an awareness and introductory campaign for .AE. The launching of the .aeDA then has been considered an achievement that the TRA is proud to label as one of its initiatives, where the .aeDA was inaugurated on 3 August 2008.

The .aeDA is responsible for the setting and enforcement of all policy with regard to the operation of the .AE ccTLD, as well as overseeing the operation of the Registry System. The .aeDA role is to develop and execute policy; grow, develop and market the .AE namespace; accredit and manage .AE Registrars; educate the public, delivering and promoting the .AE domain name; facilitate the .AE Dispute Resolution Policy; and represent the .AE nationally, regionally and internationally.

More information on .AE domain names can be found at aeda.ae.

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UAE domain regulator accused in copyright row

August 12th, 2009 3 comments

The UAE internet domain regulator has denied a company its own .ae website, despite the firm holding a 12-year-old trademark for the name in question.
Michael Reed, a businessman from the UK, had decided to begin selling Irena, a nutritional supplement, in the UAE and registered the Irena.ae domain with AEDA, the regulatory body for the country’s internet domain name.

But after the name was registered, the agency deleted the domain, saying it belonged to the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA), an intergovernmental organisation that will be headquartered in Abu Dhabi.

“If it’s a governmental organisation then, as per their own rules, .gov.ae is the correct top level domain,” Reed said.

In addition, the parent company of Reed’s firm has held the trademark for Irena in Europe and the UK for the past twelve years, he added.

The incident has made the company scrap its plans to enter the UAE market.

AEDA declined to comment.

The agency’s website states that it will “continually strive to maintain best practice for the administration of the .ae [domain] and will administer the .ae domain in a fair and transparent manner”.

Source

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The National reports about horse.ae sale and us

July 29th, 2009 No comments

horseaelogoAbu Dhabi based The National daily has published an article about the recent horse.ae sale and about the overall .ae domain name industry. This includes current WIPO dispute cases on domains such as dunkin donuts and some others.

The most exiting part is that my interview with the reporter has been published as well, along with my comments and thoughts on the sale and the market! Read the full story in the paper (29th July) or online here…

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EXCLUSIVE: Horse.ae Sold for record high AED 6 Million

July 26th, 2009 1 comment

Through an exclusive contact with the domain seller, we where able to get lots of insight on the domain name.

Munir: The domain was sold a day before the posted deadline of July 26, which shows that a huge interest has been received by the seller.

Seller: “Deserving personality was decided even before the final date. Since last evening we have posted “Finalized” in the website.”

Munir: But what was the actual selling price and what was the response from the buyers; considering the high volume of advertising in a 5 day campaign through 2 newspapers (Business 24/7 and Arabic Al Bayan) and 3 radio channels (Noor Dubai, Al Khaleejiya and Al Arabiya)?

Seller: “I can say that we got lot of offers and only a couple of them were serious. To be precise, only seven were genuine. Three of them above the minimum offer amount of Five million (AED), between 5 and 6. Others very serious about it, and were ready to go above 6 million (AED). The offer amount was then appreciated to 6 Million from 23rd July Saturday in the advertisements and the website.”

Munir: This is hilarious! It’s the first time in the history of the .ae cctld that a domain name fetched such a huge sum. This sale can’t be even compared to the recent 2 character ad.com sale, which fetched just AED 5.1 million (US$ 1.4 million). This .com is 2 character generic and will have even a higher resale value later. But think about it, .com has been there since the 90’s and the .ae (in its new format after aeDA’s introduction in August 2008) is just about a year old!

This sale is a true record and stereotype breaker and will surely boost the .ae market and its publicity. No one could ever think that such a huge sale can occur in a young market like the .ae

The sale will add a benchmark to the .ae aftermarket and will boost the confidence of traders. The volume of generic and keyword .ae domain name registrations (plenty of which are still available) will surely shoot up.

Note: The sale will be considered official once the whois will reflect a change of ownership.

Horse.ae sale finalized

July 26th, 2009 1 comment

On Saturday July 25 there was a price update on horse.ae website, which stated that offers of AED 6 million are now accepted (whereas previously it stated 5 million) and today on the 26th and as promised by the seller, the sale has been finally finalized. This is what the website’s landing page conveys.

We have made an attempt to find out the actual sale price, but no news as of this moment.

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