Abu Dhabi: Signifying another milestone for the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, the number of registrations for the .ae Domain Administration (.aeDA) has reached 100,000 under the UAE national top level domain. This achievement makes the UAE the leading nation in terms of the number of registrants in the Arab region.
Commenting on the achievement, Mohammed Nasser Al Ghanim, TRA Director General, said: “The UAE continues its accomplishments and promotes its regional status in the ICT sector with today’s announcement on reaching the 100,000 registration mark in domain names. This achievement would not have been possible without the dedicated work of the TRA in implementation of leadership directives that support modern technological trends and the adoption of the latest development reached in the sector.”
He added: “We have presented all the required facilities aiming to make the (.ae) registration process easier and convenient to all clients, including providing 18 Accredited Registrars to complete the process, and the 100% availability of (.ae) DNS and registry services to promote competition. We also adopted well designed policies to use domain names in the country, protect registrants and achieve the widest level of participation by concerned parties through organizing a number of awareness campaigns on (.ae) domain names. We, at the TRA, are determined to continue our support to the internet society in the country for further achievements.” The UAE was able to achieve this number through the support extended by businesses and individuals on domain names, despite the comparatively short period since the registration had started. The TRA aims to reach the highest levels of transparency in terms of resolving disputes related to domain names; it is also keen to protect intellectual property.
Other vital elements that contributed to this achievement were offers and promotions were made by registrars helping to encourage larger numbers of registrants to take this step. Additionally, the enthusiasm by registrants to complete the registration process successfully by utilizing the online facility. The registrars explained the benefits of obtaining a domain name and underscored the fact that a specialized domain name allows registrants to better reach their targeted audience in a more professional manner. Registrar: InterNetX GmbH: International Registrar said: As the United Arab Emirates form one of the most important markets worldwide, .AE holds an important position in our TLD portfolio.
Registrar: aeServer: Local Registrar comments: The aeDA/TRA has taken a giant leap in order to renovate and publicise the national domain name of the UAE since launch. They have taken care of the soci-cultural factors in order to educate the local internet population about the importance of internet, websites, social media and the domain name.
Registrar: TALAL ABU-GHAZALEH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: Local Registrar: we find that the .ae Domain Administration has successfully and effectively managed the .aeDA operations through its initiatives and professional services.
The .ae Domain Administration (aeDA) was established in 2007 by the TRA as the regulatory body and registry operator for the (.ae) domain name. aeDA is responsible for enforcing all policies on the operation of the (.ae) country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) as well as overseeing the operation of the registry system. Its role is to develop and execute the domain administration policy; grow, develop and market the (.ae) namespace; accredit and manage (.ae) registrars; educate the public on the domain name, deliver and promote the domain name; facilitate the (.ae) Dispute Resolution Policy; and represent (.ae) at international forums.