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Dubai’s financial regulator has published a framework to regulate the use security tokens as technology continues to play an increasingly important role in the financial sector.

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) said it has put out the framework for public consultation for a period of 30 days.

The DFSA said it is actively engaged with key stakeholders in Dubai and around the world on the future of finance and the rapidly growing area of financial technology, including various Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) applications.

Security tokens are essentially digital, liquid contracts for fractions of any asset that already has value, like real estate, a car, or corporate stock. Using security tokens means investors can expect that their ownership stake is preserved on the blockchain ledger.

The framework goes beyond typical securities to also cover derivatives. This enables the use of DLT and similar technologies across the full spectrum of investments in a consistent manner, the DFSA added.

Some of the key changes proposed are allowing facilities that trade security tokens to have direct access members, including retail clients; enhanced systems and controls requirements to address risks associated with the use of DLT or similar technology; enhanced disclosure in prospectuses and enhanced requirements for those providing custody of digital wallets.

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“CloudTalk Online Matchmaking Summit” – Eurasia’s most comprehensive and widely attended online cloud computing event will bring together household names in the cloud sector across the region for the 2nd consecutive year between 26-27 May 2021.

Talking about the event, CloudTalk CEO Burkay Yapağcıoğlu said that he wants to exploit the full potential of online events in 2021, amidst the continuation of the pandemic and accompanying health hazards and social distancing norms. He stated that the previous version of the event i.e., CloudTalk Online 2020 saw the coming together of 2000+ technology professionals from 20 countries giving them the opportunity to engage with 60+ international cloud experts in five halls.

“We had an extraordinary digital conference and fair experience for our participants in 2020”, said Yapağcıoğlu, before adding that their CloudTalk Online 2021 goals are more ambitious, and the event can see the coming together of more than 3,000 participants this year.

Get an opportunity to meet tech mammoths with a never-seen-before fair Experience

1,200+ one-on-one meetings, over 124,000 interactions, 570 hall meetings, 3,700 message deliveries, an average of 300 viewers per session, and 5,000+ profile viewing were among some of the key achievements of last year’s event.

Tech giants like Alibaba Cloud, Cloudflare, Acronis, Mailchannels, Reseller Club, and Synacor interacted with participants in the virtual foyer area during the previous year’s version of the event, thus making it one of the best networking event in Eurasia. It linked individual experts and participants within their respective fields and to the job opportunities they were in search for.

Now the 2021 event aims at bringing together more than 100 tech enterprises and over 3,000 IT professionals in the virtual foyer. It will give participants an opportunity to link with a greater number of prospects in the cloud computing sector.

Digital Infrastructure that Will Enable You to Reap the Maximum Gain from the Event

CloudTalk Online Matchmaking Summit is designed to facilitate professional time management by allowing meeting plans with thousands of participants from over 20 countries spread across Eurasia before and during the conference. It also offers conference video calls in the form of roundtables in the networking lounges, enabling participants to engage in meaningful conversation with people with similar interest through the chat feature. The open-participants interface allows everyone to see one another and enjoy an interactive experience.

The notification and reminder features in the interface guarantees that all participants can reap maximum benefits from the event by simplifying presentations in the five different halls sorted according to their interests.

Broad participation to open the door to new opportunities in the business world

Apart from the presence of global tech giants like IBM, Amazon, Microsoft, and Alibaba Cloud, the participant profiles of the 2020 event consisted of IT specialists, C-level IT managers, system and network administrators, data center specialists, security managers, software developers, cloud architects, product managers, independent consultants, sales and business development representatives, and end-users.

Hurry! Register for CloudTalk Online 2021 today

CloudTalk Online 2021 is open for registration now. Burkay Yapağcıoğlu stated that the process of forwarding meeting requests and creating personal agendas to match different participants with one another will start three days before the event. All registered participants and partners can continue communicating on the platform for 2 additional days after the event.

He further stated that they are extremely pleased with the interest this year, though the registrations have just started.

To register for this one-of-a-kind event, visit the website today.

 https://cloudtalksummit.online/en

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Biometrics will have a key role to play in restoring passenger confidence in the airline industry during the current coronavirus crisis and once the world is finally free of the pandemic, according to Ricardo Vieira,          regional director Middle East & Africa, Vision-Box.

Dubai-based Emirates Airline is leading the way, with the contactless airport experience open to passengers travelling from and through the emirate, Vieira told Arabian Business.

He said the technology, which was first introduced through Emirates back in November 2019 and relaunched in October last year after the coronavirus-enforced lockdowns, has taken on greater significance in light of the virus and necessary safety precautions.

He said: “The fact that you just look at the camera and the doors open and go, that created quite an excitement. Nowadays because of Covid it even has an added appealing factor which is that you don’t touch anything.

“The fact that you are in self-service mode and just presenting your face to a camera and you don’t need to touch anything and you won’t have an officer picking at your passport and boarding pass and then giving you it back, that’s a direct benefit.”

 

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Oracle has become the latest tech giant to place a ‘cloud’ in Dubai, as more organisations place all of their valuable data and processes into that space. Amazon and Microsoft have made significant investments in cloud-based data centres in the UAE.

The Oracle one is first of two planned ‘cloud regions’ – the Dubai addition makes it the company’s 26th worldwide. By July next, it will have 36 such cloud regions. Clients can use these services for disaster recovery and data compliance requirements, with some countries having legislation that does not allow data of its citizens to be hosted in a different country.

“Oracle’s second-generation cloud region in Dubai will help accelerate the digital transformation initiatives of organizations across the UAE’ government entities, large enterprise and SMEs,” said Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban, Senior Vice-President – Technology, MEA & CEE, Oracle, which recently picked up TikTok’s ownership in a bold gamble away from its expertise in enterprise solutions.

Blue-chip clients

DP World, the port operator, and Damac, the developer, are among those to have migrated onto the Oracle cloud in Dubai. “We are focused on developing highly efficient, agile and cost-effective, secure logistics operations,” said Mike Bhaskaran, Chief Operating Officer – Logistics and Technology of DP World in a statement. “Our goal is to facilitate the movement of goods around the world at the click of a button.”

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The meeting of the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD) and the Middle East DNS Forum (MEDNSF), organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and hosted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), were launched today at Media Rotana – Dubai The meeting gathers a group of experts, specialists, and stakeholders, who will discuss over two days the most important issues related to Internet domain names in terms of policies, privacy, security and others.

H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA Director-General, said in the event opening speech: ‘Your meeting today derives its importance from the diversity of representation within the internet, telecom, digital media, entrepreneurship, intellectual property, and other sectors. Accordingly, we must focus on the importance of cooperation with the logic partnership to achieve our common goals of building a prosperous world based on the digital economy.’

H.E. Al Mansoori added: ‘We believe that the next phase burdens should not fall on one sector and not the other, but rather we should all work together as government, private sector, and individuals. As we rapidly enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution era, we see the urgent need for advanced infrastructure, legislation on data, the internet of things and others. Therefore, your meeting today is an important forum to discuss the prospects for the future, which we hope will bring good results for the people worldwide.’

Al Mansoori added: ‘TRA is hosting these two important events based on its commitment to supporting and sponsoring all activities and initiatives that serve the ICT sector. A group of top experts, interested and investors in the field of internet domains from Asia and the world will meet in Dubai to discuss the most important issues related to this sector, such as domain names and their protection as well as protection of personal information of users, and promotions of investment in domain names.’

Al Mansoori called on registrars, distributors, web hosting companies, Internet service providers, network operators, brand managers, digital marketers, entrepreneurs, and IP professionals to attend these two important activities: “Participants from across the Middle East and the world are leading the discussions, highlighting the most important investment opportunities in the field of domain names in Asia and the Middle East and exploring new ways to enhance the digital presence in the region. It is expected to come out with decisions and results that serve the field of Internet domains globally “.

The APTLD meeting, which is held twice a year, will address a range of issues related to domain names in Asia as well as activating investment in this field. The meeting will also discuss the impact of the EU General Data Protection Regulation on the sector, in addition to discussing the laws of international cyberspace, top-level domains (TLDs) and protection of trade names.

Moreover, the 6th Middle East DNS Forum will review the new policies of TLDs, which will allow new names. The forum will discuss in a separate session the universal acceptance of internationalized domain names, especially Arabic names, the challenges that face the use of Arabic domain names and email addresses, and ways to encourage their global acceptance across various platforms and applications.

The forum will also address domain names infrastructure, DNS security processes and protection. It will also provide an overview of the Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) Project, which is a system for studying and reporting on domain name registration and security threat (domain abuse) behavior across top-level domain (TLD) registries and registrars.

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TRA Reveals the Market Shares of the National Domain (.ae) Registrars

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has revealed the market shares of its accredited registrars, and as well as those responsible for managing registration processes in the national UAE domain (.ae), for the first half of 2017.

According to the report issued by the national Domain Administration Department in TRA (.aeDA ), the number of companies that monitors the registration process reached 23 accredited registrars. Etisalat came first with 73% of the market shares, followed by Instra with a market share of 6.4%, and AEserver in the third place with 5%.

Commenting on this report, H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA Director-General, said: “The UAE national domain (.ae) is one of the distinguished aspects of UAE’s online presence. We perceive a growing interest from the private sector companies in registering their national domains, which reflects the UAE’s market position and reputation. It also reflects the wish of these companies to enhance their association with the UAE’s name. The use of the national domain is a clear indication of its relevance to reliability and credibility for companies operating in the country, as it increases the customers’ confidence.”

Furthermore, Engr. Mohammad Al Zarooni, Director Policy & Programs Department in TRA, said: “We have taken many steps to enable customers to complete their registration in the national domain, within no more than 3 minutes. These efforts have contributed to the rate increase of companies’ demand for registration. Achieving the top position in the Arab region in terms of registrars in the .ae domain is a motivation for further achievement.”

The Domain Name Administration (.aeDA ), the regulatory body and registry operator for the .ae domain, a subsidiary of TRA, is mandated to manage the national domain (.ae) and the Arabic domain name (امارات. ). The .aeDA is responsible for developing and implementing the .ae domain’s policy, as well as developing, upgrading and marketing the .ae domain, accrediting and managing the registrars, educating the public, promoting and enhancing the .ae domain, facilitating relevant dispute resolution policy and representing .ae domain

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TRA Announces that the Number of Registrations in the National Domain (.ae) Has Reached More than 200 Thousand Registered domain names

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced today that the number of Registrations in the national domain (.ae) have reached more than 200 thousand registered domain names. This announcement comes as a part of a special periodic report issued by the .ae domain administration in TRA as the .ae ccTLD (country code top-level domain) registry.

This figure reflects a remarkable growth rate of more than 14% compared to the latest report issued by TRA in this regards in December of last year, where the total number of domain registration was 175 thousand registered domain names.

Confirming the importance of these figures, H.E Eng Majid Sultan Al Mesmar ActingTRA Director-General said: ‘The UAE national domain maintains the lead with regards to the number of domain registration in the Arab World. This reflects the companies, business sector and the customers’ confidence in the provided services, and its positive impact on their commercial activity. For achieving customer happiness and continuous upgrade in the quality of provided services, the registration process is distinctive by its simple procedures and the availability of short and attractive names.

Al Mesmar added: ‘The national domain (.ae) contributes in  better serve the internet industry presence and developing the digital content in the UAE, and we look forward to maintaining the steady growth rates in the coming years  which would allow us to enhance the leadership of the UAE in all fields related to TRA  work.’

Furthermore, Mohammad Al Zarooni, Director of Policy & Programs Department in TRA, said: ‘We maintain our efforts to make the national domain (.ae) the obvious perfect solution for the internet community-at-large in the UAE. We emphasize the importance of constant implementation of best practices and managing the internet domain names in a fair and transparent manner. We have certified more than 20 accredited registrars, who are qualified to provide excellent service, which would open the competition doors to provide the best offers, prices, services and quality standards for users. ‘

The national domain name (.ae) attracts key companies intending to take advantage of business opportunities, events, and exhibitions hosted by the UAE. The use of the national domain name also ensures to maintain the intellectual and commercial property rights of the owners of well-known brands in the world. The registration process is very simple, as it does not take more than3 minutes, given that accredited registrars are competing to provide services with the highest standards, including smart applications and online registration.

The.ae Domain Administration (.aeAD ), the regulatory body and registry operator for the .ae domain, a subsidiary of TRA, is mandated to manage the national domain. It has also established the new framework, which comprises of an administrative structure, clarifying the roles in the sector, to guarantee a sustainable growth of the namespace and promoting competition by accrediting multiple .ae registrars.

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The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has released data revealed by the .ae Domain Administration (aeDA) on the UAE’s registrar market share, unveiling the .ae domain name registration for the period between January and August 2014. Through this step, the TRA aims to encourage local businesses to optimize the use of national domain names, which are currently witnessing the highest registration rate among top-level domain names in the Middle East and North Africa with a record 124,000 .ae registered domain names.

Etisalat, which recently launched its e-registration system, recorded the largest share of new domain names registered under the national domain.ae among other accredited registrars, followed by Tasjeel.ae which ranked second and AESERVER in third place.

The released data also reveals the share of each accredited service provider on the international level, where Etisalat continues to have the largest market share of 65.5%, followed by Instra Corporation 9.5%, and AESERVER 4.4%. Other accredited registrars had 20.6% of the market share. There are now 21 accredited registrars with the aeDA registry in the UAE.

The TRA applauds the efforts of local and international accredited registrars for providing the best services and recognizes the growth of their activity and their improved performance. Some registrars enhanced their service by providing registration processes via smart devices so that companies and their representatives can begin the process anywhere, taking only two minutes to complete it.

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.ae domains shares
.ae domains shares

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has released data outlining the market share of registrars in the UAE to encourage local businesses to register for the national top level domain name (ccTLD) of the United Arab Emirates .ae. Accelerating the efforts of the Authority to promote more registrations in the UAE since surpassing 100,000 in September 2012, the data illustrates the stake each provider of domain names has in the UAE. According to the sixteen registration providers assessed, the data indicates that Etisalat has the largest market share (72.21%) followed by Instra Corporation Pty Ltd (8.94%) and 101Domain Inc (3.31%).

“It is important that local businesses understand the benefits of registering with the .ae domain name. The dotcom space is currently saturated and by using .ae businesses will be afforded with a larger choice of potential names for their website. It also allows customer to be immediately aware of the location,” said Mohammad Al Zarooni, Acting Executive Director Policies and Program in the TRA.

“The UAE is recognized worldwide for its outstanding ICT infrastructure, its pioneering business community and its ability to create cutting edge and innovative online content. With more businesses registering with the .ae domain name, the UAE is creating a stronger presence online.  The TRA have deliberately streamlined the .ae registration process making it easier for businesses to register and I encourage all those who have yet to create a localized domain name to do so right away as it truly represents their UAE identity on the Internet,” he added.

Highlighting the market share of each UAE provider in terms of registrations, the ‘Registrars Market Share July 2013’ report highlights the following data: Etisalat (72.21%); Instra Corporation Pty Ltd (8.94%); 101Domain Inc. (3.31%), IP Mirror, (3.07%); AESERVER (2.80%); Ascio (1.91%); DURRAQ  “Tasjeel” (1.73%); InterNetworX Ltd & Co KG (1.44%); MarkMonitor (1.17%); InterNetX GmbH (0.98%); MARCARIA.COM International Inc. (0.87%); EITC PJSC (du) (0.66%); Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property TMP Agents (0.42%); Safenames Ltd (0.29%); Innter.net (0.11%); Klute-Thiemann Infomationstechnologie GmbH&Co.KG (0.06%); CPS-Datensysteme GmbH (0.03%) and Consultix GmbH (0.00%).

 

To register a .ae domain name businesses first need to choose and contact a .ae accredited registrar. A .ae accredited registrar is an organization authorized to register and manage domain names on behalf of registrants Authorization to be a registrar of .ae is granted by the .aeDA after strict criteria is met.

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.

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A uniquely Arabic top-level Internet domain set to launch in 2013 is expected to prompt a significant shift in the communication between brands and Web denizens in the Arabic-speaking world.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the global regulator of Web addresses, today approved the launch of شبكة. (.shabaka, which translates to .web).

Moving away from non-Arabic Internet namespaces such as .com, .net and .org, the introduction of شبكة. will provide the Arabic speaking world with a uniquely Arabic-orientated corner of the Internet.

The launch of شبكة. is part of the new top-level domain programme that is being rolled out by ICANN and شبكة. became one of the first new domains, beating around 1900 other applicants globally.

Yasmin Omer, general manager of International Domain Registry, the Internet technology company behind شبكة., said she believes the new domain will become the centre of all things Arabic on the Internet.

“I expect شبكة. to be one of the biggest innovations in the Arab digital and online landscape in 2013. It is set to totally redefine the way businesses and users approach the Internet in the global Arabic speaking community,” Ms Omer said.

شبكة. will be the first cross-border Arabic domain extension open to all Arabic speakers across the world, reflective of Arabic culture and society. It will offer businesses and website registrants a targeted online channel to reach the entire Arabic-speaking community in their native language.

“شبكة. will be a game-changer for the Arabic community,” Omer said. “It will open a channel to intuitively connect Arabic speakers to Arabic content and provide an end-to-end Arabic online experience.

“There is enormous commercial potential in the digital Arab landscape and Arabic script Web addresses like شبكة. will be a significant factor in helping the next 90 million Arab Internet users navigate to Arabic content. شبكة. will help provide the platform needed to fuel greater Arabic orientated online entrepreneurism and innovation.”

Now that شبكة. has passed ICANN’s evaluation process, there are only a few more policy, technical and regulatory steps to be completed before the namespace is opened live on the Internet in mid 2013 for public registrations.

The successful passing of ICANN’s evaluation today for شبكة. follows top-level discussions held in Dubai earlier this month at the Arab multi-stakeholder Internet governance forum. At the forum, industry and policy leaders from across the region discussed how they can nurture the development of the Internet and the introduction of شبكة. was said to be a vital component of these talks.

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During mid October of this year, Instra (accredited .ae registrar) has decided to hike its price for .ae domain name registrations from the industry low of $33 to the industry high $75/year for .ae domain names registration. Guess what, existing clients who had hundreds of domain names registered with instra at super cheap cost must also pay the new price, which is over 127% higher!

Hundreds of domain owners have already panicked and started to look for a new home for their domains and hundreds more are not yet aware of this hike as there is no official comment from Instra with regards to this price hike.

It is very common in the industry to start with a price killer strategy and then hike the price all of the sudden. In most cases, the victims of such actions are budget conscious domainers who register in bulk, they will surely start moving the domain names away to local registrars which also sell the domains at $33/AED 120 / year.

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Absurd sale of .ae domain names
Absurd sale of .ae domain names: Euro 15m for luxurycars.ae and luxuriouscars.ae

After reading an article in the UAE daily’s Gulfnews.com, we have stumbled upon an article written by the staff reporter Naushad K. Cherrayil about the sale offering for 2 domain names: luxurycars.ae and luxuriouscars.ae with an asking price of 15M Euro!!!

We have all heard about the sale of horse.ae a few years back for ~6M Dirhams which is also under question as the many factors and internet critics do not trust the trustworthiness of the sale.

We can believe in Horse.ae which has a cultural meaning to this part of the world to go off the shelve for 6M but somebody looking 15M Euro (72M Dirhams!!) makes no sense whatsoever!

After visiting the auction website at http://www.xandomain.com/ we can see that the seller offers 100k Euro for those who will help with the domain name sale. Maybe that’s why the reporter of Gulfnews published this article!

The article can be found here: http://gulfnews.com/business/automotives/expensive-domain-names-for-sale-1.1049347

What can we say, good luck to the buyer (yes not the seller 🙂 )

 

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You can now benefit for the industry’s cheapest .ae domain name registration services at $33 (AED 120) per year from your local registrar WebOasis.ae! Look no further and do not go abroad for your local domain needs.

Weboasis.ae is a reseller of a local accredited registrar (Engage/AEserver) and they now offer industry’s best price with local customer support, live chat and UAE phone support.

Goto www.WebOasis.ae NOW!!!

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WebOasis.ae (owned by Engage.ae, an aeDA accredited registrar) is offering first of its kind services for new potential clients. They offer an Unlimited WebSpace + Unlimited Emails Hosting Package plus 1 FREE .ae domain name registration for the life of the account. They charge AED 299 (US$ 82) per year for this service with no hidden charges. This means that the whole package costs as low as AED 25/month or 0.80 fils/day. This is a true 100% bargain and a first offer of its kind. Check out WebOasis on www.WebOasis.ae

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