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Telecommunications Regulatory Authority to host .BH Domains Workshop

In an effort to evolve the Domain Name distribution channels, marketing strategy and registration system, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is hosting a .BH domain name workshop for registrars, resellers and hosting companies in the region. The event will take place on the 30th April, 2019 at 1:30 pm at TRA office in Bahrain.

The workshop comes following the issuance of the Royal Decree No. 33 of 2019 stating that TRA is the government authority responsible for registering domain names and the issuance of the Ministerial Resolution No. 11 of 2018 on 18th October 2018 with respect to organizing the registration and utilization of domains for Levels Two and Three Within the framework of Domain’s name of the Kingdom of Bahrain .

The workshop will bring on major updates to .BH and .البحرين domain names and introduce a new domain name distribution model, which allows authorized businesses (known as accredited registrars) to better allocate .BH and .البحرين domain names in Bahrain and internationally. It will also provide TRA accredited Registrars access to new distribution opportunities for .BH and .البحرين as well as other added services.

The workshop will also unveil TRA’s new registry platform, the exciting changes in the allocation of .BH and .البحرين and how to accredit businesses registering for domain names.

For businesses interested in attending the .BH domain name workshop or intended to become a TRA accredited Registrar please contact TRA on 17520000 or via email registrar@tra.org.bh.

This Bahrain Telecommunications Regulatory Authority news release was sourced from: http://www.tra.org.bh/en/press-releases/telecommunications-regulatory-authority-to-host-bh-domains-workshop.html

Global Internet Stakeholders to Meet at ICANN’s 60th Public Meeting in Abu Dhabi

icann60_logoICANN will hold its 60th Public Meeting, ICANN60, in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 28 October to 3 November. ICANN60 is hosted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The meeting will bring together global stakeholders from government, business, civil society, non-government organizations, research institutions, technical communities and others. The sessions will enable discussions on a broad range of Internet-related topics and inform the audience on latest issues of concern to the stakeholders. The meeting will be a platform for developing policies for the Domain Name System.

At the Opening Ceremony on 30 October, H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of UAE, ICANN Board Chair Dr. Stephen Crocker and ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby will address the audience. They will provide a high-level overview of what is expected to take place throughout the meeting.

We encourage members of the press to join in-person or remotely via a live web stream. The details for connection are provided below.

ICANN60 will be a momentous meeting for the Internet community and the ICANN organization. It will be the last meeting for Crocker, who will be retiring from his role at the end of ICANN60. Crocker has been involved in the Internet since its inception. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, while he was a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), he was part of the team that developed the protocols for the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) and laid the foundation for today’s Internet. There will be several events scheduled to honor Crocker’s service to the Internet community, and to welcome the new ICANN Chair of the Board.

Following the opening ceremony, Crocker and Marby will join Cherine Chalaby, Vice Chair of the ICANN Board, Akram Atallah, President of Global Domains Division, and Baher Esmat, Vice President of Global Stakeholder Engagement in the Middle East, for the press conference to respond to journalists’ questions. They will address a wide range of topics, including Internet governance and the multistakeholder model, efforts on a multilingual Internet, and security, stability and resiliency of the Internet.


ICANN meetings are held three times a year in different regions to enable attendees from around the world to participate in person. These meetings offer a variety of sessions such as workshops, open forums and working meetings on the development and implementation of Internet policies. ICANN meetings offer the best opportunity for face-to-face discussions and exchange of opinions among attendees dedicated to the continued stable and secure operation of the Domain Name System.

ICANN60 is a free event open to anyone interested. All ICANN60 attendees, including journalists, are required to register either on-site or here.

For more on ICANN60, please go to icann60.abudhabi

The full schedule of ICANN60 events and meetings is available here.

Journalists who are unable to attend ICANN60 are encouraged to join us via remote participation or live web stream. The details of connection are available below.

Opening Ceremony:

WHEN: Monday, 30 October 09:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. GST (05:00 A.M. – 06:00 A.M UTC)

WHERE: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), (Hall 4)

OFF-SITE ACCESS: Journalists from around the world can participate in the Welcome Ceremony via remote access.

Participation Links:

Adobe Connect w/ English Audio: https://participate.icann.org/abu60-hall4

Live Stream Video: https://livestream.com/icannmeeting/events/7802583

Press Conference:


WHEN: Monday, 30 October 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. GST (06:30 A.M. – 08:00 A.M UTC)

WHERE: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), (Hall B, Section A)

OFF-SITE ACCESS: Journalists from around the world can participate in the press conference via remote access.

Participation Links:

Adobe Connect w/ English Audio: https://participate.icann.org/abu60-press

Live Stream Video: https://livestream.com/icannmeeting/events/7802598

  • The press conference will be held in English, but simultaneously interpreted into French and Arabic.
  • Telephone access (English) may be obtained by dialling an international access number obtained from this list https://goo.gl/nvLx4o.
    • The toll-free access number in the U.S. is +1 (719) 457-6209. Once you have reached the conferencing center, dial 834 210 0020.
    • The telephone feed is listen-only and cannot be used to ask questions.

An audio recording of the news conference will be posted to the press page of the ICANN web site (icann.org/en/news/press) after the event.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:

ICANN President Encourages Arab Involvement In Shaping the Internet’s Future; Arab Multi-Stakeholder Internet Meeting Wraps Up

[news release] The President of ICANN says it is time for the Arab world to step up its involvement in determining the future of the Internet.”The Internet is becoming far more user friendly for the Arab world,” said Fadi Chehadé. “Now it is time for Arabs to become much more engaged in the Internet’s future.”Chehadé made the comments at the conclusion of the Arab Multi-Stakeholder Internet Governance meeting in Dubai. The meeting, hosted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates, brought together representatives from several different Internet organizations.”We hope to have an ICANN Middle East engagement strategy developed by May,” said Chehadé. “It is critical that the Arab world itself come to the table to help us develop that strategy. We want to hear all the Arab voices; those of the Domain Name industry, governments, businesses and even unaffiliated Internet users.”There was general agreement at the meeting, that the Domain Name industry needs to be more fully developed in the Arab region. Chehadé said ICANN stands ready to add its support to that effort, but it is dependent on Internet leaders in the region helping the organization map the way forward.Chehadé has been on a worldwide tour aimed at increasing global participation in ICANN’s multi-stakeholder model. On Thursday he will be hosting African Internet leaders at a meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.This ICANN news release was sourced from:

.AE Celebrates 100,000 Registrations As Leading ccTLD In Arab Region

The ccTLD for the United Arab Emirates, .AE, passed the 100,000 registrations milestone on 16 August, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in the UAE announced. This achievement makes the UAE the leading nation in terms of the number of registrants in the Arab region.

Commenting on the achievement, H.E. 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.”

H.E. 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.

TRA Extends dotEmarat Sunrise To Encourage Trademark Owners to Register

[news release] The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) extended the registration in the (dotEmarat) Sunrise period for an additional six months to give Trademark owners greater opportunity to take advantage of the unique offer.

TRA is encouraging Trademarks owners to apply during the Sunrise period to benefit from a wide range of benefits including the ease of registration process and the competitive cost. Furthermore, the current stage witnesses less competition to obtain a (dotEmarat) domain name.

H.E. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, TRA Director General commented on the extension saying: “We are committed to support Trademark owners while applying to acquire an Arabic domain name, therefore we decided to extend the Sunrise period. (dotEmarat) represents various commercial advantages that can enhance and strengthen the communication between businesses and their clients.”

“Ownership of (dotEmarat) domains will secure intellectual property rights related to the Trademark and opens vast opportunities for more businesses to take advantage of the Arabic names for their brands,” added Al Ghanim.

The Arabic top-level domain name (dotEmart) facilitates new opportunities for trademarks to communicate with a larger segment of Arabic users. It creates a communication bridge through which businesses can deliver their messages and offer their services for that particular segment. At the same time, Trademark intellectual property rights will be secured.

Acquiring an Arabic domain name during the Sunrise period will prevent any legal disputes that may arise at a later stage. Disputes that can run for long time, cost huge charges and harm the image of a trademark can be avoided easily by registering for a (dotEmarat) domain name.

The TRA has accredited many registrars to facilitate the registration process for their Arabic domain names. Companies keen to register for Arabic domain names can view a complete list of registrars by following the link (registrars.aeda.ae). Comprehensive information about the Arabic top-level domain name (dotEmarat) is available at: policy.aeda.ae

This United Arab Emirates Telecommunications Regulatory Authority announcement was sourced from:

Europe Registry logoTo register your امارات. (DotEmarat) – .AE Internationalised Domain Name, check out Europe Registry here.

AusRegistry International Selected to Provide Assistance in Launching Arabic IDN

AusRegistry International logoAusRegistry International announced it has been selected by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates to provide expert assistance and advice in support of the implementation of the Arabic رات    .ا (.emarat) Internationalised Domain Name (IDN) country-code Top Level Domain (ccTLD).

“I am delighted that we will continue to build on our excellent relationship with the TRA with the .emarat project,” said AusRegistry International CEO, Adrian Kinderis.

“The AusRegistry International team has built considerable capability in all aspects of IDNs and we are excited to be playing a part in the introduction of such an important milestone for the UAE – to be enabling the use of Arabic Domain Names in the UAE and by being one of the first IDN ccTLDs to be launched.”

“AusRegistry International has played a critical role in the success we have achieved in developing the .ae ccTLD to be one of the leading ccTLDs in the region, and we look forward to their assistance in replicating that success with the .emarat IDN ccTLD,” said Mohammed Gheyath, Executive Director of the TRA.

The TRA applied to ICANN for the .emarat IDN ccTLD in November 2009 as part of the IDN ccTLD Fast Track program. The IDN ccTLD Fast Track program was created by ICANN to allow organisations representing countries that use non-Latin scripts to apply for their full country name, an abbreviation or other representation of their country name using their native script. The implementation of IDN ccTLDs represents an historic step forward in terms of inclusiveness for those countries that use non-Latin scripts and will be a crucial milestone towards the bridging of the digital divide in these countries.

“This opportunity highlights AusRegistry International’s continued interest in the Middle East region and efforts to further promote the use of native languages on the Internet.” Kinderis said, “We look forward to working with other countries as they look to secure and roll out their IDN”.

AusRegistry International and the TRA have enjoyed a strong relationship over a number of years, beginning in 2006 when AusRegistry International was engaged to provide consultancy services in relation to the review of the framework, governance and administration of the .ae ccTLD. In 2008, the .ae ccTLD was relaunched using AusRegistry International’s industry-leading Domain Name Registry Software, and in 2009 this was upgraded to include full support for the IDNA2008 standard for IDNs. The AusRegistry International Domain Name Registry Software will be used for the Registry System for the .emarat IDN ccTLD.

To date, 15 strings, representing 12 countries and involving seven different scripts have passed the ICANN’s evaluation phase, and are therefore able to apply to have these strings delegated as IDN ccTLDs. It is possible that the first of these IDN ccTLDs may be delegated by the end of this month, if approved by the ICANN Board at their next meeting on the 22nd April.