TLD Updates: .ABUDHABI Launches, Is auDA Fit For Purpose?

Abu Dhabi, the capital and second-most populous city of the United Arab Emirates, has launched it’s very own new gTLD – .abudhabi. It is now considered to be the official domain name of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The government is aiming the new gTLD at accelerating digital transformation and devising more efficient digital solutions and services aimed at facilitating the lives of the people and business communities throughout Abu Dhabi.

.abudhabi is available for individuals and businesses present in the UAE and to all those interested in the business environment of Abu Dhabi.

“We are very pleased with our adoption of the .abudhabi domain, which highlights the fact that the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is proceeding with confidence and speed in the process of digital transformation, based on the ambitious vision of our wise leadership to build and shape the digital future of the emirate in a way that supports innovation, the application of digital solutions and effective initiatives that strengthen the economic environment in the capital,” said H.E. Dr. Mohamed Abdelhameed Al Askar, Director-General of Abu Dhabi Digital Authority.

Is the regulator of .au domain names fit for purpose? That’s a question the Australian government is asking stakeholders to answer in a “Review of .au Domain Administration (auDA) Terms of Endorsement”.

Previously the Australian government put auDA on notice and said it needs to reform or its gone following an Australian government review into its operations. The report in 2018  found “urgent reforms are necessary”.

“The central finding of the review is that auDA’s current management framework is no longer fit-for-purpose and reform is necessary if the company is to perform effectively and meet the needs of Australia’s internet community,” said the Minister for Communications and the Arts, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield in a statement at the time.

To have your say, go to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications’ review page here.

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