Officials say that the domain names will help promote Abu Dhabi and improve its tech ecosystem
Abu Dhabi has officially launched unique English and Arabic domain suffixes, the emirate’s Smart Solutions and Services Authority (ADSSSA) announced on Sunday.
The domain suffixes – which include .abudhabi in English and .أبوظبي in Arabic – came as a result as a tripartite agreement between the SSSA, the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat).
The suffixes will be available to individuals, companies and entities within the UAE, and are aimed at standardising the suffixes used by the government and at promoting Abu Dhabi in the tourism, culture and economic sectors.
“The launch of [the] Abu Dhabi domain name enhances Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s distinguished position, as well as the economic activity and e-presence of registered entities in the UAE,” said TRA director-general Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori.
Dr. Rauda Al Saadi, the director-general of ADSSSA, said that the agreement “will contribute towards the enrichment of Abu Dhabi’s technological system, and towards reinforcing the emirate’s international status by showcasing its full potential in creative, innovative and technological fields.”
“This will attract international companies and organizations and will further serve the establishment of a knowledge-based economy,” she added. “We are confident that this cooperation will employ sufficient expertise to develop the country’s technological infrastructure and improve the efficiency of our government services."