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UAE tightens up on domain names

Cyber-squatting is tackled as the UAE simplifies the domain name registration process.

The United Arab Emirates Network Information Centre (UAEnic) has announced major changes to the UAE’s .ae domain name registry process. New registration policies and conditions aim to make cyber-squatting (the speculative registry of an unrelated name) more difficult. In addition, price reductions of up to 60 per cent per year and two new domain name categories - for professionals and individuals - have been introduced.The new registration methods have received the endorsement of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the international organisation dedicated to promoting the use and protection of intellectual property. The endorsement makes UAEnic the first Top Level Domain administrator in the Middle East to have obtained WIPO endorsement and the first to observe the best international standards and practices for domain name registration and disputes. “The new rules, terms and conditions are key to laying the foundations as the UAE increases its presence online,” explained Abdulla Hashim, Manager, UAEnic. “It describes the subjects of the domain name and includes registration practices, procedures, intellectual property rights, the registration agreement and the availability of contact details. The section detailing the dispute resolution, which is key to the new proposals, details alternative means for challenging existing domain names.”UAEnic has also increased the number of domain name categories; from seven to nine. The new categories are .pro.ae, which is designed for professionals, and .name.ae for personal sites.

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