Sponsoring Organization's Proposal


Submitted by:

Dubai Technology, Electronic Commerce and 
Media Free Zone Authority



The “Sponsoring Organization” for the proposed new top-level domains (TLD) <.go> and <.dubai> (the New TLDs) is the Dubai Technology, Electronic Commerce and Media Free Zone Authority (hereinafter DTEC-MFZA or the Authority).[1]


A.        Organization Information (C2)

DTEC-MFZA was established in January 2000, pursuant to Law No. (1) of 2000 of Dubai Technology, Electronic Commerce & Media Free Zone (signed in to law by His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai) (hereinafter Law No. 1 of 2000).  A copy of Law No. 1 of 2000 is provided as Attachment A.

Article 3(b) of that Law provides as follows:

“There shall be established by this Law… a corporate entity known as Dubai Technology, Electronic Commerce and Media Free Zone Authority, which shall be financially and administratively independent and may sue and be sued in this capacity. Its main premises shall be in the Free Zone, and it shall be part of the Government.

The Authority’s principal location is the Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

B.        Mandate and Objectives (C4) 

As spelled out in Article 8 of Law No. 1 of 2000, the objectives of DTEC-MFZA are:

to develop strategies and policies geared towards promoting Dubai as a center for technology, e-commerce and media;

to advise the Government of Dubai in connection with the development of appropriate laws and regulations relating, inter alia, to data protection, the protection of intellectual property rights, cyber-crime, the establishment of a university and research center relating to the Internet, and regarding the relations between the other free zone’s in Dubai.

In order to achieve the above objectives, DTEC-MFZA is authorized:

(1) to procure infrastructure, buildings, management and any other services required to achieve DTEC-MFZA’s objectives;

(2) to regulate business and activities with DTEC-MFZA;

(3) to provide telecommunications and Internet services;

(4) to engage in the authentication of Internet and e-commerce sites and the issuing of the necessary terms and conditions in relation thereto, or the licensing of other establishments with DTEC-MFZA to perform such authentication;

(5) to establish and license establishments in DTEC-MFZA;

(6) to regulate commerce between establishments in DTEC-MFZA and any other parties outside DTEC-MFZA;

(7) to enter into agreements with other free zones in order to enable DTEC-MFZA establishments to conduct business in such other free zones;

(8) to provide DTEC-MFZA establishments, upon request, with executives, managers, technicians, craftsmen and other workers in accordance with the provisions of Law No. 1 of 2000, the relevant regulations and any additional terms and conditions agreed between DTEC-MFZA and these establishments;

(9) to enter in to leases of plots and buildings that may extend to periods up to fifty years, with any establishment in DTEC-MFZA to enable it to carry on its activities according to the terms and conditions agreed upon;

(10) to provide all kinds of services;

(11) to levy and charge fees for the services provided;

(12) to establish an investment fund for providing capital to DTEC-MFZA establishments and for investing DTEC-MFZA’s funds in the manner and method and the activities and projects which the Chairman deems fit.

C.                Organization Structure (C3)

 In accordance with Article 4 of Law No. 1 of 2000, at present, DTEC-MFZA’s organizational structure consists of a:

Chairman – The Chairman is appointed by the Ruler of Dubai and has supervisory responsibilities relating to DTEC-MFZA.  The Chairman has the authority to issue rules and regulations necessary for the operation and administration of DTEC-MFZA, as well as the power to enforce Law No. 1 of 2000.  (See Article 5.).  The current Chairman of DTEC-MFZA is H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence of the United Arab Emirates.

Director General – The Director General is also appointed by the Ruler of Dubai and is responsible for the administration and management of DTEC-MFZA, under the supervision of the Chairman.  In addition, the Director General is responsible for representing DTEC-MFZA in its relations with third parties.  The current Director General is Mr. Mohammed Al-Gergawi.   Mr. Gergawi’s resume is provided as Attachment B.

          Executive Body – The Executive Body is responsible for the day-to-day administration and operations of DTEC-MFZA.  The Executive Body currently consists of three operating divisions, as follows:

Dubai Internet City (DIC);

Dubai Media City (DMC); and

Dubai Incubator Oasis (DIO).

An organizational chart showing the legal structure of DTEC-MFZA appears on the next page.

In addition, it is to be noted that, at present, there are more than 100 personnel working for DTEC-MFZA, including full-time staff and consultants.


The professional backgrounds of the above individuals in each of the operating divisions, to the extent available at the time of submitting this application, are provided collectively as Attachment C

D.        Operational Infrastructure and Activities

In advancement of its objectives and acting upon its mandate, DTEC-MFZA’s most significant initiative to-date is the establishment of Dubai Internet City (hereinafter DIC).[2] A selection of newspaper clippings regarding the project and announcing its regional and global significance are provided as Attachment C. 

DIC is a USD700 million technology infrastructure project sponsored and underwritten by the Dubai Government,[3] with the following mission:

To provide an infrastructure, environment and attitude that will enable New Economy enterprises to operate locally, regionally and globally from Dubai with significant competitive advantages.

A further articulation of the vision underlying DIC is provided by the following quote extracted from a speech given by H.H. Sheikh Rashid Al-Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defense Minister:

“Telecommunication and the Internet will be at the heart of this world.  Only those who develop competitive strength in these two areas and who have creative ideas and the ability to accommodate with the changes in world economy will achieve leadership.

If the UAE is the hub for transportation of goods across the world, why can’t it be an information hub too?

My vision is simple.  In the future all commercial action will be in cyberspace.  But the cyber world will need a ground base on this physical world.  Internet companies will need physical offices, a community, and on the ground technology.  And I want Dubai to be the best physical location in the world for any and every virtual company.”

DIC provides an ideal location for New Economy businesses seeking to exploit the potential markets of and serve a region that stretches from Egypt to the Indian sub-continent and from South Africa to the CIS.

DIC consists of a physical complex of buildings, complete with all support mechanisms vital for IT-business.  To be operational in October 2000, the DIC building complex occupies a part of the 325 acres of land allocated for the project and is the first of a three-phase expansion program.  However, the physical structure forms only part of the concept of DIC.  

The technical infrastructure of DIC is being designed to world-class standards of capacity, reliability, costs and service levels.  In July 2000, DTEC-MFZA awarded the first major contracts for the building of a state-of-the-art technical infrastructure for DIC to Siemens Business Systems, Sun Microsystems and Cisco Systems.  These companies are presently designing, building and will eventually operate advanced systems in four key areas of DIC’s operational infrastructure, including a data center, telecommunications and network infrastructure, Internet connectivity and ISP infrastructure and billing solutions. Thus, businesses operating out of DIC will be able to rely on and utilize the most advanced and innovative technological solutions, high bandwidth, low cost telecom infrastructure, redundant connections to Internet primary backbone providers and secure high speed support infrastructure.[4] 

Dubai Media City (DMC), another of DTEC-MFZA’s currently established operating divisions, will be one of the primary beneficiaries of this infrastructure.  The purpose behind DMC is to establish in Dubai the entire value chain of media services for the Pan Arab region.

In order to support technological innovation and advancement and to help create the right environment for Internet commerce to flourish regionally, DTEC-MFZA has a established USD40 million dollar fund, to be managed by the Dubai Incubator Oasis (DIO).

An Internet University is also being planned, which will house state-of-the-art training facilities.  It is expected that major IT firms will use this facility as a regional training center.  The University will offer a curriculum that covers all areas relevant to Internet-related commerce and will offer a variety of information technology specializations.

DTEC-MFZA also expects DIC to become a major center for research and development. Major software developers, for example, are being encouraged to test new products within various government agencies and public sector firms.  By offering itself as a testing ground, Dubai hopes to attract software firms that wish to perfect new software in real life environments before an initial product launch.

E.        Establishment of Dubai Internet Domains Registration Authority

In the event that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) provides a positive indication in respect of the present application, DTEC-MFZA intends to establish a fourth operating division that will be known as the Dubai Internet Domains Registration Authority (hereinafter DIDRA).



        1.         Organizational Purpose (C4)

It is intended that DIDRA will be primarily responsible for policy development and administration, as well as the day-to-day management and operation of the New TLDs, including the function of Registry Operator.   

DIDRA’s mandate and mission will be to serve the global Internet community in the most reliable, efficient, effective, transparent and professional manner possible, consistent with the charter of the New TLDs .  


Representation (C6)

As mentioned above, it is intended that DIDRA shall have policy-making functions in relation to the New TLDs.  In this connection, it is DTEC-MFZA’s intention to establish a Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) to assist DIDRA in its policy-making activities.  In order to ensure that the global Internet community is well-represented in the policy-making infrastructure for the New TLDs, DTEC-MFZA intends to invite all constituencies that currently comprise the Internet community to join PAC or to contribute to PAC through a variety of consultative processes.  

DTEC-MFZA intends to establish detailed procedures regarding the manner in which PAC will work, including setting out the procedures for communications between DTEC-MFZA and PAC, when meetings will be held and how they will be conducted, how meetings will be notified, the meeting procedures, how minutes will be taken and posted.  Among the measures being considered by DTEC-MFZA to ensure that the policy proposals made by PAC to DTEC-MFZA are reflective of the predominant views of the Internet community, is the requirement that no policy proposals will be considered by DTEC-MFZA unless they have the support (as reflected through a voting procedure) of at least two-thirds of the members of PAC.


3.         Openness and Transparency (C7) 

In addition to the measures identified in other parts of this document, DIDRA intends to implement the following measures to promote participation in the New TLDs, as well as to foster openness and transparency, inter alia:

  •     The establishment of PAC and criteria and mechanisms for participation therein;

  •     The establishment of a multi-lingual (i.e., initially the five official UN languages), open-access web site;[5]

  •     Public posting of all information relating to the New TLDs, including all policies, rules, regulations, administrative rulings, fee schedules, partner relationships, meeting minutes, notice and comment provisions;

  •    The use of user-friendly, non-technical language;

  •    The establishment of a 24-by-7-by-365 customer care and support center;

  •    The development of a comprehensive Whois database that shall be fully accessible.

       4.                  Initial Directors and Staff (C8)

In accordance with Law No. 1 of 2000, the Director General of DTEC-MFZA will appoint a Chief Executive Officer of DIDRA, upon a positive notification from ICANN regarding the instant application.  

In the initial stages, the directors and staff of DTEC-MFZA will be shared with the other operating divisions of DTEC-MFZA.  It is presently contemplated that the day-to-day operations in the start-up phase of DIDRA will be managed by Mr. Lars Olof Kanngard, Business Development Manager and Executive Project Manager for DIC, who was also responsible for conceiving the <.go> TLD name and concept.  Mr. Kanngard’s resume is provided as Attachment D.

As has been the case with the establishment of the other operational divisions, DTEC-MFZA will spare no expense in identifying and hiring world-class business, administrative and technical professionals to manage the administration and operations of DIDRA.  Assisted by its strategic partners (see Section III), DIDRA will also design and implement a rigorous and high-quality training program for all staff.

5.         Selection of Directors, Officers, Members, Staff (C9)

Article 7 of the DTEC-MFZA law provides that

“The Chairman shall issue a special regulation governing the recruitment and appointment of employees of the Authority’s Executive Body, and the terms and conditions of their employment, dismissal, salaries, duties, rights and other matters involving them.”

It is presently intended that a specific regulation will be issued by DTEC-MFZA for DIDRA, following a positive indication by ICANN regarding the present application.  

It is to be noted that no restrictions will be placed concerning the directors, officers, members, staff, etc. of DIDRA in terms of gender, nationality, religion, ethnic background, physical disability, sexual orientation or other discriminatory factors.

    6.         Policy‑Making Procedures (C10)

Subject to further consultation with ICANN, set out below are the broad outlines of the policy-making procedures that DIDRA presently intends to implement. 

  • Development of policy proposals and guidelines by DIDRA staff;

  • Submission of policy proposals and guidelines to Chairman of DTEC-MFZA;

  • Submission of policy proposals and guidelines by DTEC-MFZA to Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) for critical review and consideration;

  • Consultations between DIDRA and PAC regarding the proposed policies and guidelines;

  • Consultations between DIDRA and ICANN regarding the finally agreed policy and guideline proposals resulting from the PAC consultations;

  • Posting of the finally agreed policy proposals and guidelines for public comment;

  • The establishment of list servers and other on-line and off-line public comment posting forums;

  • Review and consideration by DIDRA of comments submitted in consultation with PAC;

  • Posting of the revised policy proposals and guidelines for a second round of public comment;

  • Review and consideration by DIDRA of comments submitted in consultation with PAC;

  • Consultations between DIDRA and ICANN regarding the finally agreed policy and guideline proposals resulting from the PAC consultations;

  • Formal adoption by DTEC-MFZA of the finally agreed policies and guidelines and public posting thereof.

        7.                  Meetings and Communication (C11)

Meetings of PAC will be held at such place within or without Dubai and at such time as may be fixed from time to time by the Chairman of DTEC-MFZA, or in his stead by the Director General of DTEC-MFZA.

Written notice of each meeting of PAC, stating the place, date and hour of the meeting and, if relevant, the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called, will be given not less than ten nor more than sixty days before the meeting.

         8.         Fiscal Information (C12)

The initial operating capital for DIDRA will be provided by DTEC-MFZA and the Dubai Government, as has been the case with the other operating divisions of DTEC-MFZA.  It is to be noted that DTEC-MFZA is fortunate to benefit from the considerable oil wealth and financial resources at the disposal of the Dubai Government and the Government’s strong commitment to the success of DTEC-MFZA.  

A provisional allocation of USD35 million for the next three years has been made by DTEC-MFZA solely for the technical infrastructure build-out of DIDRA.  Upon the commencement of negotiations with ICANN regarding the New TLDs, DIDRA will develop and have approved a provisional operating budget.  Thereafter, a formal budgetary procedure will be established.

All financial auditing and reporting for DIDRA will be in accordance with Law No. 1 of 2000 and internationally accepted standards.

          9.         Liability (C13)

Pursuant to Article 3 Law No. 1 of 2000, the Authority may sue or be sued in its capacity as a financially and administratively independent corporate entity, notwithstanding the fact that it is a part of the Dubai Government.  By virtue of Article 3, DTEC-MFZA is deemed to have waived any defenses based on sovereign immunity.

It is to be noted that under Article 22 of the DTEC-MFZA Law:

“The Chairman, the Director General, the employees and workers of the Authority shall not be liable to any third party for the operations or obligations of [companies established in the Free Zone] or their employees.”



In the initial stages of the establishment of the New TLDs, it is DIDRA’s full intention to work as closely as possible with ICANN in all policy-making matters.  DIDRA recognizes the extensive experience that ICANN has both in policy formulation and policy implementation processes and wishes to be able to benefit from ICANN’s experience in these areas.

As discussed more fully in the Description of TLD Policies, DIDRA intends to formulate policies based in very significant part on existing ICANN policies, recognizing the rigorous processes that were employed in their development and the widely-acknowledged success of their implementation.

A.        Scope of Authority Sought (C16.1)

With the full intention of working with ICANN in partnership at all times, DIDRA respectfully requests that it be granted supplementary policy-formulation authority in the following areas:

(1)               Registrar accreditation;

(2)               Domain name registration procedures and criteria;

(3)               Dispute resolution.


B.        Reasons/Justifications for Seeking Authority (C16.2)

In order to present the justifications for the supplementary policy-formulation authority sought, it is necessary to describe briefly the concept behind the New TLDs.

The purpose behind the proposed <.go> unrestricted TLD may be stated as follows:

A next generation TLD that signifies reliability, integrity, safety and soundness based on the following principles: 

(i)         The implementation of sound registrar accreditation policies based on the criteria and policies established by ICANN;

(ii)        The on-going verification of accredited registrars to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of the accreditation;

(iii)       The development of registration criteria intended to reflect the above goals;

(iv)       The rigorous implementation by registrars of those registration criteria;

(vi)       The introduction of fair and balanced measures to safeguard  intellectual property rights;

(vi)       On-going monitoring to ensure that the second-level domain is being used in a manner consistent with the representations made at the time of application;

(vii)      Cost-effective, expeditious, fair, balanced, neutral and transparent conflict resolution procedures.

The purpose behind the proposed <.dubai> restricted TLD may be characterized as encompassing all of the foregoing and, in addition, the requirement of a nexus between the applicant/domain name holder and activities being carried out in or with or arising out of or relating to the Emirate of Dubai or Dubai Internet City. 

1.         Registrar Accreditation

DTEC-MFZA has thoroughly reviewed ICANN’s registrar accreditation requirements and considers that these requirements both support and promote the objectives underlying the New TLDs.  DTEC-MFZA thus intends to implement those requirements in evaluating accreditation requests by registrars.

DTEC-MFZA intends to supplement its accreditation procedures by introducing contractual and administrative procedures that would allow it to verify that accredited registrars are in compliance with the terms and conditions of the accreditation  (e.g., Whether the registrar is processing registration requests in accordance with the registration criteria for the New TLDs?  Whether the registrar is acting in accordance with the procedures established for resolving domain name registration conflicts).

2.         Domain Name Registration Procedures and Criteria

DTEC-MFZA does not intend to use this application for a discourse on the importance of the domain name system for the phenomenal growth of the Internet.  Suffice it to say that, in large part, the Internet has grown because of the ease with which it has been possible to register a domain name and thereby establish an on-line identity.  This has resulted in remarkable benefits for the global community:  e-commerce, social and cultural interchange, information dissemination, to mention a few.  At the same time, this has also led to gross abuses of the Internet:  child pornography, financial fraud, trademark and copyright abuse, again, to mention only a few.

DTEC-MFZA, thus, believes that the time has come for “[N]ext generation TLDs that signify reliability, integrity, safety and soundness” and that it has the resources and partnering relationships to sponsor such TLDs.  To achieve this objective, however, will require that ICANN grant to DTEC-MFZA supplementary policy-formulation authority in the development and implementation of registration criteria.

3.         Dispute Resolution

DTEC-MFZA recognizes that regardless of the safeguards that are put in place to minimize the risk of improper and abusive (not just in the trademark/servicemark sense) registrations, that undermine the integrity, reliability, safety and soundness of the Domain Name System, situations will arise requiring the involvement of an impartial and independent third-party neutral to resolve conflicts.

DTEC-MFZA has carefully followed from the very outset the process that ultimately led to ICANN’s adoption of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.  It has also observed and studied the implementation of the UDRP, as reflected in the decisions of administrative panels and in the many commentaries that have been published (on-line and off-line) assessing the effectiveness of the UDRP.

DTEC-MFZA believes that the UDRP administrative procedure provides a sound model for domain name dispute resolution.  However, DTEC-MFZA believes that certain procedural modifications could be made to expedite the process and to introduce additional safeguards to protect the interests of the parties.  The proposed amendments would be developed and would complement the registration criteria and procedures for the New TLDs.

As DTEC-MFZA contemplates that the procedural amendments would be developed in consultation with ICANN and to ensure consistency with the UDRP, the dispute resolution procedure for the New TLDs could be used as a testing ground for future modifications to the UDRP.

C.        Methods of Guaranteeing that DIDRA will Administer Policies in the Interest of the Internet at Large (C16.3)

DTEC-MFZA gives its public commitment by this application regarding the mandate and mission of DIDRA:

To serve the global Internet community in the most reliable, efficient, effective, transparent and professional manner possible, consistent with the charter of the New TLDs.

Backing up this commitment are a variety factors that are already or will also be in place, including:

  • The terms and conditions of the TLD operator licenses that shall be agreed with ICANN;

  • Continuous close interaction with ICANN and progress reports;

  • The hiring of staff and consultants with solid experience and expertise in domain name related matters, whether policy-making, legal affairs, administration or operations;

  • Through the consultative processes of the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC);

  • By virtue of the involvement of globally-recognized enterprises in the implementation of the project plan for the New TLDs, as a result of significant partnering relationships that are currently being negotiated (see Section III below);

  • The state-of the art technical infrastructure provided by DIC, which will serve as the backbone for DIDRA’s technical operations;

  • The significant commitment of financial resources to DIDRA by DTEC-MFZA and the Dubai Government.

D.        Whether Variation from Existing ICANN Policies is Intended at the Opening of the New TLDs (C16.4)

DTEC-MFZA does not anticipate deviating from existing ICANN policies at the opening of the New TLDs.  In this connection, DTEC-MFZA wishes to note that it does not consider the supplementary policies it is proposing for the New TLDs to be deviations from existing ICANN policies, but rather, extensions thereof.  The proposed supplementary policies are described in the “Description of TLD Policies” and are not discussed here in the interests of conserving space. 


Identification of Registry Operator (C17)

It is DTEC-MFZA’s current intention that DIDRA will be the entity that is responsible for the actual operation of the registry for the New TLDs, including accepting registration requests (whether from registrars or registrants), maintaining a database of the necessary registration data, generating zone files and providing nameservers to publish the zone file data over the Internet.  

Because of their unique experience with the core workings of the Internet, DTEC-MFZA has entered into an agreement with Network Solutions Inc. (VeriSign Global Registry Services Division) (hereinafter VeriSign), pursuant to which VeriSign will deploy an onsite registry infrastructure and provide critical monitoring and management services.  Primary responsibility for the proper and reliable provisioning of the registry services will continue to lie with DTEC-MFZA through DIDRA.

VeriSign will design and build at DTEC-MFZA’s facilities a registry infrastructure to support the storage, generation, maintenance and distribution of a new gTLD.  Operationally, the new registry will mirror the VeriSign Global Registry in Dulles, VA, albeit scaled for the anticipated volume of new gTLD domain name registrations.  VeriSign will also provide virtual registry services for the new gTLD until the onsite registry facilities are completed, tested, and operational.  

Upon completion of the onsite registry, VeriSign will turn over day-to-day operations to DTEC-MFZA, but will provide ongoing remote monitoring and management of the systems and software and end-to-end system solution and full data redundancy.  Registry related issues that cannot be handled locally would be escalated to VeriSign through established processes and procedures. Deployment and subsequent onsite services by VeriSign Global Registry Engineering and Operations staff will be available as required. 


As the Internet’s leading registry, VeriSign has unparalleled experience and knowledge in registry infrastructure and operations.  Additional information about VeriSign’s background and expertise is provided as Attachment E. 

Once in place, DTEC-MFZA will have a scalable architecture capable of supporting the growth anticipated in the New TLDs.  The architecture and processes resulting from DTEC-MFZA’s relationship with VeriSign will position DTEC-MFZA as a premier provider of TLD registry services. By 

teaming with VeriSign, DTEC-MFZA will be assured of a technical and service solution second to none.

For the purposes of this application, it is important also to identify the following critical benefits of DTEC-MFZA’s strategic alliance with VeriSign:

  • VeriSign has unparalleled experience in the domain name registration space;

  • DTEC-MFZA can leverage the reputation of VeriSign as one of the premier Internet companies to facilitate its entry into the Internet and e-commerce space;

  • DTEC-MFZA customers can be assured of the highest reliability of any registry service in the world;

  • VeriSign has the financial stability to ensure DTEC-MFZA continued registry services as DTEC-MFZA gets its New TLDs off of the ground;

  • DTEC-MFZA has the desire and the means to extend the relationship with VeriSign beyond that of just a service provider.

The contact details provided by VeriSign for the purposes of this application are as follows:

                        505 Huntmar Park Drive
Herndon, VA 20170


                      Contact Person:        Jong Lee

                     Telephone:                 INT + 703 948 3359
Facsimile:                  INT + 703 421 7459
E-mail:                       jonglee@netsol.com

B.        Terms of Agreement with Registry Operator (C18)

A copy of the terms and conditions that have been agreed in principle with VeriSign for the provision of registry services to DTEC-MFZA are provided as Attachment F (deemed confidential by applicant).

DTEC-MFZA and  VeriSign are committed to formalizing their agreement for the provision of the technical registry services.  A copy of the final agreement will be provided to ICANN upon request.

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By signing this proposal, the undersigned attests, on behalf of DTEC-MFZA, that the information contained in this application, and all supporting documents included with this application, are true and accurate to the best of DTEC-MFZA's knowledge.

 Dubai on the 28th day of September in the year 2000.


Mr. Mohammad Al-Gergawi

Director General

Name of Entity to Which Title Applies:

DTEC & MFZA, Dubai Technology, Electronic Commerce and
Media Free Zone Authority

[1]   DTEC-MFZA is Dubai’s third free trade zone; the others being at Jebel Ali Seaport and the Dubai Airport.  While Jebel Ali caters primarily to container cargo and the airport free zone deals with high value low bulk products, DTEC-MFZA is a regional sales, distribution and training center relating to all aspects of Internet-based commerce. [BACK]

[2]   DIC has been selected to host the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s emerging market economy forum in January 2000.  The meeting will attarct more than 500 representatives from 60 countries, will focus on global policy on e-commerce legal issues, taxation and public policy.[BACK]

[3]  The Dubai Government’s commitment to playing a leadership role in the Digital Economy is further evidenced by its implementation of a scheme known as e-government@dubai, which is intended to revolutionize the government service so that by September 20001 all government business – whether with the public or with other public sector bodies – will be done via the Internet.[BACK]

[4] More than 180 companies from around the world have thus far been licensed to do business in DIC, including Microsoft, Oracle (which is moving its European and Middle Eastern operations to DIC), MasterCard International, Arabia Online, Compaq Computer Corporation, EBI, DLG Direct, and the number is expected to exceed 350 within the coming months.[BACK]

[5]   This will become all the more important as DIDRA moves towards offering non-Latin character domain names.  DIDRA is currently engaged in discussions regarding the development of a technical infrastructure that will allow for the easy and reliable registration of Arabic-character domain names.[BACK]



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