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ICANN60 Preview

28 June 2017

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We’re concluding a successful meeting in Johannesburg. I want to thank everyone who came to engage in four days of intensive policy discussions at ICANN59. The meeting showcased the dedication of ICANN’s Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees – and the value of cross-community collaboration.

For ICANN60, we shift locations from Africa to the Middle East. The seven-day Annual General Meeting runs from 28 October to 3 November. And for the first time, the host city will be Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Middle East has immense potential to develop and expand its Internet economy. Positive factors – such as a talented young population, affordable Internet access, and embrace of technology – are helping to transform the region’s digital landscape. The UAE is in the forefront of the Internet economy in the Middle East, with enormous investments in infrastructure and e-services, a high level of Internet penetration, and wide access to technological innovations.

It is important for the community in the Middle East to increase its voice within ICANN. The Internet continues to evolve, and newcomers are poised to learn about ICANN and get involved in its work. ICANN60 will provide an excellent opportunity for those interested in getting involved to learn how they can join and have an impact.

We look forward to seeing all of you at ICANN60, and hope to see a good level of participation from the region. It will be a great opportunity for the Middle East community to meet with the global Internet community to learn more and share ideas and experiences.

See you in Abu Dhabi!


Baher Esmat

Baher Esmat

VP, Stakeholder Engagement - Middle East & Managing Director MEA