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Second Middle East DNS Forum to Take Place in Amman Jordan

What: Middle East DNS Forum
When: March 9-10, 2015
TIMES: 8:00 – 17:30 (please see agenda below)
Where: Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University (TAG-Uni), Amman, Jordan

Middle East DNS Forum

This is the second edition of the Middle East DNS Forum (ME DNS), which aims to build on the inaugural forum that took place in Dubai, early 2014.

The ME DNS Forum is being hosted by Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) and is co-organized by both the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and The Internet Society (ISOC). The 2-day event will cover topics on ccTLDs, new gTLDs, IDNs, the Domain Name Industry in underserved regions, as well as provide a brief and update on the IANA Stewardship Transition. This year's agenda was developed by a Program Committee consisting of 6 community members with expertise in various fields of the domain name industry. More on the forum can be found at

This Forum aims to be the regional networking place for the DNS industry's key players.

Who should attend: Registries, registrars, registrants, ccTLDs, new gTLD applicants, service providers, brand owners, and legal firms

Purpose: To build bridges between interested parties in the region and world's experts in the field; by sharing experiences and best practices in the domain name industry at a global level, and of the emerging business opportunities.

Middle East DNS Forum Agenda

Monday March 9, 2015
8:00-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:30 Opening Session – Keynote Address
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 The Internet Industry in the ME region and the Untapped Business Opportunities Available
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 New gTLDs: Experiences, and the Way Forward
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:30 Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) – Lack of Utilization and the Hidden Potential
17:30-20.00 Networking Dinner
Tuesday March 10, 2015
8:00-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:30 ccTLDs and gTLDs: Coexisting in a New Environment
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Supporting the Domain Name Industry in Underserved Regions
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 The IANA Stewardship Transition – What is in it for you?
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:00 Breakout Sessions (Policy | Technical | Business)
17:00-17.30 Wrap-up and Closing

About the Middle East DNS Forum

The first edition of the forum took place in Dubai, UAE and attracted around 125 participants from more than 30 countries. More on the forum can be found online at

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