.aeDA gives away free domains
TRA hopes the move will promote an Emirati identity on the internet
The .ae Domain Administration (.aeDA) has offered to pay for fifty Emirati websites to get a local domain name in its latest move to promote a national identity online.
The agreement between the country's Telecommunication Regulatory Authority and the Emirates Internet Group (EIG) will see .aeDA cover the domain name registration charges for fifty UAE websites, applicable for a year.
"The purpose of this donation is to encourage all companies and individuals in the UAE to use the national domain name (.ae), since it represents the UAE identity on the Internet," said H.E. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, director general at the TRA.
The EIG will be responsible for selecting the websites that get the free domain name registration.
"The standards on which the donation will be granted to chosen websites are in two categories: for the existing websites that wish to convert from (.com) to (.ae), and for the young males and females that wish to establish new websites; where the theme and the goals of the website will be taken into consideration upon choosing," explained Khalid Bin Thani, president at EIG.