I’m really looking forward to heading off to the Dubai Domainers Meet conference later this week. There’s been quite a bit of scepticism about whether the event will be successful or not and a number of people have asked me why I signed-up so early.
When I look at where the global growth in Internet is going to come from it’s really centred around emerging economies and the third world. For a start, it just so happens that Dubai is positioned as a global hub in the middle of the majority of this region. It's by no means a coincidence that Dubai is hosting the world Expo in 2020.
When I was traveling to ICANN in Dublin I happened to be on an Emirates flight transiting through Dubai and there was a radio show on the growth of Dubai as a regional economic powerhouse. It was clear to me that this was a part of the world that I really need to get to know, so I snapped up the chance to speak at the first Dubai Domainers Meet.
Likewise, last year when DomainFest Asia was held in Macau I jumped at the opportunity to attend. That single conference opened my eyes up to the significant opportunities and problems that domainers in China face. From the one conference I’ve already made some fantastic contacts and done a lot of business…..I’m hoping I will experience something similar at the Dubai event....