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Domainers Meet Dubai a Great Success!

Domainers Meet Dubai a Great Success!

Congratulations are in order to all of the organisers of Domainers Meet in Dubai. The conference concluded yesterday and I know that a lot of business will be conducted as a result. This good news is that there are plans in place already to run the conference next year.

From the moment I stepped off the plane at the enormous Dubai international airport I could feel the incredible surge of energy of a city and a country going places. It's hard to imagine that just forty years earlier and I would have been welcomed by sand dunes.....instead a bustling metropolis of amazing skyscrapers and spectacular architecture greeted me.

The tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, stands out as a shimmering spire surrounded by an oasis of a manmade lake that contains dancing fountains which make the ones in front of the Belagio look tiny. Everything about Dubai speaks of grandeur and an amazing vision towards the future.

Likewise, Domainers Meeting is backed by a team that really believes in not just the physical expansion of Dubai but also the virtual. This theme constantly came through in the conference. It's clear that Dubai plans on applying the same amount of energy to domains and the Internet as it has to carving out the remarkable city in the physical.

I had the privilege of being the opening speaker and it was somewhat daunting as I stood looking across at the attendees. Why was this the case? Because I was standing in the sand dunes of the virtual Dubai and the people before me were eager to turn the sand into virtual gold. They were hungry to learn and apply the same levels of enthusiasm to domain names that they have applied to everywhere around us.

Many domain luminaries shared their experience including but not limited to: Braden Pollock (LBDN), Tessa Holcomb (Igloo), Rob Monster (Epik), Rolf Larsen (.GLOBAL), Francesco Cetraro (.CLOUD), Daliah Saper (Attorney), plus a lot of was jammed pack from early morning until late evening. A real highlight for me was hearing from Munir Badr who spoke on the state of the domain/internet industry in the UAE.

In many respects the Dubai Domainers Meeting had a very similar feel to DomainFest Asia. They both were not large events but you could feel the drive to break new ground in every conversation.....and I had the privilege of being on the ground for both events.

I'm already hearing rumblings about how much bigger DomainFest Asia will be this September and I wouldn't be surprised if the next Domainers Meeting in Dubai is considerably larger than the first. For those of you that were considering attending Domainers Meeting and made the decision to not go you really missed out on a special event. I would highly recommend that you decide to attend next year.

So once again, congratulations are in order to the entire team that put on the Dubai Domainers Meeting! See you next year :-)


Michael Gilmour has been in business for over 32 years and has both a BSC in Electronics and Computer Science and an MBA. He was the former vice-chairman of the Internet Industry Association in Australia and is in demand as a speaker at Internet conferences the world over. He has also recently published his first science fiction book, Battleframe.

Michael is passionate about working with online entrepreneurs to help them navigate their new ventures around the many pitfalls that all businesses face. Due to demands on his time, Michael may be contacted by clicking here for limited consulting assignments.

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