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Domain Days in Dubai Made a Crowd Pleasing Debut: Photos & Highlights from the Final Day

The inaugural edition of the MENA (Middle East & North Africa) region's first major domain conference, Domain Days, concluded a well received two-day run Thursday (Nov. 2) at the Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah in Dubai (photos and highlights from opening day Wednesday are here). The conference was founded by Munir Badir who previously founded the UAE's largest privately owned domain name registrar & web/cloud hosting company, AEserver.com, where he continues to serve as CEO. 

As you would expect, the conference drew most of its attendees from the UAE and neighboring nations but guests came form around to the world to make contacts and learn more about opportunities in the MENA region.

Above: The many familiar faces at Domain Days Dubai included (left to right) Robert Jacobi (Founder, RobertJacobi.com), Team Internet CEO Michael Riedl and Domain Days CMO Jason Nickerson, who was one of many U.S. residents at the event.

Below: After a busy opening day, capped by a networking dinner at Bal Harbour Beach, attendees filed back into the main hall Thursday morning (November 2) to get ready for another big day featuring 10 business sessions and a fabulous conference closing yacht cruise. 

Above: Domain Days Founder Munir Badr welcomed attendees back for another round of informative presentations and panel discussions that included three sessions before the mid-morning coffee break. 

Below: After an opening session that provided advice on setting up a business in the UAE and the taxation system for digital firms, Patrick Swoboda and Kamel Al Tawil took the stage  for an Exploration of Local Cloud, Data Centers, and Connectivity. They were followed by Monarx CTO Rob Seger who shared A Hacker's Story.

Above: After a coffee break, it was back to business withy moderator Tess Diaz (far right) getting Transformative Tales of Website Builders, Control Panels, and Automation from Site.pro CEO Filip Borcov and BaseKit CEO Simon Best. A pair of Fireside Chats (below) followed to complete a highly productive first half of the closing day schedule.

Above: At 12 Noon, Extendify Co-Founder Arthur Grabowski sat down with Robert Jacobi to discuss how Web hosts are leaving money on the table with WordPress and what steps they can take to stop wasting that opportunity for significant additional revenue.

Below: The next Fireside Chat at 12:30 shared the story of How Miss Group became Europe’s fastest growing digital solutions. Tess Diaz welcomed Basekit CEO Simon Best and Miss Group’s Fredrik Björklund to the stage to fill attendees on how it was done with tips they could employ to grow their own enterprises.

The one hour lunch break provided another opportunity to networking and catching up with old friends. These two faces are familiar to almost everyone in the domain investment community. LegalBrandMarketing.com's Braden Pollock (at left) flew in from California to serve as both a moderator and speaker at Domain Days. Braden, who has one of the world's best domain portfolios, also took advantage of the opportunity to re-connect with one of the most successful domain brokers in the business, James Booth (DomainBooth.com) who currently makes his home in Dubai.

After the lunch break, a final round of sessions began with a panel discussion devoted to Navigating DNS: Policies, Intellectual Property, and Addressing Abuse

That session (below) featured (left to right) Leonid Todorov (General Manager, APLTD), Domgate CEO Philippe Boos and, at far right, Internet Commerce Association General Counsel Zak Muscovitch.

In the next session, Fahd Batayneh (ICANN Stakeholder Engagement Director - Middle East) covered ICANN’s Multifaceted Approach to Mitigating Domain Name System (DNS) Abuse.

Above: At 3pm, London Domain Name Summit Forum Helmuts Meskonis talked about The Power of Influence: How Businesses can Lead and Guide Domain Name Investor Communities. Helmuts explained how how businesses can foster unity, facilitate knowledge sharing, and create platforms for collaborative decision-making that empower domain name investor communities.

Filip Borcov then returned the stage to complete the business agenda of Domain Days Dubai with a Keynote on Growth hacking, hosting & website builder

For the grand finale, Domain Days treated attendee to an evening  VIP Event - a four-hour mega  Yacht Cruise aboard the Desert Rose I (below), sponsored by Monarx and Team Internet.

Above: The harbor cruise gave guests a chance to enjoy quality time with old and new friends from around the world with Dubai's fabulous skyline providing a stunning backdrop for the networking event. Photo: Jack Dai.

Above: Domain Days Founder Munir Badr thanks DN.com owner Jack Dai for making the journey to Dubai from his home in China to support the conference. They say you only get one chance to make a good first impression and Domain Days certainly succeeded on that count! With the strong roots planted this year, this looks like an event headed for a permanent placed on the global industry calendar.

(Posted November 3, 2023)  


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