Buying a domain name is the first step to getting your business online, but the choice you make can influence the way that people feel about your company. It’s important to select a domain name that tells your customers that you’re focused on serving people in their area. If you trade in the UAE, then buying a .ae domain name achieves that instantly.
In this article, we’ll look at the areas covered by the .ae domain and explain which restrictions apply to it. Then we’ll look at how to buy .ae domains and show you which alternative UAE domains are available.
The UAE Domain Area
The final part of any domain name is the TLD (or Top-Level Domain). TLDs break down into generic TLDs (such as .com, .net and .biz) and country code TLDs (ccTLDs for short) – each of which relates to a specific country. For example, .uk relates to the UK, while .au relates to Australia. The domain name .ae is the country code top-level domain for the United Arab Emirates.
Buying a ccTLD is the best way to make it clear to customers in that country that your business can serve them. Because .ae covers the whole of the UAE, it’s the perfect choice for any business that trades in Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah or Umm Al Quwain.
The .ae domain name is gaining popularity fast, and as it does so, the importance of purchasing a .ae domain name is growing. Once, it was enough to use a .com domain – but not today. Now, many internet users from the Emirates prefer to see the letters .ae at the end of the websites they visit and buy from.
.ae Domain Restrictions
Some ccTLDs are heavily restricted, and only business legally registered in the country they relate to can use them. This can make it difficult and expensive for overseas businesses to enter new markets.
Fortunately, the .ae domain is open to a wide variety of businesses from around the world. That means that if you have a business elsewhere in the Middle East, in the UK, the US, Canada, or elsewhere around the world, it’s easy to buy a .ae domain name. You can then use that to build an effective internet presence in the UAE.
What’s more, it’s also possible for private individuals to buy .ae domain names. This makes it easy for anyone involved in the arts, music or culture to purchase a domain that’s based on their own name. Equally, individuals can purchase .ae domain names who want to set up ‘hobby sites’ about topics that interest them.
Generally, .ae domains are available to businesses and individuals globally. One notable exception to this applies to Israeli individuals or entities – who are unable to register .ae domains owing to registry restrictions.
Buying a .ae Domain Name
Buying a .ae domain name is a quick, easy and affordable process, but it is important to ensure you’re dealing with a legitimate seller. The easiest way to ensure this is to buy from an accredited registrar; These are business which the .ae domain registry operator and regulatory body, the .aeDA have accredited.
tasjeel.ae is an accredited registrar (since 2009), meaning that you can buy a .ae domain name from us with complete confidence.
How to Choose a Domain Name?
Once you’ve decided that buying a .ae domain is the best way to present your business to Emirati customers, you just need to choose a suitable name. The obvious option is to simply use your business’ own name. This is typically the best choice if you already have a strong brand that’s well known by your customers
Some business owners choose names that relate to the city they work in, the service they offer, or the products they sell. Others prefer to be more creative! Some of the most effective domain names are simply short, interesting names that catch the eye and are easy to remember.
Registrations for .ae domains are far few than .com’s meaning there are plenty to chose from. However, .ae domains are fast becoming more popular, so this situation may not last forever. If you have a domain name in mind, why not head over to our .ae domain search page to find out whether it’s available?
Registering Your Domain
Registering a .ae domain name is easy, and the process is quick and secure through our website. You’ll only need to provide basic personal details when you register a .ae domain, and you can register it for anywhere between 1 and 5 years. Some registrars (including us) also provide additional services such as website hosting. Buying a .ae domain and hosting from one provider is a smart way to keep things simple.
Other UAE Domains
.ae is the best-known country code top-level domain for the UAE. It’s the standard, go-to option for businesses that want to create a targeted online presence. But the .ae domain isn’t the only choice available, and there are other UAE domains that offer interesting alternatives.
The first is امارات. (.emarat in Roman characters). امارات. was the first ccTLD to use non-Roman characters. Buying a امارات. domain is a powerful way for businesses to express a deeper understanding of the UAE’s culture, and build a powerful connection with an Emirati audience.
New UAE Domains
The bodies that regulate the internet are always aiming to make it easier for businesses to connect with regional audiences. That’s why new and exciting domains are always in development. The .dubai domain (available soon) is a perfect example. This could be the ideal UAE domain for any business that’s based in Dubai, or wants to associate itself with one of the world’s most iconic cities.
As we look to the future, we can expect a number of innovative new UAE domains to become available. Businesses that move fast to register new domain names could gain a strong competitive advantage.