The forthcoming MENOG meeting, to be held on 19-20 April 2017 in Oman, will mark ten years since the first MENOG was held in April 2007 in Bahrain.
MENOG 1 represented a milestone for the Middle Eastern Internet community. With over 80 participants from more than 15 countries across the region, it was the first non-profit educational and operational forum held in Bahrain, and the first collaborative effort to create a long-standing initiative to encourage dialogue on issues concerning the Internet industry in the Middle East.
But that was just the beginning. Since its inception, MENOG has continued to grow, extending its reach with each passing year, and making an ever more vital contribution to progress and cooperation in the region. Having now become established as the primary place for operators in the Middle East, MENOG plays the crucial role of bringing together participants from Internet and telecommunication organisations, including regional network operators, vendors, ISPs, technical groups and international non-profit membership organisations.
As Khalid Samar, MENOG PC chair, has put it, MENOG meetings play a key role in educating, training and bringing together technical staff from the region and is bringing the network operators’ community closer to full integration with the global Internet industry.
The landmark 10-year anniversary of MENOG will be acknowledged and celebrated at a plenary session during MENOG 17 in Muscat, Oman.