September 21, 2011
TRA opens door for Arabic domain registration in UAE
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority in the United Arab Emirates has opened registration requests for special Arabic domain names, until 3rd of October and done through any accredited registrars.
Back in May 2010, Egypt was the first Middle Eastern country to go live with a web address entirely in Arabic. وزارة-الأتصالات.مصر was one of the first Arabic domain names to be enabled on the DNS root zone.
"Since we acquired approval from ICANN regarding the domain [.Emarat], we have set a timeline for ourselves to promote this domain name across all sectors. We started with the governmental sector, then with trademarks, and now we have come to the special names phase, which demonstrate that we are on target with our plan and we are achieving rapid progress in this regard," said Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, TRA director general.
"The registration will enable users to seize the opportunity of booking their own domain name as the availability for names is still vast. The Arabic domain name indeed provides ease in memorizing, writing, and circulating the names in Arabic, in addition to its distinct look on the browser when written in Arabic," Al Ghanim said.
The registration of Arabic domain names is designed to help users, who are not familiar with English to find domains easily; it follows ICANN's 2009 decision to liberate the Internet by ending the exclusive use of Latin characters in addresses.
Updated: September 21, 2011 2:52 PM