The Internet entity that is responsible for assigned names and numbers (ICANN) have just authorised three Middle Eastern countries the option of registering their domain names in Arabic, a report has just revealed. This has never occurred before and now companies from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt will be keen to register their domain names in their native language.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ended the exclusivity of English domain names last year and this means that the Middle East countries will now be able to use entire lengthy Arabic domain addresses for the first time. It was on April the 22nd last that this new protocol became official and the following are the new delegations that will now be used for both IDN (“internationalized domain names”) and ccTLDs (“country code top-level domains”) ; Russia will use RF, Saudi Arabia will be denoted by Al-Saudia, Egypt will use Misr and the United Arab Emirates will be recognized by Emarat,
New registrations under Saudi IDN and ccTLD will be open for business from the 31st of May next. This first phase of the project will be called the Sunrise phase and will continue until the 12th of July and during this transition period SaudiNIC will be accepting applications from all companies or individuals who want to register their domain names.Andrew Reid, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News