ICANN launches top level domain in Arabic

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the global regulator of web addresses recently entered into a contract with dotShabaka Registry for “dotShabaka” to become the world’s first Arabic new Top-Level Domain (TLD).

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Published: Mon 15 Jul 2013, 11:16 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:00 PM

Surpassing almost 1,900 other applicants from around the world, dotShabaka will become the world’s first borderless new TLD and will provide Arabic speaking Internet users with an alternative to non-Arabic Internet namespaces. It will be a domain name available to everyone wanting an Arabic online presence. Expected to be live on the Internet in the coming months, dotShabaka is part of the new TLD program being rolled out by ICANN to expand the Internet’s web address system.

Yasmin Omer, GM of dotShabaka Registry said: “As the first new Top-Level Domain, dotShabaka is set to become the centre of all things Arabic on the Internet. It is an incredible achievement not only for us but for the entire Arabic speaking world. It will pioneer a new way for people to use the Internet that begins with the Arabic language.”

Omer added: “dotShabaka will have a global audience, with over 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa which use Arabic as an official language – a region that comprises over 380 million people. Arabic is also the fastest growing language online – with a growth of more than 2,500 per cent in the 10 years to 2011.”

“In spite of the boom in Arabic content online, users are still burdened with the need to use English on the Internet. Many websites and Internet applications force visitors to only use English. Through dotShabaka, we are campaigning for a truly Arabic Internet experience from start to finish,” Omer added.

GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain name and Web hosting provider will be joining dotShabaka Registry as a partner.

“The dotShabaka domain name extension marks a meaningful change for the Arabic Internet, with tremendous opportunities for new businesses to grow and flourish in the Arabic language. We are ready to help make the new names available with an experience that includes easy-to-use search tools and the reliable service the world has come to expect from us,” said GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving.

“This partnership between our two companies is in line with our strategy to expand the GoDaddy brand into international markets and is a significant step in the Internet’s evolution,” added Irving.

The addition of GoDaddy as the first Registrar partner will ensure that dotShabaka is set for worldwide release. dotShabaka Registry will welcome local partners and work closely with businesses within the region to promote local participation.


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