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TRA opens special Arabic domain name registrations

Registration is open until 3rd October, can be done through accredited registrars

TRA opens special Arabic domain name registrations
Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, TRA director general said businesses will be able to get special domain names in Arabic.

The Telecommunication Regulatory Authority has opened registrations for special Arabic domain names and registration is open until 3rd October, and can be done through accredited registrars.

This initiative is in-line with the TRA's objective to promote the usage of Arabic in e-addresses.

The registration launch for special names follows the TRA getting approval from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in January 2010.
"Since we acquired approval from ICANN regarding the domain [DotEmarat], 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 memorising, writing, and circulating the names in Arabic, in addition to its distinct look on the browser when written in Arabic," he said.
The registration of Arabic domain names is designed to help users, who are not familiar
with English to find domains easily.

The names that will be registered can be simple and direct such as: Hotels Dot Emarat, Autos Dot Emarat, Search Dot Emarat, Shopping Dot Emarat and Sports Dot Emarat.  "One of the main objectives sought by TRA through promoting and deploying the domain name [DotEmarat] is to reach to a wide spectrum of users of this domain and to allow Arabic speakers to achieve the maximum benefit from the internet, its diverse channels, and its enormous capabilities, by providing a bridge that allows them to cross language barriers that used to be an obstacle to them," said Al Ghanim.
The UAE is one of four countries in the world to launch a domain name in its national language following the approval of ICANN.

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