Arabic is spoken by approximately 280 million people. As such, the pent-up demand for Arabic IDNs is starting to express itself as dignitaries and government officials have begun to laud the release of Arabic IDN.IDN names. This “represents a milestone in Internet history,” said Tarek Kamel, Egypt’s minister of communications.
The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has even embraced the trend with the first full IDN Arabic website on the net, which he now uses as his personal page:
محمد-بن-راشد.امارات (Translation: Mohamed-Al-Rashid.Emarat).
The UAE has proved to have particular interest in ccTLDs as .ae names have been bought up quickly post-launch, and UAE specific domaining sites such as domaining.ae have cropped up. The IDN ccTLD, .امارات (.emarat ) looks to be met with strong demand and its registration dates are below:
*June 1st – The first phase of registration, but will only include government entities.
*September 27 – The second phase of registration for trademarks only.
*November 14. The third phase of registration, for “distinguished names”.
*December – Landrush is open to all.
Arabic IDN.com sales, have also increased over the past few weeks led by this sale.
Jun 02, 2010 4 Comments