Arabic Moves In: 1st Non-Latin Top Level Domain Name Go Live

9 May, 2010

In a press release 2 days go, the Egyptian minister of Communicates and Information technology, announced the launch of Arabic as the first non-latin top level domain (TLD) “مصر.”

You can visit http://موقع.وزارة-الاتصالات.مصر/ar/default.aspx to see the domain live, though according to a CNET article “To type and view the non-Latin characters in a URL, the browser must support international domain names. Such support is available in the current versions of the five major browsers–Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and Apple’s Safari. To guard against possible spoofing attacks, most of the browsers allow or restrict the display of IDNs based on whitelists and blacklists.”

For more about the technical aspects of this change you can check Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) blog.

3 Egyptian ISPs, TE Data, Vodafone Data and Link Registrar, have been accredited by Egypt’s National Telecom Regulatory Authority to be the new registrars for the Egyptian IDN ccTLD “مصر.”

Other countries in the region are poised to follow Egypts’ steps, but would Arabic domains be useful? Or might they create confusion? Sound off in the comments below.

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  1. saud  |  May 9th, 2010 at 1:56 PM #

    well this would create a confusion at start as most Arab people are not used to domain names in Arabic, never to mention the problems it might cause if some one registered a company’s domain name in Arabic before the the company it self dose and so on…

    and that’s my personal opinion

  2. Gaith Saqer  |  May 9th, 2010 at 2:26 PM #

    وليد من عرب كرنش كتب مقالة تحليلة معمقة عن الموضوع هنا:
    http://arabcrunch.com/ar/2010/05/استخدام-النطاقات-العربية-دراسة-تحليل/comment-page-1/#comment-578

  3. Techa  |  May 9th, 2010 at 4:27 PM #

    I don’t think that I will ever be used to Arabic web addresses. The only way to make usable is by removing the dots from the web address. For example, instead of having to type موقع.وزارة-الاتصالات.مصر we just type وزارة الاتصالات مصر this way it may be easier for the users to use Arabic domains.

  4. fatin khwarizmi  |  May 9th, 2010 at 5:55 PM #

    we have the same problem in English domains for example if i want to create a domain name ” Arab for you” in English we can play with letters and digits we can write it ” arab 4 u” or “3arab 4 you ” or ” Arab for u ” & so , the meaning is the same but the way to write it is different & i think in English there is more possibilities to take some body’s domain name than Arabic by manipulating the letters or duplicating it like ” araaab fooor youuu” also we should not forget the caps in Arabic there ‘s no caps .
    in the end the persons saying i am not used to do that in Arabic it s an empty reason , because, i don t think that Chinese is easier than Arabic or more practical !

  5. fatin khwarizmi  |  May 9th, 2010 at 5:59 PM #

    an other note , you tube she did had buy the most possibilities to write its domain so that no one can play with or use it as self domain & there s other famous examples ,

  6. Omar Aloyoun  |  May 9th, 2010 at 10:05 PM #

    Another 2 IDN ccTLDs have been announced too by ICANN, .امارات and .السعودية.

    The 4th of May ICANN meeting resolutions are here:
    http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-05may10-en.htm

  7. Jamal  |  May 13th, 2010 at 12:50 PM #

    That is the most stupidest thing we ever did.

    LOL domain name in arabic and the rest in english, how confusing…

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