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Arabic idn.cctld: only 2 out of 22 countries will Fast Track

Last line of article provides some good news from India: Baher Esmat, ICANN's regional relations manager for the Middle East also revealed that India will be applying for several domain names to accommodate its 22 local languages and 11 scripts.

http://www.zawya.com/story.cfm/sidZAWYA20091105070532

05 November 2009
Abu Dhabi: An official from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has said that countries will not have to wait long to utilise a new opportunity allowing them to create domain names in their own languages. Only nine out of 22 Arab nations have shown interest in creating Arabic domain names. Two of them, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, are at the forefront of efforts to utilise the new opportunity that was announced recently in Seoul.

Baher Esmat, ICANN's regional relations manager for the Middle East, said approval to use non-Latin characters for internet addresses was part of the fast-track implementation of a short-term policy which may run for only two to three years. Speaking to Gulf News from Cairo, Esmat said the move did not mean that ICANN would, after two or three years, bar the registration of non-Latin domain names in Arabic, Chinese and Hindi characters. "We are working out a long-term solution to the problem... a long-term policy in this regard, which will be developed within two to three years," he said.He added that the long-term policy would govern the registration of non-Latin domain names thereafter.

An estimated 50 countries were interested in creating non-Latin domain names, according to an ICANN survey carried out last year. Nine of them were Arab nations and these include the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Libya, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. From November 16, governments or their nominees can submit requests for specific names, and web users will start seeing them in use early next year. "We expect more registrations from the UAE and Saudi Arabia as the governments and private sector in those countries are very keen to create Arabic domain names," Esmat said. As Gulf News reported earlier, the UAE' Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA)Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) has set its sights on making the UAE's .ae domain name one of the most easily identifiable in the world.

The TRA intends to register 20,000 domain names under the .ae realm by the end of this year, adding onto the 90,000 domain names currently registered there, officials said. Over the next five years, the TRA plans to make the .ae domain one of the most recognised virtual territories. The UAE is expected to apply for 'dot emarat' (.emarat) for Arabic domain names in Arabic as ccTLD (country code top-level domain) in addition to the existing 'dot ae' (.ae) English domain name. Baher Esmat, ICANN's regional relations manager for the Middle East also revealed that India will be applying for several domain names to accommodate its 22 local languages and 11 scripts.

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Re: Arabic idn.cctld: only 2 out of 22 countries will Fast Track

UAE has been ready for a while. The more arabic countries that do get IDNcctld extensions, the greater the value of arabic script .com and .net. Very interesting news about india, this will have a profound impact. I've noticed that the content is beginning to increase for some of the most widely used languages in India, but really, we ain't seen nothin yet.
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Re: Arabic idn.cctld: only 2 out of 22 countries will Fast Track

I don't think that article implies that there will be only 2 arabic's applying in the fasttrack.

.sa and .ae were the most vocal and public about their intentions. That's all.

32 countries want to take part in the fasttrack

http://www.icann.org/en/announcement...10feb09-en.htm

Arabics are Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and UAE, if I'm not mistaken.


http://www.icann.org/en/maps/idntld.htm is interesting, although doesn't appear very accurate.
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Re: Arabic idn.cctld: only 2 out of 22 countries will Fast Track

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UAE has been ready for a while. The more arabic countries that do get IDNcctld extensions, the greater the value of arabic script .com and .net.
For languages like Arabic used by people from many countries, ccTLDs will be more important than gTLDs since they are more locally targeted. People normally want to shop online from websites of their own country. Websites using gTLD does not have that specific information and may lead them to a website from another country. If the target customers are people from all these countries, then gTLDs make more sense.

That is why people in UK tend to click .co.uk since they do not want to go to a .com and then later find out the website only ships goods within USA.
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Re: Arabic idn.cctld: only 2 out of 22 countries will Fast Track

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For languages like Arabic used by people from many countries, ccTLDs will be more important than gTLDs since they are more locally targeted. People normally want to shop online from websites of their own country. Websites using gTLD does not have that specific information and may lead them to a website from another country. If the target customers are people from all these countries, then gTLDs make more sense.

That is why people in UK tend to click .co.uk since they do not want to go to a .com and then later find out the website only ships goods within USA.
With 22 countries having Arabic as princiiple language, IMO you need an extension that will "umbrella" all those countries and that solution would currently be .com and .net. I also think the cctlds will have great value, especially in the heavily populated countries, but not near the commercial possibilities of .com and .net.

BTW, for those now stepping into the idn game, Arabic .nets might prove to be great investments according to some of the Arabic speakers. Many, many top ascii Arabic websites are .net. ie AlJazeera.net

http://aljazeera.net/Portal
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Re: Arabic idn.cctld: only 2 out of 22 countries will Fast Track

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For languages like Arabic used by people from many countries, ccTLDs will be more important than gTLDs since they are more locally targeted. People normally want to shop online from websites of their own country. Websites using gTLD does not have that specific information and may lead them to a website from another country. If the target customers are people from all these countries, then gTLDs make more sense.

That is why people in UK tend to click .co.uk since they do not want to go to a .com and then later find out the website only ships goods within USA.
That is a fallacy. If you got to Google dot com you click on "Go to Google in the UK" which is a dot co.uk site but you don't have to understand that little nuance. You then select pages from the UK. After that you can click on whatever you want in any extension dot Com or even dot CM if you wish. People in the UK do avoid American Web Sites but most of the big outfits are on dot com so clicking only on co.uk would be a bit restrictive to say the least. Try typing in Tesco.co.uk and see where you end up!
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