The Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology ictQATAR announced the launch of the Qatar Domains Registry on March 2, 2011 following the decision of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) back in 2010 to allow for Internationalized Domain Names in non-Latin scripts.

The Sunrise phase for trademark owners will start in May 2011 and last until August 2011. The Landrush phase will follow and will allow anyone to apply for the registration of domain names of high commercial value. Local presence will not be required.

Qatar will join now the ranks of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, and UAE as the only jurisdictions in the Middle East to allow for the registration of Arabic domain names.

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