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|15 April, 2019

Bahrain's TRA to launch registration for domain name in Arabic

Consumers will also be able to register domain names through several local and global online channels by third quarter

Image used for illustrative purpose. UAE number of registered names in the national domain (.ae) reached 210,000 domain names until the end of 2017. Vietnamese activist Anh Chi searches internet at Tu Do (Freedom) cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam August 25, 2017.

Image used for illustrative purpose. UAE number of registered names in the national domain (.ae) reached 210,000 domain names until the end of 2017. Vietnamese activist Anh Chi searches internet at Tu Do (Freedom) cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam August 25, 2017.

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MANAMA: The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), in co-operation with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), has worked to obtain the necessary permissions to manage the internationalised domain name in Arabic equivalent to the existing English domain (.bh).

“The Arabic language is the fastest growing on the Internet in terms of content. Arabic is also the fifth language in the world in terms of the number of speakers which is very important and reflects TRA’s keenness to provide a national domain promoting the development of websites with Arabic content,” said TRA acting general director Shaikh Nasser bin Mohammed Al Khalifa.

“This initiative is the result of Ministerial Resolution No 11 of 2018 which was published in the Official Gazette on October 18, stating that TRA is the official authority responsible for managing domain name operations in the kingdom, and also the recently issued Royal Decree No 33 of 2019 stating that TRA is the government authority responsible for registering domain names and levying collectible fees,” Shaikh Nasser added.

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The use of the national domain name also ensures the preservation of intellectual and commercial property rights for well-known trade makers locally and internationally. In order to diversify distribution channels and spread domain names of Bahrain, TRA has adopted the (registry/registrar) model which will result in competition between authorised registrars to provide the best services including smart applications and electronic registration.

Consumers will also be able to register domain names through several local and global online channels by third quarter providing consumer choice and competition in the domain name market place.

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