Sign-up with dotShabaka Registry for the distribution of "شبكة." domain names and to provide a truly end-to-end Arabic Internet experience
Los Angeles, CA - USA, December 13, 2013: Today dotShabaka Registry, the Dubai-based company behind the world's first cross-border Arabic
Top-Level Domain 'شبكة.', announced it has signed contracts with the first twenty Registrars who will distribute 'شبكة.' domain names.
The registrars who are among the retailers of the first domain names to be made available as part of the new gTLD program by ICANN are:
Commenting on the signing of the Registry Registrar Agreements, Yasmin Omer, General Manager of dotShabaka Registry said, "Everything
that we do for the launch of 'شبكة.' is revolutionizing the Internet and we are extremely happy to welcome these registrars on-board. Each of
these registrars has displayed a strong commitment to supporting Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) and especially an Arabic Internet,
and we are proud to have them as partners."
With the signing of these agreements, interested 'شبكة.' registrants, typically businesses keen on communicating with their Arabic audiences in
their native tongue as well as individuals who are passionate about promoting an Arabic Internet, can now apply for their own domain names.
Every 'شبكة.' registrant gets more than just a web address – they are essentially joining the movement to empower the Arabic language on the
Internet. "We will be working very closely with these registrars to provide a true end-to-end Arabic Internet experience. We acknowledge the
opportunity that exists is immense. The next 90 million Arabic Internet users will expect to navigate the Internet in their native language. We
welcome more registrars including truly Arabic registrars to join us and support the growth of the industry in the region," added Ms. Omer.
"dotShabaka Registry will support Arabic domain-name Registrars, Arabic content providers and Arabic applications to provide a truly Arabic
Internet experience from start to finish. We are fully equipped to serve this growing market and are investing and will continue to invest in the
region. Recently we've commenced work with a local marketing agency to develop what will be an extensive marketing campaign to further
raise awareness of 'شبكة.' and the Arabic Internet," she added.
"Expect to see the region's biggest brands and most influential people online utilizing the 'شبكة.' namespace to show that they support an Arabic
Internet and want to showcase Arabic content," Ms Omer concluded.
Notes to editors:
Below is a selection of quotes from our Registrar partners about this announcement:
Joe Alagna, V.P. of Channel Development, 101domain.com:
"There are 223 million people who speak Arabic as their first language. As the fifth largest spoken language in the world, 101domain wants to
reach out to this world of consumers and businesses to help them use their new top-level domain name, شبكة."
Susan Jessup, Director of Registrar Operations, 101domain.com:
"We are pleased to be partnering with شبكة. and we will soon have a fully integrated Arabic language website for users to purchase Arabic
domains in their own language."
Tom Barrett, President, EnCirca:
"EnCirca is proud to help introduce the first Arabic-language Top-Level Domain to the Internet. شبكة. is poised to become a great way for major
international brands targeting to reach the Arabic-speaking market."
Daniel Greenberg, Director of Brand Protection, Lexsynergy Limited
"شبكة. is ground breaking being the first new gTLD to launch and the first Arabic gTLD that provides a voice to the Arabic speaking community
around the world without restrictions."
Arno Vis, CEO, Openprovider:
"We congratulate dotShabaka Registry with becoming the world's first cross-border Arabic Top-Level Domain and are very proud to be one of
the first registrars to offer شبكة., globally. We really take pride in providing the full range of existing TLDs and new gTLDs to individuals and
business across the globe. It's our vision that the new gTLDs will bring the world of Internet a little bit closer to people's everyday life. Incredibly
Rob Villeneuve, CEO, Super Registry:
"Super Registry is pleased to partner with dotShabaka Registry in leading the way to creating a truly accessible and global Internet. We are
proud to be among the first to offer شبكة. to individuals and businesses that want to reach out and connect with Arabic speakers around the
About dotShabaka Registry:
dotShabaka Registry is the Internet technology company behind شبكة.,the world's first cross-border Arabic Top-Level Domain. شبكة. will be one of
the largest innovations in the Arabic digital landscape and will offer businesses and website registrants a targeted online channel to reach the
entire Arabic speaking community online in their native language. شبكة. 'Arabic Internet, Our Future'.