[menog] New Arabic TLD and idea's popularity

Baher Esmat baher.esmat at icann.org
Mon Oct 28 07:45:05 UTC 2013

List of all countries with delegated IDN names is available here:
n/s. There are 12 countries in MENA; Iran + 12 Arab countries: Morocco,
Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar,
Oman. Sudan and Yemen are in the process.


From:  Ahmed Abu-Abed <ahmed at tamkien.com>
Date:  Sunday, October 27, 2013 8:51 PM
To:  Tom Paseka <tom+menog at cloudflare.com>
Cc:  "menog at menog. net" <menog at menog.net>
Subject:  Re: [menog] New Arabic TLD and idea's popularity

Hi Tom,
Country code TLDs have been available since 2010 for 4 Arab countries at
least. Unfortunately its not on most peoples priority list for implementing,
and I have not noticed any advertising for an Arabic URL over the past
couple of years (I live in the MENOG region).
As for CloudFlares IDNs, it would be good to filter out which are using the
Arabic alphabet and know how many Arabic IDNs are actually out there. That
would require a good understanding of Punycode used to translate an IDN into
Latin characters.
From: Tom Paseka <mailto:tom+menog at cloudflare.com>
Sent: Sunday, October 27, 2013 7:20 PM
To: Ahmed Abu-Abed <mailto:ahmed at tamkien.com>
Cc: mailto:menog at menog.net
Subject: Re: [menog] New Arabic TLD and idea's popularity
Hi Ahmed, 
I've had a look through CloudFlare's customers and we see thousands of
IDN's, but this is nothing compared to what exists in pre-existing romanized
For a pre-existing company to move to a IDN, or any new domain in general,
they have to revamp their presence, re-market to everyone to make sure they
visit the correct address. I assume this isn't an easy task.
I suspect you'll see new starters coming out from the get-go with an IDN,
but it'll take a while for the existing content to start adoption.

On Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 1:54 AM, Ahmed Abu-Abed <ahmed at tamkien.com> wrote:
> ICANN is in the news with the new شبكة  TLD, see
> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24637673
> I am yet to see Arabic TLDs widely implemented, although most browsers  are
> ready, even on iOS and Android which I tested with an Arabic URL. Any idea  on
> why is the delay in implementing Arabic URL by content providers  (newspapers,
> etc.) ? People in the region prefer Arabic websites, so I am  wondering what’s
> stopping content providers from having Arabic URLs.
> Also, anyone know if major portals, like Google or Yahoo, have  implemented
> IDNs in any language for their URL ? Something like  ياهو.شبكة  (which
> translates to Yahoo.net , as I cannot find an  equivalent to .com as an Arabic
> TLD).
> Best Regards,
> Ahmed Abu-Abed
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