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This article was published on November 15, 2009

    First Arabic domain name registration to begin shortly

    First Arabic domain name registration to begin shortly
    Fawzi Rahal
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    Fawzi Rahal

    Based in Dubai, Fawzi Rahal is the Editor of The Next Web Middle East and Regional Communications Director at G2. Follow him via Twitter. Yo Based in Dubai, Fawzi Rahal is the Editor of The Next Web Middle East and Regional Communications Director at G2. Follow him via Twitter. You can reach Fawzi at [email protected].

    icannAs of 22:00 GMT Today, the first Arabic domain name registration will begin, marking an end to Latin-only domain names online.

    .misr (.مصر) domains will be up for grabs to be followed soon by other Arabic domain names.

    The decision by the US-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) allows the registration of domain names written entirely in Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic and other non-Latin scripts.

    This marks the dawn of a new world order in a previously English-only Internet world. Bring it on!

    UPDATE: 22 Nov 2009
    Unfortunately, the news turned out to be quite simpler than that. Egypt is now only applying in order to start providing .misr domains in the near future!