ICANN Makes First Non-Latin Domain Names Available

May 7, 2010, By Radimir Bobev

Yesterday, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) have finally released the first non-Latin domain names to the Internet. The organization has chosen Arabic as the first language that will be available to domain name purchasers, and the service will be available to Egypt, Saudi Arabia as well as the United Arab Emirates.

What this means for you if you’re a resident of any of the above regions is that you’ll now be able to open websites by typing their addresses in your own native alphabet, instead of being forced to use English characters.

The decision to adopt international domain names was brought about last year at ICANN’s annual meeting in South Korea. The organization encouraged countries to request their own TLDs through its Fast Track Process, and they’ve apparently received 21 requests so far, concerning a total of 11 different languages.

There was some talk about Cyrilic domain names a few years prior to that, though we’re not entirely sure what came out of that ordeal.

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