What is a Top-Level Domain (TLD)?
A TLD is the name that appears to the right of rightmost dot ‘.’ for ASCII Internet name addresses (such as .com in the case of www.dotmawqe.com), or to the left of leftmost dot ‘.’ for non-ASCII Internet name addresses (such as موقع. in the case of مشغل.موقع).
Which Organization Administers Issues Related to New gTLDs?
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the policy development body for Internet names and numbers, and is the body that governs and overseas the New gTLD program.
What is the New gTLD Program?
The New gTLD Program is a program that provides the opportunity for any entity interested in acquiring a certain name on the Internet as a TLD to do so. While the first round took place in 2000, the second round took place in 2003, and the third – and current - round in 2011. The uniqueness of the 2011 round is that it permitted interested applicants to submit names of TLDs in non-ASCII scripts; i.e. International Domain Names (IDNs).
Is the 2011 New gTLD Program Still Open for New gTLD Submissions?
Currently, no. However, it is expected that ICANN shall introduce a new round in the next few years.
What is the Difference between ccTLDs (Country Code TLDs) and gTLDs (Generic TLDs)?
While ccTLDs are the ISO-3166-2 definition of two-letter ASCII country codes (such as .sa, .jo, .ae, .uk, and more than 250 other names), gTLDs are generic names that consist of three or more ASCII characters (such as .com, .asia, .info, and others for a total of 22 gTLDs).
It is worth noting that while many ccTLDs impose registration policies to restrict registrations to those from the same country (such as .sa, .jo, .eg, and others), other ccTLDs open the registration to anyone interested (such as .me and .co). As for gTLDs, domain name registrations are available to anyone interested in acquiring their names under such TLDs and within the TLDs mandate (.com is for all, .org for not-for-profit organizations, .pro for professionals, .name for individuals, .xxx for the pornographic industry, and others).
What is the موقع. New gTLD?
موقع. (.mawqe in Arabic) is a New gTLD that was applied for during the 2011 New gTLD Program, This TLD is also the only commercial TLD applied-for by an Arab entity residing within the Arab region.
Who is the Owner and the Administrator of the موقع. IDN gTLD?
It is owned and administered by Suhub Electronics Incorporation. It is a Saudi Arabian incorporation based in the city of Al Khobar , and is responsible for all issues related to the TLD with the exception of the registry backend technical operations.
What is the Meaning of the موقع. New gTLD?
It means “Website”
Which Language Communities can Benefit from the موقع. New IDN gTLD?
The name of this TLD is used and has a similar meaning across the Arabic Script communities such as the Farsi language community, Urdu language community, Kurdish language community, Jawi language community, and others, along with the Arabic language community.
When can I Start Purchasing Names under the موقع. IDN gTLD?
While Suhub Electronic Incorporation is the only entity that has applied for this TLD name in Arabic, it is expected that the TLD will go live September 2014. Registrant can acquire the name of his/her choice on a first-come-first-serve basis through the accredited registrars in this page.
Will all Domain Names under موقع. be Priced Alike?
No. Trademarks during the Sunrise Period shall have a different price. Premium Names; mainly two character names, three character names, well-known city names and geographic regions, and well-known widely used Arabic terms based on search engine results shall all be sold on first come first serve bases. Domain names during the general availability and that do not fall under the categories mentioned earlier shall be priced differently.
What makes the موقع. TLD Unique?
It is expected that this unique TLD will play a key role in promoting Arabic content on the Internet as it is expected to ease finding Arabic content via search engines online. In addition, Internet usage in the Arab region is on the rise, and is expected to play a key role in its further development.
Can the Ownership of a Registered Domain Name under موقع. be Transferred upon Delegation?
Yes, the ownership of a domain name can be transferred to another registrant upon delegation. In addition, transfer fees are imposed on the new registrant.
What are the Basis of Acquiring a Domain Name under موقع.?
On a first-come-first-serve basis. The domain name remains the sole property of its rightful owner until no longer wanted, or until proved that the domain name must be rightfully owned by another entity (such as in the case of trademark infringements).
Are Domain Name under موقع. Restricted to Arabic Entities?
No. Domain Name registrations are open to anyone interested in acquiring a domain name, provided that they use Arabic script characters only.
Can I use non-Arabic Script Characters to Register Names under موقع.?
No. Domain Name registrations must be done using Arabic script characters only
Is there an Upper Limit on the Number of Domain Name Registrations made by the same Registrant?
No. A registrant can acquire as many domain names as one wishes.
What is the Faith of Domain Names that Violate the Registration Policies Imposed by the Registry?
Every registrant is expected to abide to the registration policies imposed by the registry; mainly terms related to names that are in violation of the public moral, social norms, and religious beliefs. The registry holds the right to audit registrations randomly to ensure that audited registrations abide to the policies imposed, and holds every legal right to drop registrations that are in violation of the policies imposed by the registry.
Can I Register a Domain Name Directly with the Registry?
No. Domains names shall be available for registration via registrars accredited by the registry. A list of accredited registrars can be found at this page. A registrant can choose the registrar of their choice