.shabakagTLD domain name
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FAQs

What is a top-level domain?

A Top-Level Domain (TLD) is the extension at the end of a web address - .COM, .NET and .AE are all TLD’s. 

What languages does شبكة. support?

شبكة. supports Arabic script, Eastern and Western Arabic numbers.

What is a Registry? What is a Registrar, a Reseller or a Registrant?

A Registry is responsible for managing the database of domains registered under a specific Top-Level-Domain (TLD). The dotShabaka Registry is the registry operator for the شبكة. TLD.

A Registrar is an entity accredited by ICANN (the global regulator of web addresses) and / or other Registries to sell domain names directly to customers who register domains – also known as the Registrants. If you own a domain, you are a Registrant.

Resellers resell domain names through directly accredited Registrars.

How do I register a شبكة. domain name?

Applications for a شبكة. domain name must be made through a Registrar. For further information see our Registrars page.

Who can register a شبكة. domain name?

شبكة. is an open, borderless, Arabic script namespace available to all.  See our Eligibility Policy for more information.

When can I get a شبكة. domain name?

شبكة. domain names are available now. As part of the launch program, there are periods when you can apply to register a شبكة. domain name.

How much does a شبكة. domain cost?

The cost of a شبكة. domain name varies with registrars and the level of service they provide. Connect with a Registrar and learn about their latest offering.

What is a Launch program?

The Launch Program consists of a two periods (Sunrise, Landrush) that operate during the start-up of .shabaka. These two periods operate with special conditions.  The Launch program is followed by General Availability.

What is a Sunrise period?

The Sunrise Period is a 60 day application period for Arabic script trademark holders only that have registered with the Trademark Clearing House. For further information see our Launch Policy.

Commencement Date/Time

Duration (days)

Conclusion Date/Time

31 October 2013 at 00:00 UTC

60

29 December, 2013 at 23:59 UTC

 What is a Landrush period?

The Landrush Period is a 30 days application period where anyone can submit an application for a .shabaka domain name before the commencement of General Availability.

At the conclusion of the Landrush period multiple applications for the same domain name will proceed to auction.

For further information see our Launch Policy.

Commencement Date/Time

Duration (days)

Conclusion Date/Time

2 January, 2014 at 00:00 UTC

30

31 January, 2014 at 23:59 UTC

 What is General Availability?

During general availability شبكة. domain names are available for immediate registration on a first come-first served basis. General registration commences on the 4 February 2014 and remain open.

What is a Claims period?

Throughout the Claims Period an Applicant for a domain name will be notified (via a Claims Notice) if the applied for domain name Label is a Trademark Match to a Trademark Record in the Trademark Clearinghouse. For further information see our Launch Policy.

Commencement Date/Time

Duration (days)

Conclusion Date / Time

2 January, 2014 at 00:00 UTC

90

31 January, 2014 at 23:59 UTC

What is a Claims Notice?

During the Claims Period an Applicant will receive a Claim Notices if the applied for Label is a Trademark Match to a Trademark Record in the Trademark Clearinghouse. For further information see our Launch Policy.

What is an Auction?

Where there are multiple Applications for the same domain name during the Sunrise or Landrush period these Applications will proceed to auction. For further information see our Auction Policy and Rules.

How do I dispute the results or process of an auction?

The process for disputing the result of an auction are described in the Pool.com Auction Dispute Resolution Policy.

What is a Registration term?

The Registration term is the length of registration of a domain name.  During the  Sunrise and Landrush periods the Registration term is fixed, during General Availability the term is set by the Registrar and may be anywhere between 1 and 10 years.

Launch period

Term (Years)

Sunrise

2

Landrush

1

General Availability

1-10

 What are the valid characters for a شبكة. domain name?

شبكة. supports Arabic script, Western Arabic numerals (1,2,3) and Eastern Arabic numerals (١,٢,٣) . See our Domain Name Composition Policy for more information.

How do I report abuse?

To report abuse contact:

General Manager

dotShabaka Registry

generalmanager@dotshabaka.com

+971 4 453 2761

What is the Privacy Policy?

We believe that privacy is an important individual right and is important to our own business and to our clients.  For more information see our Privacy Policy.

What is Acceptable Use?

Our goal is to ensure the security, stability and fair use of the .shabaka names space for all Internet users.  For further information see our Acceptable Use Policy.

How do I challenge a domain name Application during the Sunrise period?

There are special rules for challenging domain names applied for, or registered, during the Sunrise Period.  For further information see our Sunrise Dispute Resolution Policy.

What is a premium name?

Premium Domains are highly desirable, domain names that have an established Internet presence and a solid traffic history and are offered at prices commensurate with their value.

How do I search for the owner of a domain name?

Use the WHOIS services available at www.dotshabaka.com.  The WHOIS service provides information on ownership of a .shabaka domain including its nameservers and sponsoring registrar. It also tells you if the domain you are looking for is taken or reserved.

How do I check whether a domain name is available?

Use the WHOIS services available at www.dotshabaka.com

Why does the WHOIS service say the domain name is reserved?

Some domain names have been reserved by the Registry for security, stability and operations.

How do I become a شبكة. Registrar?

To become a شبكة. Registrar, email generalmanager@dotshabaka.com.

To be a شبكة. Registrar you must complete ICANN’s 2013 Registry Accreditation Agreement.  For more information see http://www.icann.org/en/resources/registrars/accreditation

What are character variants and how does شبكة. handle them?

Character variants in domain names occur when two or more characters share the same meaning or are linguistically deemed equivalent.  This will occur in the Arabic script.  All domain name variants are automatically held on registration of a domain name.  For further information see our Domain Name Composition Policy.