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Could ICANN restrict the Qatar gTLD if commanded?

On Monday, the Saudi Press Agency released a statement accusing Qatar of “harboring a multitude of terrorist and sectarian groups that aim to create instability in the region”. Arab nations are cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar, so perhaps ICANN could extend these measures in the digital realm as well. In a world where the physical […]

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Qatar investment corporation wins ICANN application for dot .Desert

The holy book of Al-Bakra states: “Out of the noble sands, you shall build a wealthy palace“; the reference is not strange when one considers the wealthy, oil-rich sands of Saudi Arabia. Most of the world’s silicone production originates in the small emirate of Qatar, with 16,000 metric tonnes of computer-grade silicone delivered to manufacturers […]

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Domain QF.net lands in the hands of prominent Qatari business group

If you dislike the letter ‘Q’ in domains, you need to improve your research next time, particularly if a rich emir comes knocking on your virtual door. The domain name QF.net was sold for a mere $25,000 a few days ago, and the escrow process is now complete. QF.net ended in the hands of the […]

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Question and Answer: Dot .QA sales on Sedo are not allowed

A year ago, we reported the opening of the Qatari ccTLD, .QA to the general public, which was rolled out as a “Question & Answer” vanity namespace. There was a catch, however, and we pointed that out with plenty of emphasis: .QA domains cannot be resold. Some did not listen, and ended up registering dozens […]

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.Qatar now available to the public

The Qatar Domains Registry (QDR) which is managed by ictQatar, has officially made the Qatar-specific Arabic Internet domain names (.Qatar) available to members of the general public through accredited registrars. According to the Qatar Domains Registry: โ€œThe introduction of Arabic domain names is a major milestone in making the Internet accessible for all. Businesses and […]

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Rick Schwartz ditches Rick.TV for Rick.QA

Three weeks ago, domain king Rick Schwartz hinted about using Rick.tv as his new blog URL – a clear departure from the “dot com is king” modus operandi. With the public opening of the Qatar ccTLD .QA, Rick is capitalizing on this amazing opportunity to directly address his fan base through a thoroughly appropriate domain. […]

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Qatar opens up the .QA Domain Namespace – But there is a catch!

The country of Qatar opened up the .QA ccTLD to the public yesterday. The unrestricted availability of the .QA domain will be a huge benefit for Qatar businesses, as well as for one of the most active online populations in the Middle East: despite its population of 1.4 million, there are 930,000 Internet users! The […]

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