ARI Registry Services has become the technology provider for the world's first borderless Arabic top-level domain (TLD) after its client, dotShabaka Registry, signed an agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
شبكة, pronounced "shabaka" in Arabic, translates to .web in English, and will be used as an alternative web address suffix to .com and .net. The domain will come online in the coming months.
ARI Registry Services, based in Melbourne, will operate the domain registry and DNS services for شبكة, according to a company spokesperson.
"As the first new TLD, شبكة is set to become the centre of all things Arabic on the internet," dotShabaka Registry general manager Yasmin Omer said in a statement. "It's an incredible achievement not only for us, but for the entire Arabic-speaking world.
"It will pioneer a new way for people to use the internet that begins with the Arabic language."
Domain name and web hosting provider GoDaddy has partnered up with the dotShabaka registry to provide a global retail platform to sell شبكة.