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Introduced24 March 2013
TLD typetop-level domain
RegistrydotShabaka Registry
Intended useArabic-language websites

The Arabic top-level domain .شبكة (meaning ".web", and transcribed into English as ".shabaka")[1] is an internationalized domain name top-level domain in the Domain Name System of the Internet for Arabic language websites. Websites using the domain can be accessed using its U-label[a] (.شبكة) or A-label[b] equivalent (.xn--ngbc5azd).[3]

The domain was approved for use by ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) in March 2013.[1] Its sunrise period ran from 31 October to 29 December 2013, and landrush period from 2 January to 31 January 2014. General availability for the domain commenced on 4 February 2014.[4]

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  1. ^ The Unicode representation of an internationalized domain name.[2]
  2. ^ An encoding of a Unicode domain name in ASCII characters for transmission within the domain name system.[2]



  • Cherrayil, Naushad K. (24 March 2013). "ICANN approves .shabaka top-level domain name". Gulf News. Retrieved 12 July 2013.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • "IANA Delegation Report for .شبكة‎". 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  • "FAQs". dotShabaka Registry. 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-03-18. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  • "IDN Glossary". ICANN. 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014.

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