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Introduced 1994
TLD type Country code top-level domain
Status Active
Registry Communications and Information Technology Commission (SaudiNIC Unit)
Sponsor Communications and Information Technology Commission
Intended use Entities connected with  Saudi Arabia
Actual use Very popular in Saudi Arabia
Registration restrictions Must have Saudi presence, a local representative, or trademark registered in Saudi Arabia; must show legal papers verifying identity
Structure Second level domains registration is available under (.sa) and (.السعودية) , the third level domains registration is available beneath various second-level labels
Documents Rules
Website SaudiNIC

.sa is the Latin alphabet Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) of Saudi Arabia. Domains of this type can be registered through SaudiNIC, a department of the Communications and Information Technology Commission. The Arabic alphabet ccTLD of Saudi Arabia is السعودية.

The second-level domains that are officially open to third-level registrations are:

  • com.sa: Commercial entities and registered trademarks
  • edu.sa: Educational institutions
  • sch.sa: Elementary and secondary schools
  • med.sa: Health services (hospitals, clinics, etc.)
  • gov.sa: Governmental entities
  • net.sa: Internet-related services (ISPs, web hosting, portal sites, etc.)
  • org.sa: Non-profit organizations
  • pub.sa: Entities or individuals that do not fit in other categories, including personal names.

Internationalized country code TLD[edit]

Saudi Arabia was one of the first countries to apply for the new internationalized domain name (IDN) country code top-level domains authorized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 2009. In January 2010, ICANN announced that the Saudi IDN ccTLD (xn--mgberp4a5d4ar, السعودية) one of the first four new IDN ccTLDs to have passed the Fast Track String Evaluation within the domain application process.[1]


  1. ^ "First IDN ccTLDs Requests Successfully Pass String Evaluation". ICANN. 2010-01-21. Archived from the original on 24 January 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 

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