Talk about Google
Translate gaining a whole new level of importance.
as we know has officially changed today. For well over a
decade, every single URL registered through ICANN has used Latin
numbers, letters and characters. Even foreign language sites have been
forced to use characters found on a typical Western/U.S. keyboard in
the URL. But in October of last year, ICANN (the Internet regulator
over URL name registrations) decided that the barrier should be torn
down, and non-Latin characters should be allowed in URL names.
This week, the world's first domain name using all non-Latin characters
went live, and it's an Arabic URL that is getting loads of clicks
simply for being "first." According to a BBC report, "Egypt, Saudi
Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are the first
countries to have so-called "country codes" written in Arabic scripts."
Over 20 nations so far has requested approval for international domains
from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN),
but this particular URL seems to be first to go online:
We can't tell you what exactly the site is about, but we're sure those
who speak the language would be happy to clarify in comments. Sure
looks interesting, though!