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Phase 2 of the COM.DE launch, the Landrush Period, will begin at 5:00 pm CEST July 25, 2011 and continue through 5:00 pm CEST August 26, 2011. The Landrush is open to any company or individual wishing to register a COM.DE domain name where that domain name was not previously registered or applied for during the Sunrise Process, or excluded by the Registry. If two or more Applicants submit an Application during this phase for an identical domain name, the allocation of the domain name will be determined by auction in which case, only the Applicants who have submitted a Landrush request will be allowed to participate.

The COM.DE extension has no German local presence requirements. Additionally, the registry will not withhold any premium names, or one-character or two-character domains from being registered.

During the Landrush period, it will be $570 to register a COM.DE.

If you have any questions regarding COM.DE, you may contact the Safenames UK office at +44 1908 200022 and [email protected], or the Safenames US office at +1.703.574.5313 and [email protected].

The Sunrise period for .QA domains and the Arabic Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) extension .قطر begins July 18th.  Safenames is directly accredited with the Qatar Domains Registry (QDR).  Previously, only COM.QA, NET.QA and ORG.QA were available for registration and each required a Local Contact presence in Qatar.  Now any company doing business in Qatar can register a domain in .QA or .قطر without having a local presence. 

Safenames recommends that companies doing business in Qatar should have their BRAND.QA domain and their BRAND .قطر domain.   Alternatively, .QA domains can be used to present a Question & Answer web page or to present a Quality Assurance test site.

Registration Requirements:

In addition to having documentation for a nationally recognized trademark, registrants must also:

  • Order a domain that is three (3) characters or more.
  • Ensure that the first and last character of the domain name is a letter, special characters are not permitted at the beginning or end of the .QA or .قطر domain name.
  • Ensure that their domain names do not containing words, abbreviations, or phrases that are potentially offensive, obscene, indecent, or contrary to the Qatari Law or Islamic morality.

Sunrise Registration Fees for the Initial One (1) Year Registration:

  • NIC Fee: $100
  • Sunrise processing fee: $150

If you would like to apply for a .QA domain or a .قطر domain, you may order online through your Safenames IDP account.  You may also contact Safenames in the UK at +44 1908 200022 and [email protected], or in the US at +1.703.574.5313 and [email protected].

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