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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.
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].