.sa

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.sa
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Introduced1994
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
StatusActive
RegistryCommunications and Information Technology Commission (SaudiNIC Unit)
SponsorCommunications and Information Technology Commission
Intended useEntities connected with  Saudi Arabia
Actual useVery popular in Saudi Arabia[original research?]
Registered domains60,756 (July 2019)[1]
Registration restrictionsMust have Saudi presence, a local representative, or trademark registered in Saudi Arabia; must show legal papers verifying identity
StructureSecond level domains registration is available under (.sa) and (.السعودية), the third level domains registration is available beneath various second-level labels
DocumentsRules
Registry WebsiteSaudiNIC

.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.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistics". www.nic.sa. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  2. ^ "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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