Posted on December 12, 2016

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) has initiated a drive to encourage uptake of Qatari domain names by local businesses and individuals to increase their web presence. As part of the drive, CRA invites local web solution providers to sign up as accredited domain name registrars with CRA’s Qatar Domains Registry (QDR).

QDR has invested significant time and resources in identifying and accrediting registrars with strong potential in increasing local and global adoption of the “.qa and قطر.” domains. Accredited registrars represent QDR to offer short, memorable and uniquely Qatari domain extensions to customers, and to manage the registration process following international standards set by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Although accreditation by QDR allows any registrar to have direct access to the Registry database, only Qatar-based registrars are able to register second-level “.qa” addresses, such as “.com.qa” - reserved for companies registered in Qatar, “.net.qa” - reserved for IT-related companies registered in Qatar, and “.name.qa” - reserved for Qatari citizens and residents. These second-level “.qa” domains account for more than 50% of total domains registered locally.

The business potential of being an accredited registrar based in Qatar is far more significant as indicated by the fact that only the Qatar-based registrars, including some SMEs, are allowed special rights of distribution of these zone domain extensions. Moreover, the renewal rate of domains under second-level is higher than the ones under “.qa” allowing for a more stable and sustainable annual recurring revenue stream. QDR has an efficient and capable team of experienced professionals that are available to help registrars setup, manage and profit from this exclusive opportunity.

The process to sign-up for the registrar accreditation comprises the following steps:

  • Submit a completed application form and the necessary documentation,
  • Complete a questionnaire and technical test,
  • Pay the required fees.

The process is available on QDR website at this link http://www.domains.qa/en/registrars/become-a-registrar. Interested companies may also contact QDR at registrars@domains.qa.

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) is the communications regulator in the state of Qatar established by virtue of Emiri Decree (42) in 2014. CRA regulates the communications & information technology and postal sectors, and access to digital media. CRA uses its regulatory powers mandated by the Emiri decree to protect consumer rights, ensure competition, manage the resolution of disputes, and manage the electromagnetic spectrum. In all its activities, the CRA seeks to ensure the provision of advanced, innovative and reliable ICT and postal services across the state of Qatar.

For more information, please visit: http://cra.gov.qa/en

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