'شبكة' is instantly recognised by all Arabic speakers as the generic term for the Internet given there is no direct translation.
شبكة. will be the catalyst for change for Arabic Internet users allowing for a truly international Internet experience.
Domain Name owners will be getting more than just the utility of a web address; they are signing up for a cause, and becoming part of the movement to empower the Arabic language on the Internet.
The total Middle East and North African (MENA) region comprises over 380 million people, and شبكة. is designed to be the Arabic Internet for the Arabic people.
Arabic is the fifth most-spoken language in the world and Arabic is the fastest growing segment on the Internet, (2,500% growth in the 10 years to 2011, compared to 300% for English).
شبكة. is the first new TLD to market, and the first global IDN in Arabic. With only four characters to type on an Arabic keyboard, شبكة. will be the open TLD of choice for Arabic Internet users.
شبكة. is the first truly 'borderless' non-English TLD on the Internet, free from the sanctions of any one sovereign state.
Funded by a portion of the proceeds from the sale of domain names, the شبكة. Foundation will be established to provide funding for research and implementation projects that further our vision of a truly internationalised Internet.