Egypt’s information technology minister says his country will apply for the Arab world’s first Internet domain written entirely in Arabic.
Tarek Kamel said that new domain - pronounced “.masr” but written in the Arabic alphabet - is part of an international fast-track process to expand the scope of the Internet, making it more accessible to users who do not use Latin characters.
The formal announcement will take place on Monday at the second day of a United Nations-sponsored Internet conference being held in the Egyptian Red Sea resort. The domain translates as .Egypt.
The focus of this year’s Internet Governance Forum is increasing accessibility, particularly in emerging markets and developing nations.