How to Register for a Domain Name in Qatar
Via accredited registrars, Qataris can make use of unique Qatar domain names ending with .QA as arranged by the Qatar Domains Registry (QDR). These Qatar-specific Internet domain names will allow businesses and individuals to secure a respectable website URL.
According to Saleh Al-Kuwari from ictQATAR, “Qatar-specific domain names are an important part of growing the country’s online presence. We anticipate tremendous interest in the Qatar domain names because they open a tremendous range of opportunities for businesses and individuals online. Qatar-domain names allow you to choose a name that is specific to you or your business, while showing that you are uniquely Qatar.”
You can find your domain and register a Qatar-specific domain name at the QDR website. First, you should check if your desired domain name is still available. If it is, you can choose from a list of registrars in order to buy the specific domain name. The QDR must be directly responsible for government, academic, non-profit, or military institutions who wish to register their Qatar domain name.
The Qatar Domains Registry at the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) is in charge of handling all matters related to the accreditation and regulation of Qatar-specific (.qa) and (قطر.) domain names. Any member of the public can apply for these domain names, save for the extensions .gov.qa, .mil.qa, .edu.qa, .sch.qa, and .org.qa. These extensions are solely for governmental, military, educational, and non-profit entities only.
To register a Qatari domain name (.qa or قطر.) online, first check to see if the domain name that you want to use is still available or already taken. In case the domain name is already being used, simply keep entering alternate names until you find one that is still available for you.
Once you find one, make sure that you secure it via the accredited domain registrars. If you need to find a domain name with the .gov.qa, .mil.qa, .edu.qa, .sch.qa, and .org.qa extensions, you can also print and fill out the application form offline and submit it to the Qatar Domains Register at the CRA along with all of the pertinent documents required. You can reach the service center of the Qatar Domains Register at the CRA headquarters located on the ground floor of Al Nasr Tower B.
Alternatively, you can also reach the Qatar Domains Registry via the local Hotline 103. If you are calling from abroad, you can use the international hotline at +974 44069938. You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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