ICANN shed some light on its fast-track application process today, announcing the first four countries to pass the string evaluation of the process.
Here they are:
- Saudi Arabia (SA): السعودية
- Egypt (EG): مصر
- United Arab Emirates (AE): امارات
- Russian Federation (RU): рф
I’m surprised to see China absent from this list. But there are 12 other requests behind these four.
I know it’s way too early to start predicting the rise of the Arabic-language Internet, but it’s exciting to see such interest in the Middle East.
Here’s the ICANN press release.