An initiative was launched on the 28 of April 2015 by the Domain Names Department of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). The initiative involves a one-year free registration for 120 websites under the domain name (عمان .) This initiative is a major step towards encouraging individuals and institutions to use the Arabic domain name as an address for their websites. The TRA will bear the registration cost during the specified year, provided that the registered domain name is used effectively by the beneficiary .

This initiative is considered a new horizon for the Sultanate as it promotes the Arabic content in the cyberspace, and helps highlight the Omani identity in the internet world through the domain name (.عمان) .

The TRA has set eligibility requirements to register domain names under this initiative. These requirements are as follows:

  1. Applicant must be an Omani national/ enterprise.
  2. Applicant must own a good content website that serves the community.

Priority will be given to:

  • Small and medium enterprises.
  • Websites with large number of visitors or among top global websites.
  • 15 websites are allocated to government institutions.

To register for a domain name under this initiative, the following requirements and procedures were agreed with the Accredited Registrars: Omantel, Ooredoo, Gulf CyberTech and Oman Data Park:

Registration procedures:

  1. Fill in the application form ( The application form could be found at this website: سجل.عمان )
  2. Submit the application to the TRA via this email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by hand at Telecommunications Regulatory Authority Office with the supporting documents and proper information. Applications will be received from28 April - 28 may 2015.
  3. Domain Names Administration will review the application.
  4. If the application is approved, the applicant will be required to complete registration with one of the Accredited Registrars selected by the applicant within a period not exceeding 14 days.

It is worth mentioning that promoting the Omani identity in cyberspace should be a continuous process that involves different concerned entities and institutions, as it is related to the present and the future of this country . As the Omani identity is the basis for any cultural march, therefore, TRA's adoption of the domain name (.عمان) derives from its awareness of the importance of promoting the values of loyalty and the sense of belonging to this country.

 

Since language is an important icon in determining vision and as it belongs to a particular human community and spoken by its people , and governs the experience of this community, this initiative came about to provide Omani citizens and institutions with distinct facilties. The registration under the domain name (.عمان) includes a lot of advantages, such as reflecting the identity of the Omani institution. Moreover, the domain name (.عمان) will make browsing an easy and simple process for those who have difficulty in English language, which opens the way for Arabs in general, and Omanis in particular, to navigate the Internet which represents a cultural imprint that distinguishes this domain name from the others.

It is important to note that any website registered under the Omani domain name , either (.om) or (.عمان), is under the umbrella of the Omani laws and protected by these laws.

TRA urges institutions and individuals to register their website addresses under the domain name (.عمان) to overcome obstacles that may face many internet users and to highlight the Omani identity on the web.