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Domain Name Regulation in Saudi Arabia
Version 1.3, 2
Ramadan 1422 H - 17 November 2001
REGISTERING DOMAIN NAMES
DOMAIN NAME CONFLICTS
MODIFYING REGISTRATION INFORMATION
TRANSFERRING A DOMAIN NAME
DELETING A REGISTERED DOMAIN NAME
REGISTRATION FEES AND EXPIRATION DATE
This Regulation outlines the terms and conditions for registering
domain names under the country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) of Saudi
Arabia (".sa") with Saudi Network Information Center (SaudiNIC).
purposes of this Regulation, the following definitions shall apply:
Saudi Network Information Center at King Abdulaziz City for Science
and technology is the registration authority of the domain name space
for the country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) of Saudi Arabia (".sa").
Thus, SaudiNIC is responsible for the registration of domain names
under the second-level domains (e.g., com.sa, org.sa, gov.sa, edu.sa,
med.sa, sch.sa, pub.sa and net.sa). This includes the operation and
management of DNS root servers for the Saudi (".sa") ccTLD.
Any entity or person that approaches SaudiNIC to register a new domain
name or modify the information of an already registered domain name.
It is this document (Domain Name Registration Regulation In Saudi
Arabia) which consist of terms and conditions that define the relation
between the Applicant and SaudiNIC regarding the registration of a
domain name under ccTLD of Saudi Arabia (".sa").
It is a letter from the Applicant addressed to SaudiNIC requesting to
register a new domain name or to modify the information of an already
registered domain name. The letter must be on an official letterhead
and signed by an authoritative person who holds a managerial position
in the Applicant. It should include the domain name and the name of
the Administrative Contact. Individuals requesting registration of
personal names under "pub.sa" may submit the letter on a plain paper.
A form exists for registering a new domain name or modifying
information for an already registered domain name. It is available at
the SaudiNIC's web site:
It is a process initiated by an Applicant in which he requests
SaudiNIC to register a new domain name or modify the information for
an already registered domain name. This process starts when SaudiNIC
receives the Application form or the Official letter from the
Documents that are needed from the Applicant to support his request
such a copy of their commercial registration, license, trademark
A person who can speak on behalf of the Applicant (e.g. general
manager, director of IT department) and he should be from the
organization requesting the domain name. He will be able to contact
SaudiNIC and change any information for the registered domain name.
A person who maintains domain name servers and zone files for a domain
A person that initiates and/or follows up the request. Usually, he is
the one who fills the application form. He certifies that: (a) He is
authorized from the Applicant to fill out the Application form; (b) He
will inform the Applicant of the terms and conditions outlined in this
Regulation; (c) He will provide SaudiNIC with his correct, valid and
frequently used email address; (d) He will inform the Applicant of any
messages he receives related to the request; (e) He will be fully
responsible for any violation of these points.
administers the name space for the
Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia ccTLD (".sa"), under which a number of second-level
ccTLD (".sa") domain hierarchy is based on general category of
organizations. The following are their definitions:
Dedicated only for entities that provide commercial services with
valid Commercial Registrations from Ministry of Commerce (MOC) or any
equivalent documents. Also, registered trade names and marks with MOC
can be registered as domain names under com.sa.
Dedicated only for educational and training institutions, e.g.,
universities, training institutes, etc., with valid licenses from
official government offices.
Dedicated only for Kindergartens, elementary schools, secondary
schools, and high schools with valid licenses from Ministry of
Education or from General Presidency for Girls Education.
Dedicated only for entities that provides health services such as
hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies, etc., with valid licenses from
Ministry of Health.
Dedicated only for Governmental entities including ministries,
authorities and government organizations.
Dedicated only for entities that provide Internet-related services,
e.g., ISPs, web hosting, portal sites, etc.
Dedicated only for non-profit organizations including societies,
charities, clubs and public organizations.
Dedicated only for entities or individuals that do not fit with any of
the above definitions, including personal names.
Applicant or the requester contact should submit a domain name
Application form (by email) to SaudiNIC.
Applicant should submit an Official letter (by mail or fax) to
For-profit entities requesting names under the "com.sa", "edu.sa", “sch.sa”,
“med.sa”, or "net.sa" domains should submit (by mail or fax) a copy of
their Legal documents. For personal names under "pub.sa", a copy of
the Applicant’s Civil Affairs ID card is required.
registering any trademark or trade name a copy of the registration
with the Ministry of Commerce in
Saudi Arabia is
addition to the above, registering a domain name requires at the time
of application that the Applicant should have arranged at least two
operational domain name servers to the domain name in question. Such
domain name servers may be arranged through third party providers. One
of them is the primary name server and the others are secondary name
servers. All need permanent IP connectivity to the Internet. Each
domain name server must be capable of receiving queries for the domain
name and responding thereto. It is strongly recommended that the
selection of the secondary name servers should comply with RFC 2182,
i.e. the secondary name server should be on a completely separate
name requests are kept in a pending state until all the requirements
are received from the Applicant and/or the Requester within three
weeks from the reception date. If no such requirements are submitted
within this period, SaudiNIC will contact the Applicant or the
Requester asking them to complete their request. If nothing is
received within a week, SaudiNIC will reject the request.
the following should be true for the Applicant:
trademarks or trade names that are registered in
has neither the resources nor the legal obligation to screen requested
domain names to determine if the use of a domain name by an Applicant
may infringe upon the right(s) of a third party. Consequently, as an
express condition of the grant of an Applicant's request to register a
domain name, Applicant represents, agrees and warrants as follows:
bears the responsibility of obtaining legal permission to use the
domain name which means that the use or registration of the domain
name by him does not interfere with or infringe upon the right of any
third party in any jurisdiction with respect to trademark, tradename,
company name or any other intellectual property right. And it is the
Applicant’s responsibility to secure a tradename or such to protect
his right to the chosen name.
agrees that the domain name will be only used by the Applicant and it
is not registered for the purpose of letting other entities use it
whether by selling, renting or just giving it away for free. Doing so
will result in all domains owned by the violating body to be revoked
certifies that, to the best of his knowledge the domain name is not
being registered for any activities/purpose not permitted under the
certifies that, all information contained in the submitted Official
Letter and Application form are complete, correct, true and accurate.
agrees to inform SaudiNIC of any changes, amendments or corrections to
the information provided in the application form as soon as such
changes, amendments or corrections occur.
notices and notifications required to be given under this regulation
by SaudiNIC to the Applicant will be deemed to have been given if
delivered in accordance with the provided contact information.
is aware of that the information provided to SaudiNIC related to a
domain name such as the Registrant’s name, telephone number, facsimile
number, e-mail address and other contact persons’ details will be
publicly accessible through SaudiNIC whois server or in any form or
media so deemed fit by SaudiNIC.
5 REGISTERING DOMAIN NAMES
name should be at least 2 and no more than 63 alphanumeric characters
(not case sensitive) per name within the following character sets
only: "A" - "Z", "0" - "9", and"-". And the first character should be
a letter and the first and last character should not be "-".
a single personal name (e.g. Ahmad, Ali, Alfulani) to be registered
under “pub.sa” then it should be followed by at lest 2 digits, e.g.,
ahmad72.pub.sa, alfulani01.pub.sa. Combining names together is allowed
without using digits, e.g., ahmadalfulani.pub.sa
registered domain name does not confer any legal right or ownership to
that name. It represents a technical label to be used on the Internet.
is allowed to register multiple domain names as long as they are
related to its names, activities or names of things they own (e.g.,
trade names, trade marks, agencies, …).
names that represent, including but not limited to, country names,
city names, religions, famous people, family, tribe or protocol names
(e.g., www, ftp, internet) will not be registered except for
registers domain names on first come, first served basis.
names must not contain obscene, scandalous, indecent, or contrary to
law or Islamic morality words, phrases nor abbreviations.
maintains the right to withhold specific domain names if necessary for
the public interest.
DOMAIN NAME CONFLICTS
disputes between parties over the rights to use a particular domain
name are to be settled between the contending parties using normal
legal methods. SaudiNIC exempts itself from all responsibility for the
verification of rights to a name. SaudiNIC cannot act as arbiter of
disputes arising out of this kind of conflict.
will not be liable for any interruption of business, or any indirect
damages of any kind (including losses of profits) or otherwise.
may suspend registration of a pending application for a disputed
domain name in case of a conflict with another pending application or
an already registered domain name until the conflicting registrants
present a signed and written settlement of the conflict.
Acceptance of an application and registration of a domain name by
SaudiNIC does not endorse approval or support to submitted names of
natural or legal identities, tradenames or trademarks.
will notify Applicants of acceptance, rejection or modification, by
fax or email.
reserves the right to reject any domain name to be registered without
giving any reason.
for SaudiNIC to reject domain name applications may include:
Incomplete or incorrect entries in the Application form.
submitting the required Official letter or Legal documents.
domain name is not correctly hosted in the name servers.
Applicant or his request does not match SaudiNIC's regulations.
Modifications are done only to contact and server information.
to make any such modifications MUST come from the Administrative
Contact. SaudiNIC may take some additional measures to verify
information for administrative reasons.
9 TRANSFERRING A DOMAIN NAME
names are non-transferable once registered to an entity unless said
entity is bought out or merges with another entity. If an entity is
dissolved, the domain names owned by that entity will be de-allocated.
10 DELETING A
REGISTERED DOMAIN NAME
Applicant may delete a registered domain name by sending an Official
letter to SaudiNIC requesting to delete the domain name. The request
MUST come from the Administrative Contact. SaudiNIC may take some
additional measures to verify information for administrative reasons.
reserves the right to suspend or deregister a domain name at any time
in any of the following cases:
finds any of the information supplied to SaudiNIC to be incomplete,
incorrect or inaccurate.
Applicant violates any of the terms and conditions in this Regulation.
is any dispute around a new/registered domain name.
is received from a Saudi legal authority.
domain name will be put on hold for six months before it becomes
available for reuse to other applicants.
11 REGISTRATION FEES
AND EXPIRATION DATE
there is no fee for a domain name registration under ".sa".
Therefore there is no expiration date for a domain name registration
and thus there is no need to renew the registration.
12 GOVERNING LAW
Regulation shall be interpreted and construed under the laws of
Arabic language is the language of interpretation, correspondence and
the construction of the Regulation or anything related to it. However,
the parties may use the English language for correspondence. In case
of conflict between the Arabic and the English versions the Arabic
version shall prevail
14 CONTACT INFORMATION
Saudi Network Information Center (SaudiNIC)
Internet Services Unit
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
P.O.Box 6086 Riyadh 11442, Saudi Arabia
Telephone: +966 1 481 3955
Facsimile: +966 1 481 3950, +966 1 481 3254
This Regulation and its terms and conditions herein are subject to
change from time to time by SaudiNIC without any prior written notice
to the Registrant and the revised terms and conditions as well as any
additional terms and conditions shall bind the Registrant after 30
days from the date such change is effected. Your continued use of any
domain name registered with SaudiNIC shall constitute your acceptance
of the revised and new terms and conditions. If you do not agree to
any of such changes, you may request that your domain name
registration be cancelled. You acknowledge and agree that such
cancellation will be your exclusive remedy and our sole liability if
you do not wish to abide by any changes.
THE APPLICANT/REGISTRANT AGREES THAT SAUDINIC WILL NOT BE LIABLE,
UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, FOR ANY (A) LOSS OF REGISTRATION (B)
INTERRUPTION OF BUSINESS, (C) ACCESS DELAYS OR ACCESS INTERRUPTIONS TO
SAUDINIC OR THE APPLICANT VIA INTERNET, (D) ERROR IN THE PROCESSING OF
YOUR DOMAIN NAME APPLICATION OR YOUR REQUEST, (E) THE USE OF THE
DOMAIN NAME, (F) EVENTS BEYOND SAUDINIC'S REASONABLE CONTROL, OR (G)
APPLICATION OF ANY RELEVANT DISPUTE POLICY OR ANY SIMILAR GOVERNMENTAL
OR SUCCESSOR ORGANIZATION ADOPTED POLICIES. SAUDINIC ALSO WILL NOT BE
LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES
OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING LOST PROFITS) REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION
WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), OR OTHERWISE, EVEN
IF SAUDINIC HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
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