Saudi Domain Name Registration Regulation

Saudi Domain Name Registration Regulation

Version 4.0

Notice: This Regulation is translated into English for reference only. This Regulation in Arabic is the definitive and official version

1. Definitions

The terms and expressions defined in the Telecommunication Act and in its Bylaw shall have the same meaning in this regulation. In addition, the terms and expressions set out in this regulation shall have the following meanings assigned to them:

  1. SaudiNIC: Saudi Network Information Center at CITC is the registration authority for the Saudi TLDs. SaudiNIC is responsible for providing Registration Services for the Saudi TLDs, as well as formulating and implementing rules, policies, and procedures with regard to the Saudi TLDs and managing, operating their registries and accrediting the registrars.

     

  2. The Website(s): the SaudiNIC internet address (www.nic.sa or such other website(s) including those of CITC or applications as may be designated from time to time) through which SaudiNIC publishes information with regard to Saudi domain name registration services.

     

  3. Registration Services: Services related to Saudi domain names registration, including but not limited to registration, modification, renewal, suspension, deletion, locking or transfer of a domain name.

     

  4. Accredited Registrar: an entity that is duly authorized by SaudiNIC to provide Registration Services or to perform any relevant tasks.

     

  5. Service Request: an application and related procedures in requesting Registration Services.

     

  6. Registrant: A natural person or a legal entity that requests or receives Registration Services, including the current holder of a Saudi domain name.

     

  7. Administrative Contact: A natural person or legal entity based in Saudi Arabia, designated by the Registrant as the contact person in the domain name record. The Administrative Contact shall be authorized to represent the registrant for matters related to all domain names issues, including registration services. The Registrant must provide and maintain a valid and complete contact information for the Administrative Contact, including a correct, valid and functional mobile phone number and email address.

     

  8. Saudi TLDs: The country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) that are managed by SaudiNIC, including:

    • The Saudi Latin- ccTLD: which consists of two letters (sa). It the first label on the right in any Latin Saudi Domain Name.
    • The Saudi Arabic - TLD: The Arabic word (السعودية) which represents the short name of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is the first label on the left in any Arabic Saudi Domain Name.
    • Any future TLDs granted to SaudiNIC.

     

  9. Saudi Domain Name: any domain name under the Saudi TLDs (referred herein as ‘domain name’).

     

  10. Registration Rules: The Saudi Domain Name rules, requirements, procedures, etc. as may be updated from time to time and published on the Website(s).

     

  11. Registration Term: the time period that starts from domain registration until the deletion of the domain name registration including the processing time for the Service Request.

     

  12. This Regulation: The Regulations in relation to the registration for Saudi Domain Names, including any changes, modifications and as may be updated from time as set out herein.


2. General Rules

2/1 This Regulation establishes the rules for domain name registration under the Saudi TLDs.

2/2 CITC issues the rules and procedures in the implementation of this Regulation and has the right to issue the Registration Rules and any relating regulations and decisions.

2/3 SaudiNIC issues the procedures and requirements for domain names registration and registrar accreditation and determines the relevant procedures.

2/4 Domain names may be registered directly under Saudi TLDs or their sub levels (for example: .com.sa, .net.sa, .gov.sa etc.) in accordance with the Registration Rules.

2/5 Registration services are provided only to the following categories:

  1. An entity physically located in Saudi Arabia;
  1. A natural person having Saudi nationality or Premium Residency;
  1. An entity with a registration or license issued by a pertinent authority in Saudi Arabia;
  1. An owner of a trademark or trade name that is registered in Saudi Arabia.

3. Application Requirements

3/1 Registrant requesting any Registration Service shall submit a Service Request in accordance with procedures established by SaudiNIC.

3/2 A Registrant must comply with this Regulation and any rules or procedures issued by CITC and SaudiNIC with regard to Service Requests. A Registrant shall be responsible for any errors made in the Service Request.

3/3 By acting on the Registrant behalf with regard to Service Request, the Administrative Contact certifies that it:

  1. Is authorized to apply for Service Request on the Registrant’s behalf;
  1. Has accepted and notified the Registrant of the terms and conditions of this Regulation including Registration Rules and
  1. Shall deliver all communications and notices from SaudiNIC or other entities authorized by SaudiNIC to the Registrant and vice versa.

3/4 A Registrant shall provide such documentation requested at any time by SaudiNIC in connection with the Service Request.

3/5 A Registrant must comply with SaudiNIC’s technical requirements related to the domain name.

3/6 SaudiNIC may establish procedures to verify the validity of the documents and information received in Service Requests or from existing domain name registrations, or to confirm compliance with this Regulation, the Registration Rules and any other policies and statutes of CITC.


4. Warranties by Registrants

4/1 When submitting a Service Request and for the duration of the Registration Term, the Registrant represents and warrants that it is one of the categories specified in clause (2/5) of This Regulation.

4/2 When submitting a Service Request and within the Registration Term, the Registrant shall comply with all eligibility requirements specified in the Registration Rules.

4/3 Registrant represents and warrants to be legally bound and to comply with all terms and conditions of This Regulation and the Registration Rules and any other CITC policies and rules, as well as documents and correspondence provided in connection with the registration of a domain name.

4/4 To act upon any domain name, as well as to complete its Service Request or to use it, a Registrant represents and warrants that it has the right to use the domain name, and that the domain name:

  1. Has a relationship to the Registrant, and it has not been registered or used in bad faith or used to impersonate or infringe the rights of others.
  1. Is not used to defame any person or entity
  1. Does not nor will be used to contravene any applicable laws in Saudi Arabia

4/5 Registrant represents and warrants that it will not permit or allow any third party to use the domain name or its sub-domains unless it has the prior consent of SaudiNIC.

4/6 Registrant represents and warrants that this Regulation applies in full force to any sub-domains howsoever created under Saudi Domain Name.

4/7 Registrant warrants, acknowledges and accepts that SaudiNIC reserves the right to reject, deny, cancel, transfer, delete, lock, hold, or suspend any domain name or Service Request in its discretion:

  1. to protect the integrity and stability of the registry and Internet;
  1. to protect evidence and rights during a dispute resolution process or any judicial procedures.
  1. to comply with dispute resolution procedures and decisions
  1. to correct technical or human mistakes made by SaudiNIC or an Accredited Registrar.
  1. to avoid any liability civil or criminal;
  1. to protect the public interest;
  1. to comply with terms of this Regulation, policies or rules, statues of CITC, and
  1. to comply with applicable laws in Saudi Arabia, government rules or requirements.

4/8 It is the sole responsibility of a Registrant to ensure that all information for a domain name or a Service Request is complete, accurate and up-to-date.

4/9 Registrant represents and warrants that any Notice, message, or notification given to Registrant will be deemed to have been given if delivered to the Administrative Contact.

4/10 The Registrant agrees that certain information provided to SaudiNIC related to a domain name will be publicly accessible through any form, protocol or media deemed appropriate by SaudiNIC in accordance to clause (13) of This Regulation.

4/11 Registrant represents and warrants that it shall be bound by any rules, terms and conditions, and procedures that are specified in the Dispute Resolution Policy and Procedures, and agrees to be bound by any such subsequent decisions.

4/12 Registrant represents and warrants that it will provide such information or documentation to demonstrate its compliance with the requirements of This Regulation including any requests by SaudiNIC.


5. Documentation from Registrants

5/1 In addition to the information provided in the Service Request, SaudiNIC, at any time, may request additional information and documentation from the Registrant. Any additional information and documentation must be provided within the time period determined by SaudiNIC and according to the means of communication or format specified by SaudiNIC. A Registrant’s failure to provide any such information or documentation within the period specified by SaudiNIC and in accordance with the request by SaudiNIC format shall be grounds for suspension or deletion of the domain name or rejection of the Service Request.

5/2 Electronic messages, documentation, and correspondence exchanged between SaudiNIC, the Registrant and the accredited Registrar in connection with a Service Request and any other records maintained by SaudiNIC shall be deemed to be evidence.

5/3 In the event of a dispute regarding the date or time of receipt or processing of a Service Request, the information on the SaudiNIC records shall be definitive.


6. Prohibited Activities

6/1 A Registrant may not register, use, or maintain a domain name, nor submit any Service Request related to prohibited activities as specified in the Registration Rules.


7. Registering Domain Names

7/1 Domain Names must comply with the requirements of domain name syntax and structure set out in the Registration Rules.

7/2 SaudiNIC, at any time, may request the Registrant to provide evidence for compliance of this Regulation and the Registration Rules.

7/3 A domain name is an electronic address used on the Internet. A registered domain name does not confer any legal rights or ownership to that name even with the existence of a trademark or trade name. A registered domain name is not itself a property that can be trademarked or trade-named in Saudi Arabia. Registering a domain name does not in itself give rise to rights to any words within the domain name including any suffixes or prefixes associated with the domain name.

7/4 SaudiNIC registers domain names on first come, first served basis, unless otherwise provided by special rules issued by SaudiNIC.

7/5 Domain names must not contain words, phrases, abbreviations or references that are obscene, scandalous, indecent, abusive, racist, or contrary to Saudi Arabia law or Islamic morality.


8. Reserved Domain Names

8/1 SaudiNIC has the authority to create and manage lists of domain names that are reserved or otherwise unavailable for registration, which may include but not limited to domain names that are numerical, geographical, names of religions, names contain words that are obscene, scandalous, indecent, abusive, racist, or contrary to Saudi Arabia law or Islamic morality, or name considered by SaudiNIC as undesirable or contrary to the public interest or otherwise unsuitable for registration.

8/2 SaudiNIC may establish rules and procedures to govern the creation and management of the reserve list in its Reserved Names Rules.


9. Domain Name Dispute Resolution

9/1 Disputes in Saudi Domain Names shall be resolved using the Domain Name Dispute Resolution rules and Procedures defined and updated by CITC.

9/2 Domain Name Disputes resolution services are provided by the services provider(s) authorized by CITC.

9/3 Registrants must participate in any proceedings under the Domain Name Dispute Resolution Procedures, if they wish to demonstrate their case for retaining the right to the use the domain name. If Registrants fail to successfully defend their right to a domain name it may either be transferred to the complaining party or cancelled without refund of any fees.

9/4 Neither SaudiNIC nor CITC is liable for any losses resulting from the proceedings and processes relating to the Dispute Resolution rules and related procedures and policies and neither SaudiNIC, nor CITC, nor the Accredited Registrar services is liable for anything done or not done in connection with the dispute resolution services.


10. Modifications of Registration Information

10/1 It is the Registrant’s obligation and responsibility to maintain and update registration information according to SaudiNIC procedures.

10/2 SaudiNIC may establish procedures to authenticate Registrants or may take additional measures to verify the validity of the Service Request information.

10/3 At any time SaudiNIC may request from the Registrant to update its information or to confirm its accuracy.


11. Domain Names Transfer

11/1 A domain name can be transferred from Registrant to another party (Registrant transfer) or from Accredited Registrar to another Accredited Registrar (Registrar Transfer) according to SaudiNIC procedures and requirements.


12. Rejection, Suspension and Deletion of Domain Names

12/1 A Registrant or Accredited Registrar may submit a Service Request to delete, lock or suspend a registered domain name. SaudiNIC has the right to take additional measures to verify the validity of the Service Request.

12/2 SaudiNIC reserves the right to reject a Service Request, suspend, lock or suspend status or delete a domain name from the registry at any time in the event that:

  1. any of the information supplied by the Registrant to be incomplete, incorrect or inaccurate;
  1. the Registrant fails to provide any documentation requested;
  1. the domain name does not comply with any technical requirements;
  1. the Registrant fails to pay fees due;
  1. the Registrant fails to renew a domain name registration;
  1. the Registrant does not confirm the registration information when requested;
  1. to comply with the Dispute Resolution Rules and Procedures;
  1. if the domain name registration contravenes the reserved list procedures and requirements;
  1. SaudiNIC receives an order from a pertinent Saudi authority, including any judicial authority;
  1. SaudiNIC receives notice from any natural person or a legal entity that the registration or use of a domain name breaches a law, or a regulation issued by any government or regulatory authority, and it has been confirmed;
  1. The Registrant, domain name registration, application or use of domain name violates any of the terms and conditions of this Regulation, the Registration Rules, or any policies and statutes of CITC or SaudiNIC; or
  1. CITC or SaudiNIC determines that rejection of a Service Request or suspension or deletion of a domain name is necessary to protect the public interest or any other rational reason.

12/3 SaudiNIC may reactivate a suspended domain name or unlock locked domain name when the reasons for suspension or locking have ceased.

12/4 Suspended or locked domain names are not available for registration. However, registration information may be available through such form, protocol or media deemed appropriate by SaudiNIC during the suspension period.

12/5 Suspended domain name means the deactiviation of the domain name’s electronic services (ie any associated website and email will no longer function for a suspended domain.)

12/5 A deleted domain name may become available for registration in accordance with Registration Rules.


13. Registrants Information and Its Availability to the Public

13/1 SaudiNIC may collect information and documentation about Registrants for the purpose of performing its duties and fulfilling its responsibilities. SaudiNIC may also collect other technical information; such as a visitor’s log for the Website(s).

13/2 SaudiNIC may provide specific information about any domain name to the public through any form, protocol or media deemed appropriate by SaudiNIC.

13/3 SaudiNIC shall determine the necessary information that will be available to the public according to the Registration Rules.

13/4 With the exception of the necessary information available to the public, SaudiNIC will not reveal any documentation or information about any domain name except in the following cases:

  1. As a prerequisite for the implementation of This Regulation, Registration Rules or other related regulations and polices such as the Dispute Resolution Rules and Procedures.
  1. Compliance with CITC regulations and procedures.
  1. Compliance with an order from a pertinent Saudi authority including any judicial authority.

14. Registration Service Fees

14/1 CITC may impose fees for registration services provided in connection with the registration and management of domain names. SaudiNIC shall issue procedures with respect to the fees established.


15. Domain Name Renewal

15/1 SaudiNIC shall require Registrants to renew their registrations of domain names periodically at a specified period of time in accordance with the Registration Rules.


16. Registrars

16/1 SaudiNIC may authorize and accredit other entities (Accredited Registrars) to provide registration services. SaudiNIC shall provide terms and conditions of the relationship between Accredited Registrars and Registrants, as well as, requirements and procedures appropriate for that.


17. Exclusion of Liability

17/1 SaudiNIC is not liable for any damage resulting directly or indirectly from any of the following conditions, regardless of the form of action performed by SaudiNIC:

  1. Implementing or not implementing a Service Request or delays in processing a Service Request.
  1. Interruptions or cessation of Registrant’s business.
  1. Access delay or interruption to SaudiNIC services, including the delay or interruption caused by a failure in the Saudi TLD DNS servers.
  1. Inability to use or benefit from any domain name.
  1. Errors in processing any Service Request or any mistake or missing information in the registry.
  1. Usage of any domain name.
  1. Force majeure.
  1. Applying or implementing this Regulation, the Registration Rules, any other rule or procedure issued by SaudiNIC, CITC or to comply with any governmental or regulatory authority.

17/2 The Registrant is obligated to indemnify both CITC and SaudiNIC in case any claims or conflicts or disputes arise related to registration or use of domain name or its sub-level domains.


18. Applied Law

18/1 This Regulation and its interpretation shall be subject to the laws of Saudi Arabia.


19. Language

19/1 The Arabic version is the official language for This Regulation and for any of its execution processes over any translation in any other language. However, SaudiNIC may communicate using any other language in applying This Regulation, in addition to the Arabic language. If there is any conflict in interpretation the Arabic version shall prevail.


20. Contact

20/1 SaudiNIC may contact the Registrant pertaining to a Service Request, domain name, or delivery of notices through such suitable means as deemed appropriate by SaudiNIC.

20/2 SaudiNIC shall determine the methods for receiving and authenticating communication pertaining to a Service Request or domain name.

20/3 The Registrant is the sole party responsible for guaranteeing all the time the accuracy, validity, and up-to-date of its own contact details or other contacts mentioned in any Service Request submitted or any domain name registered. SaudiNIC is not responsible for the Registrant non-receipt of any message or notification sent to its provided contact details.


21 Complaints Handling

21/1 Except domain name dispute resolution mentioned in clause 9, any other complaints related to this regulation (e.g., domain name, Registrar, Service Request, etc.) shall be submitted and handled by SaudiNIC based on the defined complaints handling procedures on the Website(s).


22. Amendment

22/1 This Regulation and any of its terms and conditions herein are subject to change from time to time by CITC or SaudiNIC without any prior notice.

22/2 Registrants shall be bound by any revised terms and conditions as well as any additional terms and conditions, in this Regulation or any related regulations or procedures. These changes shall be applied after thirty (30) days from the date that a notification of such change is published on the Website(s).

22/3 A Registrant continued use of any domain name shall constitute that Registrant acceptance of the revised and new terms and conditions, in this Regulation or any related regulations or procedures. Registrant not willing to be bound by any of such changes shall submit a Service Request for cancellation of its domain name registration. The Registrant acknowledges and agrees that cancellation will be its exclusive remedy whether it is a request from the Registrant or as a result of not willing to abide by any changes to This Regulation.