.KW represents the official domain extension or the internet country code top level domain (ccTLD) of Kuwait. It was introduced in 1992 and was intended for entities with connection to this country. Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research is the authorized unit for carrying out its registry while Marcaria.com is one of the few accredited registrars.
Aside from being used as Kuwait’s two-letter country code, KW is also used as an acronym for other popular words. Other meanings of KW include: keyword (SEO), Key West (US island), kilowatt (unit of measurement), keyway (engineering), karat weight (unit of measurement), klan war (online game) and keyboard warrior (online game).
Entities connected with Kuwait
.KW Registry Information
What is a .kw domain name?
A .kw domain is the ccTLD (Country Code Top-Level Domain) for Kuwait. It is an Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) for Kuwait. It can be used by anyone, both local and international companies or individuals.
Who can use a .kw domain name?
Any organization or individual, in Kuwait and worldwide., may register for either an unrestricted (for public registration) or restricted (only to registered members of the registry system). It is worth noting that some countries have restrictions regarding who can register a .com.kw domain name. Nevertheless, the majority of countries permit unrestricted registration.
Who regulates .kw domain name?
The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), which is responsible for managing all Internet resources and services in Kuwait, regulates the .kw domain name. It is the only authority that decides on registration or change of any .kw domain name along with its policies. This includes registration, suspension and renewal.
Tips to choose ideal .kw Domain Name
The best strategy is to select a domain name that's short, memorable, easy to spell as well as intuitive for people who do not know much about your business or organization. It should also contain keywords relevant to the industry you are in so it can easily be found when people are searching online.
For .kw domains, consider using your business name or a keyword that is associated with your industry.
Common subdomains for .kw domain
Some popular options of the country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) include:
.com.kw - The most popular choice for businesses
.net.kw - Best domain extension for online business or professionals working in telecommunication industry
.org.kw - A great option for organizations that are non-profit, educational and charitable .gov.kw - Ideal if you're an organization involved with the Kuwaiti government & public sector employees
.edu.kw - This extension is best for educational websites
.gov.kw - This extension is best for governmental organizations
Can you register .kw Domain Without Local Presence?
The rule of thumb here is to ensure that your business holds a local presence in Kuwait itself, so as not to violate the country's laws and regulations regarding domain name registration. If there isn't any physical address or phone number to your business in Kuwait, the Communications Regulatory Authority will reject your application.
However, you can still use your business address or registered agent/representative depending on how much involvement your company has with the country of Kuwait.
What documents do you need to register .kw Domain Name?
When it comes to registering a new domain, the Communications Regulatory Authority requires:
- Copies of the documents proving your business (such as Certificate of Incorporation, Articles of Association or Memorandum and Article)
- Copies of valid IDs for all listed administrators
- A copy of a utility bill showing proof that you are currently living in Kuwait. This can be an electricity bill, water/sewage bill or gas bills issued within the last three months.
How much does a .kw Domain Name cost?
The price of a domain name varies depending on how long you would like it to be valid for and whether or not you need WHOIS Privacy Protection. For example, if you want your website listed with no private information (e.g., The Whois database) and you wish to register it for one year, then the price would be $150 (for domain registration only).
If you want your website listed with private information AND WHOIS Privacy Protection included in that price, then this will cost an additional $100.
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