.eg, is the registered domain suffix for Egypt which ironically Egyptians are not allowed to use it freely to register their websites as the government is in 100% control for all registrations that contain the .eg suffix.
You will never be able to register “anyname”.eg from any international registrar that allow the registration of international domain names. Instead you are obliged to register it through the government, and to do so you must present you business or activity legal and registration papers.
I believe you are thinking “What legal and activity paper are we talking about here? What if I just want to register “myname”.eg for personal use? Well my friend, I sympathically would like to inform you can not.
So what’s .com.eg? or .gov.eg? or .net.eg? or .org.eg? Aren’t these the Egyptian domain names?
Nope, sorry. These are some of the domains registered with .eg that are owned by the government.
Is that good or bad?
The only advantage of having such a system in naming the domains is that Egyptian websites could have their own categories. Other than that, it’s nothing but a complete disaster.
One of the main reasons that I call this a disaster is the illiteracy of the Egyptian internet users regarding this matter. Do not get me wrong, as my intention is not to explicitely call Egyptian internet users illeterate.
When you register myname.com.eg is never the same like www.myname.com.eg. In myname.com.eg the government is registering myname as a subdomain to .com.eg, yes and therefore www.myname is the subdomain for the second scenario.
Too keep this long story short, if you had not registered both myname.com.eg and www.myname.com.eg, than the chances are indeed that you could get a 404 – Page not found error on the unregistered name.
The other even worse disaster is that you should host your website and emails under any *.eg domain in Egypt. I do not mean that all the Egyptian host suck, but again the government has more or less full control on your data and what you present, not forgetting the relatively high price for what you get in return, and the not so efficient service.
Regarding content control. A politcal party’s website has been put down by it’s local host company (which is one of the biggest in Egypt). Now that’s democracy and free speech.
Another reason to say Shame…