As Western Sahara is a disputed territory, it has no country code top-level domain (ccTLD), but .eh is reserved for that purpose. IANA has no sponsoring organizations assigned to this domain.
These letters correspond to "SČíhara EspaČol" (ESH, as Western Sahara was previously called Spanish Sahara) and also match Saguia el-Hamra, one of two provinces in the earlier Spanish Sahara.
On August 1, 2007, an international consortium made a bid to the IANA to administer the .eh domain on behalf of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. Morocco has made competing claims to the domain.
On October 16, 2007, ICANN decided not to delegate .eh at all, under the pretext that "there are currently two applicants for the delegation of the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) .EH (Western Sahara). Both requests meet the technical criteriafor managing a top-level domain.
In cases like this, IANA has a long-standing policy of requesting that the two contesting applicants work together to find a mutual solution that will serve the needs of the local Internet community in the best possible fashion. ICANN does not see away to approve the .EH ccTLD delegation to one of the applicants without violating its long-standing policy unless the contesting parties are able to reach an agreement".
This effectively disables the domain, as evidently no "agreement" is possible given that the competing applicant is a government of occupation.
July 2007 estimate 382,617 (167th) - Density 1.3/km2 (238th) 3.4/sq mi
Total 266,000 km2 (77th) 103,000 sq mi - Water (%) negligible
International Dialling Code
Moroccan dirham (MAD)
N/A Recognised regional languages Arabic and Spanish
Western Sahara (Arabic: ÛºãäÛ´Û¡ÛÛºÛí ÛºãäÛ¦ÛÛ¿ãèÛ¨; transliterated: as-ß óaß¹Ñrýü' al-Gharbý½yah; Spanish: Sahara Occidental) is a territory of North Africa, bordered by Morocco to the north, Algeria in the northeast, Mauritania to the east and suth, and the Atlantic Ocean on the west. It is one of the most sparsely populated territories in the world, mainly consisting of desert flatlands. The largest city is El AaiÈ¦n (LaÈóyoune), which is home to over half of the population of the territory.
Western Sahara has been on the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories since the 1960s when it was a Spanish colony. The Kingdom of Morocco and the Polisario Front independence movement (and government of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic or SADR) dispute control of the territory.
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