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Political billboards! Is that the right word for them?

I accompanied some friends to the airport this weekend, and was blown away by the sheer amount of billboards that have been temporarily covered with the faces of the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al- Thani, the President of Syria Bashar al-Assad, and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, in honor of their visits to Lebanon this past week.

I wonder how the media buying agencies in Lebanon have handled this..Anyone know?

How long do you think these temporary advertisements will stay up?

Political billboards Lebanon

Billboards leaving the airport

Political billboards Lebanon

Leaving Beirut airport..

Political billboards Lebanon

on the Raouche,,

political billboards Lebanon

It reads, "If they strike, we strike." How comforting.

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  1. Dar El Akhdar

    In Lebanon, everything is politicized…

    Most of the owners of the Media Buying Units are either politically-engaged or politically-inclined towards a party; this is why political billboards invade our roads with lightning speed (especially during election season)

    As for the “historical” summit and its accompanying billboards, it’s just simple “leg buttering” which everybody in the Arab world is very fond of…

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  3. you cannot deny it, Lebanon is the country of “WTH”😀

  4. Martin Scott

    In the 1960s the Chairman of British American Tobacco was coming to visit the subsidiary for which I worked in my country Trinidad. A company was hired to instal an entire hedge of shrubs along the fence in front of the factory to make it look “good” for this great visitor. The day he left the hedge was removed. Then the next day he called from Guyana to say his travel plans were altered and he was coming back through Trinidad . Panic. No hedge. The moral of the story. When we try too hard to hide who we are we expose ourselves the most.
    Grumpy

  5. BeirutiAdventures

    As if we have a shortage of Lebanese politicians all over billboards! Hahaha Including other countries’ politicians is another level!

  6. By saying “If they strike, we strike.” they are actually protecting Lebanon .
    Take for example any other country in normal order Like the US for example; Doesn’t the US army also say “If they strike, we strike.” ?
    Or is it welcome for israel to fight Lebanon ?
    The resistance is the only protector of Lebanon, yes we have an army, but its weak . Such adds instill pride in the Lebanese People🙂

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