Lebanon To Get Addresses Soon?

How do you tell the delivery person where you live in order for them to bring you precious food? Well, most conversations go a little like this:

– “Do you know [insert landmark]?”
– “Yes.”
– “Okay, don’t take the street next to it. Keep going deghre. Skip the street after that one and take the one after. Still with me?”
– “Barely.”
– “Okay go into that street. Find a shop called [insert name]. Once you find it, do a 95 degree pirouette to locate my building’s entrance. I’m the [insert floor number].”

Delivery people, the maze of Lebanon’s “addresses” is soon to be over.

Minister Nicolas Sehnaoui announced on twitter that all of Lebanon will have addresses soon.

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Long gone will be the days where local landmarks point you to where you are and long gone will be the days where you fill your official papers with generic addresses just because you can’t skip that step. And perhaps setting up Lebanese iTunes Store accounts will be less complicated?

Of course, theoretically. I’m not sure how feasible the entire process might be or how tedious. Aren’t we far gone as a country for that? But still, I’ll take it as some potential for good news.

Suck it, telecarte booth. I will no longer be using you.

Update: according to BlogBaladi, a Canadian company was hired to do a similar job in 2002 and they managed to name streets and buildings (link). However, I’m not entirely sure if this actually went beyond Beirut because I’ve never seen those blue street and building tags outside the city. Moreover, the entire project was definitely not advertised and marketed enough for people to be aware of it. It’s akin to having an address but not knowing what it is – not because of laziness but because of inefficiency. 

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10 thoughts on “Lebanon To Get Addresses Soon?

  1. We already have addresses and postal codes. It is only that we are too stubborn to use them. So what else is new?

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    • Not everybody knows about the postal codes that are established, they are also neither updated nor uniform across the country. We hope to change this via the new National Street Addressing Project!
      Support the project and get updates by following us on Facebook and Twitter!

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  2. Pingback: Lebanese homes and offices already have proper addresses, but no one uses them - Blog Baladi

  3. Hey State of Mind,

    Great post, this will help spread the word to residents and tourists.

    NavLeb company is responsible for the project you are talking about. We have created a nation wide addressing plan that has been accepted as the national standard by the Ministry of Telecommunications. We are currently implementing the addresses in 22 municipalities in hopes of improving conditions in Lebanon by taking it one step at a time.

    Check out the article that was released today about the topic! http://www.businessnews.com.lb/cms/Story/StoryDetails.aspx?ItemID=2983

    Stay tuned for our new website which will soon allow you to check your home or work address as per the new format!

    Addressing format:
    NavLeb
    1234 Said Frayha St
    Hazmieh ML 12103

    Support the project and keep up with updates via Facebook or Twitter!
    We would love to answer any questions.

    -NavLeb

    Reply
  4. Hey State of Mind,

    Great post, this will help spread the word to residents and tourists.

    NavLeb company is responsible for the project you are talking about. We have created a nation wide addressing plan that has been accepted as the national standard by the Ministry of Telecommunications. We are currently implementing the addresses in 22 municipalities in hopes of improving conditions in Lebanon by taking it one step at a time.

    Check out the article that was released today about the topic! http://www.businessnews.com.lb/cms/Story/StoryDetails.aspx?ItemID=2983

    Stay tuned for our new website which will soon allow you to check your home or work address as per the new format!

    Addressing format:
    NavLeb
    1234 Said Frayha St
    Hazmieh ML 12103

    Support the project and keep up with updates via Facebook or Twitter!
    We would love to answer any questions.

    -NavLeb

    Reply
  5. I need THE ADDRESS OF MY GRANDMA TO WRITE A LETTER FROM UNITED STATES ” sit em darwich George abou zeid *** mar semaan street ajaltoun first house on the left next to.the fountain keserwan Lebanon.

    Reply

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