January 17, 2008 Special Dispatch No. 1809

Arab Cartoons on the Environment

January 17, 2008 | By Anna Mahjar-Barducci*
Special Dispatch No. 1809

Recently, Arab newspapers have published a series of cartoon tackling environmental issues such as pollution, deforestation, and littering. Saudi newspapers, especially the daily 'Okaz, have shown particular sensitivity to environmental matters.


Gas masks spell out: "Jeddah [Saudi Arabia]"

'Okaz (Saudi Arabia), November 5, 2007

On sign: "Jeddah; Highway East"

'Okaz (Saudi Arabia), November 6, 2007

On top: "To school"

First cartoon: "Our transportation… Beep, beep!" Second cartoon: "Their transportation"

Al Watan (Saudi Arabia), November 10, 2007

"Al-Abraj [Skyscraper] Area"

Al Raya (Qatar), October 30, 2007


On sign: "Waste incinerator."

One man says to the other: "This is how life looks on the planet Highway East from Al-Hariya to Jeddah"

'Okaz (Saudi Arabia), November 22, 2007


"A cleaning worker needed for each car"

'Okaz (Saudi Arabia), November 26, 2007

'Okaz (Saudi Arabia), November 11, 2007

On sign: "Jeddah Municipality: A Neighborhood Without Containers"

'Okaz (Saudi Arabia), November 7, 2007


'Okaz (Saudi Arabia), October 30, 2007

"… Oh municipality, where shall we take our garbage?"

Al Ayam (Bahrain), October 22, 2007


Top: "Green Lebanon"

Bottom: "The return of fires"

Al-Nahar (Lebanon), October 24, 2007


On bottom: "The National Campaign Against Fires and For Reforestation"

Al Mustaqbal (Lebanon), October 27, 2007

Water Resources

Flowers spell out "Oman"

Oman (Oman), November 13, 2007

"Water" (droplets diminish from right to left)

'Okaz (Saudi Arabia), October 28, 2007

Oil Resources

"Study: Depletion of oil resources in 42 years"

Al Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), November 9, 2007


"The smoke of waste" spells out "Jeddah"

'Okaz (Saudi Arabia), November 4, 2007

Credit to the copywriter

'Okaz (Saudi Arabia), October 28, 2007

*A. Mahjar Barducci is a research fellow at MEMRI

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