Arab sheikh carves name in sand until it’s visible from SPACE

Remember as a kid writing  your name in the sand with a stick?

Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Ahyan, 63, has scrawled his name in sand on an island he owns with letters so big they can be seen from space.

The word ‘HAMAD’ measures 1,000 metres high and is a staggering two miles long from the ‘H’ to the ‘D’ on the Al Futaisi island. And rather than allow the writing to be washed away by the ocean, the letters actually form waterways that absorb the  tide.The ruler’s name is even visible on Google’s map service.

The sheikh is president of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates and boasts a personal fortune second only to the Saudi king’s. Hamad, also known as the ‘Rainbow Sheikh’, is a member of the Abu Dhabi Ruling Family. He is understood to have some 200 cars including seven Mercedes 500 SELs painted in different colours of the rainbow which he stores in a giant pyramid.


4 responses

  1. We read the newspaper, too, you know! :))

    July 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm

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  4. mohammad ali

    superb !!!

    March 19, 2013 at 9:56 am

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