Eccentric Sheikh’s Name Can Be Seen from Space

We’ve all scribbled our name in the sand, at the beach, when we were little, but whereas our writing were washed way by the first wave, sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan’s name will last a while longer.

The 63-year-old Saudi Sheikh decided he wanted his name carved into the dessert of Al Futaysi Island, so he had a team of experts working for weeks to fulfill his wish. The name “HAMAD” is 1,000 meters high, 3,000 meters long and can actually be seen from outer space. I guess this way the aliens will know what to call us… And if you thought the giant signature was at the mercy of the sea, think again; the letters form waterways and absorb the power of the tide and carry the water inland.

Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan is part of the ruling Abu Dhabi family and boasts a fortune second only to the Saudi King himself. Known as the “Rainbow Sheikh” for his collection of seven Mercedes 500 SELs painted in the colors of the rainbow, this powerful man has a taste for doing things on a large scale. He has a giant collection of around 200 cars, which he keeps in a giant pyramid, he has built the world’s largest truck, with a four-room bedroom fitted inside the cabin, and owns a custom-made motor home in the shape of our planet, which is exactly one millionth the size of Earth.

But apart from his eccentricities, Sheikh Hamad is also known for his generous donations, especially in the field of medicine.

via Daily Mail


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  • nawal Posted on October 5, 2011

    I think you made a mistake:
    “…The 63-year-old Saudi Sheikh…” There are no Sheikhs in Saudi
    arabia ,but rather prince. Sheikhs are used in Saudi but not a lot for royals. They use the word sheikh for the religious men example a religious man his name is ali so they call him sheikh ali.
    Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan is part of the ruling Abu Dhabi family -which is in United Arab Emirates not Saudi Arabia.