Seen from Space: Arab Sheik Carves Name in Sand


What do you do when you're an Arab sheik with so much money you don't know what to do with it? Well, you apparently carve your name in the sand big enough that it can be seen from space.

Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Ahyan is the president of the oil-soaked United Arab Emirates and according to the Daily Mail, boasts a fortune in the Arab world that is only surpassed by Saudi kings.

While counting his money one day, Hamad came up with an idea to honor himself by carving his name in the sand on a private island that he owns (of course) off Abu Dhabi. So he sent a crew out to the beach to start working.

It's not known how long it took or how much it cost, but the end result is the name "Hamad" two miles long and around 3,000 feet high.

To make sure the water never washes away his sacred name, the letters are actually waterways to absorb the rushing tide.

Google Earth was able to capture the images.

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