Sheikh Scrawls 2-Mile-Long Name In Sand

And it's so large, you can see it from space
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2011 2:08 PM CDT
Sheikh Scrawls 2-Mile-Long Name In Sand
This Google Earth screenshot shows the island of Al Futaysi, with the name "Hamad" clearly visible in the sand.   (Google Earth)

(Newser) – When it comes to flaunting your wealth, nobody does it like Hamad bin Hamdan al-Ahyan. The so-called “Rainbow Sheikh” of the United Arab Emirates is known for outlandish purchases like the world’s largest truck (which has four bedrooms in its cabin) or his earth-shaped motor home (which is precisely 1 millionth the size of the Earth). But now he’s produced his most conspicuous display yet, scrawling his name in the desert in letters so large they can be seen from space, the Daily Mail reports.

The name “HAMAD” is etched in the sand of Al Futaisi island, which al-Ahyan owns. It stretches out a whopping two miles, with letters roughly 3,280 feet tall. Together the letters form a giant waterway, absorbing any incoming tides that might erode it. It's unknown how much it cost to construct. (Read more Hamad Bin Hamdan al-Ahyan stories.)

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