Sunday, July 24, 2011

Billionaire writes name in sand, visible from space!

If i had the money to do this, i wouldn't do this.

On a sandy island in Abu Dhabi Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan has inscribed what is in effect the biggest graffiti tag the world has ever seen. Hamad, 63, a scion of the billionaire Abu Dhabi royal family, has gouged his name in capital letters two miles across and half a mile wide. His moniker is so big it can be seen from space (as this Google Earth pic demonstrates). The tip of the “H” reaches into the strait that leads to the Arabian Gulf, allowing Hamad to fill the first two letters of his name with water. The “M” looks partially filled as well.

Why? Why not? Think of it as economic stimulus. It took a lot of imported laborers from the likes of Pakistan and Bangladesh to dig those canals. And for all we know, this could be part of a grand tourism plan. The island that “Hamad” has been inscribed on, Al Futaisi, is said to be entirely owned by the Sheikh and contains resorts, a golf course and horse stables.

Perhaps the sheikh’s goal is to make his entire name navigable by yacht, home to a giant marina. Or, in a nod to the elaborate man-made island housing developments just up the coast in Dubai, perhaps Sheikh Hamad intends to line the banks of his ego-canals with condos.

Hamad has shown a penchant for excess in the past. He is said to own more than 200 cars, including seven Mercedes 500 SELs painted in the colors of the rainbow. Indeed the man known as the Rainbow Sheikh has even created the Emirates National Auto Museum, home to a custom-built globe-shaped motor home said to be one-millionth the size of the Earth itself. If he weren’t so rich, we’d call this guy an artist.


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