What would you do if you were a billionaire? Buy an Aston Martin? Live on a private island? Cure world hunger? A mysterious billionaire from the United Arab Emirates has loftier ideas – literally. He has carved his name on an island near Abu Dhabi, and it is so large that it can be seen from space.
The (let’s face it – egotistical) billionaire is Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, and each letter of his name is more than a half a kilometre long. As a result, his name is so big that it spans three kilometers. Don’t worry – it’s his own island he has desecrated.
Al Ahyan is a relative of the president of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates, and he boasts a personal fortune second only to the Saudi king’s. Known as the ‘Rainbow Sheikh’, he is a member of the Abu Dhabi Ruling Family. The Rainbow Sheikh has his own private island (Al Futaisi) off the coast of Abu Dhabi, he owns the world’s most expensive car (a custom-made Bugatti L’Or Blanc fitted with a porcelain caviar tray) and he reportedly likes to give generously to medical causes. He is also understood to have some 200 exotic cars (held in the National Museum) including seven Mercedes 500 SELs painted in different colours of the rainbow which he stores in a giant pyramid – you read that right.
What is even more intriguing is that it is not known how the name was inscribed on his island. It was reportedly started some time ago but was placed on hiatus. The completed project picture was recently uploaded on the billionaire’s Facebook site, indicating that it is now finished. The letters, according to reports, don’t wash away as they form waterways to absorb the encroaching tide.