Billionaire Carves Name In Desert So Large It Can Be Seen From Space

Note: click on the image below to see on Google Maps. Harry Haydon writes in the Sun:

HAMAD

A desert sheikh has carved out a big name for himself — by having his moniker etched in capital letters visible from space. Workmen scoured “HAMAD” into the sand on the orders of Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan.

The name is two miles across — with letters a kilometre high. It is so huge that the “H”, the first “A” and part of the “M” have been made into waterways. The mega-rich sheikh, 63 — a member of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi — in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates — boasts a £14billion fortune that is second only to the Saudi king’s.

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89 Comments on "Billionaire Carves Name In Desert So Large It Can Be Seen From Space"

  1. jasonpaulhayes | Jul 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm |

    “The experiment didn’t work! Rain 40 days, please fucking rain to wash these turds off my fucking life! Wash these human wastes of flesh and bone off this planet! I pray to you, God, to kill these fucking people!” Bill Hicks

  2. Ugh…there are moments when my bitterness fades, I relent and see the human in everyone…feel positive about the future and mankinds role in it…look upon the wealthy as people just like the rest of us…

    …and then I see shit like this. So much for ‘positivity’. 

  3. Ugh…there are moments when my bitterness fades, I relent and see the human in everyone…feel positive about the future and mankinds role in it…look upon the wealthy as people just like the rest of us…

    …and then I see shit like this. So much for ‘positivity’. 

    • Jin The Ninja | Jul 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm |

      it’s both a lol and a sigh moment isn’t it?

      • Now if we can just find a billionaire who will help us by buying up the sand to the side of it and letting us write “IS A DICK!” in the same size 🙂

    • reubenavery | Jul 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm |

      Oh, don’t be so glum.  It’s no different than playing in a sandbox.

    • dont worry… in a few years when the oil runs out. Westerners are going to do this shit just like they did the sphinx.

  4. Padraig22 | Jul 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm |

    Ozymandias springs to mind

  5. Obviously this is for overcompesation for the lack of something …
    Maybe he is the biggest attention seeker of the entire planet. Or maybe he has a very tiny penis.

  6. Obviously this is for overcompesation for the lack of something …
    Maybe he is the biggest attention seeker of the entire planet. Or maybe he has a very tiny penis.

  7. Dunniteowl | Jul 21, 2011 at 5:59 pm |

    Nothing like a little vanity to make the world a better place.

    Shiekh: “My people, my vanity knows no bounds.  You are hereby ordered to engrave my first name in the desert in letters so large they can be seen from space.  This is how great I am.  Now get to work.”

    Just lovely.

  8. Dunniteowl | Jul 21, 2011 at 1:59 pm |

    Nothing like a little vanity to make the world a better place.

    Shiekh: “My people, my vanity knows no bounds.  You are hereby ordered to engrave my first name in the desert in letters so large they can be seen from space.  This is how great I am.  Now get to work.”

    Just lovely.

  9. Anonymous | Jul 21, 2011 at 6:02 pm |

    Dear Mr.Hamad, It’s time to find a hobby.

  10. Anonymous | Jul 21, 2011 at 6:02 pm |

    Dear Mr.Hamad, It’s time to find a hobby.

  11. BrianApocalypse | Jul 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm |

    Dear Mr.Hamad, It’s time to find a hobby.

  12. This should give Baron Cohen an idea for his dictator film, if this isn’t him anyway.

  13. This should give Baron Cohen an idea for his dictator film, if this isn’t him anyway.

  14. Anonymous | Jul 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm |

    it’s both a lol and a sigh moment isn’t it?

  15. what an asshole.

  16. what an asshole.

  17. What, he couldn’t just build a giant pyramid like they did in Egypt?

    I’d like to see a statuatory limit on net worth….let’s be generous and say $100 million.

    Beyond that, any excess goes to infrastructure improvement and social welfare.

    “But I earned that money!” the billionaire squeals.

    Not without a pre-existing society in which you were ABLE to do so, Mr. Gotrocks, and the hundreds or thousands of people who work for a fraction of what you “earn.” So FORK IT OVER.

  18. What, he couldn’t just build a giant pyramid like they did in Egypt?

    I’d like to see a statuatory limit on net worth….let’s be generous and say $100 million.

    Beyond that, any excess goes to infrastructure improvement and social welfare.

    “But I earned that money!” the billionaire squeals.

    Not without a pre-existing society in which you were ABLE to do so, Mr. Gotrocks, and the hundreds or thousands of people who work for a fraction of what you “earn.” So FORK IT OVER.

    • Anarchy Pony | Jul 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm |

      Yeah, earned it. By generally being manipulative, backstabbing, and corruptive. Or happened to be born into wealth, or exploited some population of people. 

      Death to them all I say!

  19. Anonymous | Jul 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm |

    Fuck yeah!

  20. Anonymous | Jul 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm |

    Oh, don’t be so glum.  It’s no different than playing in a sandbox.

  21. reubenavery | Jul 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm |

    Fuck yeah!

  22. You know there is like a million Hamads out there, what a jack ass.

  23. You know there is like a million Hamads out there, what a jack ass.

  24. Anarchy Wolf | Jul 21, 2011 at 6:33 pm |

    Fucking egotistical psychopath. 

  25. Anarchy Pony | Jul 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm |

    Fucking egotistical psychopath. 

  26. Anarchy Wolf | Jul 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm |

    Yeah, earned it. By generally being manipulative, backstabbing, and corruptive. Or happened to be born into wealth, or exploited some population of people. 

    Death to them all I say!

  27. DeepCough | Jul 21, 2011 at 6:40 pm |

    Well, if by that you mean “bored billionaire asshole,” yeah.

  28. “can be seen from space”
    where does space start and start?
    isn’t everything that can be zoomed in on a satelite map something that “can be seen from space”.
    (it quickly disappears when zooming out far enough to glimpse Africa.)

    the sandbox comment is really on the money…

  29. “can be seen from space”
    where does space start and start?
    isn’t everything that can be zoomed in on a satelite map something that “can be seen from space”.
    (it quickly disappears when zooming out far enough to glimpse Africa.)

    the sandbox comment is really on the money…

  30. “can be seen from space”where does space start and stop?isn’t everything that can be zoomed in on a satelite map something that “can be seen from space”.(it quickly disappears when zooming out far enough to glimpse Africa.)the sandbox comment is really on the money…

  31. “can be seen from space”where does space start and stop?isn’t everything that can be zoomed in on a satelite map something that “can be seen from space”.(it quickly disappears when zooming out far enough to glimpse Africa.)the sandbox comment is really on the money…

  32. ‘stop’ i mean.  i’m retarded.

  33. E.B. Wolf | Jul 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm |

    Must resist urge…to make small penis joke…too easy…too obvious…must…resist…

    Fuck it. Someone’s trying really hard to compensate.

  34. E.B. Wolf | Jul 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm |

    Must resist urge…to make small penis joke…too easy…too obvious…must…resist…

    Fuck it. Someone’s trying really hard to compensate.

  35. Anonymous | Jul 21, 2011 at 6:52 pm |

    Cool. You’ll notice that he admitted that the West is Superior to the Arab world by using our alphabet instead of Arabic.

  36. Cool. You’ll notice that he admitted that the West is Superior to the Arab world by using our alphabet instead of Arabic.

  37. halama halama !

  38. halama halama !

  39. if he was really the best it would have water in all the letters. quitter

  40. Anarchy Wolf | Jul 21, 2011 at 8:25 pm |

    Is there much of a difference?

  41. DeepCough | Jul 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm |

    Alliteration?

  42. if i were a billionaire, my ego would probably be just as inflated as this dudes.. can’t really hate him for it.. sure it ignorant, but can’t really judge.

  43. if i were a billionaire, my ego would probably be just as inflated as this dudes.. can’t really hate him for it.. sure it ignorant, but can’t really judge.

  44. if i were a billionaire, my ego would probably be just as inflated as this dudes.. can’t really hate him for it.. sure it ignorant, but can’t really judge.

  45. if i were a billionaire, my ego would probably be just as inflated as this dudes.. can’t really hate him for it.. sure it ignorant, but can’t really judge.

  46. PsychoGnosis | Jul 21, 2011 at 9:38 pm |

    How a real billionaire would roll…

  47. PsychoGnosis | Jul 21, 2011 at 5:38 pm |

    How a real billionaire would roll…

  48. Anonymous | Jul 21, 2011 at 10:09 pm |

    “You see this gord-dumbed desert, you freakin’ spacewads?  MINE.  MY NAME on it.  I claim this sterile rock–for ME and ME alone!”

  49. Liam_McGonagle | Jul 21, 2011 at 6:09 pm |

    “You see this gord-dumbed desert, you freakin’ spacewads?  MINE.  MY NAME on it.  I claim this sterile rock–for ME and ME alone!”

  50. someone needs to go out there and put “(aka douchebag)” directly below it.

  51. someone needs to go out there and put “(aka douchebag)” directly below it.

  52. someone needs to go out there and put “(aka douchebag)” directly below it.

  53. Anarchy Wolf | Jul 22, 2011 at 12:15 am |

    There’s only to words that start with a “b” though, couldn’t you be more exuberant?

  54. Perhaps it’s a savvy business move. Considering that Space Tourism is picking up…and the only people able to afford it are other Billionaires or Multi-Millionaires, it’s as if he made the desert into his own personal business card for anyone orbiting above……….Naw, I’m giving him too much credit. That he did it ’cause he has a massively huge ego, and an incredibly small penis, is much more likely. 
    Now if I had the money to do that….I might consider it. But I don’t think I could look myself in the mirror if I honestly felt the need to brand the desert with my name….I’d at the very least do something funny….Like writing “If you can read this, then you’re really, really high” or just writing a giant “F You Aliens”……

  55. Perhaps it’s a savvy business move. Considering that Space Tourism is picking up…and the only people able to afford it are other Billionaires or Multi-Millionaires, it’s as if he made the desert into his own personal business card for anyone orbiting above……….Naw, I’m giving him too much credit. That he did it ’cause he has a massively huge ego, and an incredibly small penis, is much more likely. 
    Now if I had the money to do that….I might consider it. But I don’t think I could look myself in the mirror if I honestly felt the need to brand the desert with my name….I’d at the very least do something funny….Like writing “If you can read this, then you’re really, really high” or just writing a giant “F You Aliens”……

  56. Perhaps it’s a savvy business move. Considering that Space Tourism is picking up…and the only people able to afford it are other Billionaires or Multi-Millionaires, it’s as if he made the desert into his own personal business card for anyone orbiting above……….Naw, I’m giving him too much credit. That he did it ’cause he has a massively huge ego, and an incredibly small penis, is much more likely. 
    Now if I had the money to do that….I might consider it. But I don’t think I could look myself in the mirror if I honestly felt the need to brand the desert with my name….I’d at the very least do something funny….Like writing “If you can read this, then you’re really, really high” or just writing a giant “F You Aliens”……

  57. Not sure why no one else has questioned this, but…

    …can this _really_ be seen from space, in any _meaningful_ sense of the phrase?

    I mean, have a look at it from the Google maps link. Click on zoom out two or three times and it’s already disappeared. Another few clicks and the relatively tiny island it’s on is gone too.

    Perhaps the headline shoul dread: “Billionaire Carves Name In Desert So Large It Can Be Seen From Space… Provided You’re Observing From A Relatively Low Orbit, Using A Powerful Telescope To Zoom Right In.”

    Move along, there’s literally nothing to be seen here.

  58. Not sure why no one else has questioned this, but…

    …can this _really_ be seen from space, in any _meaningful_ sense of the phrase?

    I mean, have a look at it from the Google maps link. Click on zoom out two or three times and it’s already disappeared. Another few clicks and the relatively tiny island it’s on is gone too.

    Perhaps the headline shoul dread: “Billionaire Carves Name In Desert So Large It Can Be Seen From Space… Provided You’re Observing From A Relatively Low Orbit, Using A Powerful Telescope To Zoom Right In.”

    Move along, there’s literally nothing to be seen here.

  59. Not sure why no one else has questioned this, but…

    …can this _really_ be seen from space, in any _meaningful_ sense of the phrase?

    I mean, have a look at it from the Google maps link. Click on zoom out two or three times and it’s already disappeared. Another few clicks and the relatively tiny island it’s on is gone too.

    Perhaps the headline shoul dread: “Billionaire Carves Name In Desert So Large It Can Be Seen From Space… Provided You’re Observing From A Relatively Low Orbit, Using A Powerful Telescope To Zoom Right In.”

    Move along, there’s literally nothing to be seen here.

  60. Anonymous | Jul 22, 2011 at 6:42 am |

    dont worry… in a few years when the oil runs out. Westerners are going to do this shit just like they did the sphinx.

  61. Anonymous | Jul 22, 2011 at 6:43 am |

    how are these people a waste of flesh???

  62. Altprimus | Jul 22, 2011 at 6:45 am |

    Not in America.

  63. Altprimus | Jul 22, 2011 at 6:45 am |

    Not in America.

  64. Altprimus | Jul 22, 2011 at 6:45 am |

    Not in America.

  65. Altprimus | Jul 22, 2011 at 2:45 am |

    Not in America.

  66. Now if we can just find a billionaire who will help us by buying up the sand to the side of it and letting us write “IS A DICK!” in the same size 🙂

  67. Anyone else reminded of that character in the Preacher comics that dedicated his entire life to blowing craters in the desert until it spelled out “FUCK YOU”

  68. Anyone else reminded of that character in the Preacher comics that dedicated his entire life to blowing craters in the desert until it spelled out “FUCK YOU”

  69. justagirl | Jul 22, 2011 at 7:12 pm |

    i think it’s so cool.

  70. justagirl | Jul 22, 2011 at 3:12 pm |

    i think it’s so cool.

  71. What an asshole.

  72. What an asshole.

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