We have nothing against Sheikhs per se. A member of Ajman’s royal family, HRH Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Al Nuami, also known as the Green Sheikh (who knows how to treat a lady), has an incredibly modest lifestyle and travels the world educating people about the benefits of environmental stewardship.
He invites people into his home, teaches them about the high-minded side of Islam, and also pens a monthly column for Green Prophet. And undoubtedly there are several Sheikhs who are similarly grounded in the realities of our world. But another Sheikh from the United Arab Emirates, HRH Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan al Nahyan from Abu Dhabi, is making a name for himself in other, less flattering ways with beach graffiti visible from space.
HAMAD: For the universe to see
Sheikh Hamad had workers etch his first name into the sands of Al Futaisi Island. The letters HAMAD combined are 3,280 feet tall and one mile long and can be seen from space.
To ensure that the Gulf waters don’t sweep his name away, the man infamously known as the “Rainbow Sheikh” for the seven Mercedes 500 SEL’s he acquired and outfitted in rainbow colors during the 1980s, carved tunnels into the sand that will hold the water.
Gifted to him by his now deceased father Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, the island has an area of 50 square kilometres.
Sheikh Hamad is known for his gluttonous vehicle collection which includes 200 cars and trucks that are displayed at the Emirates National Auto Museum outside of Abu Dhabi. (For images of Sheikh Hamad’s vehicle collection, visit this Picasa Page).
Take away their desalination plants, and Abu Dhabi is one of the most water scarce countries on earth. Surely it should be this man’s responsibility to spend his money more wisely than on self-aggrandizement?
Unfortunately, madness like this gives good Sheikhs a bad name.
:: Daily Mail
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