The largest Sheikh Zayed painting created in Dubai’s desert sand

The largest Sheikh Zayed painting created in Dubai’s desert sand

A new impressive masterpiece in the UAE

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This week, the largest picture ever painted of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was created in the Dubai desert out of sand

Renowned artist and Canadian University of Dubai lecturer Sylvain Tremblay created the 12 x 10 metre portrait in the early hours of yesterday, and although wind affected the performance — he planned to do it from a hot air balloon — the weather did not affect the remarkable results.

"I feel very honoured to have been able to do this and I am delighted with the result," the artist said, explaining "The wind made it tough and I had to finish a lot quicker than expected, but I had so many supporters and students and they helped me finish it."

The public's first opportunity to see the unique artwork will be next week at Liwa's Art Hub. The Hub sits at the base of an 80m high sand dune on which the picture will be showcased.

Ahmed Al Yafei, owner and founder of Art Hub, said, "We have been delighted to support Sylvain in this project and we are very much looking forward to receiving the artwork."

Tremblay admits that this could take him one step closer to fulfilling his long-held ambition of creating "something on the helipad at the Burj Al Arab. Hopefully one day that will happen."