|Interior Designer:||Christophe Leoni|
|Price:||US $600 million|
|Annual Running Cost:||US $50 – 75 million|
|Owner:||Emir of Abu Dhabi|
AZZAM is the largest yacht in the world, with an impressive length of 179.7 metres (590 ft), making her more than 15 metres longer than FULK AL SALAMAH, which is in second place on the list. The owner of AZZAM is Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the current Emir of the United Arab Emirates, who paid a total price of US $600 million for the yacht. AZZAM was built by Luerssen in Germany at their Bremen shipyard and delivered in 2013.
The interior design of AZZAM is attributed to the French designer Christophe Leoni who is surprisingly not incredibly experienced in designing superyachts. However, he had previously worked on private residences and several palaces for Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the owner of AZZAM. While exact details on the interior layout of the massive yacht have not been released to the public, it is known that Sheikh Khalifa requested a lot of wood furniture as well as intricate mother of pearl elements to be incorporated in all parts of the yacht. More than a year’s worth of production of pearl was used on the interior design of AZZAM.
The interior has been described as being inspired by the Empire style reminiscent of the 19th century and incorporates numerous valuable artworks which are on display onboard AZZAM.
She can welcome an estimated 36 guests and over 80 crew members, which is one of the highest numbers in her size category. AZZAM reportedly has 18 guest cabins with a massive owner’s suite that spans across several rooms. According to rumours, the suite was constructed to be bulletproof, and there is a designated missile defence system installed onboard AZZAM although it is unclear whether this is accurate.
One of her most notable features is her custom-designed golf room which allows guests to practise their swing without even having to step foot outside. She also has a large gym, a spa, several pools and jacuzzis and a beauty salon on board. Her main saloon is supposed to be one of a kind and one of the largest ever constructed on a private yacht. At 29 metres (95 ft) by 18 metres (59 ft), it is larger than a tennis court and offers unobstructed views to the outside due to its floor to ceiling windows. There are no pillars to support the saloon, which gives it an open feel but requires additional ceiling beams and 7-centimetre thick custom-made windows.
A large and fast yacht-like AZZAM is bound to generate a lot of noise when underway. To ensure a comfortable experience for guests onboard, engineers installed special software which keeps vibrations and engine sounds to a minimum. This means that the large chandelier in the main saloon doesn’t rattle even when the yacht is underway.
AZZAM might be the longest yacht in the world, but she is technically not the largest. DILBAR actually has a higher displacement and weight even though she is more than 23 metres (75 ft) shorter than AZZAM.
This impressive yacht was built by Luerssen in Bremen, Germany and officially launched in November of 2013. In March of 2014, she briefly returned to Germany for some additional works. She has a 20.8 metre (68.3 ft) beam, a 4.5 metre (14.9 ft) draft and a total weight of 13,136 tons. AZZAM is powered by twin gas turbine engines and two additional diesel MTU engines and can carry more than 1 million litres of fuel onboard. Despite her size, she can reach impressive top speeds of 30 knots which can be attributed to her relatively low draft, although her average cruising speed only lies at 12 knots. The yacht has several cruising modes, including a sprint setting as well as a long-distance mode.
The exterior of AZZAM was developed by Nauta Yachts, who specialise in combining practical functions design with aesthetics and sleek yacht design. AZZAM is their largest and probably most well-known project.
AZZAM took more than four years, and 4,000 people collectively working for 6 million hours to complete. The exterior is all-white with a streamlined design that is meant to make AZZAM appear smaller than she actually is when seen from further away. On the bow, a large helipad is available for guests to arrive and depart in style and the yacht carries at least one helicopter at all times. The aft is reserved for a spacious swimming platform, although AZZAM does not have a beach club in this location lie many other vessels of her size category. As is to be expected for such a high-profile superyacht, AZZAM does not have a lot of open-air deck space and is designed to protect the privacy of her owners. There are no visible pools or much seating, which suggests that the spacious interior of AZZAM is reserved for entertainment and common spaces.
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the owner of AZZAM, reportedly paid a total price of US $600 million for the luxury yacht. Her annual running costs of US $50 to 75 million are not surprising, considering she is the largest private yacht in the world.
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Emir of the United Araba Emirates, is the current owner of AZZAM. Sheikh Khalifa has eight children together with his wife, Sheikha Shamsa and is sometimes also referred to as the Emir of Abu Dhabi. His net worth is a staggering US $15 billion, making him one of the richest monarchs currently alive. The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which is the largest building in the world, was named after the Sheikh. Before owning AZZAM, Sheikh Khalifa owned a smaller yacht that carried the same name, which has since been sold and renamed ADAMAS II.
The family of Sheikh Khalifa is incredibly wealthy and known for owning impressive luxury yachts and private jets. Khalifa’s brother Hamdan owns motor yacht YAS which is ranked in 11th place on the list of largest yachts in the world, and his brother Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan owns A+, which is 8th.
Azzam Yacht Docking in Gibraltar
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