|Length:||162 m / 532 ft|
|Owner:||Ruler of Dubai|
DUBAI is one of the largest and most famous yachts in the world. The 162-metre vessel was built by Blohm + Voss in Germany and delivered to her owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, in 2006.
Since DUBAI took nearly ten years to complete her interior was replanned several times. Andrew Winch is thought to have influenced the design and the renowned studio Platinum Yachts also worked on DUBAI. The interior of this gigantic vessel is just as you might expect it. Luxurious furniture, opulent design and extravagant features compliment the beautiful exterior of DUBAI. The interior is decorated in bright colours with a great variety of entertainment spaces and salons. The glass staircase is a central focus point within the yacht and is reminiscent of a cruise ship. DUBAI can welcome 48 guests in 24 luxurious cabins as well as a sizable crew of 88 members. There is a nightclub, a spa, a beauty salon, a cinema and a gym on board DUBAI. Many rooms are decorated with mosaics or tapestries and only the finest and most expensive fabrics.
DUBAI has a length of 162 metres (531.6 ft) making her the fourth largest yacht in the world. She has a 22 metre (72.2 ft) beam, a 5 metre (16.5 ft) draft and a total weight of 12,488 tons. Her four diesel MTU engines allow her to reach top speeds of 25 knots with an average cruising speed of 20 knots. Her 1,250,000 litre fuel tanks bring her total reach to an impressive 8,500 nautical miles.
The exterior of DUBAI was developed by the well-known English yacht designer Andrew Winch. His international design studio took special care with this project, and it is one of their largest to date. DUBAI is an all-white yacht with a massive aluminium superstructure and steel hull. She has a helipad and a beautiful mosaic swimming pool located on the aft. Of course there is plenty of space reserved for sunbathing on one of the vessel’s seven decks. Two 10-metre tenders find space on board DUBAI as well as a large selection of water toys.
The sheikh purchased DUBAI for a price of US $500 million in 2006, which makes her one of the more expensive superyachts in her size category. She generates an estimated US $35 to 50 million in annual running costs.
Originally the owner of DUBAI was supposed to be Prince Jeffrey of Brunei. Construction for the luxury vessel started in 1996 but ended up taking almost ten years as the prince ran into legal problems and was unable to purchase the yacht. Previous names of DUBAI included Platinum, Panhandle and Golden Star. Finally, in 2006 DUBAI was delivered to her current owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who is the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates. His net worth is estimated to be as high as US $14 billion and he tends to take his yacht for shorter trips not too far from the city of Dubai that gave the vessel its name.
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