World’s largest yacht, Az­zam, un­veiled in Ger­many

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YACHT builder Lurssen has re­vealed Az­zam, a 180-me­tre mo­tor yacht that steals the ti­tle of the world’s largest from bil­lion­aire Ro­man Abramovich’s yacht Eclipse. Amongst other fea­tures, Az­zam – which means ‘ded­i­ca­tion’ in Ara­bic – has an 18x29-me­tre pil­lar-free salon and is ca­pa­ble of trav­el­ling at speeds of up to 30 knots thanks to a com­bi­na­tion of gas tur­bines and diesel en­gines that pro­duce a to­tal of 94,000 horse­power. The enor­mous yacht was built in three years, fol­low­ing a one-year en­gi­neer­ing and plan­ning phase. It is be­lieved to have cost more than US $620 mil­lion to build. Ac­cord­ing to Lurssen, the owner’s brief was to “build a large lux­ury yacht with an i nno­va­tive and time­less de­sign that would be able to travel at high speed in warm and shal­low wa­ters, whilst pro­vid­ing lux­u­ri­ous and so­phis­ti­cated ac­com­mo­da­tion to its guests.” Lurssen has re­mained tight-lipped about the iden­tity of the yacht’s owner, but cred­its Eng. Mubarak Saad al Ah­babi, chair­man of the UAE Depart­ment of Pres­i­dent’s Af­fairs, as the creative brains be­hind the pro­ject. Some of the world’s top com­pa­nies col­lab­o­rated to cre­ate Az­zam, with ex­te­rior de­signs by Nauta Yachts, i nte­ri­ors by Christophe Leoni, and tech­ni­cal en­gi­neer­ing by Burgess.

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