Azzam 180.00m (590'7") | 2013
Another feather in the cap for Lürssen Yachts, which has been involved in the building of six out of the top 10 largest yachts. Not much is known about this behemoth of a yacht other than the specs and that her interior is in a relaxed French Empire style, but it is rumored to have been built for the a member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates. The technical engineering was directed by Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi for the owner. She has an impressive speed due to her innovative water-jet propulsion system (two fixed jets, two directional), which catapults this 180-metre yacht at a staggering speed of 31.5+ knots. At 17.5m longer than Roman Abramovich’s Eclipse, this boat takes the prestigious title of the world’s largest yacht.
- Builder: Lürssen
- Exterior Styling: Nauta Yacht Design
- Interior Styling: Christophe Leoni
Eclipse 162.5m (533'2") | 2010
After five years of intensive design, development and construction, Eclipse left the Blohm + Voss yard in Hamburg on the 9th December 2010, to formally take her place as the largest superyacht in the world. Managed by Blue Ocean Yacht Management, Eclipse features a diesel-electric propulsion system with generators powering rotating Azipod drives, dramatic exterior styling and a stunning interior design by London-based Terence Disdale Design, which has been responsible for all aspects of aesthetic design and layout, including the superstructure design, deck layouts, interior design and construction supervision.
Her accommodation includes an owner’s deck of 56m in length and facilities for up to 92 crew and owner’s personal staff. Her interior boasts hundreds of custom finishes exclusively developed for this project, while her deck areas include a 16m swimming pool, the largest on any yacht, whose base can be raised to transform the area into a dance floor. The yacht can also accommodate three helicopters, one on each of the two helipads and the third in a storage hangar below the fore deck.
Eclipse was voted Motor Yacht of the Year at the World Superyacht Awards in 2011.
- Builder / naval architecture: Blohm + Voss
- Exterior styling / interior design: Terence Disdale
Dubai 162m (531'6") | 2006
This vast 162m yacht was originally commissioned by Prince Jefri of Brunei with exterior styling and interior design by Andrew Winch. The project was suspended in 1998 with just the bare hull and partially complete superstructure. It was eventually sold to the Dubai government, and responsibility passed to Kostis Antonopoulos of Platinum Yachts, which prepared a new in-house interior design.
Now complete, Dubai is the royal yacht of Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of Dubai. The accommodation is designed for 24 guests and comprises an owner’s suite, five VIP suites and six guest suites, all with open balconies. One special feature is the 21.3m-wide atrium. Other facilities include a swimming pool, barbecue area, cinema, disco, a landing platform for a Blackhawk helicopter, a gymnasium, a garage for the yacht’s submarine and a vast array of water toys. Full certification was obtained from Lloyds Register of Shipping in October 2006 and she has since made several voyages.
Dubai was featured in volume 23 of The Superyachts book
- Builders: Blohm + Voss / Lürssen (2003) / Platinum Yachts (2006)
- Naval architecture: Blohm + Voss / Lürssen
- Exterior styling: Andrew Winch
- Interior design: Platinum Yachts
Al Saïd 155m (508'6") | 2008
Shrouded in a veil of secrecy, this huge, beige-painted yacht was formerly codenamed Sunflower by her builder, Lürssen Yachts. Named Al Saïd at her launch from Lürssen’s Vegesack yard, this Germanischer Lloyd-classed, 15,850GT vessel was delivered to her new owner, the Sultan Qaboos bin Sa‘id Al Saïd of Oman, in March 2008. She sails under the Omani flag and her home port is Muscat, Oman.
Al Saïd has a top speed of around 25 knots and she is reported to have a crew complement of 150. Her concert hall can accommodate a 50-strong orchestra and her majestic, classically panelled interior offers huge entertaining spaces and accommodations for 65 guests. Otherwise, the yacht features six decks and is equipped with a helipad and a cinema.
- Builder / naval architecture: Lürssen
- Exterior styling: Espen Øino
- Interior design: Redman Whiteley Dixon
Topaz 147.25m (483'2'') | 2012
Topaz was technically launched mid May 2012 when she emerged from her floating shed at the Lürssen yard and conducted sea trials in August. Very little is known about the motor yacht although she is the third largest yacht to be launched by the German yard and also belongs to a member of the UAE elite, although she flies a Cayman flag. Her exterior design is by Tim Heywood, who uniquely has his signature illuminated on her superstructure.
- Builder: Lürssen
- Exterior design: Tim Heywood
- Interior layout: Terence Disdale
Prince Abdulaziz 147m (482'4") | 1984
Commissioned in 1984, the 5,200-tonne Abdulaziz serves as the Royal Yacht for King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who inherited her from the late King Fahd. She was built in 1984 by the Danish yard Helsingor Vaerft to a design by Maierform at a reported cost of $184m, an enormous sum at the time. Her interior, designed by the late David Hicks, who was renowned for his dramatically colourful work, blended ancient and modern. She was fitted out in Southampton, England.
One notable interior feature is the large lobby on her main deck which is said to be designed to mimic that of the Titanic. Her home port is Jeddah, where she is berthed beside the King’s palace. Latterly renamed Prince Abdulaziz, her accommodation includes a fully equipped hospital, a mosque and a cinema. The yacht is manned by a crew of approximately 65. Rumours that her onboard systems include surface-to-air missiles and an underwater surveillance system are unconfirmed.
Now showing her age, she is likely to be replaced in the near future. The yacht was refitted in 1987, 1996 and 2005.
- Builder: Helsingør Værft
- Naval architecture: Maierform
- Interior design: David Hicks
- Former names: Abdulaziz
El Horriya 145.7m (478') | 1865
Originally built for the Ottoman governor of Egypt, Khedive Ismail, this historic yacht was present at the opening ceremony of the Suez Canal in 1869, when she was used to receive visiting dignitaries. She was lengthened by 12.1m in 1872, when her paddle wheels were removed, and by a further 5.2m in 1905. Her last major rebuild was in 1950.
In 1976, El Horriya was the Egyptian representative at the Bicentennial Fleet Review in New York harbour, after which she slipped into disrepair while being used as a museum ship. In 1992 a major effort was put into making her seaworthy enough to travel to Italy for the Christopher Columbus Fleet Review. She now serves as the Presidential Yacht but is seldom seen in public. She is usually berthed in Alexandria, where she is cared for by the Egyptian Navy, which lists her as a training ship. Powered by three Parsons steam turbines, she has achieved a top speed of 16 knots, although today this is perhaps too optimistic.
- Builder: Samuda Brothers
- Former names: Mahroussa
Yas 141m (462'7") | 2013
Launched in November 2011 by Abu Dhabi MAR, the 141 metre Yas, previously known under the project name Swift 141, is being built in a new facility in Abu Dhabi’s port area, using the steel hull of a 1978 Dutch-built navy frigate, which has been completely modified. New machinery, systems, outfit and luxury interior are being created and installed by sub-contractors to specifications by Abu Dhabi MAR. She is expected to hav accommodation for 60 guests and 56 crew. The superstructure, built in advanced composites and glass, and the interior styling are by Pierrejean Design Studio of Paris who says the inspiration was the shape of a dolphin. Powered by twin MTU diesels, Yas will have a top speed of 26 knots. She is to be delivered in 2013.
- Builder: De Schelde (1977) / Abu Dhabi MAR (rebuild)
- Naval Architecture: Royal Dutch Navy
- Exterior / Interior Design: Pierrejean Design Studio
Al Salamah 139.29m (457') | 1999
Built by a consortium of Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft (HDW) in Kiel and the Lürssen shipyard in Bremen, Germany, Al Salamah is often referred to as Mipos, the code name used during the construction of this most secret of yachts. Mipos was short for ‘Mission Possible’, a statement proved correct by her delivery in 1999.
She has a length of 139.29m, a massive beam of 23.50m, and is reported to have a top speed of 21.5 knots. Both the interior design and the exterior styling are by the London-based Terence Disdale Design. Al Salamah was owned by Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, son of the late King Fahd, Governor of Riyadh. He is Saudi Arabia’s Defence Minister and the nation’s Crown Prince. Al Salamah was refitted by Lürssen in 2007.
- Builders: Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft / Lürssen
- Naval architecture: Lürssen
- Exterior styling / interior design: Terence Disdale
Rising Sun 138m (452'9") | 2005
This vessel’s Japanese-style name is sufficient clue that she was built for Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO of Oracle. In 2006 he sold half ownership to media mogul David Geffen who bought the remaining half in 2010.
Reported to have originally cost of more than $290 million, rumour has it that Rising Sun’s length was extended by some 18m during construction (her project name was LE120, rather indicating an original length of 120m) to ensure she was larger than the 126.2m Octopus belonging to Microsoft’s co-founder, Paul Allen.
Rising Sun was built in Germany and launched in the autumn of 2004. She made her first appearance in the Mediterranean in the summer of 2005. Her five decks, which contain 8,000 square metres of living space, include a gym, a cinema, an extensive wine cellar and basketball court, plus accommodations for 16 in the owner’s party. One of her tenders is a catamaran whose main function is to carry the yacht’s 4x4 vehicle ashore.
- Builder: Lürssen
- Naval architecture: Jon Bannenberg
- Interior design: Laura Seccombe