Those who own lavish mansions, and castles on land, often carry this penchant for palaces to the high seas as well. That is how lesser mortals get to witness the grandeur of superyachts like Azzam with jaws dropped and eyes wide open. The 590-feet Azzam superyacht. is a floating palace, no doubt- it is a Lurssen masterpiece that is also the largest superyacht in the world. The owner of such as asset can be no ordinary person, even being just a billionaire won’t do. Azzam was commissioned by none other than the President of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the wealthiest emirate in the U.A.E. and one of the richest men worldwide. When a man enjoys a net worth in the tens of billions and has a real estate portfolio that spans includes hundreds of villas, palaces, and castles, his yacht has to match up, and Azzam indeed did!
Azzam is undoubtedly a valuable asset befitting her owner. The owner, unfortunately, left Azzam deprived as the second president of U.A.E. passed away on May 13th at age 73, shared Yacht Harbour. Azzam will soon have new ownership or, although unlikely, emerge for sale on the market if the family decides to part with it. It is believed the owner took a keen interest in making the ship tailored to his exact taste and demands.
Azzam was initially much smaller in size, but to accommodate the Sheikh’s directives, it became the largest private-owned megayacht in the world that can be called a floating luxury residence fit for royalty. For now, the future of Azzam is masked, but it would be interesting to see where new ownership will sail this magnificent pleasure craft.
Some ultra-luxurious aspects of the fantastic Azzam superyacht:
The wonders of the Azzam yacht are many. After all, she was the prized possession of the man who put the Khalifa in Burj Khalifa. Lurssen built Azzam in 2013. Since then, it has held the title of the largest superyacht in the world. Lurssen managed the incomprehensible by delivering the mammoth in a short building time of less than three years by employing an army of 4,000 people.
The interiors of this monument-of-the-sea were entrusted to French designer Christophe Leoni who had previously worked his magic on some of the owner’s residences and palaces. The talented designer used intricately veneered wood furniture with mother of pearl marquetry to create the Empire style of the early 19th century.
Azzam flaunts five decks, and can take 36 guests on a trip of a lifetime who would be taken utmost care of by a crew of 70. A luxury ship like Azzam offers every amenity in the book, like private cinema, a helipad, and the biggest glass-encased salon ever built on a ship. Inside the salon is a specially designed and engineered chandelier that doesn’t rattle, even at full speed. The world’s largest private yacht also has an onboard golf training facility and a gym and swimming pool. In addition to its charm, this boat means business as, despite its large size, the Azzam can sail as fast as a Navy frigate with a top speed of 32 knots. The massive yacht is powered by two large gasoline engines and two diesel engines via four pump jets, with around 97,000 horsepower.