Dubai Yacht Interior

Superyacht Dubai


Dubai Yacht

Dubai Yacht InteriorDubai's interior is unique even among megayachts. The showpiece of Dubai's interior is a stunning spiral staircase (right), whose color-changing glass steps turn it into a kaleidoscopic seven-story stairway to heaven when natural light floods into the yacht from the top deck.

Designed by the Interior Design and Decoration department of Platinum Yachts, Dubai's interior, which features many lounges, dining rooms, hot tubs, etc., accentuates esthetics and relaxed socialization over adrenaline pumping ocean-going adventures. Among superyachts, Dubai is more a Rolls Royce than a Range Rover.

But that's not to say that Dubai is all relaxation and no games, as the yacht does have two water toy rooms full of aquatic sports gear, used mostly by the grandchildren of the current owner, who is approaching 70 years of age.
The yacht that eventually became Dubai was originally commissioned in 1995 by Jeffrey Bolkiah, the troubled prince of Brunei, but its construction by Germany's Blohm & Voss Shipyards, which built Zeus and Roman Abramovich's Eclipse, and Lürssen Yachts, which built Paul Allen's Octopus, David Geffen's Rising Sun, and Alisher Usmanov's Dilbar II, stopped even before the hull and superstructure were completed.

In 2001, the yacht's unfinished hull and superstructure were bought by Mohammed bin al Maktoum, the emir of Dubai and the vice president of the United Arab Emirates, when he was still the crown prince. Mohammed bin al Maktoum commissioned Platinum Yachts to turn the hull and the superstructure into today's Dubai.

Dubai Yacht
That work took five years, and when delivered in 2006, the 531 foot (162 meter)-long, $400 million Dubai became the world's longest and the most expensive yacht - a title that passed onto Eclipse in 2010, Azzam in 2013, and will soon pass to the Gigayacht.

Dubai can carry over a million liters of fuel, has a range of 8,500 nautical miles, and four MTU 20V 1163 TB93 engines that generate a combined thrust of 33,000 horse power, enough for the 9,150 ton megayacht to reach speeds of up to 26 knots (above). But Dubai has been moored next to the summer palace of al Maktoum to serve as a floating palace for his children.

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