The super rich around the world have one thing common; they all have an endless list of insanely expensive toys to their collection. They often compete with each other in terms of bragging rights of their possession and uber-expensive yachts often feature on the top of the list. One does not truly become a billionaire till he doesn’t own a super-sized luxury yacht. Let’s take a look at the most expensive yachts in the world.
The construction of the Dubai motor yacht was launched in 2006 but it originally began more than 10 years before the official launch for Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei. The construction was then a joint project between Blohm + Voss and Lurssen shipyards which was halted until 2001 when the hull was acquired by Platinum Super yachts for His Highness Sheik Mohammed Rashid al-Maktoum. The project was previously known by several names including Platinum, Panhandle and Golden Star, but was re-named Dubai.
The yacht is currently owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai and the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.The Dubai yacht is 524 feet, 10 inches (162 m) long, and is the third largest yacht in the world after Azzam and Eclipse.
It has a total of 44 cabins and Dubai’s spacious decks offer a split-level owner’s deck; a large social area including the main lounge with its centrepiece red sofa; numerous VIP and guest suites, and a crew area to accommodate 115 people including crew and guest staff. It can also accommodate a helicopter of up to 9.5 tones and carry two 10-metre long tenders. Powered by four MTU diesel engines, it can reach a maximum speed of 26 knots and has an exceptional range of 8,500 miles at 25 knots.
Arguably one of the best and the sharpest looking yachts in the world, the motor yacht ‘A’ was designed by Philippe Starck and Martin Francis and constructed by Blohm + Voss at the HDW shipyard in Kiel, Germany. It was commissioned in November 2004 and was known as the Project Sigma. It remained under the wraps for 3 years after which it was delivered in July 2008. – luxurylaunches