The biggest yacht in the world, the new floating palace of the Emir of the United Arab Emirates, which exceeds the size of the yacht of the Russian tycoon, Roman Abramovich, is expected to dock in the coming days at Fiskardo, a village and a community on the Ionian island of Kefalonia, Greece.
This new private yacht, which goes under the name Azzam, was built by Lürssen Yachts and launched on 5 April, 2013. At 180 m (590 ft) in length she is the largest private yacht in the world. She has a beam of 20.8 m (68’4″) and an unusually shallow draught of 4.3 m (14’1″).
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Emir of Abu Dhabi, is the owner of Azzam, which means “determination” in Arabic. Azzam’s cost reached 592 million dollars, while four years were needed until the completion of its construction.
The yacht has a movie hall, gym, jacuzzi, sauna, two helipads and two swimming pools, a mini submarine for guests to explore the sea bottom. The suite where the Emir will reside has been shielded with bulletproof glass, while the yacht has also a missile defense system.
According to protothema.gr, Azzam contains fifty suites, each one with a special decoration, and can host up to 120 crew members.