Azzam (yacht)

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Azzam at Lürssen shipyard, 6 April 2013

Azzam is a private yacht built by Lürssen Yachts and launched on 5 April 2013. At 7002180000000000000180 m (590 ft) in length she is the largest private yacht in the world.[1] She has a beam of 20.8 m (68'4") and an unusually shallow draught of 4.3 m (14'1").[2]

Engineer Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi directed the construction of Azzam, with technical engineering by Lürssen, exterior design by Nauta Yachts and interior design by Christophe Leoni. Following a year of engineering, the yacht was built in three years, which is a record building time according to Superyacht Times. Among the original specifications was the ability to travel at high speed in warm and shallow waters, while providing luxurious and sophisticated accommodation.[3] the yacht is longer than a British Type 45 destroyer. She managed a top speed in sea trials of 31.5 knots.

Amongst many other features, the yacht has a main saloon with a length of 29 m and a beam of 18 m with an open plan and no pillars. She will travel in excess of 30 knots, powered by a combination of two gas turbines and two diesel engines with a total power output of 70 MW (94,000 hp) [4] through four pump-jets,[5] 2 with non moveable round water outlets in the middle of the stern and 2 with thrust vectoring capabilities using moveable duct water outlets positioned on either side of the non moveable ones.

Azzam was built for Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates and emir of Abu Dhabi.

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