Top 10: the world's biggest superyachts
Designed by Christophe Leoni, Redman Whitely Dixon, David Hicks and others
The mega yacht is a symbol of power and wealth, it is an ocean faring Ferrari, these yachts are so lavish, and well equipped, they feature all the comforts of home and more, including helicopter pads, submarines, cinemas, concert halls, spas and much more. A high percentage of the yachts are also owned by Middle Eastern tycoons, join us as we present the top 10...
Katara is a Lurssen built 124.4-metre 408ft superyacht, which is the tenth largest private luxury yachts ever launched. The renowned design team Espen Oeino International who are based in Monaco has designed her exterior. The luxury yacht was built in 2010 for the Emir of Qatar who at that time was, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. The yachts estimated price tag is $300 million. Catara was the first and most ancient name used for the Qatar Peninsula in geographic and historical maps and was later written as Katara.
Privilege-One is the creation of Privilege Yacht in Citavecchia in Italy referred to as a "wonder of the sea" at an impressive 126 metres. The ship occupies 8236 square metres and offers a swimming pool, tennis courts, dining rooms, bars, a movie theatre, an auditorium and a ballroom. The yacht will be released later this year.
Serene is a 439ft (134m) motor yacht built in 2011 by Fincantieri Yachts. Designed by Espen Oeino with interior design by Reymond Langton Design, its special features include an underwater viewing room, children's playroom, full conference room, a piano bar, a helicopter hangar, two helipads, a submarine hangar, a cinema and much more. The super yacht is said to be owned by Russian beverage tycoon Yuri Scheffler.
Topaz is a 482ft motor yacht, custom built in 2012 by Lurssen Yachts. The yacht's interior was designed by Terence Disdale and exterior by Tim Heywood. The Topaz carries a crew of 85 and her name was derived from a 1969 Hitchcock movie. Topaz is owned by Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi.
Al Salamah is a 457ft (139.3m) motor yacht built in 1999, designed by Terence Disdale she belonged to the late Saudi Arabian crown prince, Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz. It was estimated to be worth upwards of $200 million, among the ships amenities are a cinema, a library, a business centre, a fully equipped onboard hospital, two full-time beauticians, a gymnasium, and a spa.
Prince Abdulaziz (formerly Abdulaziz) is a 482ft motor yacht that was custom built in 1984 by Helsingor Vaerft in Helsingor, Denmark. Designed by Maierform Maritime Technology and the yacht's interior has been designed by David Hicks. The first owner was the King of Saudi Arabia Fahd of Saudi Arabia, after his death in 2005 ownership was passed to his half brother Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.
Al-Said is a luxury yacht owned by Sultan Qaboos of Oman. Constructed by Lurssen in 2006, the yacht is capable of carrying up to 154 crew members, at 155m long its exterior was designed by Espen Oeino and interior by Redman Whitely Dixon. Special features include a helicopter landing pad, an elevator and a concert hall that can hold a 50-piece orchestra.
Dubai is the name of this super yacht; it was built in 2006 by Platinum Yachts and measures 531ft. The exterior design was the work of renowned designer Andrew Winch and interior the work of Platinum Yachts. Prince Jefri of Brunei originally commissioned the Dubai but then it was eventually sold to the Dubai government. She is now the royal yacht of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai, designed for 24 guests and comprises an owner's suite, five VIP suites and a six guest suites, all with open balconies.
Project Azzam is the world's largest private yacht costing over $600m and taking over 3 years to construct. Created by German firm Lurssen the superyacht is 590ft long, featuring interior designs by Christophe Leoni and exterior by Nauta Yachts. The owner is unknown but is said to be a Middle Eastern billionaire.