Azzam, owned by UAE’s president, has held the record for world’s longest privately-owned superyacht since 2013 at 180 metres. It is considered as one of the most luxurious and among the most mysterious. It is also the biggest project ever undertaken by world-famous German shipyard, Lurssen Yachts.
The megayacht has a steel hull and aluminum superstructure, with a generous interior volume of 13,136 GT spread across five decks.
Azzam is listed for charter, though a price was never mentioned. Urban legend has it that the listing is merely for tax purposes since chartered vessels are not subject to property tax.
Accommodation on board is for up to 36 guests and up to 70 crew, and while no photos were ever released of the interior, it is said to be dripping in luxury. The owner’s suite is said to be bulletproof and the ship is believed to have an anti-missile system.
Azzam was designed to be capable of catering large parties with zero compromises on performance. It had to be big and accommodating and still be able to zoom to and from at a high speed so guests could travel with ease and maximum efficiency. The goal was never to deliver the longest yacht in the world.
Its price is estimated at $605 million, with a $60 million reported figure going into annual maintenance alone.
It is not the most expensive in the world, and also not the biggest, but currently holds onto the title of world’s longest. It will lose the title once REV Ocean is delivered.