Conceptualized just before the turn of the century and designed by internationally renowned marine architect Andrew Winch, the $400MM superyacht Dubai was purpose-built with full intentions of being named the world’s largest yacht – a goal that helped the ship earn its global reputation and catapulted two already established design firms into the spotlight. A joint effort between Blohm + Voss and Lürssen shipyards, the 531.5-foot vessel was first commissioned by Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei. In 2001, it was acquired and built to completion by waterworks manufacturer Platinum Yachts, and the seafaring megaship was appropriately renamed “Dubai” in honor of its new owner, the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai and the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The rejuvenated project incorporated a jaw-dropping new interior design, courtesy of Platinum Yachts. The result is an elaborate modern color scheme and what are arguably some of the most extravagant art-deco designs available on any yacht currently at sea. Coupled with a selection of many of the world’s finest fabrics and intricately detailed handmade mosaics, the interior of the Dubai is an exemplary showcase of what is possible with a superyacht. At the center of the ship’s artistic appeal lies an immaculate spiral staircase, comprised of glass steps designed to change color with the help of natural light radiating inward from the top deck.
With the ability to accommodate as many as 115 passengers and crew, the seven decks of the Dubai have each been meticulously designed to meet the owner’s needs. A split-level owner’s deck and expansive lounge area for socializing with guests complement the ship’s plethora of VIP suites. And with all the extra floor space offered by the various decks, you can bet the Dubai provides more than ample room for relaxation and entertainment.
Guests on the Dubai can bask in an array of sunbathing areas or enjoy a dip in the hand-tiled mosaic swimming pool or one of several hot tubs located on the boat. Other onboard amenities included a gym, spa, elevator, movie theatre, dance floor, dual 10-metre tender garage, and a helipad capable of supporting up to nine and a half tons.
The Dubai doesn’t take shortcuts on performance, either, with an engine configuration made up of four 8,443hp diesel engines capable of cruising at a top speed of 26 knots and a maximum range of 9,789 nautical miles. Comfort is at the forefront of the yacht’s impressive design, enhanced by its ultra-modern stabilization system equipped to minimize roll motion at sea and deliver a smoother cruising experience.
While all of these features and amenities add up to an impressive execution of superior yacht design, the most stunning feature (at least from our perspective) is without a doubt the striking collection of visually stimulating art work and colorful impressions cascading across the entire interior of the world’s third largest superyacht.