Last week, Lürssen launched the largest yacht in the world, Azzam, with over 180m. The engineer Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi assembled a world-class team which he personally directed in all areas during the development of this sophisticated project. Under his leadership the original concept of the yacht was developed starting with the overall requirements with regards to the general layout, size, performance and exterior style.
His brief was to build a large luxury yacht with an innovative and timeless design that would be able to travel at high speed in warm and shallow waters, whilst providing luxurious and sophisticated accommodation to its guests. Under the personal guidance of Eng. Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi, the technical engineering was developed by Lürssen, the exterior design by Nauta Yachts and the interior design by Christophe Leoni to create what is, without doubt, the most complex and challenging yacht which has ever been built.
The yacht Azzam is breaking new grounds in terms of dimension, performance and technology. In addition to being the largest yacht in the world with a length of 180 meters and with a top speed of over 30 knots she adds another record in terms of building time. Lürssen Managing, Partner Peter Lürssen, proudly said: “When she gets delivered later this year, she will have been in development for only three years following one year of engineering; She truly represents another milestone not only in our history but yachting history as well” he adds. The design has strength of character and sense of purpose, yet she has a timeless elegance, incorporating all the elements of visionary contemporary modern design.
Nauta CEO Mario Pedol stated: “When I first saw the scale model before the general presentation to the Principal, I was 100% happy with the outcome and so was the Principal. Such recognition made me confident that we had achieved our goal”.
Under the direction of Eng. Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi, the best solutions were found in order to satisfy the specific requirements with regards to technology and design, thereby creating a yacht that meets all the expectations. The end result is a truly sophisticated Super Mega Yacht. Amongst many other features, the yacht has a main salon of 29m long, and a beam of 18m with an open plan and no pillars. The yacht will travel in excess of 30 knots, powered by the combination of 2 gas turbines and 2 diesel engines, with a total of 94000 horse powers.
Burgess CEO Jonathan Beckett said: “We are proud to be associated with this extraordinary and unique project as the technical consultants of the owners. The construction of this yacht with its highly complex technical features has been extremely demanding and challenging. It has been a real team effort between all the professionals involved including ourselves, the builder and the designers”. The interior decoration was undertaken by the renowned French designer Christophe Leoni who is proud to have been able to realize a sophisticated and luxurious interior in a turn of the century Empire style.” Though Yachting is not my main area of business, I thoroughly enjoyed the cooperation with Nauta and Lürssen. I am confident that the final yacht is everything and more than what the owner expects.” he said.