World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2009 #1: Dubai

Dubai's stunning staircase is the centerpiece of the yacht

#1: Dubai | 531'5"

Built for a prince and sold to a Dubai-based monarch, the world’s largest yacht has certainly had some dazzling owners. Her build heritage is nothing to sneeze at either: The work on this Andrew Winch-designed behemoth began at Blohm & Voss (working in conjunction with Lrssen) and was completed at the United Arab Emirates yard, Platinum Yachts.

Dubai's seating room.

So how was it finishing a 531-footer that boasts of, among other things, three elevators, two rooms dedicated solely to watertoy stowage, accommodations for 115 guests, and the capacity to carry—and refuel—a 9.5-ton helicopter? Pretty tough, admits Kostas Antonopoulos-Rothschild, Platinum’s managing director. “The learning curve was steep and full of obstacles, as the size of the yacht tested the limits of the industry to deliver quality and detail in such large volume,” he explains. And yet the results—from the stunning, open-glass staircase to a commercial-grade engine room that’s full of redundant systems—are spectacular indeed.

Dubai's powder rooms abound.

Y: 2006; B: Blohm & Voss, Germany (with Lrssen)/Platinum Yachts, UAE; H: steel; E: 4/9,625-hp MTUs

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2009

This article originally appeared in the July 2009 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

Vetus Maxwell Tip of the Week

Hot Today

Featured Brands

Costa Palmos logo MCY logo
HMY Yacht Sales logo Volvo Penta logo
Absolute logo Sunseeker

Boat-Name Generator

cube puzzel Thinking of a unique name for your new boat can be tough, that's why we created a Boat Name Generator.
Try it here. ▶

Select Brokerage