At 180 metres (590 ft) in length, it is the second longest private motor yacht in the world. It has a beam of 20.8 metres (68 ft) and an unusually shallow draft of 4.3 m (14 ft 1 in). The yacht was delivered on 9 September 2013.
Engineer Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi directed the construction of Azzam, with technical engineering by Lürssen Yachts including design by Nauta Yachts and interior design by Christophe Leoni. Following a year of engineering, the yacht was built in three years, which is a record building time according to Superyacht Times. Azzam possesses the ability to travel at high speed in warm and shallow waters.
Among many other features, the yacht has a main salon with a length of 29 m (95 ft) and a beam of 18 m (59 ft) with an open plan and no pillars. It can travel in excess of 32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph). Powered by a combination of two gas turbines and two diesel engines with a total power output of 35,048 kW (47,000 hp) through four pump-jets.[ Two of the pump-jets are non-movable round water outlets in the middle of the stern, and two with thrust vectoring capabilities using move able duct water outlets positioned on either side of the non-movable ones.
Ownership and use
Azzam was commissioned by Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates.The yacht is in actuality not available for charter, and the charter listing.
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Super Yacht Azzam owner biography
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan ,born 7 September 1948. Referred to as Sheikh Khalifa is the current President of the United Arab Emirates, the Emir of Abu Dhabi, the Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces and the chairman of the Supreme Petroleum Council. Sheikh Khalifa is also chairman of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, which manages $875 billion in assets, the largest amount managed by a nation’s head of state in the world. Collectively, the Al Nahyan family is believed to hold a fortune of $150 billion.
When his father, Zayed, became Emir of Abu Dhabi in 1966, Khalifa was appointed the Ruler’s Representative (the mayor) in the Eastern Region of Abu Dhabi and Head of the Courts Department in Al Ain. Zayed was the Ruler’s Representative in the Eastern Region before he became the Emir of Abu Dhabi. A few months later the position was handed to Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan.
On 1 February 1969, Khalifa was nominated the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. And on the next day he was appointed Head of the Abu Dhabi Department of Defense. In that post, he oversaw the build up of the Abu Dhabi Defense Force, which after 1971 became the core of the UAE Armed Forces.
He succeeded to the posts of Emir of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 3 November 2004, replacing his father Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who had died the day before. He had been acting president since his father became ill prior to his passing.