Azzam (2013 yacht)

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Azzam docked at the port of Cádiz (Spain), 24 August 2020
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Name: Azzam
Owner: Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Builder: Lürssen Yachts
Cost: US$600 million
Launched: 5 April 2013
In service: 2013
Status: Active
General characteristics
Class and type: Super yacht
Type: Motor yacht
Tonnage: 13,136 GT
Length: 180 m (590 ft)
Beam: 20.8 m (68 ft)
Draft: 4.3 m (14 ft 1 in)
  • 2 Diesel 17,524 kW (23,500 hp)
  • 2 Gas Turbine 17,524 kW (23,500 hp)
Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
1 mini-submarine

Azzam (English: Resolute) is a private super yacht built by German shipyard Lürssen Yachts. Azzam was launched on 5 April 2013. At 180 metres (590 ft) in length, it is the longest private motor yacht in the world.[1] It has a beam of 20.8 metres (68 ft) and an unusually shallow draft of 4.3 m (14 ft 1 in).[2][3] 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.[4] 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.[5]


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.[6] Two of the pump-jets are non-movable round water outlets in the middle of the stern, and two with thrust vectoring capabilities using moveable duct water outlets positioned on either side of the non-movable ones.[7]

At an estimated cost of $605 million, it cost approximately $100 million more than the third largest private motor yacht, Eclipse.[8]

Ownership and use[edit]

Azzam was commissioned by Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates. The yacht is listed for charter without a price, however according to Motor Boat & Yacht magazine, the yacht is in actuality not available for charter, and the charter listing, similar to Roman Abramovich's Eclipse, is aimed to avoid European taxation, as charter yachts are exempt from property tax.[9]


  1. ^ Daniel Fisher (5 April 2012). "German Shipyard Launches World's Largest Private Yacht At 591 Feet". Forbes. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Azzam Yacht Specifications". Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Azzam, World's Largest Yacht, Reappears at Lürssen". MegaYacht News. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  4. ^ "World's longest-ever bespoke gigayacht Azzam". Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  5. ^ "More details released on 180 metre Lürssen superyacht Azzam". Superyacht Times. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Nauta Yachts comments on their design for superyacht Azzam". SuperYacht Times. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Azzam Mega Yacht, Built By Lürssen, Snatches Title Of 'Largest Motor Yacht In The World'". International Business Times. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  8. ^ Schilling, David Russel. "World's Largest Superyacht Comes with a Bullet Proof Master Suite & Missile Defense System". industry tap. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  9. ^ SuperYachtFan. "Superyacht Azzam". SuperYachtFan. Retrieved 22 March 2014.