Kingdom 5KR

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Kingdom 5KR, docked in Antibes, France
Kingdom 5KR

Kingdom 5KR (originally named Nabila) is an 85.65-metre (281 ft) superyacht built for Saudi billionaire Adnan Khashoggi that is now owned by Saudi business magnate Al-Waleed bin Talal.

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The yacht was built in 1980 by the yacht builder Benetti at a cost of $100 million[1] (equivalent to $304 million in 2018). Its original interior was designed by Luigi Sturchio.[2]

She was originally built as Nabila for Saudi billionaire Adnan Khashoggi (named for his daughter). During Khashoggi's ownership it was one of the largest yachts in the world, but as of January 2019, is ranked 80th and continues to fall down the rankings, due to the trend of larger yachts being built. In fact the largest yacht as of 2016 is 180 metres so Kingdom 5KR falls short of even half that size.[citation needed]

During her days as Nabila, she was featured in the James Bond movie Never Say Never Again, in which she was seen as Flying Saucer (translated from Italian Disco Volante in the source novel, Thunderball), the villain's superyacht mobile headquarters. She was also the inspiration for a track, "Khashoggi's Ship", on the 1989 album by rock band Queen, The Miracle.

After Khashoggi ran into financial problems, he sold the yacht in 1988 to the Sultan of Brunei, who in turn sold her to Donald Trump for $29 million. After a refit, Trump renamed her Trump Princess. The yacht was handed over to creditors after Trump was found to be $900 million in debt.[3] Then she was sold in 1991[4] to Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal for $20 million.[5]

The yacht's latest name stems from the Prince's investment company, Kingdom Holding Company, his lucky number (5), and his children's initials ("K" and "R").[6]

The ship has a beam of 13.25 metres (43.5 ft), a draught of 4.72 metres (15.5 ft) and fuel capacity of 515,000 litres (136,000 US gallons).

When she was delivered she had five decks, a disco, a cinema with seats for 12, 11 opulent suites, a helipad on top (its funnels are sloped outward to avoid interference with the helicopters), a pool with a water jet on top in front of the heliport, 2 Riva tenders, a crew of 48, a top speed of 20 knots, and cruising speed of 17.5 knots; propulsion was supplied by two 3,000 horsepower (2,200 kW) Nohab Polar engines.[2][citation needed]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ onthecanvas.com - Retrieved November 15, 2007
  2. ^ a b "Kingdom 5KR".
  3. ^ Agorakis, Stavros (2018-10-16). "Trump tweeted he has no ties to Saudi Arabia. A Fox News account proved him wrong". Vox.
  4. ^ "Fiscal Riddle Confronts Casino Panel". 18 April 1991.
  5. ^ Roxanne Roberts (9 October 2015). "Inside the fabulous world of Donald Trump, where money is no problem". Washington Post.
  6. ^ yachtcrew-cv.com - Retrieved November 15, 2007 Archived October 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

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