Launched in 2006 by Platinum Yachts, Dubai was the largest yacht in the world until 2010 (she is now the 2nd largest private yacht in the world) at 162m. With her elegant lines, steel hull and aluminium superstructure, she is the work of renowned designer Andrew Winch.
Construction of this megayacht began for Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei more than 10 years before the yacht was launched. Construction, which was then a joint project between Blohm + Voss and Lurssen yards, was halted until 2001, when the hull was acquired by Platinum Yachts for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Rashid al-Maktoum. The project, previously named Platinum, Panhandle and Golden Star, was renamed Dubai.
The Dubai’s facilities, spread over eight decks, include a heliport, two 10-metre chase boats as well as a squash court and 20 jet skis! She can accommodate a helicopter of up to 9.5 tonnes and can carry two 10-metre long tenders. With its 5 VIP suites and numerous cabins it can accommodate 72 people on board, plus the 60 to 120 crew members.