THERE are yachts. There are superyachts. And then there are £300MILLION mega-yachts that defy belief.
But what to you and me seems like something straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster is normal life for the ruler of Dubai.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, 71, is one of the richest people in the world.
His personal wealth is estimated at anywhere from £3billion to £10bn and as such he enjoys a life of unlimited luxury.
Sure there is the wildly successful Godolphin racehorse program, responsible for breeding some of the finest winners in the world.
There is his ownership of the Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel and the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.
But nothing really comes close to the jaw-dropping awe factor of his incredible superyacht.
Named Dubai, this absolutely enormous vessel is 531ft in length – about three football pitches – and requires 88 crew looking after it.
It was completed in 2006 and the superyacht – which from 2006 to 2009 was the largest in the world – is usually moored at Sheikh Mohammed’s private island in front of his summer palace in Dubai.
The sheer size of the thing beggars belief.
There is a helipad, enough space over its eight decks for 115 guests and even an onboard disco.
There is a massive dining room for entertaining visitors, a cinema, a submarine and even a squash court.
The 10m pool on the top is connected to not one but two Jacuzzis, with breathtaking views out over the ocean.
Winding staircases connect one storey to another and there are reported to be three lifts inside too.
The enormous yacht has a top speed of 30mph and its 1.2million litre diesel tanks mean it can travel 8,500 nautical miles.
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