Inside Dubai rulers £300m superyacht with nightclub and garage for submarines

A superyacht belonging to Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum boasts its own nightclub, cinema and garage for a fleet of submarines.

The £300million vessel – named Dubai – is the world's fourth largest superyacht at 531ft long and with seven luxurious storeys.

Despite its gargantuan size it is only meant to accommodate a maximum of 24 guests, housed inside one owner's suite, five VIP suites and six more guest suites.

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Those guests will be able to arrive in style as they touch down on the helipad, big enough to house a Black Hawk chopper. They'll also be able to relax in one of the several sunbathing areas including Jacuzzis and a mosaic swimming pool.

It also has cabins for the crew, captain, chief engineer and a doctor, bringing the total maximum capacity up to 115.

The Dubai was completed and launched in 2006. Shipbuilders Blohm + Voss started building it before then for Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei, but construction was halted and in 2001 the bare hull was sold to Dubai-based Platinum Yachts, who then completed it for Dubai's royals.

Other features on the superyacht include a 70ft wide atrium, a barbeque area, a glass staircase that can change colour, a disco hall, a lobster tank and a squash court.

The Dubai can reach a top speed of 29mph.

It is currently housed in front of the northern of the two artificial islands, which act as private boltholes for Sheikh Mohammed.

Only the Azzam, Fulk Al Salamah and Roman Abramovich's Eclipse are bigger than the Dubai, although it was the world's largest from 2006 to 2009.

The Azzam, constructed in 2013 by German shipyard Lürssen Yachts and stretching 590ft, is currently on sale for £493million.

It can accommodate over 100 people, although 60 need to be crew members to maintain the monster vessel.

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The Fulk Al Salamah has been in service with the Oman Royal Yacht Squadron since its completion in 2016.

Spanning 538ft, it has an estimated worth of £411million.

Like the Dubai, the Eclipse was built by Blohm + Voss. It is 533ft long and has a similar estimated worth to the Fulk Al Salamah.

The former Chelsea owner got his hands on it in 2010 and has been making use of its two helipads, swimming pools and disco hall ever since.


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