Azzam has broken several records, becoming the largest, faster, most powerful and expensive megayacht on the seas.
A billionaire Arab sheikh, who declined to reveal his identity, commissioned the amazing Azzam and the construction cost exceeded $600 million. On top of that, the annual maintenance is estimated at 10 percent of the construction cost, so presumably to keep the Azzam running would cost around $60 million every 12 months.
This spectacular engineering feat was carried out by the German shipyard Lürssen Vegesack, in the city of Bremen, under the directives of Nauta Yachts for its exterior design. The renowned designer Christophe Leoni was in charge of the decor and interior design. From the aesthetic point of view, the vessel stands out for its moderate, stylish, modern and elegant lines on the outside while, at the request of its owner, the interior was decorated in an imperial style. The dissemination of images or details about the interior features of the ship has not been allowed, something very common among owners of such vessels who prefer to keep confidential the private areas of their luxury superyachts.
However, according to the journal Industry Tap, the Azzam could be available for charter, although no lease figures have been published as of today. Given the high cost of maintenance of the ship, its luxury and comfort, it is likely that the weekly rental could easily exceed the $2.6 million commanded by its predecessor, the Eclipse.
Undoubtedly, Azzam has broken several records, becoming the largest, faster, most powerful and expensive megayacht on the seas, and seeing it in action incites the admiration and respect that only giants can generate. ■