Dubawi was previously owned by the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, and listed for sale for the first time in its 30-year existence in May 2022. Before the Sheikh bought it and had it turned into a ginormous vacation boat for his family, it was previously named Mercury and served as a cruise liner for 20 years. That alone should give you an idea of the kind of size and amenities Dubawi offers, neither of which are easily appreciated at a simple glance from the outside.
Measuring 90.6 meters (300 feet) in total length, Dubawi offers a generous interior volume of 4,184 GT, which is more than what longer vessels offer. It was delivered in 1989 by Cantiere Navale Ferrari as a cruise ship and had the styling of one. Today, it only retains the exterior design common to cruise liners, with a stacked superstructure and vast amounts of exterior space, but it’s the interior that makes it a standout.
Each room is finished in a different color scheme, so you have a seemingly unlimited number of combinations and patterns, from bright spots of orange used for color-blocking to patterned mauves and electric purples and downright psychedelic motifs. Add mirrored ceilings and glazed surfaces, marble, and shiny chrome, and you get an overload of the senses whichever way you look – and that’s the feeling from the pictures only; experiencing the interior in person must be a whole trip. Granted, this type of styling is not for everyone, but even a hater would admire the guts behind this kind of visual outrageousness.
Styling aside, Dubawi is packed to cater even to the fanciest and most demanding guests. Amenities include hospital features, a cavernous nightclub (with dancefloor, lights, and state-of-the-art sound system, as one would expect of any nightclub), a beach club area with a swim platform and fountain, a pool, two main lounge areas, and formal and informal dining. The layout could be further customized, as per Boat International, to convert several rooms into a private cinema, a game room, or a children’s playroom.
Dubawi is powered by twin MAN engines that take her to a top speed of 15 knots (15.5 mph/25 kph). That’s hardly impressive by today’s superyacht standards but then again, when you have this much luxury around you, what’s the rush?