inside the floating mansion for rent with helipad and beach club


Some of the best superyachts in the world sailed to town this week for the Dubai International Boat Show.

But there was one megayacht to rule them all.

Moonlight II is so big that it has dropped anchor outside the Port of Dubai – the new home of the boat show.

The 91.4-meter vessel designed for entertainment on an elite scale can carry 36 guests in 18 cabins with 35 crew and is equipped with a cinema, helipad, spa, a beach club, lift, jacuzzi, gym and room for a number of jet skis.

The six-deck boat is not for sale, is owned by an Emirati and is operated as a luxury charter yacht. Similar-sized boats sell for between 80 and 90 million euros ($88.3-99.3 million).

The National was granted rare access to the superyacht by its operator – Burgess Yachts – on the first day of the Dubai Boat Show.

It costs up to €644,000 per week to hire for a week – this doesn’t even include fuel or food, but gives you luxury and privacy.

We pass the skylines of Dubai Marina and JBR as Skydive Dubai planes fly overhead and dock at the ship’s ‘beach club’, a lounge for water sports. Two wings drop down each side so people can use jet skis, kayaks, or even scuba dive.

Moonlight II was built in 2005 at the Onex Neorion shipyards in Syros, Greece and operates at a cruising speed of 13 knots, powered by two diesel engines.

It has two lifeboats and its two anchors, each weighing two tons, keep the superyacht firmly secure, allowing guests to retreat to staterooms equipped with plasma screens.

Who rents ‘Moonlight II’ for a week?

It was not disclosed, but expect a mix of high earners from traditional sectors such as oil and gas to techies and even cryptocurrency gurus.

Burgess Yachts can design itineraries for those with deep enough pockets, with a tour of the Arabian Gulf and the Arabian Sea in Muscat among the most popular for a week’s charter.

Standing on deck is Captain Arni Brzac. He is an industry veteran, having worked in commercial shipping for years before moving to superyachts.

“It’s very difficult,” he said of the career change to transport the super-rich. “It’s like a full turn. But I prefer superyachts and I prefer the challenge. But forget the word “no”. No is not a word in our vocabulary.

The superyacht is among dozens of luxury vessels on display at the Dubai Boat Show through Sunday. He is back after missing two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic and in a new home at the Port of Dubai.

The event, now in its 28th year, is about 20% larger than in 2019 in terms of companies and exhibitors, organizers said. It includes 800 brands and ships from more than 54 countries in a region that is home to 12.6% of the world’s superyachts. The show’s “Avenue of Superyachts” will feature around 50 ships from some of the world’s leading companies such as Feadship, Majesty and Nomad.

Visitors will be able to witness brand launches such as Gulf Craft, Sunreef Yachts, Al Daen, Blue Gulf Boats and Al Fajer.

Other innovations include hydrogen-powered urban seaplanes, which operate with foils that lift the hull out of the water; electric boats; and “e-foils”, which are essentially surfboards that allow surfers to travel over water.

“What the city missed by not hosting a boat show has been made up for by people going out on boats to experience the great outdoors,” said Trixie LohMirmand, executive vice president of event management at Dubai World Trade. Center, event organizer.

Sea trials of boats for interested customers take place for the first time, while the focus on marine lifestyle, leisure and futuristic gadgetry attracts more people than in previous years, when the show was longer. trade-oriented.

“Covid has changed people’s leisure preferences,” Ms LohMirmand said. “Some customers will tell you that the last two years have been the best for them lately. Although we were unable to organize the boat show, it was a great opportunity for people to get the boats out and discover. The past two years have given Dubai and the United Arab Emirates time to prepare for the big comeback.

The Dubai Boat Show is taking place in the Port of Dubai until Sunday and is open to the public. Tickets start at Dh35 for adults. For more information visit www.boatshowdubai.com

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Updated: March 10, 2022, 06:12

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