Head-turning megayacht sails into Malaga

The craft, this Wednesday morning, docked in Malaga Port.
The craft, this Wednesday morning, docked in Malaga Port. / FRANCIS SILVA
  • The luxurious boat is 123-metres long and features a swimming pool, gym, cinema, and a helicopter pad. But who owns it? Well, we can tell you...

If you walk through the Port of Malaga you can hardly miss it. The craft's size and its immaculate white deck, which has glistened on the eastern jetty since Tuesday, has aroused much interest.

An Arabic inscription on the stern further fuels the curiosity. Whose megayacht is this? Well, we can tell you.

It is called Al Lusail and is owned by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. And it is not the luxury craft’s first time in Malaga. It was here before, in July 2018, travelling from Palma de Mallorca.

The luxurious boat is 123-metres long and bears the name Al Lusail, in honour of the Qatari city located 15 kilometres from the capital, Doha. The megayacht is a project of the Lürssen shipyard in Bremen (Germany). However, it was officially launched in Norway.

Its hull is made of steel, the superstructures of aluminium and the decks are lined with teak. It has four decks and is equipped with the latest navigation innovations and modern finishes.

Al Lusail has the capacity to accommodate 36 guests in 18 cabins and an estimated crew of about 56. It can reach a maximum speed of 20 knots and its interior is the work of the prestigious boat interior designer March & White. It has a swimming pool, gym, cinema and a helicopter pad.

Its owner, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, is the fourth son of the previous Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who abdicated in 2013. Sheikh Tamim, born in 1980, is the youngest Arab monarch in the world. He became the heir to the Qatari throne when his older brother, Sheikh Jassim, renounced his title.

The current monarch of this very wealthy oil monarchy was educated at the Sherborne School in Great Britain, and later graduated from the prestigious Sandhurst military academy.