Ever wonder what a floating parking lot of yachts looks like? March 7th marked the close of the 24th annual Dubai International Boat Show, where vehicles of marine leisure are showcased for Sheikhs and regular ol’ Masters of the Universe alike in the world capital of over-the-top luxury.
Tens of thousands of visitors, including his Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, streamed in to explore over 430 of the most luxurious yachts and boats from around the world, both on the market, and not-quite-yet, including…(seriously, this deserves a drum roll)…
PERSONAL SUBMARINES! Art Marine, the Middle East’s premiere leisure yachting outfit announced the introduction of a “Subsea Limousine,” which it plans to roll out to the consumer market in the near future.
Bruno Meier, the head of marina management at Art Marine, told Al Arabiya News “We plan to start the commercialization in the Middle East of what we called the Sub-Sea Limousines, or submarines, which will come with the highest standards anyone can dream of.” Seen below in model form, the personal submarines are expected to put you out (and we know you’re thinking about it) about $1.67MM a pop.
With the Middle East largely agreed to be the most vigorous up-and-coming yacht-buying market, superyacht makers from Italy, America, Germany and elsewhere all brought their most luxurious pieces to the show, hoping to snag the biggest-ticket buyers. Italian yacht maker San Lorenzo, represented by ACE Marine, confirmed the sale of its 26.45-meter SL86, worth nearly $6.09 million, in the first three days of the show.
For the sportiest superyacht around, attendees were treated to the premiere of Australia-based Riviera Yachts’ new flagship, the 77 Enclosed Flybridge. The largest and most luxurious Riviera yet, she has four staterooms including a full-beam master, a dining area on the foredeck, and double transom doors adjacent to the hydraulic swim platform. For its debut in the Mideast, where temps can climb to 126° F, engineers even made custom upgrades to the yacht’s air conditioning.
Still in concept phase (though no less pleasing to soak in) is Oceanco’s 107 meter Stiletto, unveiled to a swooning audience for the first time at this year’s DIBS. Looking something like the world’s sexiest aircraft carrier, the Stiletto accommodates up to 18 guests and 30 crew members with a luxurious owner’s suite (with a private whirlpool, natch), a VIP cabin convertible to two separate guest cabins, and 6 additional guests cabins. For those seeking mantionesque drama, the Stiletto’s interior features a two-story salon (20′ total headroom) with a mezzanine balcony and spectacular panoramic views.
Let us also not forget the 360° terraces, multiple swimming pools, dual outdoor dining and bar areas, gym, massive patio lounges (both shaded and exposed), and helipad. Oh, and a waterfall. Equally well-suited to Bond villains and tech billionaires, the Stiletto is the new standard-bearer of nth-degree maritime luxury. Let’s take another look, shall we? Click to enlarge: