By H. Carter

PALMA
ONE of the newest, largest and most luxurious super yachts is going to be based in Palma this winter.
The 436 foot, (133 metres), Al Mirqab has been built for the Emir of Qatar and is expected to start sea trials very soon.
The super yacht, which is 40 metres longer than the Lady Moura, which regularly visits Palma, and two decks higher, is apparently going to be moored on Quay Seven in the Club de Mar and sources have said that the owners of the yacht have bought the entire quay.

CREW OF NEARLY 100

The naval architects were Kusch yacht and she has been built by the Peters Sciffbau shipyard and designed by Tim Heywood with interiors by Andrew Winch. The Al Mirqab will have a crew of nearly 100 and is expected to cruise to the South Pacific before coming to her winter home in Majorca.

The super yacht features a host of luxurious fittings and facilities including a swimming pool and a cinema.
But, little else is known about the mega yacht project which got underway in 2004 when the order was placed. The new Al Mirqab will replace the Emir's former super yacht of the same name which also used to have her home berth in the Club de Mar.

Her arrival in the Club de Mar is going to be a spectacular occasion and will also serve to bolster Palma's reputation as a super yacht centre for the Western Mediterranean. The berthing of one of the world's largest yachts in Palma is also going to create a significant amount of work and employment for the marine and nautical industries and its affiliate services.

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