A Qatar Sheikh’s super yacht, named the Al Mirqab, was spotted in Greece moored near the island of Skiathos on Saturday.
Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber bin Mohammed bin Thani Al Thani is an ex-Prime Minister of Qatar, serving in that position from 2007 to 2013. His yacht is one of the twenty largest yachts ever built and measures 133 meters (436 feet).
Qatar politician’s super yacht moored in Greece
The massive yacht was spotted at Maratha Beach, which is very close by to Koukounaries, one of the main towns on Skiathos.
The yacht itself is truly a head turner due not only to its humungous dimensions but also the amenities it features on board. The Al Mirqab features two swimming pools, a helipad, twelve suites, a gym, a jacuzzi and a movie theater on deck.
The boat is the sixth largest yacht in the world and is also the third most expensive yacht to have ever been built.
The sheer size of the boat means it cannot be anchored in the port of Skiathos, so authorities told the Greek captain of the ship to anchor it off the beach of Maratha.
Hamad is visiting the island with family and friends in tow for a lovely Greek seaside vacation. This is not the first time he has been on such a trip as the Sheikh seems to frequent the island, having visited Skiathos every summer for the past five years.
The yacht’s location is extremely close to the emblematic and luxurious “Skiathos Palace” hotel, which does not seem to be coincidence.
The mayor of Skiathos, Theodore Tzouma, and the owner of the Skiathos Palace are known to have excellent relations with the Sheikh with the former having visited Al-Thani in Doha, Qatar.
The Al Mirqab: one of the most luxurious yachts in the world
The yacht was built in 2008 at Peters Schiffbau Wewelsfleth shipyard, Germany and was named the most modern and luxurious boat of that year by Forbes magazine.
The yacht’s architect was Tim Heywood, while the interior design was done by Andrew Winch Designs. The Qatari ex-Prime Minister wanted the yacht to remind him of his home, so Winch incorporated hand-carved furniture, stunning Persian rugs, marble floors, and even a few paintings by influential artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso.
The yacht can accommodate up to 24 guests in 10 guest suites with two VIP suites for the yacht owner or important guests. The suites are large and of course each feature their own bathroom, living room and double bedroom. The yacht also has a crew of 60 in order to keep the gargantuan “floating palace” functioning and to keep guests, and Hamad, happy.
A video of the boat taken near Skiathos on one of the Sheikh’s previous visits is shown below.