Priced at a staggering $596-million, Azzam – purchased by a Middle-Eastern billionaire – is now the world’s largest private yacht, taking the title from Eclipse, owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. During the trial tests, Azzam achieved a top speed of 31.5 knots, making the vessel not only the longest but also by far the fastest mega yacht in the world. Continue reading for a video, more pictures, and additional information.

Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi was the engineer behind the megayacht, and assembled a team to work on the ultra-sophisticated project. He was told by the yacht’s secret buyer to build a vessel which was innovative and had a timeless design which would be able to travel at high speed and in shallow waters.

The exterior design, which has been described as ‘surprisingly slender’ was carried out by Nauta Yachts, with interior designer Christophe Leoni working on Azzam’s inside.