Author: Peter Yachtfan, update: 2020-
140 m (459 ft)
18 in 9 cabins (estimate)
40 in 20 cabins (estimate)
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Who is the Owner of the Yacht SCHEHERAZADE?
Middle East based billionaire
Middle East country
> US$ 2 billion
We were told that superyacht Scheherazade (project Lightning) is built for an Middle East billionaire. Update: On June 1st, she left Bremen, heading to Kristiansand in Norway. Her name Scheherazade is a reference to Arabian Nights.
Lightning is a very large superyacht, built by Lurssen. She will be delivered to her owner in 2020. She is one of the largest yachts in the world.
M/Y Lightning has a length of at least 136 meters. We estimate her displacement at more than 9,000 tons. Update: her volume is actually 10,100 tons. Her maximum speed will probably be above 18 knots.
No designer has been disclosed yet. But she is probably designed by Espen Oeino. Oeino is responsible for most of the recent large yachts.
It is not clear yet, who designed the interior of the yacht Lightning. We guess that she will be able to accommodate at least 18 guests and a c rew of 40.
Since she will cruise in Middle East waters, her outside areas are limited. (It is too hot in that region for out door entertainment). The focus is on interior space.
Based on the available footage of the luxury yacht, we conclude that her features include a helicopter landing pad, a large pool, a cinema and several entertainment areas.
We were told her owner is based in the Middle East.
Photos by Nicky Canepa.
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Scheherazade is a major female character and the storyteller in the frame narrative of the Middle Eastern collection of tales known as the One Thousand and One Nights.
The story goes that the monarch Shahryar found out one day that his first wife was unfaithful to him. He thus resolved to marry a new virgin each day as well as behead the previous day's wife, so that she would not have the opportunity to be unfaithful to him. He had killed 1,001 such women by the time he was introduced to Scheherazade, the vizier's daughter.
Against her father's wishes, Scheherazade volunteered to spend one night with the king. Once in the king's chambers, Scheherazade asked if she might bid one last farewell to her beloved sister, Dunyazad, who had secretly been prepared to ask Scheherazade to tell a story during the long night.
The king lay awake and listened with awe as Scheherazade told her first story. The night passed by and Scheherazade stopped in the middle. The king asked her to finish, but Scheherazade said there was no time, as dawn was breaking. So, the king spared her life for one day to finish the story the next night.
The following night, Scheherazade finished the story and then began a second, more exciting tale, which she again stopped halfway through at dawn. Again, the king spared her life for one more day so she could finish the second story.
And so the king kept Scheherazade alive day by day, as he eagerly anticipated the finishing of the previous night's story. At the end of 1,001 nights, and 1,000 stories, Scheherazade told the king that she had no more tales to tell him. During these 1,001 nights, the king had fallen in love with Scheherazade. He spared her life and made her his queen.