Third largest yacht in the world crosses Suez Canal

The third largest yacht in the world, owned by Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said of Oman, crossed the Suez Canal on Tuesday, an official source from the Suez Canal Authority said.

Accompanied by an Omani naval ship, the 155 meter long yacht crossed the canal into the Mediterranean, a journey which took 13 hours.

The Said yacht, which weighs 16,000 tons, was made in Germany at a cost of US$200 million. The yacht has a landing platform, a swimming pool and a large ballroom.

The two largest yachts in the world owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and Dubai ruler Mohamed Bin Rashed al-Maktoom, which are 162.5 and 162 meters long respectively.

The Egyptian yacht Mahrousa, made in 1869 for Khediv Ismail, is the fifth largest yacht in the world.

Mahrousa was the first ship to cross the Suez Canal upon its inauguration in 1869. It became part of the Egyptian navy after the 23 July 1952 revolution.

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