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    Shipyard delivers yacht to Saudi prince

    Anatolia News Agency
    25.04.2009 - 00:00 | Son Güncelleme:

    KOCAELİ - The Nourah of Riyadh, the megayacht produced in the Kocaeli Free Zone, was delivered to its owners with a ceremony Friday. The yacht, which cost 40 million euros, will be used by Saudi Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz.

    Speaking at the ceremony at the free zone, State Minister Kürşad Tüzmen said Turkey has become the third in yacht production, while standing at No. 7 in shipbuilding.

    The 65-meter-long yacht is the biggest megayacht produced in Turkey. "We like to break records," Tüzmen said. "With a new record, we will build a 75-meter-long yacht here next time."

    The Nourah of Riyadh was built at the shipyard of Yachtley, a company of Saudi, Lebanese and Turkish capital. Bader Fahad M. Al Athel, vice president of the company, said the firm was founded in 2005. Yachtley has invested in Turkey, "trusting in the quality of workforce and production," he said. "I am sure that Yachtley yachts will rank among the best ones in the world."

    Designed by Starkey

    The Nourah of Riyadh, whose construction started in January 2006, has six guest cabins, one VIP cabin, a king room, a theater and dining hall, a main hall, 21 cabins for the crew and a Jacuzzi. It also has two elevators and a helipad. It was designed by renowned designer Donald Starkey. It will first be sent to Cannes.
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