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Huge £300m superyacht owned by Qatari royal family spotted in Cornwall among heatwave staycation crowds

SUMMER SAIL

A £300 million-pound superyacht belonging to the Qatari Royal Family has docked in the UK.

The Katara, one of the largest mega super yachts in the world, was spotted berthed in Falmouth, Cornwall, next to luxury cruise liner The World.

It is believed the yacht is owned by the 40-year-old current Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani or by Sheikh Nawaf bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani, chairman of the Katara Hospitality Group.

The 7,922 ton yacht, complete with helicopter deck, satellite domes, tenders, and jet skis, was built in Germany at the Lurssen yard.

She is powered by two 9,925 hp engines, giving Katara a top speed of 20 knots.

The boat is due to leave Cornwall tomorrow, according to the Falmouth Harbour Commissioners' website.

Up to 34 guests can stay on board the yacht and it has capacity for 95 crew members.

The yacht is one of the largest in the world.

It is 124m long and generally cruises at about 20 knots.

Katara superyacht docks in Cornwall

Owned by the 40-year-old current Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani or by Sheikh Nawaf bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani.

Made in Lussen, Germany.

Weighs 7,922 tonnes, and 124m.

It has 17 cabins and five decks.

Features a helicopter deck, satellite domes, tenders, and jet skis.

Powered by two 9,925 hp engines, giving Katara a top speed of 20 knots.

34 guests can stay on board the yacht and it has capacity for 95 crew members.

Made in 2010, and designed by Albert Pinto and Espen Oeino.

According to Charterworld.com, the boat, which flies under the Qatari flag, was launched in April 2010.

"Katara motoryacht was built at the German shipyard Lurssen, who are the largest high quality builder of large mega yachts, such as this formerly called project Crystal," the yacht's description reads.

"Her impressive naval architecture was designed by the Lurssen in-house naval architects, with the exterior design by the world renowned designer Espen Oeino."

The boat has docked in the UK as a heatwave hits this week.

Sun-seekers flocked to coastal hotspots as an 'African heatflare' prepares to blast the country.

According to the Met Office, temperatures will rise throughout the week, with a 60 per cent chance of heatwave conditions in London and the South East on Friday.

Met Office Meteorologist Bonnie Diamond told the Sun Online: "From Thursday we will start to get a southerly wind moving across the UK and that’s bringing warm air from the continent.

"It's going to feel warmer for all parts of the UK but particularly hot for southern and central England."

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