Iraq says it has decided to sell Saddam Hussein’s luxury yacht after winning a legal dispute over its ownership. The former dictator’s 269-foot superyacht is fitted with swimming pools, salons, a secret passage and a rocket launching system.
The floating palace, originally named Qadissiyat Saddam, after a famous Arab victory over the Persians in 637 AD, was made by Danish shipbuilders in 1981, telegraph.co.uk reports,The yacht, now renamed Ocean Breeze and moored off Nice, is an astonishing testament to the playboy lifestyle enjoyed by Saddam and his entourage.It is decorated throughout with fine mahogany, gold, silver and marble, and was described by its builders as "lavish in every detail and very Arabic in style".
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There are bathrooms with gold taps, Jacuzzis, steam rooms, hi-tech entertainment suites and games parlours, including table tennis and pool tables, and flat-screen TVs in almost every cabin.
The Iraqi government is to sell a luxury yacht which was previously owned by the late leader, Saddam Hussein.
The 82m (270ft) Ocean Breeze is equipped with swimming pools, an operating theatre, a helipad and an escape tunnel leading to a submarine.
Iraq has decided to sell the yacht after winning a legal battle with a Jordanian company over its ownership.
The yacht is expected to sell for millions of dollars, but brokers have said the decor may not suit all tastes. Reports BBC.NEWS The yacht could fetch offers in the region of $35m.