The World’s First Emissions-Free Yacht Arrives In Dubai

Lindsay Judge   |   02-05-2024

The Icon, the worlds first emissions-free yacht has landed at Madinat Jumeirah, offering a new planet-friendly luxury experience for guests. Created by Design by Designworks, a subsidiary of the BMW Group, and German tech start-up, TYDE, the impressive 13.5 metres, 100 per cent sustainable watercraft can now be experienced exclusively by residents staying in the Malakiya Villas at Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf, the Presidential or Royal suites at the resorts four hotels, or Jumeirah One members.

The Icon is the worlds first inaugural battery-powered, emissions-free yacht. It emits zero noise or pollution and its cutting-edge design offers an immersive experience with 360-views of the ocean from a twenty-one square meter lounge-like interior, adorned with blue and gold, reinforcing Jumeirahs reputation for creating ultra-luxurious, one-of-a-kind experiences.

Using leading technology to combine climate-friendly mobility, the vessel operates with up to 80 per cent energy savings compared to conventional yachts, while maintaining a luxurious ride experience. A true display of innovation and craftsmanship, despite reaching a top speed of 30 knots (55 km/h), 50 nautical miles range (>90 km) at 24 knots (46 km/h), the yacht glides silently over the water.

The arrival of The Icon is the latest in Madinat Jumeirahs environmental initiatives, which also include the cherished Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project, an educational and environmental initiative in which turtles are nurtured back to good health and reintroduced to the wild.

Peter Roth, Regional Vice President Madinat Jumeirah & General Manager Jumeirah Al Qasr said: It is an honour to welcome THE ICON to the waters of Madinat Jumeirah in partnership with TYDE, BMW Group and D-Marin, The Selection of Premium Marinas. Environmentally conscious, beautifully designed, and unforgettable – THE ICON embodies many of the traits we strive for at Madinat Jumeirah, and we are thrilled to be able to offer our guests the exciting opportunity to witness this spectacular marrying of cutting-edge design and sustainability.” 

Christoph Ballin, Managing Director of TYDE added, “Madinat Jumeirah has always been at the forefront of blending unique luxury hospitality with a profound commitment to preserving beaches, wildlife, and the environment at large. We align closely with these values and are privileged and delighted to lend our support.”