Basrah Breeze
Basrah Breeze

Saddam Hussein's 30 million dollars yacht repurposed as a hotel

ANI | Updated: May 24, 2018 14:33 IST

Basra [Iraq], May 24 (ANI): Deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's 30 million dollars, 270-foot presidential yacht, named the Basrah Breeze, will now operate as a hotel facility for Iraqi maritime pilots shipping in and out of Basra.
Despite having a presidential suite and luxurious guest rooms, Hussein never stepped onboard the yacht, which was built for him in 1981, as reported by NBC.
Following a court battle, the Iraqi government reclaimed the vessel in 2010 but struggled to find a buyer considering its huge price tag.
The yacht has a presidential suite, 17 smaller guest rooms, a clinic, and 18 cabins for crew.
For the past two years, the yacht has accommodated marine researchers from Basra University. (ANI)