Fwd: Al-Waleed bin Talal buys world’s first ‘Flying Palace’
A lift drops to the tarmac and a red carpet unfurls, with downlights to ‘give the impression of turning up at the Oscars’, according to Design Q’s co-founder Gary Doy. The belly of the A380 has been turned into a relaxation zone, including a Turkish bath lined with marble only two millimetres thick to keep the weight down.
Next door is a wellbeing room, with the floor and walls turned into a giant screen showing the ground down below. Guests can stand on a ‘magic carpet’ and watch the journey, a scented breeze blowing into the room.
If work really is unavoidable, the boardroom is on hand with iTouch screens and live share prices projected on to the tables. For conference calls, a business partner on the ground can be virtually projected on to the table to ‘join’ a meeting.
The five suites which form the owner’s private quarters have king- size beds, entertainment systems and a prayer room featuring computer generated prayer mats which always face Mecca . A lift shuttles between the plane’s three floors, from the private quarters upstairs, down to the concert hall, featuring a baby grand piano and seating for ten, and to the garage below.
There are around 20 ‘sleepers’ – the equivalent of First Class seats – for extra guests. According to the designers, the style is elegant curves and swirls of Arabic writing.
- A lounge to seat a traveling entourage of 25 trusted aides;
- A marble-paneled dining room with seating for 14;
- A bar with curtains to mimic tents of the Arabian Desert ;
- A fiber-optic mosaic that will depict a shifting desert scene;
- A movie theatre with plush leather seats the color of sand dunes;
- A series of bedrooms linked to stewardesses by intercom;
- A gym with Nautilus equipment and running machines; and
- A large silk bed designed to resemble a Bedouin tent that will be the centerpiece of the plane’s interior.