The ship's name is al Said and the length is about 508 ft (155 meters). Its owner is Sultan Qaboos who is an avid fan and promoter of classical music. His 120-member orchestra has a high reputation in the Middle East. Although initially trained by British professionals, the orchestra consists entirely of young Omanis who audition as children and grow up as members of the symphonic ensemble. They play locally and travel abroad with the sultan (although not to Saudi Arabia, because the orchestra mixes male and female musicians).
Argentine composer Lalo Schifrin composed a work entitled 'Symphonic Impressions of Oman'. Such cultural innovations by the sultan have, however, been criticised as "just wasted money" because, as one Omani professional observed in 2001, "music diverts us from being serious about religion.
(photo credit: www.vancouverinternationalboatshow.com/World's-largest-yachts.html)