Of all the boats made in the world, those made in the United States are considered special. Huge wooden boats are still made today, especially in Dubai. In 1940, Obaid Juma bin Majid Al Falasi, a native of the United States, built some of the most famous traditional wooden boats.
Currently, his family is making traditional wooden boats in the Dubai Greek area. His son Majid Obaid Al Falasi, 52, and his family have been building a huge wooden boat called “Obaid” since 2017.
The construction of the boat is now complete and yesterday the Guinness Book of World Records certified it as the world’s largest wooden boat.
Commenting on the boat, Majid Obaid Al Falasi said: It is 300 feet long, 67 feet wide, and 32 feet high. It is worth noting that the boat is almost the size of a football field. The weight of this boat is 2 thousand 500 tons. It can carry about 2,500 tons of goods (weighing 400 elephants). Its total capacity is 6 thousand tons. The boat is equipped with an engine capable of 1,850 horsepower.
It can travel at a speed of 14 knots (25 km) per hour. It will be used for cargo trade to Yemen, Somalia, Sweden, Egypt, Kenya, Pakistan, and India in the near future and will soon be available in all ports around the world. Thus he said.
The Guinness Book of World Records for the largest wooden boat in the world was in Kuwait. It is noteworthy that the Obi-Wan boat has now surpassed this record.