The Al-Hashemi is a great wooden dhow that now rises in Radisson SAS Hotel, Kuwait. One of the reasons of the Al-Hashemi being built is that to prove that wooden ships can be built and that the skills of building them are not lost.
It was estimated that 3000 cu. m (108000 cu. ft) of wood was needed to build and shape the Al-Hashemi. In 1996, Hussain Marafie flew to Cameroon and Ivory Coast to arrange the collection of the exotic types of wood to construct Al-Hashemi. For Masts, yards and spars, Oregon pine logs were imported from the USA.
On the 10th February 1997, the construction of Al-Hashemi has started. The construction of Al-Hashemi set the sail with the commencement of laying her keel. The six-pieced keel is 53.75m long and weighs about 35 tons. Now with the specially carved figurehead atop, the length of the stern post is just 5.75m.
77 huge frames with amidships of a height 11.00m across the keel, 21 diminishing frames on the wing transom and 20 stern timbers held upon it that protrude high and aft well over the stern post, and 18 pairs of diminishing frames on fashioned timber to form the 'ribs' of Al-Hashemi.
Al-Hashemi boasts an overall length of 83.75m and an amidships width of 18.5m.
About 80 tons of hand made nails with a length of 0.5m to 1.0m and bolts with a length of 1.0m to 3.5m were required for this wooden structure. All were made in Marafie's Smithy. The Al-Hashemi's rudder is 8.0m long and weighs approximately 3.0 tons. The Steering wheel has a 2.0m diameter and is a great piece of work.
The skyscraping main mast is 50m high and it's diameters at bottom and top measures as 90cm and 75cm respectively. The 40m long mizzen mast has a base and top diameters of 75cm and 60cm. The overall weight of Al-Hashemi is around 2,500 tons.
The Al-Hashemi is built double decked to suit the ultimate purpose of which she has been designed. Apart from the lower and main decks, and the quarter deck, she has a poop deck and a spar deck afore. The lower deck has beautifully laid wooden parquet flooring specially designed and manufactured in Marafie's carpentry workshop, from off-cut timber pieces.
The stem and stern balconies, circular stairs around the stern post leading to the stern balcony and to the quarter deck diwaniyah (where people sit and chat) are both visually attractive and necessary features within the banquet hall. Inside the spacious ballroom which has sophisticated service facilities, about 5500 bulbs on hanging and wall-mounted light fixtures are arranged in a pattern to spread the sparkle. These light fixtures were designed and manufactured in the baglah workshop.