QE2 docks in Dubai and opens its doors as luxury floating hotel


The QE2 has opened its doors as luxury floating hotel in Dubai.

The former Cunard liner has been docked permanently at Mina Rashid in the Middle East since leaving Southampton in 2008 and has been undergoing an extensive refurbishment for the last there years.

Now it has opened its doors as a five-star hotel, operated by PCFC Hotels, a company owned by the Dubai government.

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Cabins have been converted into hotel rooms and suites, while 13 restaurants, an English pub, a ballroom, and an exhibition area showcasing the history of the ship have also been created.

224 of the 800 rooms were now ready for business, with the remainder expected to be completed by October.

Features such as porthole windows, memorabilia and paintings have been kept during the renovation.

Chief executive Hamza Mustafa said the ship was coming “back to life”.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: “We have restored the QE2 to her former glory – we’ve meticulously brought her back to her original 1969 build.

“When you walk in you get a sense of nostalgia – this is what the ship was famous for and this is exactly what we’re celebrating, glorifying her heyday.”

QE2’s 13 decks are due to be opened in phases until the hotel is fully operational by the autumn.

The 293.5m (963ft) long former Cunard flagship carried almost 2.5 million passengers and completed more than 800 Atlantic crossings following its launch from the John Brown Shipyard in Clydebank in 1967.

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