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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 October 2018

Historic ocean liner QE2 to open as a floating hotel in Dubai this month

Rooms start from around Dh600 a night while the ship also features 13 restaurant and nightlife venues

Queen Elizabeth 2 is now permanently moored at Port Rashid. Antonie Robertson / The National
Queen Elizabeth 2 is now permanently moored at Port Rashid. Antonie Robertson / The National

The historic ocean liner QE2 will open to guests as a floating hotel in Dubai next Wednesday.

It is believed that April 18 represents a soft launch, which will be followed by a more formal opening later in the year.

Rooms will start at about Dh600 with deals expected in Ramadan.

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An updated QE2 website has also been launched by the hotel's operators over the past few days .

According to the new website, Queen Elizabeth 2 has 224 refurbished rooms and suites, 13 restaurant and nightlife venues, a shopping arcade and 25 meeting rooms and conferencing facilities.

The 13-deck hotel is now docked permanently at Port Rashid in Dubai. Guests will enter the ship from the terminal, which has been turned into a maritime museum featuring artworks from the ship, and it is believed the two propellers will also be displayed here.

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Wednesday's launch follow a series of developments over the past few years pointing to the relaunch of the former flagship of the Cunard Line as a floating hotel.

Dubai bought the ship in 2007 but the recession scuppered plans to turn her into a floating hotel. After ten years of uncertainty, a new era awaits.

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