The Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) (see 2017 video below) is a retired ocean liner built for the Cunard Line which was operated by Cunard from 1969 to 2008. QE2 was retired from active Cunard service on November 27, 2008. November 11, 2008, QE2 took her final voyage arriving on November 26, in a flotilla of 60 smaller vessels, led by MY Dubai, the personal yacht of Sheikh Mohammed, ruler of Dubai, in time for her official handover the following day.
QE2 had been acquired by the private equity arm of Dubai World, which planned to begin conversion of the vessel to a 500-room floating hotel moored at the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.
The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago in United Arab Emirates, created using land reclamation by Nakheel called the Palm Islands (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira) extends into the Persian Gulf, increasing Dubai’s shoreline by a total of 520 kilometres (320 mi). It is located on the Jumeirah coastal area of the emirate of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
As of January 2016, the ship remained laid up in Dubai, and was rumored to be slated for scrap. The rumors were false as renovations aboard the cruise ship to convert it to a hotel and museum were in progress.
After nearly 10 years in the dock at Port Rashid, the cruise ship Queen Elizabeth II is set to open as hotel and a museum in 2018. Signs by the ship now direct visitors to the hotel’s main entrance and to visitor parking.
A new website online promises guests “a royal experience”.
On August 29, 2002 the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) became the first merchant ship to sail more than 5 million nautical miles at sea.
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Video: The floating hotel QE2 Dubai