Al Shafa Construction company is reportedly working on Queen Elizabeth 2 or QE2, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in September.
According to a ‘Current Projects’ listing on the company’s website, the ‘QE2 Restoration’ is a multi-year project involving more than 30,000sqm of space.
This equates to around half of all the available floor space aboard the ship, so Al Shafa may only have been contracted to restore her public rooms and passenger cabins.
According to the project description, the company was brought in during August 2015 to begin work and will complete the project in August this year, with 110 people currently working on refurbishing the ship.
The new information comes following years of uncertainty regarding the fate of the former flagship of Cunard Line. QE2 was purchased by the investment arm of Dubai World in 2007, with plans for her to be made into a floating hotel on the Palm Jumeirah.
A DP World official has indicated that QE2 will be a centrepiece of the new development as a floating hotel and events venue, but an official announcement to this end has not yet been made, although a model of QE2 has been added to the project model in Cruise Terminal 3.