Transformation from ship to hotel complete: QE2 to open in Dubai next week

Transformation from ship to hotel complete: QE2 to open in Dubai next week
Published: 12 April 2018 - 5:24 a.m.
By: Sarakshi Rai

A little over a decade after it made it's final journey to Dubai, the famed QE2 will finally be open to guests next week in its new avatar.

On April 18, the QE2 will have a soft launch, which will be followed by a more formal opening once it's refurbishment is complete.

Rooms on board the ship will start at around US $163 (AED 600), with discounted deals expected in Ramadan.

It houses 224 refurbished rooms and suites, 13 food and beverage venues, 25 meeting and conferencing facilities and a number of retail shops, according to the ship’s new website which hotel operators updated ahead of the launch.Tthe guest rooms also feature the original portholes that peer out to the Arabian Gulf or the iconic Dubai skyline.

The QE2 was built in the shipyards of John Brown in Clydebank, Scotland and was launched on September 20, 1967 by Queen Elizabeth II and had her maiden voyage in 1969. More than 50 years later it's all set for a new journey as a hotel. 

As Hotelier Middle East previously reported, the 13-deck hotel is now permanently docked at Dubai’s Port Rashid. Guests will be able to enter the ship from the terminal, which has been turned into a maritime museum featuring artworks from the historic vessel.


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