The Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) will open its doors to the public on the April 18, 2018. It will be operated by PCFC Hotels - part of the Dubai government’s Ports, Customs and Free Zones Corporation.
The world-famous cruise liner, which has a history spanning five decades, is now docked permanently at Mina Rashid, where her dining, accommodation and entertainment attractions will be unveiled. Her opening marks the first phase – a “soft opening”- of several stages in which segments of the liner will be opened.
In this first phase, she will be welcoming passengers on board to experience a selection of restored rooms and suites, to discover five of the planned 13 restaurants and bars and explore her history in the adjacent QE2 Heritage Exhibition.
Hamza Mustafa, CEO of PCFC Hotels commented: “We have dedicated more than 2.7 million man-hours into transforming this legendary ocean liner into the multi-faceted tourist destination that she is today and I am very proud to reintroduce her to the world as she embarks on the next stage of her celebrated journey. It has been an honor to work on this wonderful project and to help ensure that our lovely Lady lives up to her new slogan: still making history.”
The 13-deck hotel has been restored while maintaining her interior design features - including period furniture, renowned paintings and famous memorabilia. The original porthole windows still add a maritime feel to the attractive modernised guest rooms and a number of her original restaurants have retained the same names and décor as her former years.
Adjacent to the hotel lobby is the QE2 Exhibition – an interactive museum that showcases the QE2 during the 60’s.
From small but beautifully designed ‘cabin’ style standard rooms starting at 17m², to the 76m² royal suites belonging to the Queen herself – the QE2 will offer a selection of 13 room and suite categories for Passengers to experience.
The gem in the crown of the QE2 are the two Royal Suites named after the Queen’s mother and grandmother. These suites offer a private veranda, conservatory and dining room – in addition to a bedroom. Highly personalised amenities are included for passengers who can book the suite by invitation only.
During the soft launch of the QE2, passengers can experience some of the ship’s original restaurants including The Chart Room – a historical lounge and bar; The Golden Lion – a traditional English pub; The Pavilion – a family restaurant with a terrace overlooking the marina; Lido – the hotel’s all-day-dining restaurant; The Grand Lounge – a cabaret-style lounge with a weekly entertainment programme; and the Yacht Club – a chic rendition of the former venue as well as a unique take on the traditional afternoon tea.
The hotel’s signature restaurant is The Queens Grill which offers a refined selection of British fine-dining dishes as well as a tasting menu that recreates a classic selection of dishes from 1969.
The QE2 is home to a number of event and meeting room spaces, most notably The Queen’s Room – a ballroom.
The grand launch of the QE2 will take place in October 2018.