ALL ABOARD!

It sailed the At­lantic for al­most 40 years. Now the Queen El­iz­a­beth 2 has turned into a 13-deck lux­ury ho­tel

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The restau­rants, the rooms, the ren­no­va­tions – take a look in­side the QE2

Docked in Dubai for al­most a decade, the fa­mous QE2 cruise ship has fi­nally opened its doors as a one-of-a-kind float­ing ho­tel. With a his­tory span­ning five decades, the 13-deck ho­tel first ar­rived in Dubai in Novem­ber 2008, and has now found a per­ma­nent home at Port Rashid. In a sat­u­rated mar­ket of ul­tra-mod­ern lux­ury ho­tels, the QE2 has been re­stored rather than ren­o­vated, with many of the same fea­tures that graced the leg­endary liner when it was launched in 1967.

WHAT’S ON­BOARD?

Ex­pect kitsch print car­pets, a vin­tage casino (now de­com­mis­sioned) and a 530-seater the­atre. An in­ter­ac­tive mu­seum has also been cus­tom built to com­ple­ment the QE2 en­trance, where guests can browse the ar­chives while check­ing in. In­side, you’ll find trin­kets from the ship’s 50-year ser­vice proudly dis­played along­side an in­ter­ac­tive time­line of the QE2’ s his­tory.

Cur­rently, only four of the decks are open to the pub­lic, and five of the 13 restau­rants and bars are open for busi­ness. By Oc­to­ber, there will be 13 decks, (ten will be open to pas­sen­gers), 13 restau­rants and bars, and a spa and pool deck all open for ho­tel guests, and Dubai res­i­dents, to ex­plore.

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