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