Queen Elizabeth 2 ship now a floating hotel in Dubai
Britain’s Famed ‘Queen Elizabeth 2’ Floating Hotel Opens in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Britain’s famed Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ship will finally open as a floating luxury hotel moored off Dubai, nearly a decade after completing its last ocean voyage.
It’s been another long trip for the ship known as the QE2 to even open to the public, as Dubai’s financial meltdown and years of slow growth nearly sank the project and left the ship languishing at the port. After initially planning to gut the vessel, Dubai’s government ultimately decided to restore the ship at a cost of over $100 million, down to replicating its 1960s carpeting, with work still underway.
Queen Elizabeth 2 Floating Hotel Details:
What is the opening date of ‘Queen Elizabeth 2’ Floating Hotel in Dubai, UAE?
The soft opening will take place on 18th April 2018
The grand launch of the QE2 will take place in October 2018.
Where is the location of Queen Elizabeth 2 Floating Hotel in Dubai, UAE?
Mina Rashid, Dubai, UAE
What is the ticket price for hotel rooms at Queen Elizabeth 2 Floating Hotel in Dubai?
Prices will range from $150 a night in the simplest berthing to $15,000 a night for Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary suites.
Which restaurants will open after soft launch of ‘Queen Elizabeth 2’ Floating Hotel in Dubai, UAE?
During the soft launch of the QE2, Passengers can experience some of the ship’s original restaurants including
- The Chart Room – a sophisticated and historical lounge and bar;
- The Golden Lion – a traditional English pub and potentially one of Dubai’s oldest;
- The Pavilion – a family restaurant with an expansive terrace overlooking the marina;
- Lido – the hotel’s all-day-dining restaurant;
- The Grand Lounge – a cabaret-style lounge with a weekly entertainment programme;
- 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 unique event and meeting room spaces, most notably The Queen’s Room – an imitable ballroom unlike any other in the city.
What are the other features of Queen Elizabeth 2 Floating Hotel in Dubai, UAE?
- The 13-deck hotel has been thoughtfully restored to the former glory of Queen Elizabeth 2, maintaining her most loved interior design features including her period furniture, renowned paintings and famous memorabilia.
- The original porthole windows still add a maritime feel to the attractive modernized guest rooms and a number of her original restaurants have retained the same names and décor as her former years. Whilst extensively preserving her authentic elements, she has been fully equipped with all the latest technology.
- Adjacent to the hotel lobby is the QE2 Exhibition, an interactive museum that showcases the QE2 during the 60’s when she was a pioneer in design, technology and lifestyle – words often used to describe the city she resides today.
- 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 is 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 luxurious bedroom. Highly personalized amenities are included for Passengers who can book the suite by invitation only.
History of ‘Queen Elizabeth 2’ Floating Hotel
- The QE2, built by Cunard and put to sea in 1969, is the second ship the company named after the wife of King George VI, not the current British monarch — hence the number rather than the Roman numeral.
- The luxury ship traveled some 6 million miles in decades of service even as airlines came to dominate trans-Atlantic travel. It carried 2.5 million passengers and crossed the Atlantic more than 800 times. Britain requisitioned the ship as a troop carrier for the Falklands War against Argentina in 1982.
- In 2007, Cunard sold the QE2 to an arm of the state-run conglomerate Dubai World for 50 million pounds ($100 million). She arrived to Dubai’s Port Rashid the following year as part of a glitzy armada led by a mega-yacht owned by Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, at the height of the former British protectorate’s real-estate bubble.
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