Making a splash: QE2 to open as a floating hotel in Dubai this week

Rebecca Smith
The ocean liner will be permanently docked in Dubai
The ocean liner will be permanently docked in Dubai (Source: Getty)

Queen Elizabeth II is finally set to open her doors as a hotel which will be docked permanently in Dubai.

The 13-deck hotel It will eventually have 13 restaurants and bars, with QE2 starting to bring public on board from tomorrow before a big opening in October. As part of the overall renovation is complete it's now starting to welcome passengers.

The ocean liner has been "lovingly restored to her former glory", plus it is now kitted out in smart technology.

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A mobile app is in the works, which those on board will be able to use to access their accommodation, and navigate what is on offer.

The ocean liner will be moored at Mina Rashid in Dubai
The ocean liner will be moored at Mina Rashid in Dubai (Source:

It will have a spa and pool deck, shopping arcade, live entertainment, a theatre and a cinema, as well as three decks of executive rooms and suites.

Based at Dubai's Mina Rashid, the QE2 is close to some of Dubai's most popular places including its international financial centre, and the Dubai World Trade Centre.

It also shares a neighbourhood with some of Dubai's other "cultural gems" according to its site, including the Gold Souk, Dubai Creek, and the Etihad Museum.

Previously owned by Cunard, the QE2 was bought for $100m by state-owned Istithmar World PJSC in 2007. It said a decade ago it planned to turn the giant ship into a floating hotel and the public will now begin to see the first results of that process.

The ocean liner was launched back in 1967 by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, and became the longest-serving ship in Cunard's 168-history.

Now getting a second life as a hotel, the ship will also host events including weddings.

"Few people can share the experience of getting married on the same vessel graced by the likes of Her Highness the Queen, Julie Andrews, David Bowie and Elton John," the QE2 site says.

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