Dubai is all set to get a new luxury floating hotel, but it’s not what you’re probably imagining. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth 2 ocean liner – which was originally retired in 2008 – will instead be permanently docked at Dubai, where it gets a second life as a luxury hotel.
It is cool to see this historic vessel get a second chance to host guests and parties. Since its launch way back in launched in 1967, the ship has completed a whopping 800 transatlantic crossings and has carried 2.5 million passengers. It even served as a troop carrier for the Falklands War against Argentina in 1982.
At the QE2, guests have a wide range of options from simple berths priced at US$150 a night to elaborate rooms worth US$15,000 a night.
Renovations and refurbishment are still in progress with 7 of the 13 decks and 5 (of 13) bars and restaurants ready for guests. A British pub style bar will serve alcohol but its slot machines will not functions given that gambling is illegal in Dubai.
Guests will be happy to learn that they will find Dubai Duty Free stores on board the QE2.
The hotel will enjoy a soft opening next week and a full-fledged grand opening is expected in October.