The famous liner MS Queen Elizabeth 2, popularly known as (QE2) is set to assume a new avatar and is being moved to Drydocks World Dubai for renovations to be transformed into a 500-room luxury hotel, which slated for launch in early 2014. The aim of the company is to turn the liner into a hallmark of luxury, glamour and sophistication and its chosen location, Dubai’s cruise ship terminal at Port Rashid, has been narrowed on as the ideal location for the same. Not only will it be a hotel, but a attraction replete with a luxe shopping mall, a QE2 Café, three Michelin-starred restaurants, convention and meeting facilities, onboard maritime museum displaying QE2 memorabilia and her rich history, along with a collection of treasures of Dubai. The 34 year old 294 meter liner has had a historical run so far. It was built in the 1960s and boasts of having carried 2.5 million passengers, sailed nearly six million miles and completed 806 trans-Atlantic crossings.
The historical liner was acquired by Istithmar World, the private equity unit of the government-owned conglomerate Dubai World, for $100 million in 2007. It was operated by Cunard prior to its sale to Istithmar.