//QE2 opens as a hotel

QE2 opens as a hotel

Iconic ocean liner returns

The Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) opened as floating hotel, dining and entertainment destination in Dubai on April 18.

PCFC Hotels – part of the Dubai government’s Ports, Customs and Free Zones Corporation – has reinvented the vessel, which has a history spanning five decades, and is now docked permanently at Mina Rashid, where her attractions will be unveiled.

The ‘soft opening’ is part of several stages in which segments of the liner will be opened and released. In this first phase, it will be welcoming passengers on board to experience a selection of rooms and suites, to discover five of the planned 13 restaurants and bars and explore her history in the adjacent QE2 Heritage Exhibition.

Hamza Mustafa, CEO of PCFC Hotels, said: “To finally open the QE2 is a dream come true for my team and I. It is one of Dubai’s most highly anticipated projects and we know that a lot of people are going to be very excited to see her for the first time, or to step back on board the vessel that created so many wonderful memories during her 40 years at sea.”

The 13-deck hotel has been thoughtfully restored to her former glory – 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 modernised guest rooms and a number of its original restaurants have retained the same names and décor as her former years.