Posted by: cruise2 | 2 July, 2012

QE2 to Host Visitors Again as Hotel in Dubai

English: The Cunard Liner RMS Queen Elizabeth ...

English: The Cunard Liner RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 anchored off South Queensferry on her last tour round the UK. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dubai has settled on a use for Queen Elizabeth 2 which it bought for $US100 million, with plans to make it into a floating hotel fitted with the original furnishings.

The chairman of the Dubai company that owns the ship said to-day he expects the 300-room hotel to open within 18 months at the city’s downtown Port Rashid.

Istithmar World Chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem says the company realized visitors want to see the QE2 as it originally looked, so is not planning major changes as part of the conversion.

The ship’s fate has been the subject of intense speculation since Dubai bought it in 2007. Original plans to completely overhaul it as a luxury hotel were scrapped when Dubai’s economy tumbled into crisis.

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