A Royal Retreat

May 01, 2018
The Queen Elizabeth 2 starts a new chapter in Dubai

Last month saw the launch of the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) as PCFC Hotels - part of the Dubai government’s Ports, Customs and Free Zones Corporation - reinvented the legendary vessel as a floating hotel, dining and entertainment destination in Dubai.

The world-famous cruise liner, which has a history spanning fve decades, is now docked permanently at Mina Rashid, where her dining, accommodation and entertainment attractions will be unveiled. Her opening marks the frst phase of several stages in which segments of the liner will be opened and released for a unique experience capturing all that was grand about her forty years of service. In this frst phase, she will be welcoming passengers on board to experience a selection of restored rooms and suites, to discover fve of the planned 13 restaurants and bars and explore her rich history in the adjacent QE2 Heritage Exhibition.

“To fnally open the QE2 is a dream come true. 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 frst time, or to step back on board the vessel that created so many wonderful memories during her 40 years at sea," said Hamza Mustafa, CEO of PCFC Hotels.

We have dedicated more than 2.7 million man-hours into transforming this ocean liner into the multi-faceted tourist destination that she is today and I am very proud to reintroduce her to the world as she embarks on the next stage of her celebrated journey. It has been an honour to work on this wonderful project and to help ensure that our lovely Lady lives up to her new slogan: still making history,” he added.

The 13-deck hotel maintains her interior design features such as her period furniture, renowned paintings and famous memorabilia. The original porthole windows remain, adding a maritime feel to the modernised guest rooms and a number of her original restaurants have retained the same names and décor as her former years. While extensively preserving authentic elements, the QE2 is also fully-equipped with all the latest technology

Adjacent to the hotel lobby is the QE2 Exhibition – an interactive museum that showcases the QE2 during the 1960s when she was a pioneer in design, technology and lifestyle.

Restaurants include The Chart Room, a historical lounge and bar; The Golden Lion, a traditional English pub and potentially one of Dubai’s oldest; The Pavilion, a family restaurant with an expansive terrace overlooking the marina; Lido, the hotel’s all-day-dining restaurant; The Grand Lounge, a cabaret-style lounge with a weekly entertainment programme; and the Yacht Club, a chic rendition of the former venue.

For more information, visit qe2.com
 
 
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