Famous cruise liner QE2 to be converted into hotel
The famous QE2 cruise liner is to leave Dubai before the year is out and sail to China to be converted into a luxury hotel, it has been confirmed today.
The luxury vessel has been docked in Dubai since 2008 but will set sail for China for further modifications before leaving for an as-yet-undisclosed new home in an Asian country.
Khamis Juma Buamim, chairman of Dubai shipyard operator Drydocks World, said today that the 46- QE2 is undergoing upgrades in Dubai before a planned departure on October 18.
He promised a “gala sail-off party” before the ship’s departure.
Having been made sea-worthy in Dubai, the vessel will sail under its own steam to China, stopping in Singapore and Hong Kong on the way to a “selected shipyard in China to complete her transformation”.
The ship’s departure comes after plans to convert the cruise liner into a luxury hotel to be situated in Dubai failed to come to fruition.
“Over the last few months we have put a lot of effort and work into this project in planning and negotiation - and our overall plans for the QE2 are well on track. We have surmounted all of the challenges placed before us and been able to transform these to opportunities,” Buamim said.