Preparations are now underway
in Dubai for the arrival of one of the world's most famous ocean liners,
QE2 is set to arrive at Dubai port Mina Rashid on 26 November. On her arrival, she will be greeted at The World islands by a flotilla of local yachts, boats and leisure-craft led by a Royal Navy Frigate.
QE2 will then be
refurbished and set afloat on the eastern side of the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah at the end of a specially
designed land-bridge precinct that will evoke all the grandeur, luxury and exclusivity associated with ocean cruise liners.
A heritage museum displaying artifacts from QE2 and of local maritime history will also be a prominent feature in the precinct which will
contain a luxurious, West-end style theatre capable of staging the very best, full-scale West-end and Broadway productions.
Manfred Ursprunger, CEO of QE2 Enterprises, Nakheel Hotels,
said, "The investment Nakheel will be making in the QE2 will ensure that she
continues to be a beacon of sophistication for generations to come and maintains her rich heritage and iconic stature.
"QE2 has always been synonymous with luxury, elegance and exclusivity, and these are the characteristics that we are taking as the inspiration
for her future. We are proud to be the custodian of such a magnificent British icon and will utilize our resources to maintain the integrity and
spirit of QE2, as envisioned by her original design team led by Dennis Lennon, and usher in the next exciting chapter of her rich and dignified
QE2 was purchased last year by Nakheel's parent company, Dubai World. She is arguably one of the world's most famous ships and has
circumnavigated the world 25 times, crossed the Atlantic more than 800 times and carried more than 2.5 million passengers including kings and
queens, prime ministers and presidents, astronauts and many international celebrities. She survived a 95 ft wave during Hurricane Luis, carried
3,000 troops to the Falklands War and rescued 500 passengers from a burning ship. She is a record breaker for both speed and endurance, has
featured in countless films and television shows and draws crowds to every port
she docks in.
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