The iconic QE2 ocean liner is set to open as a permanent hotel in Port Rashid.

It spent nearly 40 years cruising around the seas, but now it’s setting down roots right here in Dubai.

The legendary ocean liner Queen Elizabeth II (commonly referred to as QE2) will open as a permanent hotel and museum in the near future – and we’ve just had a glimpse at what the suites will look like.

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The ship, which is based at Port Rashid, first arrived in the Emirates back in 2008, and has been undergoing an extensive makeover ahead of its opening.

 

It’s not known exactly when it will open its doors as a hotel, but the official Instagram account revealed this week that “it’s not long until her new journey begins”.

So, what can you expect to find at the 963-foot QE2? For overnight guests, there’ll be rooms and suites which have been “thoughtfully restored” to pay tribute to the liner’s heritage.

Accommodation will feature dark wood panelling and vintage appliances, harking back to the ship’s maritime history, but you’ll find all the mod cons of your typical hotel room too.

There’ll also be 12 entertainment and dining venues on board, from casual eateries and grand restaurants to a theatre and a nightclub.

You’ll also be able to find an interactive museum that charts the QE2’s history on-site too, complete with artifacts and reproduced rooms.

Although not confirmed by the Port, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, who are now responsible for the liner, it has been rumoured that the 300-key hotel will open in the first half of this year, What’s On Dubai reports.

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The QE2, which first set sail in 1969, was officially launched by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, and boasts Prince Charles among its passengers.

And hopefully we can join that regal guest list in the not-too-distant future…

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