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Dubai Prepares for QE2 Arrival

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Dubai – Preparations are underway in Dubai for the arrival of the world’s best loved ocean liner, the QE2. The ship left Southampton last week on her ultimate voyage and is now en route to her new home in the emirate. Nakheel, the company taking ownership following her arrival, will provide a fitting welcome for this queen of the waves, and its investment will safeguard the future of one of the last remaining icons of maritime history.

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 life.”

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.

Once refurbished, QE2 will be set afloat on the eastern side of the trunk of Palm Jumeirah at the end of a specially designed, prestigious land-bridge precinct that will evoke all the grandeur, luxury and exclusivity associated with ocean cruise liners. Plans for QE2 include her transformation into an ultra-luxury floating hotel where she will form the centre-piece of a luxurious residential, entertainment, marina, and hotel development off the trunk of Palm Jumeirah.

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