The ship “Queen Elizabeth 2”.. the largest luxury floating hotel in Dubai

As Buckingham Palace concluded its platinum jubilee celebrations, marking seven decades since British Queen Elizabeth II assumed the throne of the United Kingdom, the historic ship “Queen Elizabeth 2”, located in the far east, specifically in Port Rashid , getting ready to celebrate. the fourth anniversary of the birth of the United Kingdom. To turn the wheel and open it as the largest and unique luxury floating hotel in Dubai.

The Emirates News Agency toured the ship to explore its landmarks and learn more about its ancient history through the interactive QE2 Heritage Gallery and Museum, which presents the history of its flights during its heyday in the sixties, where it has a great balance of memories during his 40 years at sea. Almost half a century ago and the end of her journey she chose to retire in the Emirate of Dubai in Port Rashid.

And “Queen Elizabeth 2” QE2 – the largest floating hotel in Dubai – which was launched by the Queen of Britain in 1967, and began her journey across the “Atlantic Ocean” two years after its launch, and completed 25 world voyages, the Atlantic Ocean crossed more than 806 times, and the ship completed its last trips on November 11, 2008, when I went from the UK to the UAE.

Magic and treasures

Our immersive journey began inside the legendary ship with its officials, from the moment we set foot in the port, the smell of old wooden oak crept into us, waddling with its unique aesthetics on the waters of Dubai, after its restoration with about $ 100 million, to restore its former glory, and preserve the interior design of furniture pieces. The ancient and his famous paintings, feel in you the fragrant history and time of that royal ship, which resisted the bustle of the waves for decades, to become a piece full of the secrets of the sea and its worlds.

On a tour full of magic and treasures we saw, for example: a portrait of Queen Elizabeth the Mother, worth 2.6 million pounds, and another portrait of the current Queen drawn by artist Edward Hiladi, estimated at 1, 5 million pounds, while the shipbuilder QE2 has presented another model of a ship of length. About six meters, called “Mortiana”, was made in 1906, and the price of that old wooden model is estimated at almost four million pounds, in addition to a luxurious pure bronze statue of Queen Elizabeth, it cuts back to 1969.

Port Rashid is the first tourist destination in the Middle East, over the past years, according to the World Travel Awards, so the ship is currently witnessing many events and parties, as if everyone is blessed with this royal ship that reflects pages of history, and unforgettable scenes aboard that ship that built up a balance. Many good memories.

aesthetic vocabulary

Constantia Bagiorocchi, the hotel officer on the “Queen Elizabeth 2” ship, said that the ship came back to life in October 2018, as a floating hotel docked permanently in Dubai, after more than two and a half million boarded. passengers, including politicians and celebrities, and has landed in more than 200 ports around the world, so the ship’s main attractions focus on the past, as well as the opportunity to walk through the corridors of the likes of Nelson Mandela, David Bowie, Elizabeth Taylor and Buzz Aldrin , as well as an exclusive experience to visit the royal suites of Queen Elizabeth and her mother.

Inside, the ship is characterized by an aesthetic vocabulary full of charm, and the same amount of detail: its rudder, its cabin, its bulkheads, its engine room, its relief and old living facilities. For Queen Elizabeth II, this includes a total of 447 rooms and suites, and two royal suites dedicated to invitation, each suite includes a private balcony, a glass room, a dining room, in addition to a luxurious bedroom.


Millions of dollars cost to restore it to its former glory.


She crossed the Atlantic, and her last trip was to the Emirates.

The ship landed in 200 ports around the world.. 2.5 million passengers, including politicians and celebrities, boarded it.

Septuagint music

The ship’s original round windows still give a sense of the seaside atmosphere in the handsomely renovated guest rooms, with “seventies” jazz music playing, and a group of its original restaurants have retained their names and decorations as in the previous years, and while the ship has retained the fragrant elements of its original, the ship is also equipped with the latest technology.

The last oil-powered steamboat

The QE2 was the last oil-powered passenger ship to cross the Atlantic in liner service until it was refitted with a modern diesel engine in 1986, and operated as a transatlantic ship and liner from 1969 to 2008, the British vessel was designed for The Atlantic moved from her home in Southampton to New York until she was succeeded by “Queen Mary II” in 2004.

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