The Queen Elizabeth 2 vessel will open to public tomorrow with a variety of lodging and dining facilities

The Queen Elizabeth 2 vessel will open to public tomorrow with a variety of lodging and dining facilities

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The Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) will open its doors to the public on April 18. The grand launch of the vessel will take place in October 2018.


PCFC Hotels – part of the Dubai government’s Ports, Customs and Free Zones Corporation – has reinvented the vessel as the latest tourism destination.


The world-famous cruise liner, which has a history spanning five decades, is now docked permanently at Mina Rashid, where its dining, accommodation and entertainment attractions will be unveiled. Its opening marks the first phase – a “soft opening”- of several stages in which segments of the liner will be opened and released for a unique experience capturing all that was grand about its forty years of service.


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In this first phase, the vessel will be welcoming passengers on board to experience a selection of beautifully restored rooms and suites, to discover five of the planned 13 restaurants and bars and explore her rich history in the adjacent QE2 Heritage Exhibition.

Hamza Mustafa, CEO of PCFC Hotels commented: “To finally open the QE2 is a dream come true for my team and I. It is one of Dubai’s most highly anticipated projects and we know that a lot of people are going to be very excited to see her for the first time, or to step back on board the vessel that created so many wonderful memories during her 40 years at sea.”

He continued: “We have dedicated more than 2.7 million man-hours into transforming this legendary ocean liner into the multi-faceted tourist destination that she is today and I am very proud to reintroduce her to the world as she embarks on the next stage of her celebrated journey. It has been an honor to work on this wonderful project and to help ensure that our lovely Lady lives up to her new slogan:  still making history.”

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The 13-deck hotel has been restored to its former glory – maintaining its most loved interior design features – including its period furniture, renowned paintings and famous memorabilia.

Adjacent to the hotel lobby is the QE2 Exhibition – an interactive museum that showcases the QE2 during the 60’s when the ship was a pioneer in design, technology and lifestyle.

The QE2 will offer a selection of 13 room and suite categories for passengers.

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During the soft launch of the QE2, passengers can experience some of the ship’s original restaurants including The Chart Room – a sophisticated and historical lounge and bar; The Golden Lion – a traditional English pub and potentially one of Dubai’s oldest;  The Pavilion – a family restaurant with an expansive terrace overlooking the marina; Lido – the hotel’s all-day-dining restaurant; The Grand Lounge – a cabaret-style lounge with a weekly entertainment program; and the Yacht Club – a chic rendition of the former venue  as well as a unique take on the traditional afternoon tea.

The hotel’s signature restaurant is The Queens Grill which offers a refined selection of British fine-dining dishes as well as a tasting menu that recreates a classic selection of dishes from 1969.

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