QE2 to become a floating hotel in Dubai

QE2The QE2 has hit the headlines this morning.   The 70,000-tonne Cunard liner, which was launched by Queen Elizabeth II in 1967,  is to cease operating as a cruise  ship and will become a luxury floating hotel at The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. The move follows a $100m deal between Cunard  and Dubai government owned Istithmar (the investment arm of Dubai World). The ship will be delivered in November 2008 and berthed at a specially-constructed pier at The Palm Jumeirah development from 2009. The vessel will be refurbished and the changes will accommodate a museum dedicated to its rich history.

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