QE2 retires from active service.
She makes her final journey from the UK, arriving in Dubai at 6 pm today, where she is warmly welcomed by a glittering display of fireworks (although not quite as glittery as the Atlantis opening night) while the Dubai police played Scottish bagpipes. That’s not all. QE2 is also received in Dubai by a flotilla of 60 yachts, including My Dubai, the world’s biggest yacht, owned by Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, and a low-flying Emirates Airline A380.
One of the world’s most famous liners, Queen Elizabeth 2 has, in her 39 years of service, sailed 5.9 million nautical miles, completed 806 transatlantic crossings and carried more than 2.5 million guests.
QE2 has been purchased by Dubai World sometime last year, for Dh276 million (US$75m), to become a floating hotel at the Palm Jumeirah.
Plans for the QE2 include its transformation into an ultra-luxury floating hotel, featuring public promenades, retail outlets, cafes and restaurants, as well as heritage museum displaying artifacts from the QE2 and maritime history.
The QE2 at her new home, the Palm.