The Iconic Queen Elizabeth II Ocean Liner is now a floating hotel in Dubai and it will costs you $15,000 for a suite

The once world-renowned ocean liner now lies permanently moored at Mina Rashid port and has been refurbished based on the original design.

  • The once world-renowned ocean liner now lies permanently moored at Mina Rashid port, having been refurbished based on the original design.
  • After 39 years of service, the Queen Elizabeth 2 took her last journey from Southampton, England, to Port Rashid, Dubai, in 2008.

This world-famous cruise liner first opened its doors to the public in April 2018 after ten-year renovations to transform it from its former worn-down state to a luxurious hotel and museum.

State-owned Dubai World bought the QE2 from Cunard Line in 2007 for $100 million, but the 2008 financial crisis delayed any plans for the 40-year-old vessel, one of the world's most famous ships.

After 39 years of service, the Queen Elizabeth 2 took her last journey from Southampton, England, to Port Rashid, Dubai, in 2008.

The once world-renowned ocean liner now lies permanently moored at Mina Rashid port, having been refurbished based on the original design, from its carpets to the theater and even the restaurant menus, featuring dishes served in the liner's heyday.

In its new incarnation, it has 1,300 rooms, with rates ranging from less than $200 to as much as $15,000 for a suite.

Guests can choose from a selection of rooms, from a standard 17-square-metre standard accommodation to a 76-square-metre royal suite.

It also has a museum and 13 restaurants and bars.

Lucky guests with money to spend can also get a rare chance to sleep in the two Royal Suites named after the Queen’s mother and grandmother and said to be the “gem in the crown” while onboard the 13 deck floating hotel.

The QE2 first entered service in 1969 and has sailed around the world 25 times, carrying more than 2.5 million passengers, the company said.

Dubai which has in recent years embarked on diversifying her economy away from oil revenue hopes the floating hotel will boost tourism in the most-visited city in the Middle East, which welcomed over 15 million tourists in 2017. Officials say they are targeting 20 million by 2020.

A grand opening is scheduled later this year in October, after which the hotel will be fully operational.

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