Always wanted to go on a cruise but suffer from sea sickness? Sailed on QE2 and want to briefly relive the memory?
Accor, the world-leading hospitality group with over 400 hotels, may have the answer. The company has taken over the operations of the world-renowned cruise ship, Queen Elizabeth 2, which is stationed permanently in Dubai.
But before you book your incredibly “stable cruise to nowhere”, the QE2 is in for further upgrades and renovations prior to joining the hotel groups MGallery Hotel Collection. This collection is special group of properties that have history and charm and are more than just a hotel.
The QE2 is owned by Dubai’s Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) Investments LLC, which is a boutique private equity firm whose principal objective is investment in commercial enterprises and asset management.
“We are very excited to partner with Accor on this project. We trust the group’s expertise will elevate the QE2 to a new era of operations” said Saeed Al-Bannai, chief executive of PCFC investment. “The Queen Elizabeth as we know her, has made history and we are confident that Accor will keep her legacy alive while her strong heritage and notoriety will remain a destination in itself, where guests and visitors alike can enjoy a unique experience”.
Situated in Dubai’s Port Rashid, the QE2’s location is in close proximity to Sheikh Zayed Road, providing easy connection to Dubai International Airport, Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and La Mer Beach which are all located less than 20 minutes away. Palm Jumeirah and Mall of the Emirates are located about 30 minutes away.
Once the renovation is completed, the new MGallery Queen Elizabeth 2 will feature 447 hotel rooms, nine food and beverage outlets, ten meeting rooms, 5620sqm area for outdoor events, six retail outlets, a swimming pool and a gym.