QE2 begins final voyage to Dubai
Dubai, November 13, 2008
QE2, the world’s most famous ocean liner, has departed from Southampton, UK, on her final voyage to Dubai.
On arrival in Dubai on November 26, QE2 will be greeted at The World islands by a flotilla of local yachts, boats and leisure-craft led by a Royal Navy Frigate.
QE2's Southampton departure was marked by a farewell visit from Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the fly-past of a Harrier jump jet, which hovered and bowed to QE2 just 500 feet off her stern. People from all over the UK turned out in force at Southampton docks to bid bon voyage to this most beloved of British icons.
'The arrival of QE2 is one of the most anticipated events of the year and Nakheel is proud to be the custodian of such a historic treasure,' said Manfred Ursprunger, CEO of QE2 Enterprises, Nakheel Hotels.
'Plans for QE2 include her transformation into an ultra-luxury floating hotel where she’ll form the centre-piece of a luxurious residential, entertainment, marina, and hotel development off the trunk of Palm Jumeirah. A heritage museum displaying artefacts from QE2 and of local maritime history will also feature in the precinct.'
QE2 was purchased last year by Nakheel’s parent company, Dubai World, and Nakheel has already commenced construction on a luxury marina development on Palm Jumeirah. QE2 will form the pinnacle of a palatial pier that will stretch 300 metres out from the trunk into the waters of the Arabian Gulf.
QE2 is arguably one of the world’s most famous ships. She has circumnavigated the world 25 times, crossed the Atlantic more than 800 times and carried more than 2.5 million passengers including kings and queens, prime ministers and presidents, astronauts and many international celebrities.
She survived a 95 ft wave during Hurricane Luis, carried 3000 troops to the Falklands War and rescued 500 passengers from a burning ship. She is a record breaker for both speed and endurance, has featured in countless films and television shows and draws crowds to every port she docks in.-TradeArabia News Service