QE2 cruise ship arrives in Dubai
Published 02/12/2008 | 15:29
Britain's most famous luxury cruise ship, the Queen Elizabeth 2, has arrived to Dubai to begin a new life as a floating hotel moored off an artificial island.
More than 60 naval vessels and private boats, led by a mega-yacht owned by Dubai's ruler, have met the 70,000 ton ship in the Persian Gulf today.
Cunard, the cruise ship's owner sold it last year to a state-run conglomerate Dubai World for about $100m.
It will be turned into a hotel and docked along Dubai's palm-shaped island.
In 40 years at sea, the QE2 has travelled around 6 million miles and carried 2.5 million passengers.