Screenshot from QE2.com. Screenshot from QE2.com.

The world famous ocean liner the Queen Elizabeth 2, popularly known as QE2, has been moved to Dubai Drydocks World to begin her transformation into a floating hotel at Port Rashid, according to reports.

The QE2 was built in the shipyards of John Brown in Clydebank, Scotland and was launched on September 20, 1967 by Queen Elizabeth II and had her maiden voyage in 1969. More than 50 years later it's all set for a new journey as a hotel. 

The story of it docking at Port Rashid was first posted on the fan website, QE2 Story. Other reports suggest that the QE2 Hotel will open by the second or third week of April, Cruise Arabia reports that according to information from the reservations team at PCFC Hotels, the operator of the new floating hotel for the former Cunard ocean liner.

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In anticipation of its launch, a new website www.qe2.com has gone live in recent weeks with a “Coming Soon”  banner. The website promises visitors “a new take on hospitality” and "a royal experience".

There's also a call for staff applications on board the new avatar of the ship. 

The ship first arrived in Dubai in November 2008.