QE2 in Dubai temporarily shuts down

The multi-purpose floating hotel will open again in September


The iconic QE2 docked at Dubai’s Mina Rashid has temporarily shut its doors from today. According to sister publication Arabian Business, the floating hotel and event space will not welcome guests back until September 1.

Arabian Business reported the decision was made as part of the emirate’s ongoing measures against the spread of coronavirus.

QE2 opened in 2018 after 2.7 million man-hours were spent restoring the historic ship to its current state. The floating hotel has 13 decks, with rooms finished with period furniture, paintings and memorabilia. Prior to its permanent home in Dubai, the QE2 vessel began its maiden transatlantic voyage in 1969, later going onto complete 1,400 voyages.

A statement released by the QE2 team said: "After careful consultation and deliberation, the senior leadership team have decided to close the hotel and all of its facilities to further progress on the existing renovation plans during the anticipated low season.”

It added: "We wish all of our passengers, navigators, fans and partners to stay safe during this time."

Its temporary closure follows Emaar Hospitality announcing it has stopped taking bookings at three of its hotels in Dubai, also until September.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UAE currently has 98 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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