Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 21 October 2020

All set to make a splash: Dubai’s 'QE2' to reopen to the public on October 1

The historic ocean liner-turned-hotel has been issued the Dubai Assured Stamp

It’s all aboard as the Queen Elizabeth 2 will reopen on Thursday, October 1.

The world-famous ocean liner-turned-hotel, which is now permanently docked at Dubai’s Mina Rashid port, recently announced that it will be back in operation. According to a social media post, it has also been certified as safe and given the Dubai Assured stamp.

The stamp, which was issued by Dubai Tourism, the Department of Economic Development and Dubai Municipality is given to restaurants, stores, hotels, malls and entertainment destinations that are adhering to the government’s safety guidelines.

The news is surely welcome to its many fans who have been awaiting a chance to visit the luxury liner again. The QE2 closed in March to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

"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. We wish all of our passengers, navigators, fans and partners to stay safe during this time," read the statement issued at the time.

This is also the year the Queens Grill, its historic restaurant that has previously served members of the British royal family and celebrities such as Liza Minnelli and Rod Stewart, reopened as a modern British bistro after undergoing extensive refurbishment.

This year the QE2 also opened its bridge to the public for the first time in 52 years, allowing guests to get a glimpse of the commanding station station of the ship and its old maritime equipment. It also has heritage tours of the ship, although it is unclear whether the tours will be restarting once more.

Scroll through the bottom to see more from the bridge tour:

Updated: September 17, 2020 09:04 PM

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