Historic cruise liner Queen Elizabeth 2 has re-launched as a floating hotel in Dubai, and is now officially open for guests.
The ship is owned by PCFC Hotels, who said they are promising “a unique experience capturing all that was grand about her 40 years of service”.
The hotel features cabins converted into hotel rooms and suites, 13 restaurants, an English pub, a ballroom and an exhibition area.
A company spokesman said 224 of the 800 rooms were ready for business, with the remainder expected to be completed by October.
Hamza Mustafa, CEO PCFC Hotels, said the ship was coming “back to life”.
He added: “We have restored the QE2 to her former glory – we’ve meticulously brought her back to her original 1969 build.
“When you walk in you get a sense of nostalgia – this is what the ship was famous for and this is exactly what we’re celebrating, glorifying her heyday.”