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The UAE’s new floating hotel, Queen Elizabeth 2, opened its doors to the public today.

Gulf News is live at the scene showing you what the refurbished cruise ship looks like from the inside.

The once world-renowned ocean liner that sailed the oceans for years, also known as QE2, has just gone through 2.7 million man-hours of transformation and is now permanently docked at Mina Rashid in Dubai.


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The refurbished ship has retained the original porthole windows in the rooms, as well as the interior design features, including the period furniture, renowned paintings and famous memorabilia.

An elegant reception area, restaurants and a public library are just some of the features inside.

Some of the rooms have a balcony, allowing guests to enjoy unrivalled views of the marina.

Two of the rooms, said to be the “gem in the crown” of the vessel and named after the Queen’s mother and grandmother, offers a private veranda, conservatory and dining room, aside from a luxurious bedroom.

A number of the restaurants have also kept the original names and retained the same décor as the vessel’s former years.