QE2 cruise ship arrives in Dubai

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The Independent Travel

Britain's most famous luxury cruise ship, the Queen Elizabeth 2, has arrived to Dubai to begin a new life as a floating hotel moored off an artificial island.

More than 60 naval vessels and private boats, led by a mega-yacht owned by Dubai's ruler, have met the 70,000 ton ship in the Persian Gulf today.



Cunard, the cruise ship's owner sold it last year to a state-run conglomerate Dubai World for about $100m.



It will be turned into a hotel and docked along Dubai's palm-shaped island.



In 40 years at sea, the QE2 has travelled around 6 million miles and carried 2.5 million passengers.

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