Dubai-based developer Nakheel, current owners of the worlds most famous liner, QE2, confirmed that the historic ship will sail to Cape Town to be used as a floating hotel for the 2010 FIFA World Cup
QE2 was originally going to be berthed at Palm Jumeirah, the man made island off the coast of Dubai, and used as a floating hotel after a multi-million dollar refit, that would see her funnel cut in half and a replaced with a penthouse.Nakeel bought QE2 for $100 million in 2007
Manfred Ursprunger, chief executive officer of QE2 Enterprises at Nakheel Hotels, said in a statement
“After months of feasibility studies, it is clear that Cape Town, with ready-made berthing facilities, provides the best opportunity for us to open QE2 to visitors as quickly as possible,”
Dubai World (which owns Nakheel) owns Cape Town’s famous V&A Waterfront, and it is here that the QE2 will be berthed, subject to plans being finalised.