QE2 to accept guests again
Famed cruise liner, QE2, will once again lay down the gangplank and welcome guests on to her famous decks this New Years Eve as she welcomes dignitaries from around the world for a unique party.
An event planning company said it is throwing the New Years Eve party, complete with fireworks, laser light show and live music in what is heralded as "one of the most exclusive New Year celebrations in the world"
The company, Global Event Management, said most guests will be specially invited, however a limited number of tickets will also go on sale. Invited guests will include royals, dignitaries, celebrities and VIPs, although the exact guest list has yet to be announced.
It has been more than three years since the famous liner arrived at the port of Dubai, and has been tied up at Port Rashid since November 2008. Istithmar World bought the QE2 from Cunard for $100 million in 2007, and it originally planned to turn the luxury liner into a floating hotel, however those plans were put on hold when Dubai's economy took a turn for the worse.
Queen Elizabeth II launched the QE2 in 1967, and since it went into service in 1969, the QE2 has made at least 26 round-the-world voyages and weathered a 95-foot wave during an Atlantic hurricane.