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QE2 Ocean Liner to Be Turned Into Luxury Hotel in Dubai

The Queen Elizabeth II ocean liner, whose passengers included Britain’s royal family, will be converted into a 300-room luxury hotel in a Dubai port, according to the owner.

Istithmar World PJSC, the state-owned company that bought the 963-foot (294-meter) cruise ship known as the QE2 for $100 million in 2007, will renovate the liner while preserving its interior, Chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said at a briefing in the emirate today. The ship, which made its final voyage in 2008, is due to open as a hotel within 18 months.