QE2 to host New Year’s Eve bash

Exclusive black-tie party to take place on famous ocean liner

The QE2 ocean liner will host an exclusive New Year’s Eve party in Dubai.

The black-tie bash will mark the ship’s first public outing since it was purchased by Dubai in 2008, reports HotelierMiddleEast.com

The party, billed as one of the world’s most exclusive New Year’s Eve events, will feature musical acts including The Gypsies and Drury Lane and laser and fireworks displays, according to organisers Global Event Management.

The 43-year-old ocean liner was bought by Dubai World subsidiary Istithmar World for $100m. She was launched in Southampton in 1968 and was one of the flagship cruise ships operated by Cunard on its transatlantic route between the UK and New York.

She was retired in 2008 and made its last voyage to Dubai that year, joining trophy assets such as luxury New York retailer Barneys and Cirque du Soleil in Istithmar’s portfolio.

The ship is currently moored in Port Rashid in Dubai, where she arrived amid much fanfare in November 2008. The intention was to convert the ship into a floating hotel, which would have seen her moored at Palm Jumeirah. These plans stalled in the wake of Dubai’s debt crisis in 2009, which saw Istithmar’s parent company Dubai World restructure $24.9bn in debt.

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