Cruising and movie fans alike, prepare for some major news… the Titanic is coming to Dubai.
Well, for obvious reasons it’s not the original Titanic. Instead, replica Titanic II will be making its way to the UAE – but you’ll have to wait another three years to possibly experience it.
Originally planned to set sail from Southampton, UK to New York, US in 2016, now it’s been revealed the journey will be from Jiangsu, China to the emirate.
Costing $500million to make in China, it will be much safer than the ill-fated original which sank in 1912.
Lifeboats will be placed on the first deck and engineering will be different. This ship will be four metres wider to meet modern maritime safety regulations, and the hull will be welded instead of riveted.
"The new Titanic will of course have modern evacuation procedures, satellite controls, digital navigation and radar systems and all those things you'd expect on a 21st century ship," James McDonald, global marketing director of Blue Starline told the Belfast Telegraph.
Inside there will be Turkish baths, a swimming pool and gym as part of the nine-floor and 840-cabin arrangement.
Up to 2,400 passengers and 900 crew members can stay on the ship at one time. Although it’s costing Australian owner Clive Palmer big bucks, the reason why passengers are now disembarking in Dubai is not driven by investment.
"We are not looking for investment from Dubai, as it is a project we are funding ourselves, but we have been in contact with a number of companies based in the Emirates who are looking at utilising opportunities that arises with the project," McDonald added.
"It is people looking to use the opportunity of the trademark and licensing potential of the project... We own the Titanic II name and trademark and people are lining up to be part of it.”