PCFC Hotels CEO says QE2 renovation is testament to know-how of UAE shipyards
The QE2 Dubai has been launched with much fanfare in the city after which she is now named, the world’s most famous ocean liner is now a floating hotel in Port Rashid, open to the public with 5 bars and restaurants and 225 cabins.
The launch in April was a soft launch, with a grand opening planned for October this year, when 13 bars and restaurants will be operational and as many as 500 cabins will be available for booking. This comes after extensive refit and renovation work was done to the ship, all performed by UAE specialists.
“Some of the work was done by Dubai Drydocks, some of the work was done by local contractors and other works was done by specialists based in the city,” says Hamza Mustafa, CEO of PCFC Hotels. “The entire refit job, the revitalisation of the ship, was performed in Dubai to show the rest of the world that we’re capable of doing something as major as this.”
“The QE2 is the pinnacle of ‘the best’ in terms of the age of the ocean liner, and so we needed the work to be performed to a calibre that would reflect this,” he adds. “The fact that we were able to find that quality, and those exacting standards, in Dubai, speaks to the quality of maritime design and engineering in the city.”
More than 2.7-million man-hours were put into the renovation of QE2. According to the Dubai cruise website Cruise Arabia & Africa, it required the replacing of all her original copper piping, the total overhaul of the electricity system, including re-wiring of several kilometres worth of cables.