Hotel chain Accor is to refurbish the floating hotel Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) before the former cruise ship joins Accor’s MGallery Hotel Collection.
The QE2’s location in Dubai’s Port Rashid is close to the city’s attractions, airport and beach.
Mark Willis, chief executive of Accor India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, said: “This is a great opportunity for Accor to expand its footprint in the UAE with the introduction of a unique project which brings diversity to the portfolio, while expanding the MGallery brand presence in the city.
“Not only are we in charge of the only floating hotel in Dubai, but we are also contributing the Dubai Urban Master plan 2049, with the aim to map out the path for a sustainable urban development while increasing the city attractiveness as a global destination.”
Once renovated, the new MGallery Queen Elizabeth 2 will feature 447 hotel rooms, nine food and beverage outlets, 10 meeting rooms, six retail outlets, a swimming pool and a gym.
The group is working on the project with the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) Investments LLC, a Dubai government organisation.