The owners of the Queen Elizabeth 2 have outlined plans to turn the old cruise liner into a dockside hotel. The ship will remain in Dubai, at the downtown Port Rashid facility.
The hotel is expected to have about 300 rooms, and developers are keeping many of the existing furnishings intact. The idea is to have future guests feel as though they've been transported back in time, as little appears changed since the vessel's final voyage in 2008. Officials say the conversion will take about 18 months, so the hotel should open around the end of 2013.
The ship was built for Cunard and operated by Cunard as a cruise ship from 1969 to 2008.