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QE2: Homeward bound? THE LAST CHANCE SALOON...
The Queen Elizabeth 2, the Cunarder Cruise Ship built in the 1960's on Clydeside, Glasgow, Scotland is amongst an array of Dubai-owned assets including the Port of Dover ( being sold to Calais!!!) which are being prepared for disposal as part of a huge fire-sale to get the spend happy Arab owners out of a huge financial black hole.
This unexpected turn of events is the UK's only chance to rescue the grand old lady and set her up as a unique conference, ballroom, theatre, hotel and mutiple restaurant and bar facility and all that needs to be done is to float her to a permanent berth alongside Tower Bridge in London. What do you think?
In a moment of madness Dubai World bought the QE2 from the American owners of Cunard three years ago (for around $100m), with grand plans to turn her into a luxury floating hotel. She would have been berthed at the man-made Palm Jumeirah island. But laden with staggering debts, the myriad of Arab interlocked companies were never really motivated enough to put the plans into action and briefly toyed with the idea of using the ship as an hotel in South Africa during the Football World Cup. That idea fell through as well.
Dubai Worlds' advisers, led by Deloitte, are expected to present the asset fire sale proposal to its main creditors in the coming months. What better present to the nation by the new Government but to bring the QE2 home?!
QE2 is the world’s most loved ocean liner. She spent 35 years as the Cunard flagship, travelled over 5.6 million nautical miles, more than any other ship; has carried over 2.5 million guests; has completed 25 World Cruises and has crossed the Atlantic 803 times. She also saw War service and acted as a troop ship and hospital during the Falklands war.
Do you think she should come back home to the UK? Who do you think should buy her? And what should she be used for - a hotel, museum, or should she sail again?
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