Accor has announced plans to rebrand the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) hotel in Dubai under its MGallery brand.
The ship initially was a luxury cruise liner operating between 1969 and 2008, before being sold to a Dubai-based firm and eventually reopening as a floating hotel situated in port Rashid in 2018.
Accor has taken over operation of the hotel, and will reflag it under the group’s MGallery Hotel Collection following further upgrades and renovations. In a press release, Accor said that once the renovation is completed, the new MGallery Queen Elizabeth 2 will feature 447 hotel rooms, as well as nine food and beverage outlets, ten meeting rooms, 5,620 square meters of outdoor events space, six retail outlets, a swimming pool and a gym. Currently, QE2 offers just 215 rooms and suites.
The QE2 is added to the group’s 62 hotels across the UAE, with a further 20 properties in the pipeline.
Mark Willis, Chief Executive Officer of Accor, India, Middle East, Africa and 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. We are confident that once finalized, the MGallery Queen Elizabeth 2 will become a true must-visit attraction, sharing her own stories with her guests while offering a truly unforgettable experience on-board.”