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The Queen Elizabeth 2, better known as the QE2, was an ocean liner owned and operated by Cunard Line from 1969 to 2008. The mighty ship has been docked in Dubai since 2008 and operating as a floating hotel and tourist attraction since 2018. Visitors can take the Heritage Tour of the vessel or enjoy a meal in one of the ship’s restaurants and bars. Spaces on the tours are limited, so book ahead to guarantee your ticket for your preferred date.
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4 Tips for Visiting the Queen Elizabeth 2 Museum

Afternoon Tea with Scones | Public Domain
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Enjoy Brunch Before Your TourIf you’re planning to visit on a Friday, you might want to take advantage of the brunch buffet in the Pavilion. Enjoy all manner of food, from a cooked breakfast to pastries and fruit, all served on the lower aft deck where you can enjoy the sunshine and a fresh sea breeze.
The Cabaret’s Heyday | Flickr: foundin_a_attic CC BY 2.0
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Come to the CabaretIf you’re a guest staying overnight at the QE2 hotel then make sure to visit the Grand Lounge, which features a range of nightly entertainment to delight diners. It may be possible for external visitors to see the show, you’re advised to contact the hotel directly for more information.
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Ask Lots of QuestionsThe Heritage Tour is sometimes led by guides who worked on the QE2 while she was still an active cruise ship. They have unbeatable knowledge of how the ship worked and can answer any questions you might have.
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See the ExhibitionThe lobby of the hotel contains a short exhibition about the history of the ship. If you’re a hotel guest or you’re visiting for a meal and you don’t want to take the Heritage Tour, then it’s worth spending five minutes exploring the exhibition.
An Article about the QE2 | Public Domain

The QE2: Ship of History, Ship of Dreams

The QE2 was launched by her namesake, Queen Elizabeth II, at Clydebank, Scotland in 1967. She then took on 39 years of service, shuttling her residents between Southampton and New York a total of 812 times. Her luxurious cabins hosted David Bowie, Elizabeth Taylor, and Nelson Mandela, among many other famous names and faces. The QE2 even saw a short period of action when she served as a troopship in the Falklands War before returning to cruising. Overall, she completed 25 world tours and was still the fastest cruise ship afloat until she retired in 2008. She arrived in Dubai in November 2008, and after several years of uncertainty, opened as a hotel and tourist attraction in 2018.

Dining Opportunities on the QE2

She might not be at sea anymore, but the floating hotel is still home to several outstanding bars and restaurants.

The Pavilion

The Pavilion can be found on the lower aft deck, and its outdoor dining experience is perfect for hot summer days. It serves a Mediterranean menu with an extra emphasis on Greek salads and meat. The Pavilion is also the venue for the ship’s Friday brunch, which also features live music and food cooked to order at a range of stations.

Lido

Lido features an international buffet on the Quarter Deck. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on all days except Friday when it’s open for brunch.

The Yacht Club

The Yacht Club features the ship’s original bar and retains the old-world class of her cruise liner days. It features a terrace that offers stunning views of Dubai and is open from 4 pm from Sunday to Thursday and from 12 noon on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Golden Lion

The Golden Lion offers a traditional English pub experience from noon until midnight every day, serving beer, wine, hearty meals, and snacks.

The Chart Room

The Chart Room is where you’ll find high-class fish and chips against a backdrop of the ship’s original maps and charts. The Chart Room also serves afternoon tea on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

The Q Café

The Q Café can be found near the lobby and serves small bites to eat and hot and cold drinks, while hotel guests can also enjoy picking a book from the ship’s extensive library.

The Grand Lounge

The Grand Lounge offers a unique dining experience, serving dinner while guests enjoy cabaret-style entertainment. Make sure to contact the hotel for a reservation if you aren’t staying with them overnight.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the tour options on the QE2?

There’s only one tour of the Queen Elizabeth 2, the Heritage Tour, which takes one hour to complete. The tour is available free of charge to guests staying at the on-board hotel, or for a fee for visitors. The fee includes a voucher for AED 100 per person which can be spent at one of the hotel’s bars or restaurants. Tours are available in English, with Arabic tours also available on request. Read more.

What is there to see onboard the QE2?

The tour will inform visitors about the history of the ship, which is over 50 years old and has sailed over 5.6 million miles. It will also talk about her unique features which include beautifully decorated cabins, restaurants and bars, a ballroom, and a library. New and refurbished features of the ship include a pool and gym, a shopping arcade, a spa, and a movie theater. Read more.

General Information

Opening Hours:

Heritage tours are available daily at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, and 7 pm.

Tickets:

The Heritage Tour is free to guests staying at the QE2 hotel. For other visitors, the tour costs AED 170, which includes an AED 100 voucher to spend at one of the restaurants or bars on board.

Address:

Queen Elizabeth 2
Mina Rashid
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

How to get there:

The easiest way to reach the QE2 is by taxi, as the closest bus and metro stations are a considerable walk away. If you’d like to use public transport, the closest bus stop is Falcon Intersection 1, which is served by routes including the 15, 21, 29, 33, 44, 61, 66, 67, 83, C01, C03, C05, C07, C18, and X23. The closest metro station is Al Ghubaiba, which is served by the green line of the Dubai metro.
Anneliese O'Malley
Written byAnneliese O'MalleyAnneliese is a former Londoner, keen traveler, and total word nerd. As a Content Management Specialist she knows the TicketLens inventory inside out and curates, matches, and writes about the most interesting attractions worldwide.
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