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Queen Elizabeth 2 Hotel has opened a new museum – and it’s free

Visitors can learn about the history of the spectacular ship.

All aboard. Queen Elizabeth 2 Hotel has opened a new museum and exhibit, Traveller’s Cove. The venue explores the history of the QE2 and shares stories as well as rare memorabilia. So, if you’ve wanted to learn about Dubai’s historical gem, here’s what you need to know.

The QE2 was constructed in 1967 and carried out its final journey in 2008. Visitors can now discover the story behind the ocean liner. The museum is home to rare exhibits, which bring to life the history of the ship.

The Heritage Tours takes visitors back in time, as they can learn what it was like to live onboard. The tour covers memorabilia and murals. The experience includes trips to The Midship Lobby, which houses murals dating back to the 1840s; The Captain’s Bridge, which has views of Dubai; and The Boat Deck.

Located in Port Rashid, the QE2 boasts a rich history. The ship sailed 5.8 million miles and carried 2.5 million passengers. During its Cunard career, the ship undertook more than 1,000 voyages. The famous passengers include Her Majesty The Queen, Buzz Aldrin Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Nelson Mandela.

Today, it has been turned into a floating hotel and includes 447 rooms and suites, and experiences ranging from afternoon tea at the Queens Grill to candlelit concerts. Plus, it is home to one of the city’s oldest pubs, Golden Lion.

The museum is located on deck one and is open daily between 10am to 10pm. Admission is free. The tour is available from Tuesday to Sunday between 11am and 5pm. Tickets cost AED 85.

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