Nakheel’s home fit for a queen
Nakheel has revealed the new home for the world famous cruise liner, QE2, as the anchor of a luxurious marina development on the eastern trunk side of Palm Jumeirah.
Purchased last year by Nakheel’s parent organisation, Dubai World, QE2 will embark on her ultimate journey from Southampton, England to Dubai in November. Nakheel will commence construction on her eventual home this month; a luxury marina development that will establish a cultural centre and tourist attraction on Palm Jumeirah paying homage to the famous ocean liner.
QE2 will form the pinnacle of a palatial pier that will stretch 300 metres out from the trunk into the waters of the Arabian Gulf. A grand entrance to the pier will provide the gateway to a luxury residential and hotel quarter, which will feature elegant apartments, a private club, bars and restaurants, retail, wellness centre and gardens. A high-end yacht club will service a major marina attached to the pier, giving residences on the trunk marina views.
Plans for the QE2 include its transformation into an ultra luxury floating hotel, featuring public promenades, retail outlets, cafes and restaurants, as well as a heritage museum displaying artifacts from the QE2 and maritime history.
Johann Schumacher, director of Palm Jumeirah, said, “The arrival of QE2 is one of the most anticipated events of the year and Nakheel is proud to be the custodian of such a historic treasure. The world’s most famous ocean liner will form the focal point of an exciting new development that will be a spectacular and must-see attraction on Palm Jumeirah.”
“QE2 will provide the third jewel in the crown of Palm Jumeirah’s world class destination offerings and the perfect complement to Atlantis, Cirque du Soleil and Trump International Hotel & Tower. Providing her with a permanent home in Dubai not only secures a sustainable future for one of the brightest stars of the global tourism and leisure industry, but also takes us one step further to making Palm Jumeirah the centre of tourism entertainment in Dubai.”