Accor, a global hospitality leader operating more than 400 hotels in India, the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, is adding the world-renowned Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) to its portfolio. The legendary ship, which returned to service in May, underwent upgrades and renovations before joining the MGallery brand. Under the MGallery umbrella, the Queen Elizabeth 2 will undoubtedly become an iconic property for both the MGallery brand and Dubai.
For this project, Accor collaborated with Dubai’s state-owned Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) Investments LLC, which was established in 2001 and brings together various entities and authorities under its umbrella.
The QE2 anchors in Dubai’s Port Rashid, near Sheikh Zayed Road, close to all the city’s highlights. Dubai International Airport, Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and La Mer Beach is less than 20 minutes away, while the Palm Jumeirah and Mall of the Emirates are 35 and 29 minutes away, respectively.
“This is an excellent opportunity for Accor to expand its presence in the U.A.E. through a unique project, which will diversify its portfolio and strengthen the presence of the MGallery brand in Dubai,” said Mark Willis, managing director, Accor India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey. “We will operate the only floating hotel in the city and at the same time contribute to the Dubai Urban Master Plan 2049, which aims to ensure sustainable urban development while enhancing the attractiveness of this international destination.”
After its renovation, MGallery Queen Elizabeth 2 features 447 guest rooms, nine dining spaces, 10 meeting rooms, 5,620 square meters of outdoor event space, six stores, a swimming pool and a gym.
“We are confident that once refurbished, the MGallery Queen Elizabeth 2 will become a must-see attraction, sharing its rich history with guests while providing them with an unforgettable onboard experience,” adds Mark Willis.