Accor to manage Dubai’s first floating hotel

World-renowned cruise ship Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) joins Accor’s portfolio this month, and will be rebranded under the MGallery Hotel Collection. It will also undergo further upgrades and renovations.

The group is collaborating with the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) Investments, a Dubai government organisation, in the project.

Accor adds Queen Elizabeth 2 to its portfolio in Dubai

“The Queen Elizabeth 2 as we know her, has made history and we are confident that Accor will keep her legacy alive while her strong heritage and notoriety will remain a destination in itself, where guests and visitors alike can enjoy a unique experience,” said Saeed Al-Bannai, CEO of PCFC Investments.

The QE2 is located at Dubai’s Port Rashid and is in close proximity to Sheikh Zayed Road, providing easy connection to the city’s main attractions. Dubai International Airport, Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and La Mer Beach are all located less than 20 minutes away, while the Palm Jumeirah and Mall of the Emirates are about a half-hour away.

Mark Willis, CEO 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.

“Not only are we in charge of the only floating hotel in Dubai, but we are also contributing to the Dubai Urban Master plan 2049, with the aim to map out the path for a sustainable urban development while increasing the city attractiveness as a global destination.”

Once the renovation is completed, the new MGallery Queen Elizabeth 2 will feature 447 hotel rooms, nine F&B outlets, 10 meeting rooms, 5,620m² of outdoor events spaces, six retail outlets, a swimming pool and gym.

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