Dubai developer dismisses speculation over QE2 future

Daily Echo: QE2 owners committed to luxury hotel plan QE2 owners committed to luxury hotel plan

THE Dubai developer who bought the world-famous Southampton liner Queen Elizabeth 2 said today it was still committed to renovating the ship.

As previously reported in the Daily Echo, concerns about the future of the historic liner were raised amid fears new owners Nakheel had been hit badly by the global economic downturn.

The state-owned company has been surrounded by speculation that it may shelve plans to turn the ocean liner into a luxury hotel after it axed staff and postponed several projects, including a tower planned to be the world's tallest and a high-end hotel being built with Donald Trump.

However Nakheel said in a statement it is examining the ship ahead of restoration but has no plans to sell it or operate it again as a cruise liner.

The ship was sold to the company by former owners Cunard for £50m and sailed out of its home port for the last time amid emotional scenes in November.

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2:30am Mon 9 Mar 09

Finlay says...

Why is a rusty old bucket thought of as if it were some sensual woman?

Its a boat for gods sake it either gets cut up or sinks when its all over and this tub is lucky enough not to be in Davey Jones locker so cut the blubbering and f*** it off out of Southampton
Why is a rusty old bucket thought of as if it were some sensual woman? Its a boat for gods sake it either gets cut up or sinks when its all over and this tub is lucky enough not to be in Davey Jones locker so cut the blubbering and f*** it off out of Southampton Finlay
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11:10am Wed 11 Mar 09

Ross Burnside says...

With respect to your self-righteous opinions Mr. Finlay, clearly you do not know you ar** from your elbow when it comes to shipping and maritime history.

Perhaps you would be better off slouching on your couch, stuffing your face with greasy Big Macs and playing with your cellphone.
With respect to your self-righteous opinions Mr. Finlay, clearly you do not know you ar** from your elbow when it comes to shipping and maritime history. Perhaps you would be better off slouching on your couch, stuffing your face with greasy Big Macs and playing with your cellphone. Ross Burnside
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