Dubai Drydocks World chairman Khamis Juma Buamim said on Sunday the ownership of the iconic QE2 liner has been transferred to a new entity called QE2 Shipping and is likely to leave Dubai on October 18.
The QE2 is being converted to a floating luxury hotel at Drydocks World and Buamim confirmed all necessary registry documentation with the flag state on the ownership of the vessel had been completed.
In comments published by Arabian Supply Chain, Buamim confirmed that a tentative date had been set for a gala sail off party in Dubai to bid farewell to the QE2 on October 18.
She is then expected to reach Singapore on November 1 where she will stay for three days before proceeding to Hong Kong for another three days and thereafter leave for the selected shipyard in China to complete her transformation.
Buamim said: “Over the last few months we have put a lot of effort and work into this project in planning and negotiation and our overall plans for the QE2 are well on track.
"We have surmounted all of the challenges placed before us and been able to transform these to opportunities. We are proud and privileged in being part of this project."
A number of international concept designer houses including Benoy, Francis Leung of Hong Kong, Ong & Ong, Wilson Associates and Jeday Associates have been invited to submit their plans for the transformation of the QE2.
It has been decided that the QE2 will be an all suite hotel with suite sizes varying between 60 and 150 square metres. Some larger suites are intended for long stay residences.
Submitted designs will be placed on the QE2 hotels website where public opinion will be invited against set criteria to choose the best design.
Buamim added: “We have been working in a true collaborative and cooperative manner with our stakeholders and despite the extremely hectic and difficult situations that we have faced both our strategic and action plans are totally aligned with what is to be. We will deliver an iconic project for the world to romance and talk about for many many years to come.
“Some really deep thought and strategic management planning have gone into this project. We have moved forward in a holistic and calculated manner in order to ensure that the product positioning is correct, the brand name is strengthened and the implementation and the execution taken to complete the project is simple, realistic and cost effective. Rest assured that a lot of work has been done in preparing the vessel for the next stage."