By Shane McGinley
Organisers say they are trying to arrange flights for actress; Lindsay Lohan denies trip
Canadian actress Pamela Anderson is the latest high profile name linked to a Dubai New Year’s Eve party aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) ocean liner.
The latest celebrity to be added to the confirmed guest list for the exclusive event is LA-based Irish Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle, while a source at Global Event Management told Arabian Business that organisers were trying to schedule flights from the US for Anderson and Lindsay Lohan.
However, Lohan's representative, Steve Honig, denied she was on her way to Dubai. “Lindsay is not going to Dubai, nor had she ever considered doing so. She will be spending New Year's Eve in Los Angeles with a few close friends and family," he told Hollywood gossip site TMZ.
The QE2 red carpet event will also include Irish actor Liam Cunningham, US sitcom actor Lamman Rucker, former English cricketer Allan Lamb, English socialite Lady Victoria Hervey, Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan and a host of other VIP and celebrity guests.
The black-tie bash, billed as one of the world’s most exclusive New Year events, will feature musical acts including The Gypsies and Drury Lane and laser and fireworks displays.
The party will mark a “new lease of life” for the 43-year-old ocean liner, which was bought by Dubai World subsidiary Istithmar World for $100m.
It will be a “fabulous venue,” said Leili Gerami, spokesperson for the QE2.
The QE2 was launched in Southampton in 1968 and was one of the flagship cruise ships operated by Cunard on its transatlantic route between the UK and New York.
It was retired in 2008 and made its last voyage to Dubai that year, when it joined trophy assets such as luxury New York retailer Barneys and Cirque du Soleil in Istithmar’s portfolio.
The ship is currently moored in Port Rashid in Dubai, where she arrived amid much fanfare in November 2008. The intention was to convert the ship into a floating hotel, which would have seen her moored at Palm Jumeirah.
These plans stalled in the wake of Dubai’s debt crisis in 2009, which saw Istithmar’s parent company Dubai World restructure $24.9bn in debt
The investment company said in 2010 it was considering a number of options to maximise the value of the ocean liner, but had abandoned a plan to send the ship to South Africa.
Good to see they go the real A List celebs...
'Lamman Rucker, former English cricketer Allan Lamb, English socialite Lady Victoria Hervey'
Hopefully someone from Big Brother will be there as well.
The cost of mounting this event must be outrageous, potentially loss making on a grand scale, is the QE2 still owned by Nakheel?
The cast is perhaps not the global glitterae, where's Brad & Angelina, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Penelope Cruz, etc
these celeb names were just made-up to sell tickets to locals and the promoter is being sued