Dubai welcomes QE2

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World famous ocean liner the QE2 arrived in Dubai early on Wednesday evening, exactly 40 years to the day from when she first went to sea on her preliminary sea trials on Nov. 26 1968. Here, an Emirates A380 flies over the liner to welcome her to Dubai. (ITP Images)
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The ship docked at Mina Rashid at around 6pm UAE time and was greeted by hundreds of cheering well-wishers waving Union Jack and UAE flags. (ITP Images)
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The QE2 was accompanied into port by a flotilla of more than 60 local yachts, boats and leisure-craft, led by MY Dubai - the mega-yacht owned by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum - and Royal Navy frigate HMS Lancaster.
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The cruise ship was met by a group of dignitaries from state-owned conglomerate Dubai World and real estate unit Nakheel, including Dubai World chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem and Nakheel CEO Chris O'Donnell. (ITP Images)
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Emirati coastguards travel alongside the QE2 as she approaches Dubai. (Getty Images)
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The Emirates A380 can be seen in the background as the QE2 makes her final approach into Dubai. (Getty Images)
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Fireworks light up the sky above the QE2 as it sits in dock in Dubai. (Supplied)
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Two Emirati men look out to sea as the QE2 approaches its final home in Dubai. (Supplied)
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UAE and British flags are waved as the QE2 docks in Dubai. (Getty Images)
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Crowds celebrate the arrival of the QE2 at Port Rashid. (Getty Images)
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My Dubai, left, the yacht owned by the Ruler of Dubai, with the QE2, pictured right. (Getty Images)
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A young boy joins the celebrations as the QE2 docks in Dubai. (Getty Images)
Wed 26 Nov 2008 08:33 PM GST