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Dubai welcomes QE2

Dubai welcomes QE2
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)
Dubai welcomes QE2
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)
Dubai welcomes QE2
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.
Dubai welcomes QE2
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)
Dubai welcomes QE2
Emirati coastguards travel alongside the QE2 as she approaches Dubai. (Getty Images)
Dubai welcomes QE2
The Emirates A380 can be seen in the background as the QE2 makes her final approach into Dubai. (Getty Images)
Dubai welcomes QE2
Fireworks light up the sky above the QE2 as it sits in dock in Dubai. (Supplied)
Dubai welcomes QE2
Two Emirati men look out to sea as the QE2 approaches its final home in Dubai. (Supplied)
Dubai welcomes QE2
UAE and British flags are waved as the QE2 docks in Dubai. (Getty Images)
Dubai welcomes QE2
Crowds celebrate the arrival of the QE2 at Port Rashid. (Getty Images)
Dubai welcomes QE2
My Dubai, left, the yacht owned by the Ruler of Dubai, with the QE2, pictured right. (Getty Images)
Dubai welcomes QE2
A young boy joins the celebrations as the QE2 docks in Dubai. (Getty Images)