Accor Welcomes Queen Elizabeth 2 to its Portfolio in Dubai

World-leading hospitality giant Accor has added the world-renowned cruise ship, Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2), to its extensive portfolio, making it the first and only floating hotel in Dubai.

Taking over operations from May 2022, the group will upgrade and renovate the cruise ship before it joins the MCgallery Hotel Collection. Once fully rebranded, Queen Elizabeth 2 is set to become a flagship property for the MCallergy band Dubai overall. 

Accor is collaborating with the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) Investments LLC, an organisation established in 2001 under the Dubai government and includes several entities and authorities serving under its umbrella. 

PCFC Investments LLC (PCFCI) is an independent boutique equity company focused on commercial enterprises and asset management investment. The firm’s business model prioritises investing in, owning, developing and managing commercial real estate assets. On a mission to achieve continuous growth and improvement, PCFC Investments’ strategy is to acquire and expand its commercial portfolio. 

“We are very excited to partner with Accor on this project. We trust the group’s expertise will elevate the QE2 to a new era of operations,” said Saeed Al-Bannai, CEO of PCFC Investments. 

“The Queen Elizabeth as we know her has made history. We are confident that Accor will keep her legacy alive while her strong heritage and notoriety will remain a destination in itself, where guests and visitors alike can enjoy a unique experience.”

Located in Dubai’s Port Rashid, Queen Elizabeth 2 is close to Sheikh Zayed Road, providing easy access to every main attraction the city has to offer. Dubai International Airport, Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, La Mer Beach, Palm Jumeirah, and Mall of the Emirates are all located approximately 20 to 35 minutes away.

“This is a great opportunity for Accor to expand its footprint in the UAE with the introduction of a unique project which brings diversity to the portfolio while expanding the MGallery brand presence in the city,” said Mark Willis, CEO of Accor India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey.” 

“Not only are we in charge of the only floating hotel in Dubai, but we are also contributing to the Dubai Urban Master plan 2049, with the aim to map out the path for a sustainable urban development while increasing the city’s attractiveness as a global destination”.

Once the refurbishment is completed, the new MGallery Queen Elizabeth 2 will showcase 447 hotel rooms, nine food and beverage outlets, ten spacious meeting rooms, a 5,620 square metres area for outdoor events, six retail outlets, a swimming pool and a gym.

“We are confident that once finalised, the MGallery Queen Elizabeth 2 will become a true must-visit attraction, sharing her own stories with her guests while offering a truly unforgettable experience onboard.”