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QE2 Dubai to launch ‘Theatre by QE2’ with Dubai’s Got Talent feel

QE2 Dubai has announced that it will soon be launching ‘Theatre by QE2’, a new live-entertainment concept that will bring the ocean liner’s on-board 515-seat theatre back to life for live performances and musicals.

The operators of the floating hotel in Port Rashid, Dubai have also put out a call for auditions, offering musicians, street performers, comedians, magicians, ballerinas and specialty acts the chance to secure a gig.

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Auditions will be held on October 13th from 9.30am, with hourly slots for different kinds of acts.

The National has described the event as ‘Dubai’s Got Talent’, while Hamza Mustafa, CEO of PCFC Hotels, the operators of the QE2 Dubai, promises a continuation of the ship’s legendary on-board entertainment.

“The QE2 was renowned for her around-the-clock programme of world-class entertainment, so the arrival of Theatre by QE2 marks the beginning of a new legacy and the first in a series of exciting concepts to be introduced to her as she continues her journey as a floating hotel in Dubai,” he says.

The theatre will open for its first performance on October 27th, but like the QE2 herself, this will be an exclusive event for select invitees only.

A full programme of events will then be announced, including a family-friendly Christmas show, which opens on December 9 and runs throughout the festive period.

The theatre is the latest new concept to be announced aboard the former ocean liner, which was for four decades of service the most famous ship in the world.


QE2’s theatre has been left exactly as it was designed in 1969. According to Rob Lightbody, it was designed by Gaby Schreiber, one of Britain’s foremost female designers.

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The QE2 Spa was opened earlier this month, along with the uber-exclusive and romantic Queen Grill, and in the coming weeks a private island will be launched, along with the official Grand Opening of the QE2 Dubai itself.

After making more than 800 transatlantic crossings between 1969 and 2008, QE2 Dubai was in April opened with a soft launch that saw only a few of her 224 rooms and suites and 10 restaurants and bars opened.

“We have dedicated more than 2.7 million man-hours into transforming this legendary ocean liner into the multi-faceted tourist destination that she is today and I am very proud to reintroduce her to the world as she embarks on the next stage of her celebrated journey,” Mustafa said at the time of the ‘soft launch’.

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Hamza Mustafa, CEO of PCFC Hotels, the operators of the QE2 Dubai

“We understand that this is a ship that matters to people,” he added, speaking to Cruise Arabia & Africa in the QE2’s cavernous and fully restored Grand Lounge. “She wasn’t only a marvel of modern engineering, but was also a symbol of national pride and evokes important memories for former guests and crew. So we have stayed as close as possible to her design and look and feel when launched in 1969.”

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