Dubai is known for its luxuries and creating world records and another one to be added to Dubai’s list of achievements is the world’s largest floating nightclub that has opened onboard the retired Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ship in Dubai.
Ahead of its first weekend, the luxury Float Dubai venue hosted an opening party on Thursday. The luxury nightclub that can accommodate 1000 people saw various celebrities attend the opening.
Prominent faces like American actress Lindsay Lohan, rapper DaBaby and British boxer Amir Khan are expected to appear aboard the ship this weekend, which once hosted the likes of Hollywood stars Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.
However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic protocols, the partying will be limited, and tables need to be booked in advance for the same. During the party, security guards will prevent people from standing up and dancing, and plainclothes police officers will patrol the venue to prevent contraventions.
In August this year, Dubai relaxed the extended strictest anti-COVID-19 measures in the UAE, with seating rules in many hospitality venues. Many are now allowed to stay open until 3 AM, but social distancing measures remain in place.
The majestic QE2 was bought by Dubai government entity DP World, controlled by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, in 2008 for around $88 million. Some parts of the vessel were then converted into a hotel in 2018, with plans to base it off the Palm Jumeirah island resort.
The club was supposed to open way back, however, due to the pandemic, the club’s opening was delayed with rooms left vacant and the QE2 subsequently relocated to Rashid Port.
The QE2 was originally launched in 1967 by Queen Elizabeth II in Scotland. At 963 feet, it is estimated to have carried over 2.5 million passengers over its lifetime, travelled around 6 million nautical miles, circumnavigated the globe 25 times, and even served as a British troopship during the Falklands War in 1982.
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