Dubai plans to refit the Queen Elizabeth 2 as a 300-room hotel, ending five years of uncertainty over the fate of the historic cruise liner.

Sultan bin Sulayem, chairman of QE2 owner Istithmar, says the vessel will open within 18 months as the centerpiece of an entertainment village, including a maritime museum, in Port Rashid, where the vessel has been berthed since it was retired from service in late 2008.

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