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New images published of Cunard liner QE2 in cold layup in Dubai

The images reportedly taken this summer in Dubai

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DUBAI, UAE New images have been published claiming to show the former Cunard ocean liner Queen Elizabeth II (QE2) in cold layup in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

The images reportedly taken this summer in Dubai while the ship was docked at Dubai Drydocks, show the interior of the ship has been virtually untouched since she was handed over to Dubai's Emaar developers seven years ago.

The selection of pictures show the ship's art works, interior rooms, cabins and even her workspaces, such as the bridge and engine room, to be 'frozen in time' as she awaits an 'uncertain' future.

The report claims that while the ship looks immaculate from the exterior, her interior has been allowed to rot and her engineering systems are in a sad state of decay.

Quoting an official at Drydocks World, where the ship has been located for the past year following a highly publicized but superficial dry-docking, the website says that at least US $200-million is needed to make her seaworthy again.

This comes a year and a half after plans were announced to send the ship to Asia to be a floating hotel in Singapore or Hong Kong following an expression of interest from a Chinese buyer.

However, those plans appear to have since been put on hold and the famous ship has remained in Dubai Drydocks, wasting away due to neglect.

QE2 was sold to Dubai's property development giant Emaar in 2008 at the height of the economic boom before the 2009 crash, at the time there were plans to make her a floating hotel at the tip of the Palm Jumeirah development, but those plans fell through.

The publishing of the images comes as Cunard celebrates its 175th anniversary with a series of grand celebrations around the UK, including in Liverpool, where the cruise line's current 'three Queens' met for a highly publicized photo opportunity over the weekend.

Cunard Line were the pioneers of regular ocean crossings between the UK and US in the early 1800s and are the only remaining passenger line with a regular service across the Atlantic by sea, for forty years QE2 was the backbone of that service before being replaced by the current flagship Queen Mary 2.

(The full set of images are available here)

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