Dubai unveils its newest old hotel: the QE2
The ship's age gives it an edge in Dubai's hotel market, argues Hamza Mustafa, CEO of PCFC Hotels, the government-owned company operating the ship.
"It's a new offering, it's something with a lot of historic value," he tells CNN. "Dubai is a new city and this is one of the oldest things here."
In fact, the ocean liner, launched by the UK's Queen Elizabeth II in 1967, is four years older than the formation of the UAE itself.
In Dubai, the new is easily coveted; from (CNN) - skyscrapers to sports cars. So it may come as a surprise that the latest luxury hotel will also be its oldest. In April the Queen Elizabeth II (QE2), the world's most famous ocean liner from the 1960s, opened its gangways to guests once more.