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Re: Review of stay on board QE2 Dubai, August 2021
« Reply #30 on: Sep 04, 2021, 01:56 PM »
Some more from Alex.

The last 2 show the hundreds of workers arriving in the morning.
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Re: Review of stay on board QE2 Dubai, August 2021
« Reply #31 on: Sep 04, 2021, 02:14 PM »
Yes Rob , that's exactly it.

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Re: Review of stay on board QE2 Dubai, August 2021
« Reply #32 on: Sep 04, 2021, 04:20 PM »
That mesh, along with the structure aft of the funnel (the latter being used as a green screen) was used in the filming of a drama onboard earlier this year as I referred to in an earlier post in this topic and as Michael mentioned a while ago here on the forum. Michael posted some information about the drama as linked to below:

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php?topic=9698.msg114763#msg114763
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Re: Review of stay on board QE2 Dubai, August 2021
« Reply #33 on: Sep 04, 2021, 04:30 PM »
Some more from Alex.

The last 2 show the hundreds of workers arriving in the morning.

The first photo appears to show the plans for when Port Rashid ceases to be a commercial port and instead becomes a residential marina with QE2 as the centrepiece in the coming years. A number of sources, including senior people onboard QE2 in Dubai during my visit last year, have made mention of this being the plan for the area and, specifically, that QM2 will still be brought to the area to say "hi" to QE2 despite docking in the new cruise port further along the coast.
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Re: Review of stay on board QE2 Dubai, August 2021
« Reply #34 on: Sep 07, 2021, 11:53 AM »
Paul Joyce - here is the Big Ben mural in the Queens Grill Lounge you referred to.


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Re: Review of stay on board QE2 Dubai, August 2021
« Reply #35 on: Sep 07, 2021, 11:59 AM »
The 'Big Ben' Staircase was a source of fascination to me since I first saw a photo of it but I wasn't sure where it could be given the staircase configuration. I eventually narrowed its location down to the staircase from Boat to Sun Deck forward of the Queens Grill Lounge and I'm pleased to say Alex confirmed this on his visit! But a dividing wall has obviously been removed to open up both staircases - as can be seen on the plans and photo of how the space was in 2008.

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Re: Review of stay on board QE2 Dubai, August 2021
« Reply #36 on: Sep 09, 2021, 11:52 PM »

Thank you Michael Gallagher for including your photo of the mural of Big Ben that was a feature of the
Queens Grill Lounge in the 1970's. This large acrylic painting was shown in many of the Cunard brochures
at that time, I have included a photo of one of these brochures below.

I have often wondered if this work of art was part of the original coffee shop, and when this was removed
from the Queens Grill Lounge if it now hangs in a gallery somewhere in the United Kingdom.

I have found the photo I talked about of me with the mural on my first voyage on Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1975.
for me this voyage on the new QE2 as a young ship enthusiast was a dream come true.


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Re: Review of stay on board QE2 Dubai, August 2021
« Reply #37 on: Sep 10, 2021, 01:44 PM »
While reading this topic, I remembered that there is a slide of the Big Ben artwork within our QE2 Story Slide Collection.  I then realised there's a whole bunch of later slides that I had forgotten to upload.  I've now done this with uploads from 1970, 1972 and 1976.  A nice photo of the artwork is within the 1976 collection, however I think its the exact same photo that Michael has already posted (he has permission to use the slides).  Links to the above collections are here :- https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php?board=28.0

Moderator note - we should try to split out the big-ben original artwork discussion from this one, as its off topic from the original topic of this thread.
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Re: Review of stay on board QE2 Dubai, August 2021
« Reply #38 on: Nov 01, 2021, 07:41 AM »
Don’t go !   I have done it and the wonderful memories that I had have been rather tarnished.        Sure, she has new owners and they have their own ideas  of how to make money out of her as that is what they must do.    Dubai style is not necessary what we might like so if you want to keep your dreams alive don’t bother with the visit.     We stayed in one of they staterooms that we had inhabited a few years back and apart from the same picture being on the wall everything was different and the service in everything was far removed from that of the past..
Fraser Ballantyne

Fraser, did you visit QE2 in Dubai more than once? What changes did you see there between your visits, and did you think they showed improvements or otherwise?

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Re: Review of stay on board QE2 Dubai, August 2021
« Reply #39 on: Nov 01, 2021, 10:46 AM »
Paul

Sorry - just read your response about the Mural (thank you!). The QG LOunge was mainly the Juke Box section (with just the forward part of the Coffee Shop taken up) of Boat Deck and that had totally different murals as shown below.

Have no idea what happened to the London scene when it was removed.

Michael

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Re: Review of stay on board QE2 Dubai, August 2021
« Reply #40 on: Nov 01, 2021, 11:59 AM »
When they ditched the Coffee Shop, at least one of the murals, can't remember which one was left in place and a fan room (I think) was built around it. You could see what was left of it when you went into the fan space.

 

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