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Offline Michael Gallagher

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« Reply #15 on: Oct 11, 2021, 09:01 AM »
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Online Lynda Bradford

Re: Float Dubai
« Reply #16 on: Oct 11, 2021, 10:19 AM »
Thanks for the pictures Michael. 

I think the night area looks really smart and will attract lots of interest from people wanting to party on the ship.

I'm an "old fogey"  :) but even I like the night club concept.  I would be interested to know what arrangements are in place when it rains.  In 2019 when I visited the ship it rained for the best part of a day and half, so in this eventuality covers for the chairs and deck would be required. 
« Last Edit: Oct 11, 2021, 10:45 AM by Lynda Bradford »
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Offline Michael Gallagher

Re: Float Dubai
« Reply #17 on: Oct 11, 2021, 12:14 PM »
I'll see you on the dance floor Lynda before we retire to one of the booths for a drink. I really like this concept too and think it is a great addition to Hotel QE2!

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Re: Float Dubai
« Reply #18 on: Oct 11, 2021, 12:27 PM »
I'll see you on the dance floor Lynda before we retire to one of the booths for a drink. I really like this concept too and think it is a great addition to Hotel QE2!

It's a date!  :)
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Offline Michael Gallagher

Re: Float Dubai
« Reply #19 on: Oct 12, 2021, 09:22 AM »
Although we should probably abstain from going until they can get the ship's name right and use the right ship in their imagery!

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Re: Float Dubai
« Reply #20 on: Oct 12, 2021, 07:34 PM »
Thanks, Peter and Thomas, for your replies.

Thanks, Michael, for the photos ! I think the concept looks great !
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Re: Float Dubai
« Reply #21 on: Oct 17, 2021, 11:31 AM »
The Times newspaper is usually behind a paywall, but I seem to be able to read this OK.

Opening night in Dubai for the QE2, now the world’s largest floating nightclub
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Re: Float Dubai
« Reply #22 on: Oct 17, 2021, 02:03 PM »
Sounds like the opening night was a success.  Minimum spend of £800 (per table I think) seems like a lot of money for a night out, but not for the super rich. 
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Re: Float Dubai
« Reply #23 on: Oct 17, 2021, 05:41 PM »
I've linked to the official Instagram's promotional video below, filmed on the opening night. In this video and the Instagram stories from the opening night, it was interesting to see they've constructed a new set of stairs with lights set into them (like the refurbished staircase up from the Pavilion to the Lido) from Boat Deck up to Sun Deck on her Port side but going forward to aft unlike the old set of stairs.

I'm hoping they've kept the original Sun Deck screens with the windows that flank Sun Deck, but have just got them covered up and maybe had the glass taken out and blanked them off as per what seems to be the case in the photo Rob posted above. The screens with windows that spanned Sun Deck have sadly gone as Louis said before in this topic, this is a shame in my opinion as they were original to her construction. I also hope that her name and the Cunard logo behind the funnel can still be found behind the nightclub's main light show setup behind the stage/bar and that they've not been painted or otherwise covered over. It is all part of the ongoing compromise between preservation and commercial requirements/desires, sadly one where the commercial requirements/desires are winning more often than not and history is being lost throughout the ship.


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Re: Float Dubai
« Reply #24 on: Oct 18, 2021, 01:50 AM »
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  Minimum spend of £800 (per table I think) seems like a lot of money for a night out, but not for the super rich.   

As nightclubs go it's not really a lot , a bottle of champagne and not a fancy one, think Moet  and that can easily set you back $300 bottle service in a night club in Sin City ,go up the levels and bypass the Krug and Cristal and go fo The Ace of Spades, which is sadly the in thing for the celebs and your into the $1000s ,we have two bottles at £650 each, l sold one recently, no tip by the way ! . In these night clubs they tend to limit tables to 6 / 8 persons , (you only get 5-6 glasses per  bottle, so if its a table of 8 you might find the server bringing out 2 bottles on the pretext that a bottle only has 5 glasses but that's a serious upsell  , and no host is going to say No take one back, please.

Also opening Night things will be at a premium, but its Dubai and they have more money than sense

   
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I wonder how much a coke is, assuming its a bottle size , we sell cokes in the 200ml glass bottle at £2.40, a regular can to put it into perspective is 330ml . On a trip to London recently the same bottle was £6.50 in The Dorchester at the Rooftop Pop up Beverly Hills Polo Lounge .While It has been said l enjoy the Coca Cola products , a trip to Las Vegas and their mini bars which are in most of the hotels a can of coke will set you back $10 its chilled naturally. Some might shout and jump and protest saying thats extortionate,It is BUT its a service and you don't need to use that service .  you can buy a tin in wallmart for less than a dollar, indeed you can,but its warm, there's no nice glass to pour it into. Now let's look at The MGM in Sin City with its 6,800 rooms, all with a mini bar  On a Friday night  guest consumption of coca-cola is around 900 cans, more on a Saturday at around 1100 forget the fact there are soda machines that vend at $3.00 for a larger size plastic bottle down the corridor, and it can be a very long corridor at that.

 Im now reasonably lucky with my loyalty to the Mlife group of hotels out there , that when l stay l get various things comped at the end of my stay. so if l have one can of coca-cola a night at $10 that can add $100 to the bill, it's invariably more but l use that as an example. So on checkout day l visit guest relations they look at the bill and the cokes are then marked complimentary as a guest I'm happy to have $100 knocked off my bill , the cost to the hotel is lets say $5  , They are happy with the casino revenue l have lost given,   and lm happy because i have in my mind had a $100 wiped clear, It's a funny old way of thinking , but it works . the same goes for the laundry and food services. If you think the cokes are expensive, look at The Fiji Water
 
A good friend of mine is a serious gambler out there, he took a group of 20 people out to lunch at a high-end casino inhouse restaurant, the whole bill was comped, now that's a serious gambler, but then when your betting a $1k a hand on the turn of some cards , whats a meal for 20 people in the scheme of things,Vegas its a funny old place , but its still nearly impossible to find a hotel that offers a rate for Bed and Breakfast.             
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Re: Float Dubai
« Reply #25 on: Oct 19, 2021, 12:28 PM »
There's a collection of photos here on their Facebook page (you should be able to see them without having to log into Facebook).

https://www.facebook.com/FloatDubai/photos

I read a post here that says that the nightclub has a capacity for 1000 people... which just can't be right, from looking at the photos.  Where would they all go??

The big question is.... you're a youngster in Dubai.... you've been to Float once.... do you go again?  There are, I'm sure, a lot of world-class night clubs in Dubai... in the centre of Dubai.
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Re: Float Dubai
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Re: Float Dubai
« Reply #27 on: Oct 22, 2021, 09:40 AM »
Joann Scott, Travel Agent and forum  member from USA sent a daily update she received on the nightclub the Float Dubai.  The update basically contains the same information as other news articles, with what looks like information from a Press Release.   Reference is made to the price of champagne as noted on The Times article and a minimum spend per table. 

Interesting to note a comment that there are not any other "events" listed on the Float's events page, although this was thought could be because of current Covid restrictions.  Or it may be that it is only when there is a guest DJ that it will be listed as an event and that the nightclub is open every weekend.  Just need to wait and see what is reported this and coming weeks.  In the lead up to Christmas and New Year I would image that it will be a popular venue. 

The article also mentions that there is a plethora of photos on the Float Facebook page, which has also been noted on this topic. 

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Re: Float Dubai
« Reply #29 on: Nov 10, 2021, 12:56 AM »
Really Guys and Gals, I think that I got off QE2 at the right time.
I'm just an old fossil like the ship.

 

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