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Dubai Tourism May Update

Queen Elizabeth 2

Queen Elizabeth 2 docked in Dubai


A new chapter for the world-famous cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2), begins in Dubai. The QE2 is a nautical legend, having circumnavigated the world 25 times, and now welcomes visitors to enjoy a unique stay at the 13-deck floating hotel in the heart of Dubai. Docked at Mina Rashid, the massive ship opened its berths to the public in April 2018. It features carefully restored rooms and suites that still maintain many of the original details, including period furniture and historic paintings. It also comes complete with some of the ship’s original restaurants and an interactive museum showcasing the QE2 during the pioneering 1960s.

She has been lovingly restored to her former glory – revitalized with all the latest in smart technology. Step aboard and relax in her comfortable rooms and suites that offer an imposing backdrop of Dubai’s iconic skyline or the ocean beyond. Embark on a culinary journey across her 13 restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. Immerse yourself in her rich past at the onsite QE2 Exhibition.

The QE2 has curated a seamless and unforgettable journey that blends old-world sophistication with a new level in hospitality and is still making history! Learn more >

Dubai’s new Budget HotelsXVA Art Hotel

Think Dubai’s best deals are reserved for the shopping malls? Think again. If you’re heading here for a city break, there’s a whole host of affordable hospitality options that won’t break the bank.

Here’s our pick of smart, trendy hotels that offer all the creature comforts you’ll need at great-value price points. Hole up in one of these hot hotels and splash the cash on other fun stuff instead.

Dubai hotels that won't break the bank >

VR Park

There’s a brand new virtual reality attraction at Dubai Mall called VR park. The two-storey attraction comes complete with 18 experiences suitable for different ages. Entry to VR park is free, with each activity and experience priced individually from Dhs15 to Dhs 45.(approx. AUD 5 – AUD 15)

Combining augmented reality, virtual reality and experiential attractions, expect to feel like you’re propelling down the side of Burj Khalifa in “Burj Drop”, or hold on tight as your “Dubai Drone Taxi” spins out of control on a rollercoaster adventure ride.

Adrenaline junkies should head to “Plummet”, the skydiving experience giving aerial views of the city, or take on a hair-raising “Dune Bash” experience featuring encounters with camel spiders, scorpions and snakes.

Not all of the events are single player. Games such as “The Raft” require players to grab their VR guns and work together to defend the swamp against an infestation of supernatural creeps; players are required to save the city in “Payday: The VR Heist”, and survive a zombie-infested hospital in the apocalyptic “The Walking Dead Outbreak”.

You’ll find something for the little ones, too. The family-friendly “VR Travel Bus” explores cities from around the world, whilst space explorers can man their own spaceship and navigate a world full of aliens and space stations, in “RobocomVR”.

Read more about VR Park >

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