There are reports that the QE2, which was built on the Clyde and fitted out in Greenock, is languishing in a dock in Dubai and could be up for sale. According to the report in The Telegraph, it was only once the engines were turned off in 2013 that she fell into disrepair and is suffering in the hot and humid conditions of Dubai. Initially there had been plans to turn the iconic ship into a luxury hotel, but the economic downturn put a stop to these plans.
Inverclyde Council’s Leader, Councillor Stephen McCabe is calling for national support to explore bringing the QE2 home to the Clyde and Greenock.
Inverclyde Council Leader, Councillor Stephen McCabe, said: “The QE2 is an important piece of maritime history for the Clyde and Greenock. She was known as the most famous and grandest liner in the world. To see this once magnificent flagship of the Cunard line languishing in a dock in Dubai is simply heart-breaking.
“Given the reception just a few short weeks ago to the Queen Mary 2 on the 175th anniversary of Cunard on the Clyde, it is clear that the QE2 could be a major draw for visitors to Inverclyde and Scotland. That could be a major boost to the growing reputation we have for cruise ships and for tourism. It could also boost the promotion of the Clyde and Inverclyde’s proud maritime history to a national and, potentially, international audience.
“Bringing the QE2 home is a herculean task, but it is one that requires national support in Scotland and perhaps across the UK, if it has any chance of happening. Officers will make contact with the Dubai Government to find out the exact position, to find out if the reports on her condition are accurate and if she is actually for sale.”