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In Pictures: QE2 then and now as liner prepares to welcome visitors on board

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The ocean liner is about to re-open as a luxury hotel in Dubai a decade after its ocean swansong.

The Queen Elizabeth 2 is moored off the Mideast city-state of Dubai (Kamran Jebreili/AP)

The Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise liner is finally opening for business again nearly a decade after last crossing the ocean.

The ship has now been transformed into a luxury hotel in Dubai.

Put to sea in 1969, the QE2 was named after the Queen Mother, the second vessel named after the mother of the current Queen.

Here we glimpse inside the refurbished vessel and look back on its glorious history:

The Queen Elizabeth 2 is moored at the Rashid Port (Kamran Jebreili/AP)
The Queen Elizabeth 2 is moored at the Rashid Port (Kamran Jebreili/AP)
The Queen Elizabeth last sailed a decade ago (Kamran Jebreili/AP)
The Queen Elizabeth last sailed a decade ago (Kamran Jebreili/AP)
A duplex room is ready to receive guests (Kamran Jebreili/AP)
A duplex room is ready to receive guests (Kamran Jebreili/AP)
The QE2 sits docked on the River Mersey in Liverpool in 2007 (Martin Rickett/PA)
The QE2 sits docked on the River Mersey in Liverpool in 2007 (Martin Rickett/PA)
Well wishers watch the departure of the Queen Elizabeth 2 from Southampton on her maiden voyage to New York in 1969 (PA).
Well wishers watch the departure of the Queen Elizabeth 2 from Southampton on her maiden voyage to New York in 1969 (PA)
Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr getting ready for some deck games on board the QE2 at Southampton (PA)
Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr getting ready for some deck games on board the QE2 at Southampton (PA)

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