QE2 Dubai 🚢 (not Abu Dhabi but well worth the drive to Dubai!!)
We have just done an overnight stay for my partner’s birthday & absolutely loved it! Having read mixed reviews prior, I didn’t have high hopes but they were definitely exceeded...
Our weekend started with a heritage tour of the ship, which is really interesting and complimentary to on board guests. We got to have a nosey around the ship...It is still in the soft opening phase but it sounds like the full opening isnt far away - with talk of a rooftop NYE event at the soon to open funnel bar which sound fab!
We ate lunch in a British pub called The Golden Lion - it was very old fashioned british pub in decor and the football was on tv so my other half was impressed. Happy hour was on so we had a few grape beverages & both had fish and chips which was delicious - mushy peas, tartare sauce, and they even had vinegar on the table! With the happy hour & 25% F&B discount for booking direct with the hotel, it was pretty reasonable considering we had both had a few drinks too...
The yacht club outdoor deck was our next stop for more happy hour drinks with a lovely view over the Dubai skyline🍷 again, super cheap at less than 100dhs for 4 drinks & the wine was lovely!
We then went to the Queen’s Grill which is their fine dining option - dress code states jackets or shirt & tie for guys but once inside it wasn't as stuffy as we’d imagined and the waiter did tell my other half he could remove his tie if he wanted 😆
We opted for the 5 course taster menu, although the portions were far from taster size - we had to take two breaks between courses! The waiting staff were extremely attentive and had prepared a special desert for me as I can’t eat almonds and all three desert options on the menu contained them.
The food was delicious, with the courses we selected & an additional 2 sent from the chef. At a cost of 375 per head and the main course being beef tenderloin, we were again impressed with the value!
I would highly recommend for a staycation - once fully open I think it will be fab!! 🇬🇧🚢