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Thursday Jan 28, 2010

QE2 won't dock in Cape Town for World Cup

Dubai's cash-strapped owner of Queen Elizabeth 2 says it will not sail the famed British ocean liner to South Africa to serve as a floating hotel during the World Cup this summer.

Istithmar World, an investment arm of the indebted Dubai World conglomerate, says Cape Town is "no longer being considered" as a possible destination for the legendary ship.

QE2 is moored at Dubai's Port Rashid since its arrival to the Persian Gulf sheikdom in 2008.

Istithmar World said in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Tuesday that South Africa was one several options the company was considering for QE2. It did not name other locations.

Dubai bought QE2 in 2007 for $100 million to turn it into a luxury hotel, berthed alongside the palm tree-shaped artificial island on the Gulf coast.



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