QE2 Soft Launch

It’s all Dubai has been talking about for months, and Global Event Management were ahead of the game when it came to the official soft launch of the QE2 as a floating hotel and venue space.

GEM were brought onboard (see what we did there? 😉) to oversee all the night’s entertainment, production, décor and ensure the smooth flow of the evening’s events. With the help of West End productions we put together a night of spectacular entertainment with a nostalgic flair for The Grand Lounge on the QE2. The first-class performances kept our VIP guests entertained throughout the evening and left them with little doubt that the QE2 is Dubai’s hottest new venue.

Dubai’s debonair Tom Urqhart led the proceedings dressed in an authentic captain’s uniform and armed with fascinating facts about the vessel and its strong history. The evening’s entertainment featured Dubai’s leading lady Lucy Hunter James singing hits of Bassey, the QE2 dancers who danced to ‘Live and Let Die’ and performed an Argentinian tango to ‘Roxanne’, as well as high energy ballroom numbers to the stars of the show – The Bootleg Beatles. This world-class tribute band performed two sets of popular hits and had the audience toe tapping and enjoying a trip down memory lane.

In The Yacht Club, piano/vocalist Damien Flood performed on the ship’s original Steinway and played a plethora of songs ranging from the 1960s through to the modern day. It’s fair to say his entertaining and highly enjoyable talents were a huge hit, with guests crowding around the piano and pitting their vocal talents against each other.

The key to this event, and GEM’s undoubtable strong suit, was selecting the correct choice of entertainment for the VIP’s and royalty attending the evening’s affairs. Songs (even down to the background music) were carefully selected. Attention to detail is always paramount and we ensured this from costumes right  through to production. This was only the tip of the iceberg for GEM, and we look forward with anticipation to hosting many a function onboard the iconic QE2


“That was such a wonderfully organised event. Everyone had a blast. Feedback from our guests could not have been better. We would like to thank you, James, Lucy, and your entire team who were involved in putting together this event for us. We know what a huge effort it took to make this event so successful. Look forward to working with you sometime again in near future.”

Sharmilee Jennifer – PA to the CEO DP World

“James and Andrea – the selection of entertainers was excellent, especially the Bootleg Beetles. I noticed our VIP’s were happy listening to the old music and some of them were even singing along with the singers.  Overall a great experience… hope we will offer similar experience to the QE2 guests after its formal launch. The majority of our guests yesterday have already planned trips with their friends and families.”

Junaid Rahimullah – CEO DP World

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