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Cunard dismisses QE2 claims

She was one of the most famous cruise ships ever to ply her trade from Southampton. Now she is moored in Dubai with an uncertain fate - but today her former owners say the QE2 is not about to be sold for scrap.

QE2 'not to be scrapped' say former owners

The QE2 is now moored in Dubai, her fate currently in doubt Credit: Kamran Jebreili/AP/Press Association Images

There had been reports on Christmas Eve that the liner, bought by Dubai investment firm Istithmar for around $100 million in 2007, was about to be sold to a Chinese firm for scrap metal. Cunard Line reacted to the claims on the company's Facebook page. They said:

"We have noted the recent article in the Daily Mail with reference to QE2. We remain in close contact with Dubai and can reassure you that to the very best of our knowledge this story is pure speculation - our best advice would be to ignore the story."

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