PICTURE: A380 flypast marks QE2's arrival in Dubai

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Emirates has marked the arrival of the Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth 2 in Dubai with a flypast of one of its Airbus A380 aircraft.

The ship arrived in Dubai yesterday ahead of its refurbishment as a hotel, to be moored at Palm Jumeirah.

Emirates says that its third A380 conducted the flypast as the QE2 cruised past the 'World' collection of artificial islands in preparation to dock.

A flotilla of over 130 smaller yachts and leisure craft accompanied the ship.

qe2 and a380
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Cunard has formally handed ownership of the liner to Dubai development firm Nakheel, through a flag-changing ceremony.