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Dubai named as world's best shoreline, beating Blackpool

Mathematical equation took into account clarity of the horizon, sea colour, sand quality, cleanliness, interesting features, air quality and the weather

Dubai named as world's best shoreline, beating Blackpool
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A new mathematical equation has found that the world’s best shoreline is Dubai, beating British holiday hotspot Blackpool for the first place.

The equation, formulated by psychologist Dr David Holmes, was part of a study commissioned by Royal Caribbean, a cruise line operator. It took into account clarity of the horizon, sea colour, sand quality, cleanliness, interesting features, air quality and the weather.

The ‘weather’ category was where the emirate scored the maximum points, beating Blackpool, which boasts seven miles (11.2 kilometres) of golden sands and a theme park and Gulf of Mexico in third place.

Dr Holmes said: “All countries have good and bad shorelines; however some are stunning in their unpretentious beauty combined with iconic features.

“Shorelines such as Dubai in UAE score well across all elements of the formula, whilst others such as Inchydoney in Ireland offer wonderful experiences with the added benefit of attracting smaller crowds.”

London lifestyle and travel vlogger, Laila Swann, who was part of the study, said: “Having travelled to Dubai in March this year, I can certainly vouch for its sensational shoreline.”

Cape Cod, US came in at fourth place, followed by Inchydoney, Ireland; Twelve Apostles, Australia; Cape Town, South Africa; Cavelossim, India; Krabi, Thailand, and Whitehaven Beach in Australia.

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Fentoni 2 years ago

Phew, I'm glad it's not just me that sits down and runs a mathematical equation before deciding on my favorite beach.

Doug 2 years ago

If your equation tells you that Blackpool beach is the second best beach in the world, your calculator's broken...