Dubai beach uses image of Dorset landmark to promote itself!

Though the United Arab Emirates is home to some of the world's tallest buildings and a manmade island, it still has to acquire a replica of Durdle Door. In spite of this, the website of The Cove resort in Ras Al Khaimah is leisurely flaunting its images, may be in a move to lure tourists.

It should be noted that the Cove Rotana Resort is known for having 'a multitude of activities' with 600 metres of sandy beach; however, one thing for sure is that it does not possess the beach at Durdle Door, the pictures of which it has posted on its website.

Of course, it might have come as a huge surprise for the residents of Dorset living in Dubai to come across an image of a beach from their homeland being advertised as existing an hour's drive along the coast.

A punch of shock hit Ashley Hammond, 24, originally from Poole, when he found the images when he was planning a trip with a friend.

He explained, "It all happened when a friend of mine was making a suggestion for weekend stays outside of Dubai. He told me about the cove, he was planning to visit and I had heard of it but we checked it out online first."

He continued, "The official website popped up with Durdle Door on the banner and I knew instantly where this was and it isn't in Ras al Khaimah that's for sure."

"While the coastal features of Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove are privately owned and the use of images for commercial publication requires consent, the use of the Durdle Door image to promote a high class holiday resort in the UAE does reflect the quality of the landscape features that exist on the Jurrasic Coast and the Lulworth Estate in particular," said a spokesman for the Lulworth Estate - which owns the land.

He added that the too many images out in the public domain are one of the major problems for them. So, not much can be done even when the image of the land is owned by the estate.

No comments could be gathered from the Cove Rotana Resort.

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