Lonely Planet Writer

Dubai has the best shoreline in the world according to a mathematical formula

A new study has revealed the top ten best shorelines in the world, having compared a range of diverse destinations while calculating their different elements with a new scientific formula.

The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The study was organised by Royal Caribbean, who teamed up with travel blogger Laila Swann, who put forward destinations, and psychologist Dr David Holmes, who created the formula and calculated the data. The study looked at elements such as clarity of the horizon, sea colour, cleanliness, sand and air quality, interesting features and weather to calculate the best of the best from around the world.

Blackpool Tower in Blackpool, England.
Blackpool Tower in Blackpool, England. Image by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The top spot went to Dubai, with its eye catching architecture like the Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab scoring massive points for the shoreline’s features while the tropical desert climate and clear waters made it hard to beat. Second on the list was Blackpool in England, with its selection of Blue Flag beaches and features like Blackpool Tower earning large points on the formula chart. Other destinations in the top ten included the Gulf Islands between Mexico and the United States, Cape Cod National Seashore, Inchydoney in West Cork, Ireland and Twelve Apostles in Victoria, Australia.

Fort Pickens National Park at the Gulf Islands National Seashore.
Fort Pickens National Park at the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Image by Faungg’s Photos
Inchydoney Beach in West Cork is famous for its fantastic surfing and clear shores.
Inchydoney Beach in West Cork is famous for its fantastic surfing and clear shores. Image by James Gabriel Martin

“While this formula may not account for every eventuality, the top ten hopefully helps holidaymakers identify the shorelines which are, scientifically, most impactful. 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,” said Dr Holmes.