Saturday, August 15, 2009

RAK Hotel in Hot Water over Alleged Photo Theft

The Cove Rotana Resort at Ras al Khaimah is bound to be fully booked come the America’s Cup in February 2010 but it is currently getting bad press for allegedly using a picture of a beach in Dorset, England to show off its beach offerings in the UAE.

The coastline and distinctive stone arch of Durdle Door in Dorset has been used on the RAK hotel’s web site and this has been noticed by a British expat searching for a weekend break.

A Rotana Hotel spokesperson said the web site was designed by an independent marketing company and was not their official website. They were taking steps to rectify the matter.

‘Any press is good press?’ This story will undoubtedly bring hits to the Cove’s website and bookings, even by the Brits.

Stop Press
Rotana Denies Image Use, AMEInfo, 16 August 2009.

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Dr Geoff Pound

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Image: A look at the website of The Cove and a photo of Dorset’s Durdle Door.