Dubai is already home to the tallest building in the world. Now it can also claim to have the deepest diving pool in the world.
Diving in Dubai It will open on July 7th, just 10 days after it was named the deepest diving pool in the world by Guinness World Records.
The new indoor swimming pool is nearly 200 feet deep and can hold nearly 3.7 million gallons of water. It is also home to a huge underwater attraction, similar to a “sunken city” that divers can explore on their own or under the guidance of a guide.
The attraction is open to visitors 10 years and older, including those who wear masks and vests for the first time.
With graffiti, ruined facades and large portraits of Marilyn Monroe hanging on the walls, Dubai’s new vertical plunge pool contains the remains of a lost, submerged city. There is an apartment building and library-there is even an arcade with an old-fashioned pacifier, table football and pool table.
According to the website, as for the size of the underwater city, multiple dives are required to fully explore it.
Beginners can dive to a depth of 40 feet, while those who are certified can explore the entire pool under the guidance of a guide or on their own. Certified divers can also “freedive”—that is, dive without a gas cylinder and use only breathing—and connect to a fixed ascent line. Courses are also provided to teach divers new skills.
Reservations are only for invitees. Actor and rapper Will Smith described his visit in an Instagram post that was liked more than 3 million times in four days.
Public reservations will open on the company’s website later in July. Prices start at 800 UAE Dirhams (218 USD).
Diving in a swimming pool has several advantages over the ocean. First, the weather and water conditions are controllable. Without currents or rough seas, diving will not be cancelled due to bad weather.
Even at lower depths, the pool water can be well-lit. Dubai’s new pool has 156 lights all over the pool, and the water temperature is maintained at a comfortable 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
Deep Dive Dubai is a 196-foot-high vertical swimming pool that opened last week. The entire pool is equipped with audio and ambient lighting.
Courtesy of Deep Dive Dubai
However, there are no living marine life, including corals, which is usually an important part of the recreational diving experience. But this is not a deal breaker for Kyle McGee, an American living in Dubai. He has 15 years of diving experience in Egypt, Madagascar and the Galapagos Islands.
In fact, he was happy to give it a try.
“When we dive, we often pay attention to marine life. It would be nice to try some unusual activities underwater without worrying about finding fish,” he said. “I think this is especially a good way to practice buoyancy while playing fun games and exploring.”
A hyperbaric treatment room is scheduled to open later this year, and there is also a restaurant where diners can peek into the swimming pool as divers swim by.
Courtesy of Deep Dive Dubai
Dubai’s newest attractions also attract inexperienced divers. TV travel commentator Lindsay Myers wanted to learn to dive, but found the “unknown” on the high seas daunting.
“I will definitely be more comfortable learning how to dive in the swimming pool,” she said. “This swimming pool is great because it is the baby who finally enters the ocean diving direction.”
Liju Cherian from neighboring Oman agreed. He wanted to dive, but because of lingering asthma, he used to avoid diving. But he was interested in deep diving in Dubai, because he would rather “dive into the swimming pool than the ocean”-at least at the beginning.
Abdulla Bin Habtoor, spokesperson for Deep Dive Dubai, said that with the opening of Deep Dive Dubai, the new swimming pool is an investment in Dubai’s growing sports culture and adventure tourism sector.
This is also another record-breaking architectural feat in Dubai, here is the world:
The record-breaking Dubai Mall is also home to the world’s largest shopping mall aquarium, where visitors can snorkel in cages and dive with sharks.
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Dubai is known for its Guinness World Records, from the largest fountain in the world at Pointe on the Palm Jumeirah to the largest gathering of breakfast cereals (1,354 participants).
Dubai also has the fastest police car-the Bugatti Veyron, which was purchased for US$1.6 million in 2016.