From the surface, Deep Dive Dubai looks like a swanky hotel pool. But dive a little deeper and you will find an abandoned and flooded city to explore.
Deep Dive Dubai, in the Nad Al Sheba neighborhood, holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s deepest swimming pool, at 60.02 meters.
It holds 14 million liters of water, the equivalent of six Olympic-sized swimming pools. That’s 15 meters deeper and four times bigger than any other diving pool in the world.
The pool is shaped like an oyster, a tribute to Emirati pearl divers of the past. Guests can choose to scuba, free dive or snorkel in the 30 degrees C water.
Either way, it will take several days to explore the vast underwater city.
Divers descend into the circular centre of the pool past gnarled tree roots, graffiti-painted bricks, and abandoned cars.
They will swim into bedrooms, libraries and office buildings as state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems create a variety of underwater moods. Deep Dive Dubai even has underwater billiard tables and pinball machines. And they work.
Underneath the surface, 56 cameras monitor the safety of the divers. Large windows and TV screens all over the facility allow visitors to watch family and friends as they dive.
Deep Dive Dubai circulates the water inside the pool through siliceous volcanic rock, NASA-developed filter technology, and UV radiation every six hours to ensure it’s clean.
Public bookings open in July at deepdivedubai.com.
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