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The World's Deepest Diving Pool Opened in Dubai — and It Has a 'Sunken City' to Explore

Travel + Leisure logo Travel + Leisure 7/14/2021 Stacey Leasca
Courtesy of Deep Dive Dubai © Provided by Travel + Leisure Courtesy of Deep Dive Dubai

Ready to go for a really deep swim? Deep Dive Dubai, the deepest swimming pool for diving in the world, is ready for you to jump right in.

Deep Dive Dubai, located in Dubai's Nad Al Sheba neighborhood, is now verified by the Guinness World Record as the world's deepest swimming pool, at a depth of 169.9 feet (60.02 meters) and holds 14 million liters of water. That, the owners say, is the equivalent of six Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Courtesy of Deep Dive Dubai © Provided by Travel + Leisure Courtesy of Deep Dive Dubai

"Deep Dive Dubai allows thrill-seekers to dive inwards and discover a new underwater dimension filled with adventure and wonder. We offer an unparalleled experience with year-round diving, in a safe environment, with outstanding instructors and services," Abdulla Bin Habtoor, spokesperson for Deep Dive Dubai, shared in a statement. "This facility is an investment in Dubai's growing sports culture and will add another world-class destination to Dubai's thriving tourist attraction and adventure tourism sector."


Video: Divers in Dubai can reach new depths in world's deepest pool (Reuters)

The pool, which is shaped like a giant oyster as a nod to the region's pearl diving heritage, features the latest technology for divers, including the region's most advanced hyperbaric chamber, along with an entire sunken city for divers to explore. The pool also comes with a state-of-the-art lighting, sound, and mood system. The pool's water is also ultra-clean thanks to its filtration system that circulates water every six hours through siliceous volcanic rock, NASA-developed filter technology, and UV radiation.

"Just keep swimming..." © Courtesy of Deep Dive Dubai "Just keep swimming..."

"We hope to embody the determination of Emirati explorers and innovators, both past and present, as well as provide a platform for future achievements and discoveries," Bin Habtoor added.

Beyond the pool itself, the facility is also home to a dive shop, gift shop, an 80-seat restaurant that is set to open to the public later this year, as well as a variety of meeting, event, and conference spaces.

a close up of an old building: Jesper Kjoller/Courtesy of Deep Dive Dubai © Provided by Travel + Leisure Jesper Kjoller/Courtesy of Deep Dive Dubai

The pool is currently only open by invitation, however, public bookings are set to open in late July at deepdivedubai.com. Both freediving and scuba diving experiences and courses will be offered to all ability levels.

"By design, Deep Dive Dubai offers something truly unique for everyone, and our team is committed to ensuring a memorable experience, with outstanding service, for everyone, every time," Deep Dive Dubai's director, Jarrod Jablonski, added. "For those seeking a unique experience, Deep Dive Dubai provides an exceptional, safe, and controlled environment to learn all about diving. For experienced members of the freedive and scuba dive communities, it's a facility and experience like no other."

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