As if Dubai weren’t filled with record-breaking attractions, the UAE metropolis is now home to the world’s deepest swimming pool, complete with an underwater city, caves and more.
“A whole world awaits you at Deep Dive Dubai, the deepest swimming pool in the world,” wrote the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on Instagram. He was one of the first to visit the engineering marvel on July 7.
Indeed, the underwater wonder, which is part of the new Deep Dive Dubai attraction, measures 196 feet from top to bottom, nearly 50 feet taller than the previous record holder, the Deepspot in Poland, CNN reported. . That was enough for her to clinch the Guinness World Record for “Deepest Diving Pool” on June 27.
If that weren’t impressive enough, the oversized swimming hole holds 14 million gallons of fresh water, the equivalent of six Olympic-size swimming pools, according to the attraction’s website.
However, you’ll want to bring more than a bikini to this giant pool. Due to the water temperature of 86 degrees Fahrenheit, swimmers are advised to wear a thin suit while diving in the deep dive.
Volume isn’t the only draw in the pool, which is housed in an oyster-shaped resort measuring over 16,000 square feet, a tribute to the UAE’s history as a dive center in the pearls, CNN reported.
Perhaps Deep Dive’s star attraction is the intricate cave system and sprawling underwater metropolis, which divers are invited to explore as if they were roaming the Lost City of Atlantis. Visitors can even play table football in the underwater arcade.
Plus, the multi-faceted complex doubles as an aquatic cinema studio – the largest of its kind in the region – with an editing room in the same facility, per site.
“There are quite a few deep diving pools in the world, but this one is so much more interesting,” said Jarrod Jablonski, director of Deep Dive Dubai. “There are so many things that it’s really not fair to call it a swimming pool. ”
To ensure the safety of divers, the Deep Dive is equipped with 56 cameras, as well as the most advanced hyperbaric chamber in the region, which can treat up to 12 people at a time in an emergency.
And guests don’t have to worry if they don’t brag about Jacques Cousteau’s scuba skills, as the attraction offers diving lessons for all experience levels, as well as guided tours. Meanwhile, earthlings can watch water activities through the windows of an 80-seat restaurant equipped with television screens.
Sadly, Deep Dive is currently only accessible by invitation but will be open to the general public later this year.
Along with the Crown Prince of Dubai, the site was visited by “Fresh Prince” Will Smith, who called the experience “madness” in a recent Instagram video.
Just make sure you don’t visit the Burj Khalifa – the tallest skyscraper in the world – after diving, warns the Deep Dive Dubai website.
“After any dive, it is recommended to wait 18-24 hours before ascending to more than 300 meters (1,000 feet),” they wrote. “However, there is no risk in diving after visiting the tallest building in the world. “