Take a dive in the world’s deepest pool


By AGENCY

According to the Guinness World Records, Deep Dive Dubai is the deepest swimming pool in the world. — Photos: GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP

The city of superlatives with the world’s tallest tower among its many records, Dubai now has the deepest swimming pool on the planet complete with a “sunken city” for divers to explore.

Deep Dive Dubai, which opened last week but initially by invitation only, prides itself as “the only diving facility in the world” where you can go down 60m, 15m deeper than any other pool, as confirmed by Guinness World Records.

It contains 14.6 million litres of fresh water, a volume equivalent to six Olympic-size swimming pools.

A diver exploring a mock sunken city in the pool.A diver exploring a mock sunken city in the pool.

Guided down by lights and ambient music, divers can play table football and other games at the bottom as well as explore an “abandoned sunken city” or just soak up the vegetation on the way.

The pool is equipped with more than 50 cameras, for entertainment and safety purposes.

A one-hour dive costs between US$135 and US$410 (RM567 and RM1,721), with Deep Dive vowing that it will open to the general public soon.

(Hollywood star Will Smith was one of the first to try it out. You can see his video clip here: https://youtu.be/JBpevCSdfr0)

The oyster-shaped structure pays tribute to the pearl-diving tradition of the United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is a member, explained Deep Dive Dubai’s director Jarrod Jablonski.

Dubai, which from October hosts the delayed Expo 2020, reopened to tourists in July of last year and has organised one of the world’s fastest vaccination campaigns against Covid-19. – AFP

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