Dubai, which has the tallest tower on the planet, has set a new record for the world’s deepest diving pool, as the Gulf emirate tries to attract new tourists in the midst of the pandemic.
With its doors open to international visitors since July 2020, the city regularly showcases new pharaonic attractions among its skyscrapers and man-made islands.
“It’s a 60 meter deep pool, 15 meters more than any other pool in the world and twice the size,” said Jarrod Jablonski, director of Deep Dive Dubai, which manages the project.
The pool, which opened to the public on Wednesday and “is themed on an underwater city,” contains a volume of water equivalent to six Olympic swimming pools, or 14.6 million litres, he added. The Guinness Academy has confirmed this new record to AFP.
With lights and music in the background, the attraction is home to two “underwater habitats”. Divers can explore the depths of a reconstructed lost city, filled with everyday objects and covered in lush vegetation.
“We wanted to remember the heritage of diving in the Emirates” and “pearl fishing”, hence the oyster shape of the external structure, explained the American director.
A one-hour session costs between 500 and 1,500 dirhams (about 140-400 dollars).
In 2019, Dubai received more than 16 million tourists. With the launch of the universal exhibition in October, the emirate hopes to fill with visitors, after a year and a half marked by the health crisis.
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