Dubai is now home to the deepest swimming pool for diving in the world, Deep Dive Dubai. H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, opened the facility in Dubai’s Nad Al Sheba neighbourhood on July 7.
At an incredible depth of over 60 metres and holding 14 million litres of water, the equivalent of six Olympic-sized swimming pools, Deep Dive Dubai’s pool has been verified by Guinness World Records as the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving. It has the latest technology and facilities, including what will be the region’s most advanced hyperbaric chamber.
Deep Dive Dubai’s pool also features an astonishing sunken city that divers of all levels can explore, complete with an abandoned streetscape and featuring an apartment, garage, and arcade. Free diving and scuba diving courses are given by a team of international diving professionals.
Deep Dive Dubai’s guided experiences and courses are offered across three categories, Discover, Dive and Develop, and are open to both residents and visitors aged 10 and up, ranging from complete beginners to professional divers and athletes. The Discover category caters to those who want to try a single dive or take their first steps towards certification as a diver. The Dive category allows everyone to dive within their certification limits. The Develop category is for training to both develop skills and gain scuba diving and free diving certifications ranging from entry level to technical and instructor level.
The 1,500 sq m facility is shaped like a giant oyster in a tribute to the UAE’s pearl diving heritage.
Among the features of the 60m pool are two underwater habitats with a dry chamber at 6 and 21 metres, 56 underwater cameras covering all angles of the pool, and advanced sound and mood lighting systems. The pool’s fresh water is filtered and circulated every six hours through siliceous volcanic rock, NASA-developed filter technology and UV radiation; this is one of the largest and fastest filter systems in the region.
Deep Dive Dubai’s spokesperson Abdulla bin Habtoor, said: “We offer an unparalleled experience with year-round diving, in a safe environment, with outstanding instructors and services. This facility is an investment in Dubai’s growing sports culture and will add another world-class destination to Dubai’s thriving tourism and adventure sports sector.”
It is currently open by invitation only; public bookings will open in late July at deepdivedubai.com.
Deep Dive Dubai’s Director Jarrod Jablonski, a world-record-holding cave diver and a leading global figure in the development of scuba diving, said: “For those seeking a unique experience, Deep Dive Dubai provides an exceptional, safe and controlled environment to learn all about diving.”