Deep Dive Dubai is home to the deepest swimming pool for diving in the world, holding 14 million litres of water and an entire sunken city. Jenny Southan reports
Unveiled this month, Deep Dive Dubai has been verified by Guinness World Records as the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving, with a depth of 60 metres.
Not just a swimming pool, Deep Dive Dubai features an entire sunken city for divers of all abilities, from beginner to professional, to explore. The attraction also offers freediving and scuba diving experiences and courses.Located in Dubai’s Nad Al Sheba neighbourhood, Deep Dive Dubai is six times bigger than Olympic-sized swimming pools, and features an “abandoned streetscape featuring an apartment, garage and arcade, amongst other surprises”, the company says in a statement. There are also two underwater habitats with a dry chamber at six and 21 metres. Maintained at an optimal 30 degrees Celsius, the pool is comfortable to get into at all times. It also contains fresh water that is filtered and circulated every six hours through siliceous volcanic rock, NASA-developed filter technology and UV radiation.The swimming centre itself is shaped live a giant oyster in recognition of the UAE’s pearl diving heritage.
In addition to the pool is a the region’s most advanced hyperbaric chamber (opening in Q4 2021), a dive shop, a gift shop, an 80-seat restaurant (opening in Q4 2021), and a variety of meeting and event spaces.Spacious viewing areas on the lower floors of the building allow visitors to peer into the pool from outside.
A spokesperson for Deep Dive Dubai says: “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.
“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.
“In developing the concept and facility, we took inspiration from the bravery and fortitude of the UAE’s pearl diving heritage. We also 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.”
Currently open by invitation only with public bookings to open in late July at deepdivedubai.com, Deep Dive Dubai’s guided experiences and courses are offered across three categories: Discover, Dive and Develop.
They are open to both residents and visitors from the age of ten, ranging from complete beginners through to professional divers and athletes.
Deep Dive Dubai says that all experiences have a “low guide-to-guest ratio”, and high-end equipment rental is included. Brands such as Halcyon, Scubapro and Fourth Element are all available and delivered pool-side by Deep Dive Dubai’s team.Underwater gear, and photo and video equipment are also available for hire, with experience videos and photos included with Discovery Dives.
Deep Dive Dubai’s director, Jarrod Jablonski, is a world record-holding cave diver, and a leading figure in the worldwide development of scuba diving. As a consequence, Deep Dive Dubai says it offers “best-in-class diving safety practices, procedures and equipment”.
Deep Dive Dubai is also the region’s largest underwater film studio, complete with a media editing room, a video wall, 56 underwater cameras and the ability to create different moods with 164 lights positioned throughout the pool.