High Tower, Wide Fountain: As the Gulf Emirate seeks to attract new tourists in the midst of an epidemic, Dubai has set a new world record for the world’s deepest diving pool this week.
With its doors wide open to international visitors since July 2020, the city regularly showcases new Pharonic attractions between its skyscrapers and other artificial islands.
“This is a 60 meter deep pool, 15 meters deeper and twice as deep as any other pool in the world,” said Jarrod Jablonski, director of Deep Dive Dubai, which manages the project.
The swimming pool, which opened to the public on Wednesday, “has a backdrop around the sunken city,” he said.
It has six Olympic swimming pools or the equivalent of 14.6 million liters of water, he said.
Guinness Academy of Records certifies this new record to AFP.
With lights and background music, the attraction is home to two “underwater habitats”. Divers can explore the depths of a rebuilt lost city, filled with everyday objects and covered with lush greenery.
“We wanted to recall the legacy of snorkeling in the Emirates” and “pearl fishing”, hence the oyster shape of the exterior structure, explained an American expatriate director from Florida.
An hour session costs between 500 and 1500 dirhams (approximately 115 to 345 euros).
In 2019, Dubai welcomed more than 16 million tourists. With the Universal Exhibition opening in October, the emirate hopes to fill the visitors with a year and a half after the health crisis is identified.