DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The definition of deep was redefined this month with the unveiling of the UAE’s new “Deep Dive Dubai” dive facility.
The pool, plunging a dizzying 60 meters deep (196 feet), earned a Guinness World Record as the deepest man made dive pool in the world. In doing so, it crushed the former record holder, Poland’s Deepspot, which sits at a relatively shallow 45 meters in depth.
As the current world record holder, Deep Dive Dubai contains an incredible 14 million liters of water—almost six Olympic-sized swimming pools. And with hallways, swim-throughs and other manmade features, divers will have plenty of things to see and experience.
“Explore a stunning underwater attraction that is themed to resemble an abandoned sunken city,” Deep Dive Dubai’s website says. “It will take several dives to explore this vast underwater city, which is filled with adventure and wonder. … State-of-the-art lighting and sound systems create a variety of underwater moods.”
Kept at a balmy 30C (86F), divers will only require light immersion wear—such as BARE ExoWear—and can also rely on the facility to be clean and well maintained, according to the website.
“Water is circulated through filters every six hours to maintain the highest standards of safety and hygiene,” the site says. “There is also a fully-staffed, 12-person hyperbaric facility, the largest and most advanced in the region, to treat divers in the unlikely event of an accident. All divers are monitored for safety on large screens displaying the feed from the 56 cameras covering the entire pool.”
In addition to being the deepest pool in the world, the facility promises a bevy of courses, from beginner, to freedive, to Dive Master, as well as the most predictable conditions of any facility in the region.
Ready to take the plunge? Deep Dive Dubai is currently open on an invite-only basis, with the first guest being the crown prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. But if you’re ready to explore Deep Dive Dubai, the facility plans to open its doors to the public in late July, with bookings opening soon.