Sunday, August 1, 2021

Deep Dive Dubai: dive in another “world”

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Deep Dive Dubai, the home of the deepest swimming pool for diving in the world, has opened in Dubai. Located in Dubai’s Nad Al Sheba, Deep Dive Dubai’s pool has been verified by Guinness World Records™ as the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving at an incredible depth of 60.02 meters and holding 14 million litres of water, the equivalent of six Olympic-sized swimming pools. 

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Deep pools are not a new idea. There are a few of them in Europe already and they offer divers an opportunity to train or to enjoy deeper dives in a controlled and safe environment. Exciting as these spots are, they are still essentially swimming pools with chlorinated water and white square tiles. The recent launch of Deep Dive Dubai completely changes the landscape. Never has an indoor diving facility provided so many compelling reasons to visit.

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Dubai has a tradition for creating attractions and facilities that result from out-of-the-box thinking. As an example, the desert-bound Emirate obviously does not have any alpine skiing opportunities. So, Ski Dubai – an indoor ski slope – was developed. There were no safe road cycling opportunities, so over 200 kilometers of dedicated cycling tracks were built. Dubai also boasts a Ferris-wheel larger than London Eye, Ain Dubai, not to mention the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Dubai also has one of the most impressive and popular skydiving facilities globally and the world’s longest urban zipline. The examples of these “only in Dubai” wonders are endless, and they keep coming. 

The Persian Gulf is a sandy and shallow basin and does not offer the most exciting diving, so in order to provide divers with reliable training opportunities, a 60 meter pool was proposed as a new addition to the list of Dubai wonders. But, true to the Emirates’ inclination for extraordinary endeavors, the creators of Deep Dive Dubai decided to develop the idea a little further and give this project a unique Dubai spin. 

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Deep Dive Dubai features an astonishing sunken city that divers of all levels can explore, complete with an abandoned streetscape and featuring a furnished apartment, a garage with cars and motorbikes, and arcade games, amongst many other surprises.

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Among the features of the 60-meter pool are two dry habitats at six and 21 meters, 56 underwater cameras covering all angles of the pool, as well as 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 in one of the largest and fastest filter systems in the region. The water temperature is maintained at an optimal 30 degrees Celsius for diver comfort.

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The 1,500 square meter facility, shaped like a giant oyster in a nod to the UAE’s pearl diving heritage, is also home to a dive shop, a gift shop, a 40-seat restaurant that will be open to the public later this year, as well as a variety of meeting, event, and conference spaces. Large viewing areas on the lower floors of the building allow diners at the restaurant and other rooms to peer into the underwater environment.

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The multilanguage staff is a hand-picked team of international diving professionals including several well-known and globally recognized instructor trainers that will offer courses at all levels of freediving, recreational scuba and high-end technical diving. The 60-meter-deep pool maintains ideal year-round conditions and provides the optimal training environment for divers of all types, including freediver courses, personal development, and competitive training.

For Deep Dive Dubai’s Director Jarrod Jablonski, himself a world record-holding cave diver, and a leading figure in the worldwide development of scuba diving, Deep Dive Dubai offers best-in-class diving safety practices, procedures, and equipment, and is designed to both wow and welcome everyone, from absolute beginners to seasoned divers.

“By design, Deep Dive Dubai offers something truly unique for everyone and our team is committed to ensuring a memorable experience, with outstanding service, for everyone, every time,” said Jablonski. “For those seeking a unique experience, Deep Dive Dubai provides an exceptional, safe and controlled environment to learn all about diving. For experienced members of the freedive and scuba dive communities, it’s a facility and experience like no other.”

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Along with the title of the world’s deepest pool, Deep Dive Dubai is also the region’s largest underwater film studio, complete with a media editing room, a video wall, 56 underwater cameras covering the entire pool and the ability to create different moods with 164 lights positioned throughout the pool.

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Photos and press release courtesy of Deep Dive Dubai

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