PostedJuly 11, 2021, 15:51
Divers can descend to 60 meters in this basin decorated like a submerged city.
Tallest tower, wider fountain: Dubai this week set a new world record for the deepest diving pool in the world, as the Gulf emirate seeks to attract new tourists in the midst of a pandemic.
With its doors wide open to international visitors from July 2020, the city regularly exhibits new pharaonic attractions between its skyscrapers and other artificial islands. “It’s a 60-meter-deep pool, 15 meters deeper than any other pool in the world and twice the size,” said Jarrod Jablonski, director of Deep Dive Dubai, which manages the project.
The swimming pool, which opened to the public on Wednesday, “is themed around a submerged city,” he added. It contains a volume of water equivalent to six Olympic swimming pools, or 14.6 million liters, according to him. The Guinness Academy of Records confirmed this new record to AFP.
Lights and background music, the attraction is home to two “underwater habitats”. Divers can explore the depths of a reconstructed lost city, littered with everyday objects and covered with lush vegetation. “We wanted to recall the heritage of snorkeling in the Emirates” and “pearl fishing”, hence the oyster shape of the external structure, explained the director, an American expatriate from Florida. A one hour session costs between 500 and 1500 dirhams (125 to 375 francs).
In 2019, Dubai had welcomed more than 16 million tourists. With the launch in October of the Universal Exhibition, the emirate hopes to fill up with visitors, after a year and a half marked by the health crisis.