Forrest Mallard - July 13, 2021

Dubai opens 200-foot-deep pool with underwater “Sunken City”

Deep Dive Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Address: Nad El Sheba 1, Dubai, UAE
GPS: 25.130806, 55.297889

Deep Dive Dubai - UAE - Building Exterior

In a country with a long history of superfluous achievements that sometimes has you asking “Why?”, The United Arab Emirates has created something that has not only set another world-record, but has jaded folks like me saying “Wow!”.

Deep Dive Dubai opened on July 7, just 10 days after being named the world’s deepest dive pool by the Guinness World Records. The new indoor pool is a 196-foot vertical pool and holds about 3.7 million gallons of water. It is also home to vast underwater attractions that resemble a “sunken city” that divers can explore on their own or with a guide.

Actor Will Smith wrote about his visit in an Instagram post that has been viewed more thanDeep 3 million times in four days.

Deep Dive Dubai is open to divers over the age of 10. At the time of this posting, reservations are still by invitation only, but reservations will open on the company’s website in late July ’21.

Prices start at 800 United Arab Emirates Dirham ($ 218).

Sunken City

Deep Dive Dubai - UAE - Underwater City

With graffiti, a crumbling facade and a large portrait of Marilyn Monroe hanging on the wall, Dubai’s new vertical dive pool contains the remains of a lost submerged city. There is an apartment building and a library. There is also an arcade with vintage Pac-Man machines, a foozeball and a pool table.

Beginners will be allowed to dive to a depth of 40 feet, but certified individuals can explore the entire pool alone or with a guide. Certified divers can also “freedive” (dive using breathing only, without tanks) while connected to a fixed ascent line. Courses are also available to teach divers new skills.

What Makes Pool Diving So Great?

Deep Dive Dubai - UAE - The Abyss

Diving in a deep pool has several advantages over diving in the ocean. For starters, weather and water conditions are controlled. There are no tides or rough waves, and there are no diving cancellations due to bad weather.

Deep Dive Dubai new pool has 156 lights throughout the pool, keeping all areas well-illuminated and keeping the water temperature comfortable at 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Downside of Pool Diving

Deep Dive Dubai - UAE - Scuba Divers

There is no living marine life, such as corals, which usually make up the majority of recreational diving experiences. But that’s not a big deal for Dubai-based Kyle Maggie, who has 15 years of diving experience in Egypt, Madagascar, the Galapagos Islands, and more. In fact, he is excited to try it.

“When we are diving, we often focus on marine life, and it would be great to try some unusual activities in the water without worrying about finding fish.” He said. “I think it’s especially great for practicing to maintain buoyancy while playing fun games and exploring.”

Another Record in Dubai

Deep Dive Dubai - UAE - Sunken City

This is yet another record for Dubai. While I was living there, I was able to participate in several record-breaking activities while working at Global Village Dubai, including drinking from the World’s Largest Cup of Karak Tea, but I feel like the accomplishment of Deep Dive Dubai is different. This world-record doesn’t feel like just another ego-driven race to get their name in the books, they have actually built something unique and something I would actually pay money to go back to the UAE to see.

More World-Record Attractions in the UAE

Deep Dive Dubai is yet another record-breaking architectural feat for Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, which is also the home the these other world-record attractions:

Tallest building — Burj Khalifa
Tallest hotel — the 75-story Gevora Hotel
Highest outdoor infinity pool — Address Beach Resort
First 3D-printed commercial building — Dubai Future Foundation
Largest shopping center — The Dubai Mall

Record-breaking Adventure in the UAE:

Longest Zipline – Jebal Jais


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Hi! I'm Forrest Mallard

In 2005, I moved to Quito, Ecuador with $35 in my pocket and a small handful of online clients. Fifteen years and five continents later, there were moments of absolute glamour, as well as a number of brutal rough patches. But I always felt that a horrible day of travel is infinitely more preferable than a great day at the office. Oh the stories I could tell, and I will try to do that here in Tramposaurus Treks. You'll have access to the good times, the horrifying times, and a few well-deserved moments of travel glamour.

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