A 60-meter pool — the world’s deepest for diving — is now open to the public in Dubai. And adventure-seekers can explore a “lost city” with a Pac-Man game, a foosball table and billiards. There’s also a library, a working bicycle and an apartment building, all underwater.
The Pearl Diving Pool in the bustling United Arab Emirates city bottoms out at 196 feet, 10 inches, making it the deepest man-made place you can dive, according to Guinness World Records.
Opened on July 27 at Deep Dive Dubai, it boasts more than 53,000 square feet of floor area and was built as an indoor scuba diving facility, for both training and recreation.
The company says the pool contains 3.7 million gallons of fresh water, the equivalent of six Olympic-sized swimming pools, circulated every six hours. And the water is always 86 degrees Fahrenheit, so there’s “no need to wear thick wetsuits.”
“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,” the company’s website says.
The pool itself is ringed with 56 cameras to ensure divers’ safety. Visitors can pay to scuba dive, snorkel, freedive or take a diving class. They can also explore the pool’s sunken city.
Abdulla Alsenaani from the United Arab Emirates posted video of his dive on social media.
“I enjoy pushing my body to the limit, challenging myself to get out of my comfort zone and experience new adventures filled with adrenaline as much as possible,” he said. “Diving at the Deep Dive Dubai pool was an incredible experience. I was thrilled to dive into this unexpected mini interactive city that no other pool in the world allowed me to.”
“The deeper I dived, the more interesting and exciting it was as each room was so different. It was real fun being able to ride a bicycle and play pool underwater,” he said.
His Tik Tok videos of the diving experience have been viewed more than 44 million times.
Dubai, a desert city that’s expanding as fast as gushing crude oil can finance it, is home to other tourist experiences seen nowhere else on earth.
Ski Dubai is 5.5 acres of enclosed winter inside the Mall of the Emirates where the snow is always packed and temperatures never rise above 36 degrees Fahrenheit. It was built in 2005 at a cost of about $400 million.
An unlimited lift ticket costs about $133 and includes equipment, gloves and hot chocolate. For another $65, visitors can have 40 minutes to frolic with penguins.
Edited by Judith Isacoff and Fern Siegel
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