Dubai’s new world record: A 200-foot-deep pool with a ‘sunken city’

Dubai is already home to the world’s tallest building. Now it can lay claim to the world’s deepest diving pool too.

Deep Dive Dubai opened on July 7, just 10 days after being named the world’s deepest diving pool by the Guinness World Records.

The new indoor pool is nearly 200 feet deep and holds almost 3.7 million gallons of water. It’s also home to a vast underwater attraction resembling a “sunken city” that divers can explore either on their own or with a guide.

The attraction is open to travelers aged 10 and older, including those who are donning a mask and tank for the first time. 

With graffiti, crumbling facades and a large portrait of Marilyn Monroe hanging on the wall, Dubai’s new vertical diving pool contains the remnants of a lost submerged city. There’s an apartment building and library — even an arcade with a vintage Pac-Man machine, foosball and pool table.

As for the size of the underwater city, several dives are needed to fully explore it, according to the website.

Beginners can dive to a depth of 40 feet, while those with certifications can explore the entire pool either with a guide or alone. Certified divers can also “free dive” — which is diving without a tank, using breath only — while connected to a fixed ascent line. Courses are also available to teach divers new skills. 

Bookings are by invitation only. Actor and rapper Will Smith wrote about his visit in an Instagram post that has been liked more than 3 million times in four days.

Public bookings will open later in July at the company’s website. Prices start at 800 United Arab Emirates dirhams ($218).

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