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World's deepest pool opens in Dubai: 196ft-deep 'underwater city' includes 'abandoned' homes


The world’s deepest swimming pool has opened in Dubai, with a depth of 196 feet (60 metres) and a water volume equivalent to six Olympic-size swimming pools. 

Deep Dive opened its doors to invited guests in late June, and includes a massive underwater city of abandoned homes and an arcade.  

Dubai’s newest attraction is at least four times larger than any other pool in the world and superseded Poland’s Deepspot, measuring 147ft (45m) in depth, for the Guinness World Record on June 27. 

It is housed in an oyster shaped structure and surrounded by gushing water features. The pool inside has a water temperature of 30 degrees and guests are advised to wear a thin wetsuit or swimsuit. 

The world's deepest swimming pool has opened in Dubai, with a depth of 196 feet (60 metres) and a water volume equivalent to six Olympic-size swimming pools

The world’s deepest swimming pool has opened in Dubai, with a depth of 196 feet (60 metres) and a water volume equivalent to six Olympic-size swimming pools

Deep Dive opened its doors to invited guests in late June, and includes a massive underwater city of abandoned homes and an arcade

Deep Dive opened its doors to invited guests in late June, and includes a massive underwater city of abandoned homes and an arcade

The complex also doubles as an underwater film studio with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, and an editing room nearby.  

The site boasts 56 cameras dotted around the underwater city and an advanced hyperbaric chamber for emergencies, which is expected to launch by the end of the year. 

Dubai’s newest attraction is billed as a family friendly day out with diving courses for beginners and advanced divers, but there are also tours on offer.

And those who do not fancy a dip in the water can watch from an 80-seat restaurant equipped with large windows and TV screens. 

Divers are pictured enjoying the underwater arcade playing table football among other games in the depths of the underwater amusement park

Divers are pictured enjoying the underwater arcade playing table football among other games in the depths of the underwater amusement park

The site boasts 56 cameras dotted around the underwater city and an advanced hyperbaric chamber for emergencies. High profile guests including actor Will Smith and Dubai crown prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum have already visited the pool

The site boasts 56 cameras dotted around the underwater city and an advanced hyperbaric chamber for emergencies. High profile guests including actor Will Smith and Dubai crown prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum have already visited the pool

The experience is expected to launch by the end of the year

The experience is expected to launch by the end of the year

High profile guests including actor Will Smith and Dubai crown prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum have already visited the pool. 

Sheikh Hamadan encouraged others to visit when it the complex opens to the public later this month, writing on social media after his July 7 visit: ‘An entire world awaits you at Deep Dive Dubai, the world’s deepest pool’. 

Smith described the experience as ‘madness’ and he said he was told to check out the pool by a friend because it has ‘something… weird about it’. 

But Deep Dive has warned guests not to visit the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building, also located in Dubai – after their visit.    

‘Don’t visit the top of the skyscraper after diving,’ it says. 

Two divers wearing snorkels explore the underwater city at the latest Dubai attraction, set to open at the end of the year

Two divers wearing snorkels explore the underwater city at the latest Dubai attraction, set to open at the end of the year

Deep Dive has warned guests not to visit the Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building, also located in Dubai - after their visit as 'it's recommended to wait 18-24 hours before ascending higher than 300 meters'

Deep Dive has warned guests not to visit the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building, also located in Dubai – after their visit as ‘it’s recommended to wait 18-24 hours before ascending higher than 300 meters’

Dubai's newest attraction is at least four times larger than any other pool in the world and superseded Poland's Deepspot (pictured), measuring 147ft (45m) in depth, for the Guinness World Record on June 27

Dubai’s newest attraction is at least four times larger than any other pool in the world and superseded Poland’s Deepspot (pictured), measuring 147ft (45m) in depth, for the Guinness World Record on June 27 

How tall is 196 feet?

It is taller than the Christ the Redeemer statue towering above Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, which measures 125 feet.

The pool is around two thirds the size of the Statue of Liberty in New York, minus the pedestal, which measures around 305 feet. 

It is the height of 36 men of average height standing one on top of the other.

At least five of these pools could fit underneath the Eiffel Tower, which stands at 984 feet.

‘After any dive, it’s recommended to wait 18-24 hours before ascending higher than 300 meters (1,000 feet). However, there is no risk in diving after having visited the tallest building in the world.’ 

The record for world’s deepest pool was previously held by Y-40 Deep Joy in the northern Italian town of Montegrotto Terme.

That incredible swim centre, designed by renowned architect Emanuele Boaretto, is located within the four-star Hotel Terme Millepini. 

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Visitors, enjoying a regular temperature of between 90F to 93F (32C to 34C), are able to use the facilities for free diving and scuba diving, with underwater caves for cave diving beginners.  

There is also a unique suspended underwater tunnel which is entirely transparent, so non-swimmers can experience the pool without getting wet. 

Before Y-40 Deep Joy’s completion on June 5, 2014, the record was held by the Nemo 33 facility in Brussels, Belgium.  

Famous for its deep pit, the Nemo 33 pool measured 113 feet – 65 feet less than the Deep Dive. 



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