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Deep Dive Dubai, verified by Guinness World Records as the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving, has opened in Dubai’s Nad Al Sheba district.

The diving pool is 197-ft deep and holds 3.7 million gallons of water, which is the equivalent of six Olympic-sized swimming pools.

“Deep Dive Dubai allows thrill-seekers to dive inwards and discover a new underwater dimension filled with adventure and wonder,” said Deep Dive Dubai’s spokesperson Abdulla Bin Habtoor, in a press release statement. “We offer an unparalleled experience with year-round diving, in a safe environment, with outstanding instructors and services. This facility is an investment in Dubai’s growing sports culture and will add another world-class destination to Dubai’s thriving tourist attraction and adventure tourism sector.”

The pool features technology and facilities such as the region’s most advanced hyperbaric chamber, as well as a sunken city that divers of all levels can explore, which includes an abandoned streetscape and underwater apartment, garage, arcade, and more. Other features include two underwater habitats, dry chambers, 56 underwater cameras covering all angles of the pool, and advanced sound and mood lighting systems.

The pool’s fresh water is filtered and circulated every six hours through siliceous volcanic rock, NASA-developed filter technology and UV radiation in one of the largest and fastest filter systems in the region.

The facility itself is shaped like a giant oyster in a nod to the UAE’s pearl diving heritage, is also home to a dive shop, gift shop, an 80-seat restaurant that will be open to the public later this year. Large viewing areas on the lower floors of the building allow diners at the restaurant and other rooms to peer into the underwater environment.

The diving pool is currently open by invitation only with public bookings to open in late July at Deep Dive Dubai’s guided experiences and courses will be offered across three categories, Discover, Dive and Develop, and are open to both residents and visitors aged 10 and up, ranging from complete beginners through to professional divers and athletes.

The Discover category of scuba diving and freediving experiences caters for those who want to try a single dive or take their first steps towards certification as a diver. The Dive category allows everyone from beginners to experienced individuals to dive within their certification limits. The Develop category is for training to both develop skills and gain scuba diving and freediving certifications offered by Deep Dive Dubai – ranging from entry-level through to technical and instructor-level.

The facility is located only a 15-minute drive from Downtown Dubai, and a 20-minute drive from Dubai International Airport.

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