The world's deepest pool has opened in Dubai, offering novice scuba divers and seasoned freedivers alike an opportunity to descend 60m deep into an 'sunken city'.
Deep Dive Dubai is 10m deeper than the previous Guinness World Records title holder, Blue Abyss located in Colchester, UK.
The new underwater attraction also holds some 14 million litres of water — equivalent to six Olympic-sized pools.
Deep Dive Dubai is shaped like an oyster — a nod to the UAE's pearl diving history — and includes a dive shop, gift stop, an 80-seater restaurant due to open later this year, plus a variety of meeting and conference venues holding up to 100 pax.
Divers can explore the vertical diving pool on their own or with a guide. The 'sunken city' comes complete with a mock apartment, garage, arcade room with foosball and pool table, underwater chess, telephone booths, and bookshelves.
There are even dry chambers, one at six metres and the other at 21 metres. Some 165 pool lights lit up the pool, with 56 cameras capturing the dives from all angles.
A range of instructor-led underwater classes, workshops and guided aquatic experiences are available in a safe and controlled environment. Apart from filtration systems, the pool water is circulated every six hours and also UV treated.
Large underwater viewing galleries are available for visitors and diners who might not wish to venture into the deep.
The attraction is currently open by invitation only, but public entry is set to begin in late July. Prices will start at 800 dirhams (US$218).