Deep Dive Dubai: What's the Hype?
By Waverly Nohr/ Arab America Contributing Writer
The Arab World now has yet another notch under its belt. It can now say it is home to the deepest diving pool in the world. This record was formerly held by Poland, but the new Arab pool beats the European country’s depth by almost 50 feet. Deep Dive Dubai is 196 feet deep and contains 14 million liters of water. Not only is the pool an architectural feat, but it is also sunken ship-themed and provides a wide array of underwater games for divers. An adjacent restaurant boasts views into the diving pool. Below, we will “dive” into some of the fast facts about the Arab World’s new state of the art recreational facility.
When Does it Open?
The pool has been slated to open for public use in late July of 2021, so visitors and locals alike can expect to be welcomed any day now. The pool will be open 365 days of the year.
Who has visited the pool?
Although the pool has not yet opened for public use, special privileges have been granted to celebrities and royals such as the crown prince of Dubai and American actor Will Smith. These well known visitors have brought a large amount of attention to the pool. In the “TikTok” video below, Smith can be seen describing his amazing experience at the new facility to his 60 million followers. Even from Smith’s short video, one can see how truly spectacular and immersive the Deep Dive Dubai experience is.
Who can dive?
The pool is contained indoors and is therefore safer than diving in an open ocean or other body of water. Its temperature controlled, has an emergency chamber, safety cameras, and has no threatening sea-life that would be present in nature. Due to these safety measures, anyone of any diving level can dive, as long as they are over the age of 10 and have a legal parent or guardian in attendance with them.
What makes Deep Dive Dubai so special?
Deep Dive Dubai’s depth is not the only special thing about it. Not only can one dive into depths where comparison can only be found in nature, but it offers things that nature never will. Underwater chess, foosball, and pool are all games that can be played in the sunken ship themed, oyster shaped diving pool. Jarrod Jablonski, the director of Deep Dive Dubai, said, “There are quite a few dive pools in the world that are deep, but this one is so much more interesting. There are so many things it’s really not fair to call it a pool.” The aforementioned built in restaurant also makes the facility particularly spectacular. Allowing non diving family members access to views of their friends and family’s experience is an accommodation that cannot be found anywhere else. The theme itself is also a feature that is quite unique. An abandoned street, apartment building, garage, and arcade are all ingrained features that divers can explore and be transported into. Finally, not only is the facility alone the best of the best, but the services Deep Dive Dubai offers are also above most standards. Freediving and scuba diving lessons are offered for all levels of divers, and visitors that are new to the sport can even receive certification.
What else is in Dubai?
Visiting Deep Dive Dubai is far from the only thing to see in Dubai. Record breaking, provocative attractions are popping up at an increasingly high rate there. The Burj Khalifa is well known as the highest skyscraper in the world (2,716 feet), and the city has a large variety of other more obscure feats in the fields of construction and architecture. For example, Dubai also sets the record for the highest outdoor infinity pool, the world’s largest fountain, and the world’s tallest swing ride. Even these only scrub the surface of notable points of interest that can be found in the city. With all that said, it is clear that Dubai, and consequently the Arab World as a whole, is home to experiences that are truly unavailable in any other region of the world. It is hard to believe that Deep Dive Dubai, as amazing as it is, is only a minuscule slice of the exploratory and innovative experiences that can be found in the Arab World.