The middle of the desert does not seem like the ideal place for a diver’s paradise, but don’t tell the people at Deep Dive Dubai. They’ve built a massive facility for recreation and adventure here, complete with the world’s deepest diving pool: a whopping sixty meters!
Open to free divers and scuba divers alike, this enormous underwater park has a “sunken city” theme. Visitors can explore underwater streetscapes, floating past “windows” where people can peer in on them swimming around sunken cards, buildings, furniture and even arcade games. It’s like a modern Atlantis.
The pool is filled with fourteen million liters of fresh water, as much as six Olympic-sized swimming pools! The pool is kept at a balmy eighty-six degrees year-round, so there is no need to worry that you will grow cold in its blue-tinged depths. A variety of light and soundscapes round out the immersive experience, which first opened to the public one year ago. The building housing this enormous pool is shaped like an oyster shell, in a nod to the pearl-diving history of the United Arab Emirates.
“Nah, bro, that’s the Upside Down,” comments one naysayer, referring to the blue-tinged world of the television show Stranger Things. Other viewers are similarly skeptical of the experience, which can certainly be anxiety-inducing for those who are unfamiliar with scuba diving, or who get nervous in dark spaces, caves, or even underwater.
But unlike many diving experiences, this one comes free from unexpected life forms. The weirdest thing you’ll find inside Deep Dive Dubai is a working foosball table. In fact, the biggest danger of using this pool occurs after your visit. Officials at the pool warn visitors not to fly or to ascend to the top of Dubai’s touring skyscrapers within a day or two after diving, due to the risk of decompression sickness.