The world's deepest pool has opened in Dubai, offering event spaces and dive experiences in a "sunken city".
The new attraction dethrones Blue Abyss in the U.K as the Guinness World Records holder for deepest man-made diving pool.
With capacity for events for up to 100 people and onsite catering options, the attraction serves as a unique venue for MICE. It can also be used as an underwater film studio, complete with a media editing room, a video wall, 56 underwater cameras and 164 lights positioned throughout the pool.
While the attraction is mainly for dive experiences, dry chambers in the pool — one at six metres and the other at 21 metres — open up possibilities for different activities.
Large underwater viewing galleries are also available for visitors and diners who might not wish to venture into the deep. An 80-seater restaurant is due to open later this year.
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.
Incentive planners may also consider the group programmes available at Deep Dive Dubai. These include a range of instructor-led underwater classes, workshops and guided aquatic experiences. Apart from filtration systems, the pool water is circulated every six hours and also UV treated.
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).
Source: Travel Weekly Asia