Dubai has opened the world's deepest pool allowing divers to explore an underwater metropolis.
Deep Dive Dubai allows swimmers to swim through a detailed lost Atlantis complete with graffiti and a large portrait of Marilyn Monroe hanging on the wall.
Divers as young as 10-years-old can swim through a sunken flat, library and an abandoned arcade with a vintage Pac-Man machine, table football and pool table.
With a staggering depth of 60 meters (196 feet), the pool has stolen the record from Poland's Deepspot, which has a depth of over 45 meters.
The Deep Dive Dubai pool is filled with 14 million litres of fresh water - the volume of six Olympic-sized swimming pools - and is at least four times bigger than any other diving pool in the world.
The Guinness World Records awarded it the "Deepest swimming pool for diving" title on June 27, 2021.
Water temperature is maintained at an optimal 30 degrees Celsius, meaning the pool is comfortable to get into at all times wearing a thin wetsuit or a swimsuit.
It also contains fresh water that is filtered and circulated every six hours through siliceous volcanic rock, NASA-developed filter technology and UV radiation.
In addition to the pool is a the region’s most advanced hyperbaric chamber (opening in Q4 2021), a dive shop, a gift shop, an 80-seat restaurant (opening in Q4 2021), and a variety of meeting and event spaces.
There's also an underwater film studio - the largest of its kind in the region with a media editing room available nearby in the facility.
Spacious viewing areas on the lower floors of the building allow visitors to peer into the pool from outside.
A spokesperson for Deep Dive Dubai says: “Deep Dive Dubai allows thrill-seekers to dive inwards and discover a new underwater dimension filled with adventure and wonder. 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.
“In developing the concept and facility, we took inspiration from the bravery and fortitude of the UAE’s pearl diving heritage. We also hope to embody the determination of Emirati explorers and innovators, both past and present, as well as provide a platform for future achievements and discoveries.”