New UAE attraction Deep Dive Dubai has been making quite the splash.
The venue, in Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, features an entire sunken city where divers will get the chance to explore a complete underwater world with an abandoned streetscape, apartment, garage, arcade, and more.
If you’re wondering what it’s like to take the plunge, The National’s Andrew Scott did a free-dive, that is diving without an air tank.
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“The unique thing about this location [is that] we have 365 days a year of perfect weather, no wind, waves, diesel fumes, problems of the like,” says Jarrod Jablonski, director of Deep Dive Dubai.
"The fact that there are no unfriendly marine inhabitants, and there is crystal clear water are just some other perks," he says.
Meanwhile, the water temperature in the pool is maintained at 30°C. Experience dives have a low guide-to-guest ratio and all experiences and courses include high-end rental equipment – including brands such as Halcyon, Scubapro and Fourth Element – which can be delivered poolside.
A range of underwater gear, and photo and video equipment, will be available for rent, with experience videos and photos included with Discovery Dives.
On July 8, Hollywood star Will Smith was among the first to visit the venue, which he called “insane” in an Instagram video. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, has also been posting videos of the new venue.
The attraction opens to the public on Wednesday, July 28, with online bookings possible from Tuesday, July 27 onwards.