The world's deepest dive pool also comes with an underwater 'sunken city'

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Dubai, known for having the world's largest skyscraper and largest mall, has done it again by opening the world's deepest dive pool.

The pool, which is more than 196 feet deep, is more than 37 times the height of an average person. It is also filled with nearly 3.7 milion gallons of fresh water, the equivalent of six Olympic-sized swimming pools, according to Deep Dive Dubai.

The Guinness World Records verified this as the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving on June 29, beating Poland's DeepSpot which is 147 feet deep .

According to Deep Dive Dubai, the pool contains a post-apocalyptic “sunken city” that features various city settings, including benches, streetlights and storefronts. A little bit further down, swimmers can see an apartment with a bedroom, kitchen, dining area and a garage featuring cars, motorbikes, arcade games and a pool table.

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The pool contains a post-apocalyptic “sunken city” that features various city settings.
The pool contains a post-apocalyptic “sunken city” that features various city settings.

There are 56 underwater cameras surrounding the pool and a sound system that can relay messages to divers and create underwater soundscapes.

The crown prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was one of its first guests. A video of him diving in the pool was posted on his social media.

The water temperature is 86 degrees, so swimmers do not need to wear thick jumpsuits. Water is also circulated every six hours through an advanced filter system to maintain hygiene.

Deep Dive Dubai offers courses ranging from beginners to professionals.
Deep Dive Dubai offers courses ranging from beginners to professionals.

"Whether you are interested in a very first dive or looking to gain more experience, our year-round perfect conditions and crystal clear water have everything for you," a director of the center said in a video obtained by USA TODAY.

The pool is operated by a hand-picked team of international diving professionals who are supplied with the latest equipment.

Currently the pool is only open to people by invitation, but it will open to the general public later this year.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: World's deepest dive pool in Dubai has an underwater 'sunken city'

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