Five-acre underwater theme park planned for Dubai

By Alice Richard
Thursday, 03 July, 2014

A five-acre underwater theme park is being built in Dubai. The Pearl of Dubai aims to cash in on the US$3 billion scuba diving and snorkelling market, while increasing marine life in the area. It is being touted as the world’s largest sustainable underwater tourism site, The Telegraph reports.

The project will be built around Dubai’s The World, an artificial archipelago of 300 islands, only two of which have been built due to delays caused by the global financial crisis. Reef Worlds, the underwater tourism design company developing the project, says it aims to create a park that appeals to visitors of all ages, with young children able to snorkel while adults scuba dive and teenagers explore in a semi-submersible.

A design sample for Pearl of Dubai. Image courtesy of Reef Worlds.

A design sample for Pearl of Dubai. Image courtesy of Reef Worlds.

“Ideally, we would be looking for somebody to be able to walk down the sand and right into the structure,” said David Taylor, director of development for Reef Worlds.

“The UAE has a unique tourism problem that we address. When one considers Dubai and the region, scuba diving and underwater exploration is not on the Top Ten list, and yet it is almost everywhere else in the world.”

An official opening date for the Pearl of Dubai has not yet been announced.

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