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Dubai plans world’s largest underwater theme park

New attraction aims to attract scuba diving and snorkelling tourists.
  Reef Worlds
The Pearl of Dubai hopes to attract snorkelling and scuba diving tourist to Dubai.
Five-acre park inspired by look of the Pirates of the Caribbean films
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"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 I is almost everywhere else in the world."

—David Taylor, Reef Worlds development director

Set in the shallow waters of The World Islands development, The Pearl of Dubai has been modelled after the mythical lost city of Atlantis and inspired by the look of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, according to Reef Worlds, the project’s Los Angeles-based underwater tourism design company.

Billed as the world’s largest sustainable underwater tourism site, the five-acre park will be accessible to swimmers and divers of all ages and skill levels.”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.

Divers wanted
The project aims to lure tourists from the lucrative scuba diving and snorkelling market to The World, an artificial archipelago of 300 islands. Construction commenced in 2003, but was put on hold when the 2008 financial crisis hit. As of late 2013, only two of the islands had been developed.

"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," said Taylor.

The city is famed for its ambitious tourism projects and attractions, including the Mall of the World (the world’s largest shopping mall) and the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building). An official opening date for the Pearl of Dubai has yet to be announced.

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