The biggest shopping mall in the Middle East has been today evacuated as workmen scramble to contain a leak in the massive shark-filled aquarium inside the centre.
The vast tank features the world’s largest viewing panel at 32.8 metres wide and 8.3 metres high. The aquarium boasts the world’s largest acrylic viewing panel, which is nearly 0.76 metres.
A witness working in one of the mall’s jewellery stores said shopkeepers were told to close their shops amid concerns water could flood the mall’s marble floors. Therefore, the shark, stingray and fish-filled tank is located on the mall’s ground floor, next to high-end clothing shops.
The Dubai Mall and its signature aquarium opened in November 2008.
Department store owner Emaar -also the builder of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower- confirmed the leak in “one of the panel joints” of the aquarium. Although, the company said in a statement that “the leakage did not impact the aquarium enviroment or the safety of the aquatic animals”.
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