Aquarium leak sparks Dubai Mall evacuation

UPDATE 2: Incident occurred around 12.30pm; police and fire services attended the scene.
AQUARIUM LEAK: This picture was taken by an eyewitness.
By Damian Reilly
Thu 25 Feb 2010 02:00 PM

Part of Dubai Mall was evacuated on Thursday after the Dubai Aquarium began to leak.

A spokesman for Dubai Mall said: “A leakage was noticed at one of the panel joints of the Dubai Aquarium at The Dubai Mall and was immediately fixed by the aquarium’s maintenance team. The leakage did not impact the aquarium environment or the safety of the aquatic animals. The Dubai Aquarium works with international experts in aquarium management and upholds the highest safety standards in its management.”

The above picture was taken by an eyewitness.

The incident occurred around 12.30pm, and police and fire services attended the scene.

The aquarium at Dubai Mall boasts one of the largest tanks in the world, which has the capacity to hold 10 million litres of water. The front viewing glass is the world’s largest aquarium window, and according to the Dubai Mall website the tank homes more than 33,000 living animals, representing more than 85 species including over 400 sharks and rays combined.

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