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Thu 25 Feb 2010 02:00 PM

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Aquarium leak sparks Dubai Mall evacuation

UPDATE 2: Incident occurred around 12.30pm; police and fire services attended the scene.

Aquarium leak sparks Dubai Mall evacuation
AQUARIUM LEAK: This picture was taken by an eyewitness.

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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suyash 10 years ago

Hi ! I work very clease to Dubai Mall. I came to know about the incident from one of my friend and i immediately rushed to witness the incident. But by the time i reached there ( at around 12.45 PM) but many police personnel were already deployed by that time and i was not allowed to enter the aquarium area. I saw many police divers rushing towards the aquarium and many police officers isolating the nearby area and diverting the public movements inside the mall. But when asked about this incident to one of the enquiry desk personnel, I was told that there is some maintenance work going on inside the aquarium and that is why no body is allowed to go towards that area. Probably the news was being suppressed to avoid panic among the public present inside the Dubai Mall.

mfgrp 10 years ago

i was shocked to hear this news.. i thought this aquarium is safe as one of the largest tanks in the world.. hope that this will be fixed, because this is one of the tourist spots here in Dubai.. All D best to all!!!

Singh 10 years ago

Last week only I and my cousin brother who had come from India to Visit Dubai went to DUbai Mall to See the Aquarium. He told me what would happen if this Big Glass Breaks. I said;This is Impossible,Cannot Happen. Developers have this Aquarium very Safe. And today Aquarium Leak was shock to me

Paolo C 10 years ago

It would have been the first mall in the world where shoppers could swimm into the shops. Quite strange all these problems happening.

A M Rawof 10 years ago

In Dubai it is multicultural and multinationals environment, residents are aware of rapid actions rendered by the local administration, in case of any unforeseen incidents / accidents. All safety measures are in place, you can still witness aircraft and spacecraft accident, ships lost, motor & railways accident, bridge collapse etc. accidents and unforeseen events are part of life. Every incident should be learned thoroughly and rectified accordingly. Dubai mall issue may cause simple silicon glue failure.

Jaime 10 years ago

At least something positive may come out from this. By joining this Facebook fan page (http://bit.ly/adoptafish) people can symbolically 'adopt' one of the fish in the aquarium and contribute to a charitable cause (if 33,000 people join the fan page a donation of AED33,000 will be made to a marine life charity in the UAE).

Mike Johnsons 10 years ago

I studied Marine Conservation at FMRI- (Florida Marine Research Institute), there is recent research which proves that if fish are fed on the wrong diet and kept in a confined space the gasses from multiple fish farts can build up and cause an underwater sub-sonic boom which is more than capable of shattering sandstone up to 60mm thick, it may have a similar effect on other man-made materials such as glass although this has not been tested. The cause is due to higher levels of fatty acids.

AD 10 years ago

I was there by 5:30 - 6:00 PM and there was no leak or any water on the ground, so it was indeed fixed. I was surprised though to see the area cordoned off but didn't asked anybody cause i thought maybe some VIP was visiting.

Dubai Blog 10 years ago

I was shocked to hear this news, because I thought this largest aquarium is quite safe, as it is holding 33,000 living marine animals. But unexpected incidents are part of life and as much as I know, all safety measures were in place. Aquarium Management and Maintenance team has resolved the issue as such incidents happen rarely.

Muneer 10 years ago

LOL .. That is so funny scientific explanation. I like it. Thank You Mike :-) I got the news yesterday from my daughter who was in the Mall. It was rumored around the mall to be a crack in one of the panes but it appears just a leak at the joint as mentioned above.