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Leak in aquarium floods Dubai Mall

first_imgShoppers in Dubai’s largest shopping mall were evacuated yesterday after the mall’s in-house aquarium started leaking.The Dubai Aquarium, located in the Dubai Mall, is one of the world’s largest and houses 33,000 fish including 400 sharks and stingrays swimming in 10 million litres of water.On Thursday, a crack developed in one of the tank’s panel joints, causing the ground level of the mall to flood and water damage to some of the 1200 shops in the mall.“The crack was pretty big,” an assistant in one of the nearby shops told Times Online.“They stopped the water getting out quickly but a lot of the nearby shops on the ground floor got water damage. I don’t think any of the fish got out. We didn’t have sharks in the mall, luckily”Shoppers and around 100 shops in the mall adjacent to the aquarium were evacuated while services and a maintenance team worked to fix the crack in the 75-centimetre-thick glass. A spokesman for the mall said the leakage didn’t 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” he said.The area around the aquarium remained closed for the rest of yesterday afternoon.This incident is the debacle to befall Dubai, with the Gulf state causing controversy earlier this month after the developer of one of its flagship projects tried to cover up the trapping of tourists in a broken lift in the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2253d/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.Llast_img read more