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Leak in Aquarium sends Visitors Running

Dubai (Global Adventures): Shoppers needed to evacuate parts of Dubai Mall after a leak in the world’s largest aquarium. An amateur video posted in the Internet showed water pouring from a leak in a 270-degree acrylic walk-through tunnel of the Dubai Aquarium. Therefore flooding Dubai Mall and sending shoppers running.

Over 33,000 marine animals representing more than 85 species including sharks and rays are on display in the Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre. The aquarium, which opened its doors on November 4, 2008, officially earned the Guinness World Record for using the world’s “Largest Acrylic Panel.”

The acrylic viewing panel,

measuring 107.87 feet (32.88 meters) wide by 27.23 feet (8.3 meters) high and 29.53 inches (750 millimeters) thick. Panel was at the limit of production capabilities when the project was commissioned. But according to a story in the Dubai Chronicle. Weighing 541,486 pounds, the panel was designed to withstand the enormous pressure of 2.64 Million gallons water used in the aquarium.

“We specially designed the acrylic viewing panel to offer larger-than life views of the sharks, rays and 33,000 living animals on display. The Guinness World Record adds to the world-class experience to this attraction. It’s free to view for all our visitors,” said Yousif Al Ali, in an interview with the Dubai Chronicle.

The Dubai

Mall has recorded a visitor turn-out of more than 60,000 tickets sold for the Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre in the first five days of operations. The mall hosted over 37 million visitors in its first 12 months. It continues to attract more than 750,000 visitors every week.

With 600 retailers, the Dubai Mall is one of the largest shopping centers in the world. The Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre is located within the mall.

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