Wednesday 13 December 2017

Shark tank leak shuts shopping mall

A large section of the Dubai Mall has been closed due to a shark tank leak (AP)
A large section of the Dubai Mall has been closed due to a shark tank leak (AP)

A large part of the Middle East's biggest shopping centre has been forced to shut after its massive, shark-filled aquarium sprang a leak.

Dubai's civil defence department said "there has been a small break in the glass" at the Dubai Mall and repair teams were working on it.

Witnesses said a large part of the area around the aquarium had been cordoned off. Three security employees entered the area wearing orange life jackets.

Mall owner Emaar Properties, which is also the developer of the world's tallest tower next door, confirmed the leak in the almost two-and-a-half foot thick panel.

The Dubai Mall and its signature aquarium opened in November 2008.

The shark, stingray and fish-filled tank is located on the mall's ground floor, next to expensive clothing shops and not far from an Olympic-sized ice-skating rink and the only international branch of upmarket store Bloomingdale's.

The aquarium boasts the world's largest acrylic viewing panel.

Press Association

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