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    Dubai Shark Aquarium develops crack

    Huge shark-filled aquarium in Dubai cracks open


    The aquarium boasts 30,000 species of underwater creature

    An aquarium and a shopping centre in Dubai have been evacuated after water leaked from a massive tank holding hundreds of sharks.

    Safety officials said the "small crack" appeared in the tank which holds 10 million litres of water and more than 33,000 underwater creatures.

    The aquarium, opened in 2008, was promoted as being an "indoor ocean".

    The mall owners said the leak appeared in a panel joint in the tank and was immediately fixed by engineers.

    Teams carrying lifejackets were seen entering the mall.

    Tower problems

    "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," a spokesman for the mall said.

    "The leakage did not impact the aquarium environment or the safety of the aquatic animals."

    The statement said the company worked with experts and "upholds the highest safety standards in its management."

    The aquarium is at the foot of the world's largest building -the Burj Khalifa, also owned by Emaar Properties. It had to shut its viewing deck after a lift malfunction earlier in February.

    Dubai has had a recent string of publicity disasters following last year's announcement the Emirate would not be able to pay its debts.


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    10 million litres of water. 33,000 species. Glass tank. Sharks ,,not a place i would want to go sight-seeing. Ever. Not even if they told me they had fixed the problem. Does look amazing though.

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    One little crack? The incredible amount of water pressure should fix that. I once had a 250 gallon aquarium in my house many years ago. One little crack - one hour later - BOOM!

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    My husband worked at Dubai Mall for about 8 months. Every time I went there and saw the aquarium, I wondered WHEN, not IF this would happen.

    On another note, Dubai Mall's next door neighbour, the Burj Khalifa had an explosion in their elevator a couple of weeks ago. It was stuck on a high floor, with people in it, for over an hour.

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    Here are some of my pics of the aquarium. the headline is misleading, it's not shark-filled, it has a few sharks along with several other types of fish.








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    ^^Yep, they've been having their share of problems. Rushed construction to be the biggest? Fastest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    Rushed construction to be the biggest?
    That, along with the skill level of the constuction workers can be a dangerous, if not deadly combination.

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    But that window should hold ! Inch Allah...

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    ^Divine intervention or not, don't count on it......

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