Dubai Mall was evacuated Thursday after an aquarium filled with 33,000 fish and 10 million liters of water leaked. Owners of this massive mall are scrambling to contain the mess while protecting it's inhabitants which include sharks and stingrays. The largest viewing panel in the centrally located location in the massive Dubai mall measures 32.8 meters wide by 8.3 meters high. The Dubai Mall has had over 37 million shoppers since it's grand opening in 2009. 100 stores and boutiques are still shut down as a result of the aquarium leak.
A security guard was first to issue the aquarium's leak. The Dubai Mall is owned by Emarr properties. A representative for the firm emailed a statement to the press that 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."
This is not the first security issue Emaar Properties has encountered in recent weeks. The company also had to shut down the viewing deck at Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, also located in Dubai.
Karim Musud, head researcher for for UBS AG, a Middle East company, said "Emaar has always been known as a quality developer, but they've been under pressure to finish Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa...I'm not surprised that they've had maintenance issues. They've definitely put into question their quality and are compromising their quality over volume."