Dubai The Middle East's biggest shopping mall was partially evacuated Thursday as maintenance crews scrambled to contain a leak in the shark-filled aquarium. 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 upscale clothing shops and not far from an Olympic-sized ice-skating rink and the only international branch of high-end retailer Bloomingdale's.
Footage posted on the Web site of Dubai newspaper Gulf News showed the water from the 2.6 million gallon tank showering down on the mall's polished floors.
Visitors were kept far from the scene shortly after the water began pouring from behind the 2-1/2 ft. thick viewing panel, making it difficult to gauge the extent of the damage. From a distance, most of the water and fish appeared to be contained inside the tank.