Aquarium at The Dubai Mall scoops world record

02 November 2008
Dubai: The aquarium at Dubai's latest shopping centre, The Dubai Mall, has clinched a world record, despite the fact the mall does not open until Tuesday.

Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre has clinched the Guinness World Record for the World's Largest Acrylic Panel, measuring 32.88 metres wide x 8.3 metres high x 750 mm thick and weighing 245,614 kg.

The acrylic viewing panel surpasses the current Guinness World Record holder, Churaumi Aquarium in Okinawa, Japan. The new record is expected to be featured in the upcoming edition of the Guinness Book of World Records in 2010.

At 750 mm thick, the acrylic viewing panel is built to withstand the enormous pressure of 10 million litres of water used in the aquarium, but transparent enough to give visitors clear views of the 33,000 plus marine animals on display.

The Dubai Mall was due to open on October 29, but was delayed until November 4 as the mall and other facilities were not ready.

Other attractions at the mall include the an Olympic-size ice rink, a 440,000 sq ft haute couture precinct; the region's first SEGA indoor theme park and a 22-screen Cineplex, the largest in Dubai.

By Staff Reporter

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