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  Largest school of sharks-world record set by the Dubai Aquarium
 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates --  Built to showcase one of the world's most diverse and exotic collections of marine animals, the ten million-litre aquarium at The Dubai Mall Aquarium hosts over 400 sharks and rays -setting the world record for the largest school of sharks.

   Photo: The Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre features the world's largest viewing platform and is the centrepiece of the new 5.9million sq ft Burj Dubai Mall. / Barcroft Media (enlarge photo)
    The aquarium is home to more than 33,000 living specimens. A total of 85 species is represented, with over 400 sharks and rays considered the main attraction.

   Measuring 32.88 metres wide x 8.3 metres high x 750 mm thick and weighing 245,614 kg, the viewing panel at Dubai Aquarium also sets the world record for the  Largest Acrylic Panel.

  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 to give visitors clear views of the 33,000 plus marine animals on display.

  Mr Yousif Al Ali, General Manager, The Dubai Mall said: "With this achievement, we are highlighting the capabilities of Emaar and Dubai to undertake and execute projects of global significance."

The Dubai Aquarium viewing panel dimensions were set at the limit of production abilities by major acrylic manufacturers when it was commissioned.

   Thus, its World Record is set to stay until industry-approved manufacturing capabilities are redrawn to enable the production of bigger panels.

   Dubai Aquarium & Discovery Centre is developed and operated by Oceanis Australia Group. The Dubai Mall has adopted an International Standard of Ethics and Animal Welfare Policy in its development and operation.
   With a total internal floor area of 5.9 million sq ft, The Dubai Mall has 3.77 million sq ft of gross leasable space and hosts over 1,200 retail outlets including two anchor department stores -Galeries Lafayette and Bloomingdale's - and features over 160 food and beverage options.

 Other attractions include the Olympic-size Dubai Ice Rink; Fashion Avenue, a 440,000 sq ft haute couture precinct; The Grove, an indoor-outdoor themed streetscape; the region's first SEGA indoor theme park covering 76,000 sq ft; KidZania(R), an 80,000 sq ft children's 'edu-tainment' centre; and a 22-screen Cineplex, the largest in Dubai.
   The viewing panel at Dubai Aquarium surpasses the previous World Record holder, Churaumi Aquarium in Okinawa, Japan, at 22.5 metres wide x 8.2 metres high and 600 mm thick.

   Saturday, November 1, 2008

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