Dubai Mall, one of the world's largest shopping centres was partly closed on Thursday after an aquarium containing thousands of fish and sea animals started leaking, police and witnesses said.
"There was a small problem, a simple crack, and the water leaked," a police official said, declining to be named.
"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," said a spokeswoman for Emaar Properties, which operates the mall.
"The leakage did not impact the aquarium environment or the safety of the aquatic animals," she added in a statement.
Emaar's chairman Mohammed Alabbar said there was a "technical fault in the operating device", according to a statement carried on the official news agency WAM.
Dubai Mall's aquarium iss designed to hold 33,000 living creatures, representing more than 85 species including over 400 sharks and rays combined, according to the Mall's website.
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