View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Record Hungry Dubai Makes a Splash in Guinness Book With New Aquarium

Dubai is chalking up another world record.

Measuring 32.88 metres wide x 8.3 metres high x 750 mm thick and weighing 245,614 kg, the viewing panel at the Dubai Aquarium in the Dubai Mall surpasses the current Guinness World Record holder, Churaumi Aquarium in Okinawa, Japan, at 22.5 metres wide x 8.2 metres high and 600 mm thick.

According to the aquarium page on the Dubai Mall web site, “The Aquarium's 180-degree glass walkthrough tunnel makes for incredible close-encounter experiences with some of the most fascinating underwater animals on the planet. A special 'lunar-cyclic' lighting system will change the ambience of the tank depending on the time of day.”

Source: Dubai Aquarium & Discovery Centre Sets Guinness Record for 'World's Largest Acrylic Panel' at The Dubai Mall, Wall Street Journal, 1 November 2008.

Dr Geoff Pound