By Neeraj Gangal

The shops in Dubai Mall that were forced to close following a leak in its huge aquarium on Thursday, opened back to normal business on Friday.

According to The National daily, the viewing tunnel running through the middle of the 10 million-litre tank remained closed.

A Dubai Mall staff member told the Abu Dhabi based newspaper that the aquatic zoo was open on the second floor but the rest of the attraction was “closed for maintenance”.

Part of Dubai Mall was evacuated on Thursday after the Dubai Aquarium began to leak.

A spokesman for Dubai Mall said: “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. The leakage did not impact the aquarium environment or the safety of the aquatic animals. The Dubai Aquarium works with international experts in aquarium management and upholds the highest safety standards in its management.”

The incident occurred around 12.30pm, and police and fire services attended the scene.