Recently opened Dubai Aquarium, inside the gargantuan Dubai Mall, set the new Guiness World Record for “World’s Largest Acrylic Panel” this November.
According to Emaar Malls, the Dubai Mall developer, the panel measures “32.88 metres wide x 8.3 metres high x 750 mm thick…weighing 245,614 kg, the viewing panel at Dubai Aquarium 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.”
For those metric-impared Americans, that’s nearly 108′ wide x 27′ tall. This dwarfs the large and impressive Ocean Voyager acrylic panel at Georgia Aquarium, which is 61′ wide x 23′ tall.
The large tank also has a long tunnel, running about 160′ in length at a depth of 36′. Georgia Aquarium’s tunnel is only 100′ in length at a similar depth. However, both of these tunnels are tiny compared to L’Aquarium in Barcelona, Spain. This tunnel is reportedly over 260′ in length!
The rest of the Dubai Aquarium includes three habitat centered thematic zones: Living Ocean (different from the large ocean tank), Rocky Shore, and Rainforest.
Living Ocean highlights unusual individual specimens such as Moray Eels, Jellies, and Sea Dragons. The Rocky Shore showcases Humboldt penguins, Harbour seals, and a touch tidal pool. The Rainforest focuses on interesting freshwater creatures like piranha, catfish, and otters.