Sarah Garden24 Apr 2017 AT 08:33 PM

VIDEO: Dubai Mall shoppers in darkness after power failure

"The lights went out suddenly. A few people screamed"
Sarah Garden24 Apr 2017 AT 08:33 PM
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Dubai mall, News, Power Cut
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UPDATE 20.56pm: Several reports claim that the power is now back on.

Dubai Mall shoppers found themselves in darkness after the lights went out shortly after 7pm on Monday night.

ShortList reader Andrea Hewitt-Sims was in Waitrose when the power failed. "The lights went out suddenly. A few people screamed," she explained. "Everyone froze for a moment and stayed where they were. People started using their phones as a torch and some people carried on shopping. After a while we were told just to leave our shopping by staff as the systems were down completely. I left the store and found the entire mall in darkness, even the aquarium. The emergency services were arriving as I was leaving."

Shoppers have started to share pictures and videos on social media.

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Although the lights left shoppers in darkness, emergency backup lights were activated so that people could find their way to the exits safely.

At the time of publishing the power was still out, and Dubai Media Office have tweeted that authorities are currently working to restore the power.