Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai has come under fire from environmentalists for keeping a rare whale shark in its giant aquarium.
It has been widely reported that green campaigners have asked the resort to release the animal into the ocean as they believe its life is in danger if it remains captive.
A Facebook group entitled Free the Palm Atlantis Whale Shark! has also been set up.
The resort claims to have rescued the whale shark after it became under stress in the ocean.
Atlantis, The Palm was unavailable for comment as to the anticipated effect of the negative publicity on C&I bookings.