A tropical rain forest in Dubai impossible? No, it is not! Dubai has an indoor tropical rainforest. And you really don’t want to miss this sight in Dubai. It took more than three years to build the indoor jungle of The Green Planet, but the result is a paradise for nature lovers. In the striking 45 meter high square building you will find a complete tropical rain forest with a controlled temperature of 25 to 28 degrees and a humidity of 7.0%, exactly like in the real jungle. In this special jungle live no less than 3000 living organisms including many tropical plants, spiders, snakes, birds that can fly freely, fish and frogs.
The rainforest is built around a 25 meter high artificially constructed tree on which living plants have been applied. These living plants must have completely covered the artificial tree within a few years. The construction of the ecosystem and flora and fauna in The Green Planet has been in close consultation with various experts from Zoology and biologists. All this to ensure that the rainforest becomes as much as possible a direct copy of a real rainforest and that the plants and animals also reproduce in the indoor rainforest.
Explore the indoor jungle
The building of The Green Planet is constructed in a number of layers that correspond to the various environments in the rainforest. You start your discovery tour on the ground floor of the jungle. In the “Flooded Forest” you will find aquariums full of turtles, rays and arapaima fish you can admire. After the Flooded Forest you can go one floor higher to the waterfall where you can admire the rainforest up close on one of the narrow paths. You can see tropical plants, frogs and lizards. Various insects are walking on the ground, including weaving ants, a special ant species from southeast Asia that make nests by sticking leaves together.
You will also find various spiders and snakes here, including the Goliath bird spider, a bird spider that can have a wingspan of no less than 30 cm, but luckily the snakes and spiders are behind glass.
Numerous colored birds are flying in the sky, including the largest Toucan species in the world, the Giant Toucan. Also special are the two sloths that live in The Green Planet, so you can just see the male and female during your discovery in the jungle. The animals in The Green Planet may not be touched, although it is possible that a butterfly suddenly comes to rest on your shoulder.
With the lift you can finally reach the highest point of the biodome from where you have a magnificent panoramic view over the rainforest with its waterfalls, plants and animals while you hear the special sounds of the jungle in the background.
Awareness for nature
The Green Planet is not only an attraction, it also tries to make visitors aware of the beauty of nature and how sensitive nature is to climate change and the clearing of rain forests. For this reason the fish are not expressly taken from wild nature but come from a breeder in Singapore, the plants are imported from Thailand and India.
Especially for children, 15 different learning programs have been put together around five themes and for three age groups, 3 to 6 years, 7 to 11 years and 12 to 14 years. All this to give the youth the necessary knowledge about the special environment of the tropical rainforest.
Location & opening hours Green Planet Dubai
The special indoor jungle of The Green Planet can be found at City Walk in the Jumeirah district. The Green Jungle has its own parking spaces. Are you coming by public transport? Then it’s best to travel by metro to the Dubai Mall / Burj Khalifa metro station and take a taxi or walk from here. It is a short 20 minute walk from the metro station to The Green Planet.
The Green Planet is open from:
Saturday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Tickets Green Planet
The ticket price for adults and children older than 13 years is 26,95 dollar, children between 4 and 12 years pay 21,50 dollar. Children under 4 years old can enter for free. The ticket price can change slightly between the two ticket providers. Always check the website of the ticket seller for the most up-to-date rates.
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