Walk on the wild side at Green Planet

Dubai’s indoor rainforest has its own ecosystem and some cute animals

Walk on the wild side at Green Planet
ITP Consumer Publishing Ltd

The Green Planet in Dubai’s City Walk is a bio-dome designed to educate guests on the dangers facing the world’s rainforests. It is an immersive experience, designed to allow its inhabitants to live as they would in the wild, with a broadly diverse ecosystem of creatures and jungle critters.

The dome is home to more than 3,000 different fauna, flora and wildlife, and is has its own jungle-like ecosystem.

Using leading scientists, zoologists and architects from around the world, the giant, 45 metre-tall cube-like structure is built around a man-made tree that stands 25 metres tall.

Start inside the Flooded Forest, around which an aquarium of stingrays, arapaima, turtles and more swim. Gazing upwards through a cavernous hole, vines, branches and the canopy of the tree splay out like a network of natural pathways. A lift takes you up and right into its heart. The indoor tropical rainforest has sloths, twin tamarin brothers and plenty of birds, as well as reptiles and insects.

The latest attraction is a bat cave, which is home to a number of fruit bats.
Dhs99 (adults), Dhs74 (kids aged three-11). Open Sun-Wed 10am-7pm; Thu-Sat 10am-8pm. City Walk, Al Safa Street, www.thegreenplanetdubai.com.

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