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If you search for “indoor rainforest Dubai”, The Green Planet is what pops up. Located at City Walk, The Green Planet Dubai offers a thrilling and completely unique experience for animal encounters in an indoor rainforest. This rainforest is man-made, but looks exactly like the real thing. Meraas is behind the enchanting indoor tropical rainforest where people get a chance to interact with 3,000 plants, animals and birds in the region’s first bio-dome.
One of the best places to visit in City Walk, this tropical rainforest in Dubai also offers four different levels, such as the Canopy, Midstory, Forest Floor and Flooded Rainforest, which allow visitors to get up-close with the most fascinating flora and fauna including the sloths, toucans, Burmese pythons, squirrel monkeys and more.
The Green Planet by Meraas is a great destination for families and guests of all ages looking to have thrilling animal encounters in the vibrant city of Dubai. Read our Green Planet Dubai review to know more about what to expect from this destination.
THINGS TO DO IN THE GREEN PLANET DUBAI
While there are certainly no outdoor rainforests in Dubai, if you are on the lookout for an educational and recreational adventure, you must visit Dubai’s indoor forest located in a popular lifestyle district of City Walk. It’s also one of our top indoor activities for summer in Dubai. Let’s have a look at some things in The Green Planet Dubai that you absolutely have to try:
The meaning of the word piranha is ‘fish tooth’. This species is as one of the most aggressive and dangerous freshwater fish in the animal kingdom. Piranhas are native to South American rivers, floodplains, lakes and reservoirs and are known for their razor-sharp teeth that are capable of taking chunks of flesh out of other organisms. Just like sharks and any other aggressive fish, piranhas only attack to have food.
The Green Planet offers an exclusive Piranha Encounter where visitors witness the feeding frenzy of 1,000 piranhas eating food with their sharp teeth. The session takes place daily at 04:00 pm under the supervision of experts who guide, educate and facilitate all visitors.
Ticket Price for Piranha Encounter in The Green Planet: You don’t need to buy a separate ticket for the Piranha Encounter. This experience is already included in the entry ticket. However, make sure to ask about it while purchasing the ticket.
SUGAR GLIDER ENCOUNTER
Visitors and tourists who have been to The Green Planet by Meraas will vouch for how much they enjoyed the encounters with sugar gliders. These are small, omnivorous and nocturnal mammals that you won’t get to see anywhere else this easily.
They glide from tree to tree with the help of the thin skin flapped behind their tiny arms. This marsupial encounter lasts 20 to 30 minutes where people interact with the sugar gliders. This session starts around 03:30 pm daily and only 6 participants are allowed to enter the arena at a given time.
People love to take snaps next to sugar gliders and enjoy this opportunity of getting up close with these unique animals in real life. Here, you will also find biologists answering questions and educating people about rainforest and the ecosystem.
The Green Planet Dubai Ticket Price for Sugar Glider Encounter: In addition to entry fee, you need to pay AED 184 per person to get up close with sugar gliders.
THE BAT CAVE EXPERIENCE
Fruit bats are one of the most important elements of tropical rainforests. They help in spreading fruit trees throughout the rainforest. We all have grown up watching the famous Batman series, but how often have we seen bats in real life?
Green Planet Dubai offers a unique experience with the Bat Cave Adventure where guests follow a dimly lit enclosed path with bats hanging upside down from the ceilings. It is a unique experience for anyone brave enough to walk through the cave.
The Green Planet Dubai Tickets Price: You don’t need to pay an additional amount to experience the Bat Cave adventure. The cost is included in the entry ticket.
THE SLOTH ENCOUNTER
The Sloth Encounter is one of the top-billed attractions in Green Planet. Sloths are said to be the slowest mammals on earth. They hang upside down in the tropical rainforest in South and Central America. You don’t need to go abroad to interact with sloths anymore. Green Planet Dubai brings them to you. The interaction lasts from 20 to 30 minutes. A maximum of 10 participants are allowed at a given time. Daily timings for the Sloth Encounter is 02:30 pm.
Ticket Price for Sloth Encounter in Green Planet: The cost for the Sloth Encounter Experience is AED 235 per person in addition to The Green Planet Dubai entry fee.
Do you have what it takes to pet a bug and have it crawl on your hand? Head for the Bug Encounter at The Green Planet and find out. A maximum of six participants can “face their fears” in a 20-minute encounter with a millipede, tarantula, worms or roaches once per day. Scheduled at 04:30 pm, each session allows participants to hold, take pictures with and learn more about the insects from experienced biologists.
- Tickets: The Bug Encounter is a unique experience the tickets of which can be purchased at the entrance to The Green Planet.
Did you know? Certain reptiles can go months without eating. Find out which these are at the new Reptile Encounter experience at The Green Planet.
Each session lasts 20 minutes and allows 12 participants to get up and personal with the facility’s resident turtle or chameleon, snake, lizards and turtles. A total of two sessions are carried out in a day with the first at 12:30 pm. It’s a great opportunity for guests to learn more about each reptile and their habitats from experienced biologists.
- Tickets: The Reptile Encounter is AED 184 in addition to the entry ticket.
If your kids want to know what a Toucan looks like up close, sign up for Bird Encounter at The Green Planet. Once every day at 11:30 am, a total of six can have an encounter with the facility’s toucan, caiques and other small parrots, take pictures with and learn more about them.
- Ticket price: Tickets for the Bird Encounter are AED 184 per person in addition to the entry fee.
THE AUSTRALIAN WALKABOUT
The newest attraction promises to take visitors on a thrilling journey to the “Land Down Under” in the form of a tour through a multi-species exhibit which feature some of Australia’s fascinating animal species. Each of the exhibits at the Australian Encounter is designed with its denizens in mind. Some of these are:
AN ABANDONED CAMPSITE
This area at The Australian Walkabout is reminiscent of the Uluru landmark from the Land Down Under.
Visitors can encounter species like the bearded dragon and snake-neck turtles in an exhibit that mimics an abandoned campsite. With plenty of overgrown grass, rock work and red sand, the area accurately depicts the natural habitats that these creatures thrive in.
PLANE CRASH SITE
Explore an abandoned crashed plane which is now home to the facility’ Lace Goanna Lizard. Venture inside the plane and take a picture with the large lizard.
Visitors can also witness other local Australian species like wallabies, Mitchell’s cockatoos, grass parakeets, a palm cockatoo and laughing kookaburras in the exhibits caves and trees.
- Encounter Details: A 15-20 minute Kookaburra interaction every day at 11:00 am where visitors can feed the birds and take photos | An Australian Walkabout Biologist Take at 06:00 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Free parking is always available for visitors. This way you can freely enjoy all the adventures of this wonderful place without worrying about where to leave your car.
ENTRY TICKET PRICE FOR THE GREEN PLANET DUBAI
The cost for The Green Planet entry ticket is AED 120 at the gate and AED 110 when bought online on the TGP website.
Valid on the day of choice, a Day Pass will give you access to the Australian Walkabout, Flooded-Rainforest, The Forest Floor, The Mid-Story and the Canopy. Kids under three are free to enter.
THE GREEN PLANET DUBAI TIMINGS AND CONTACT INFORMATION
The Green Planet is open daily, from 10:00 am till 07:00 pm. There are specific timings for the animal encounters, so make sure to plan ahead based on this.
To get in touch with the management you can use the following contact number. +971-4-317-3999
The venue also periodically hosts events during the holiday season for children. Residents of Jumeirah, Al Wasl and Al Safa are just minutes away from this family-friendly destination. Step out of your apartments and head to the city’s first Bio-Dome.
If you fancy living close to these attractions, you could consider renting apartments in City Walk. For a more long term option, there are also several flats for sale in City Walk.
What are The Green Planet timings?
Opening Hours Sunday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Last ticket sold: Online at 3:30 pm At the gate 5:00 pm
Where is The Green Planet located?
The Green Planet Dubai, is conveniently located at the junction of Al Wasl Road and Safa Road, Dubai.
Where can I park?
You are entitled to 4 hours of free parking at underground City Walk mall parking with a minimum spend of AED 100 at The Green Planet. You will need to validate your token before exiting, each additional hour is charged at AED 20.
Is the Green Planet wheelchair friendly?
Yes – it is fully accessible.
Can I touch the animals inside The Green Planet?
For the health and safety of our plants and animals in this uniquely immersive environment, we ask that our guests refrain from touching, handling or feeding these delicate species. Please feel free to interact with various species of snake, millipedes and hissing roaches if you would like to when staff members approach you to do so.
Is it suitable for small children?
Definitely – there is lots for all ages to learn inside The Green Planet.
Do you have any school programme?
Yes – please click here for more information