Want to experience a tropical rainforest in the middle of the desert? Located at City Walk, The Green Planet Dubai offers the thrilling chance to explore an indoor rainforest that is sustaining over 3000 plants and animals! Developed by Meraas, this man-made wonder is amazingly akin to the real rainforests of the world. Here’s a lowdown of the enchanting bio-dome that has become one of Dubai’s ‘must-visit’ tourist attractions.
The Green Planet timings, ticket price and location
- Ticket price: AED 120 (general admission) | AED 89 (online booking) | Free for kids under 3
- The Green Planet Dubai Timings: 10:00 am to 06:00 pm
- The Green Planet Dubai Location: City Walk, Al Wasl
Things to do at The Green Planet, City Walk Dubai
The Green Planet Dubai is an enchanting bio-dome that houses an indoor tropical rainforest. It is home to over 3,000 plant and animal species, most native to other countries. Apart from animal encounters, the facility offers camping, summer camps and a range of other exciting experiences for visitors — which is why it represents one of the very best indoor summer activities in Dubai. From available offers to activities and more, here is everything you need to know.
Experiences at The Green Planet Dubai
SNORKELLING WITH PIRANHAS
The meaning of the word piranha is ‘fish tooth’. Piranhas are native to South American rivers, floodplains, lakes and reservoirs.
This encounter allows visitors to feed the carnivorous fish. Participants will be given wetsuits and briefed about the experience before they get into the large Piranha River Tank. Get up close to thousands of the red-bellied fish while they go into a feeding frenzy. Don’t worry; they will be fed two metres away from you.
The session takes place daily at 04:00 pm under the supervision of experts.
- 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.
Rainfall is rare in Dubai. If you want to see torrential downpours, you can with the Thunderstorm experience at The Green Planet. With this experience, you can know what it is like when it rains in the tropics.
The daily thunderstorms are scheduled for 01:00 pm to 05:00 pm and occur for five minutes within this time frame. Apart from visitors, they are also meant for the dome’s global animal habitat. Biologists always walk visitors on what happens during the experience and how different species react to the rain.
- The Green Planet Dubai tickets price for Thunderstorm: Included in the general admission pass.
CAMPING IN THE RAINFOREST
Ever wondered what it is like to spend the night in a forest? You can actually live that with the Camping in the Rainforest experience. Spend the night in comfortable tents inside the bio-dome from 07:00 pm until 08:00 am the next day.
Also included in the overnight stay is a scavenger hunt, animal encounters and dinner at The Green Planet Cafe — complete with marshmallow roasts and nature-themed movies. Get up the next morning and feed the animals before indulging in a sumptuous breakfast at the cafe.
There are six tents available and up to 18 people can book the camping experience at the facility. This offer is only valid for Thursdays and Fridays.
- The Green Planet tickets for Camping: AED 700 for two | AED 1,400 for four
Aside from the mentioned sessions, guests at the nature facility can also take part in these animal encounters:
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.
They glide from tree to tree with the help of the thin flaps of skin beneath their arms. This marsupial encounter lasts 20 minutes per day, where people interact with the sugar gliders. Sessions start around 03:30 pm daily and only 6 participants are allowed to enter the arena at a given time.
People love to take pictures next to the sugar gliders. Here, you will also find biologists answering questions and educating people about the rainforest and its ecosystem.
- The Green Planet Dubai Ticket Price for Sugar Glider Encounter: AED 254, including entry fee
The Sloth Encounter
The Sloth Encounter is one of the top attractions at The Green Planet. Sloths are said to be the slowest mammals on earth. They live in the tropical rainforest in South and Central America.
This interaction lasts from 20 to 30 minutes. A maximum of 10 participants are allowed at a given time.
It is held twice per day, once at 01:30 pm and then at 03:30 pm. Each session lasts 30 minutes.
- Ticket Price for Sloth Encounter in Green Planet: The cost for the Sloth Encounter Experience is AED 294 per person in addition to The Green Planet Dubai entry fee.
Did you know? Certain reptiles can go months without eating. Find out which ones during the Reptile Encounter 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 and lizards. A total of two sessions are carried out in a day, with the first at 12:30 pm and the second at 04:30 pm. It’s a great opportunity for guests to learn more about each reptile and its habitat from experienced biologists.
- Tickets: The Reptile Encounter is AED 254 in addition to the entry ticket.
If your kids want to know what a Toucan looks like up close, sign up for the 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.
Ticket price: Tickets for the Bird Encounter are AED 254 per person in addition to the entry fee.
Creatures of the Night
Know how nocturnal animals react at nightfall at The Green Planet. This walkthrough comes with the tropical thunderstorm session and is included in the general admission.
The activity takes place underground, where operators have control over when the day or night falls. A major highlight is the Slow Loris family who are nocturnal species of primates.
Summer Camp in the Rainforest
The Green Planet is also the site of one of the holiday summer camps in Dubai for 2021. The Summer Camp in the Rainforest programme will last until 18th August this year and calls all budding naturalists to be a part of it. It is for kids aged five to 12 years of age and is hosted from Sunday to Wednesday each week.
Included in the camp are encounters with 3,000 animal species, a range of nature-inspired activities spanning from arts and crafts to treasure hunts.
- Price: AED 225 (per day) | AED 750 (four days)
- Timings: 09:00 am to 02:00 pm (Sunday to Wednesday)
Teens Summer Program
Calling all aspiring zoologists — for the Teens Summer Program at The Green Planet Dubai! Available four days a week, the 20-hour programme allows participants aged 12 to 18 the chance to get some valuable zoological experiences under the guidance of professional zookeepers.
Each session lasts five hours. During this time, teens will be engaging in tasks that give them a basic understanding of animal husbandry, training, nutrition, hygiene and other factors regarding their care.
Those interested in joining the programme can book their spots on the bio dome’s official website.
- Price: AED 950
- Timings: 01:00 pm to 06:00 pm (Sunday to Wednesday)
Zookeeper for the day
Enjoy being a zookeeper for a day at The Green Planet Dubai. Accompany a biologist throughout your run, visit laboratories, prepare animal diets and learn how to nurture endangered animal species. The offer is perfect for those who want to explore a career in animal conservation.
Timings for the Zookeeper for the Day session is 08:30 am to 11:30 am and 03:00 pm to 06:00 pm.
- The Green Planet ticket offer for Zookeeper for the Day: AED 390 per session
The Green Planet Offers
Healthcare workers offer
As a thank you, the facility is offering healthcare workers in the UAE a special offer — a 50% discount on general admission with an exclusive price of tickets at AED 50 per visitor.
Each person who falls under this category can buy up to four tickets at a time. All you have to do is present your lab, hospital or clinic ID at the gate to avail of the offer. Kids under three enter free!
Apart from this, the Employee Offer also comes with the same perks and a flat 50% discount on ticket price.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is The Green Planet Dubai?
The indoor rainforest is situated at the Al Wasl Road and Al Safa Road junction:
- The Green Planet Dubai location: City Walk, Al Wasl
What is the Green Planet Dubai entry fee?
The price for general admissions is AED 120. Online bookings for the same start at AED 89. Admission for kids under the age of three is complimentary.
Can I buy tickets on-site for The Green Planet Dubai?
Visitors can purchase tickets at the entrance to the facility. Bookings can also be made online through the venue’s website.
- Last tickets sold at gate: 05:00 pm
- Last tickets sold online: 03:30 pm
How to go to The Green Planet?
Here is how you can reach the tropical biodome from central Dubai:
- Drive southeast on Al Safa Street
- Take the U-turn at Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard; you will see signs for Za’abeel/Trade Centre)
- Take a left on Al Satwa Road (D90)
The Green Planet building will lie on your right.
Aside from this, those who love nature can also visit nature reserves in the UAE like the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary and others.
What are The Green Planet timings and contact details?
- The Green Planet contact number: +971-800-7699
- Opening hours: 10:00 am to 06:00 pm
Where can I park?
Visitors who spend a minimum of AED 100 at The Green Planet Dubai are entitled to four hours of complimentary parking at the City Walk Mall parking area. Extra time is AED 20 per hour.
Where can I get a bite to eat at the facility?
A pitstop at The Green Planet City Walk cafe is the ideal way to end your jungle trek. On the menu at the new eatery are several family-friendly options like pancakes, burgers, pizzas, scrambled eggs and hot dogs. Lunch timings are from 12:00 pm onwards. While they wait for their food, your kids can enjoy a play area that features a ball pit and small slides.
- Timings: 10:00 am to 07:00 pm
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.
Can’t get enough of wildlife? Take the family to the Dubai Safari Park, a popular wildlife facility in the emirate. If your children want to get up close to animals, take them to the petting zoos in Dubai like the Camel Farm and Desert Oasis Petting Farm among others.
That is all we have for you on The Green Planet Dubai. Stay tuned to MyBayut for more updates on the best leisure attractions in the UAE.
(Cover Image Credit: The Green Planet)