Indoor Rainforest Opens in Dubai

A tropical rainforest launches this week in Dubai with a variety of plants, animals, and birds.


Dubai’s very own tropical rainforest, named as Green Planet, is in the stage of completion with over 3,000 species of plants, animals, and birds, almost a replica of a typical South American rainforest. The 4-storey tropical rainforest inside a new bio-dome is located at Dubai’s City Walk and is equipped with the world’s largest man-made tree created to support lush, living flora and fauna. The rainforest, scheduled to be opened for public on September 01, 2016, will entertain as well as educate students, children, families, and nature lovers, offering great insight into the tropical wildlife. This unique Green Planet project of Dubai, shaped into the origami-style glass structure, comprises sloths, porcupines. Snakes, birds, spiders, and so on.

A large aquarium is filled with species, including arapaima, arowana, and stingrays to reproduce the kind of animals and fish found in underwater tropical environments. A lift will carry visitors to the bio-dome roof, providing a treetop, panoramic view of the ecosystem that comprise crocodile lizards, South American toucans, colonies of worker ants, tree boas, spiders, parrots, and tree frogs. The fish comes all the way from Singapore, and the plants are from Thailand and India.

A Dubai-based holding company, Meraas Holding, builds the Green Planet and ZoOceanarium Group, a firm with over 20 years of experience in developing zoological facilities and aquarium, will operate the rainforest. The Green Planet will provide 15 educational programmes over five topics and three age groups; 3 to 6 years, 7 to 11, and 12 to 14 years. It will cost Dh95 for adults and Dh70 for children to enter into the rainforest that open from 10 am.