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If you want a unique and unforgettable experience in Dubai, visit The Green Planet, the region’s first bio-dome that recreates a tropical rainforest. In this blog post, I will tell you everything you need to know about this fantastic attraction, from its history and ecological mission to its points of interest and tips for visitors.

Featured image of The Green Planet

History

The Green Planet was opened in 2016 as part of the City Walk project, a mixed-use development that features retail, entertainment, hospitality, and residential spaces. The Green Planet is designed as a bio-dome, a structure that mimics the shape and function of a living organism. The bio-dome has four levels, each representing a different rainforest layer: the canopy, the midstory, the forest floor, and the flooded forest. The bio-dome houses over 3,000 plants and animals, including birds, reptiles, insects, fish, and mammals.

Tropical Rainforest in Dubai

The Green Planet is a tourist attraction and a conservation and education center. The Green Planet aims to raise awareness and inspire curiosity about the diversity and importance of tropical rainforests. The Green Planet also supports various research and breeding programs to protect endangered species and habitats. Some animals you can see at The Green Planet are sloths, toucans, parrots, snakes, frogs, spiders, butterflies, piranhas, and even a bat cave!

Points of Interest

There are many things to see and do at The Green Planet, but here are some highlights:

The Tree of Life

This is the centerpiece of the bio-dome, a giant artificial tree that supports the structure and hosts many plants and animals. You can walk around its trunk and branches and observe the different species that live there.

The Bridge

This is a suspended walkway that connects the canopy and the midstory levels. From here, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the bio-dome and see some birds and animals up close.

The Flooded Forest

This is the aquatic zone of the bio-dome, where you can see various fish and amphibians, such as piranhas, arapaimas, caimans, and poison dart frogs. You can also watch feeding sessions and learn more about these creatures.

The Bat Cave

This dark and mysterious area is where you can encounter fruit bats, scorpions, spiders, and other nocturnal animals. You can also listen to their sounds and learn how they communicate and navigate in the dark.

Image of Big Three in The Green Planet

The Australian Walkabout

This is a new addition to the bio-dome, where you can meet some of the most iconic animals from Down Under, such as kangaroos, wallabies, sugar gliders, and cockatoos. You can also interact with them and feed them under the supervision of the staff.

The Vertical Garden

This wall of plants covers an area of 25 square meters and displays more than 200 species of flora. The vertical garden is beautiful and functional, as it helps regulate the temperature and humidity of the bio-dome.

The Petting Zoo

Is where you can interact with some of the friendly animals at The Green Planet. You can feed and touch some of them, such as tortoises, hedgehogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas.

Some interesting facts

Here are some fun facts about The Green Planet that you might not know:

Image of Scaffoldings in The Green Planet
  • It is home to the world’s most giant indoor artificial and life-sustaining tree.
  • It has a temperature of 25°C and a humidity of 75% to mimic the conditions of a tropical rainforest.
  • It uses a natural ventilation system that reduces energy consumption and carbon footprint.
  • It recycles water through a filtration system that cleanses it from impurities and pathogens.
  • It has won several awards for its design, innovation, and sustainability.

Need a tip before the visit?

If you plan to visit The Green Planet, here are some tips to make your trip more enjoyable:

When is it open?

The Green Planet is available daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can check up-to-date information on their official website.

What to wear?

You should wear comfortable clothes and shoes suitable for walking and climbing stairs. You should also, bring a light jacket or sweater as it might get chilly inside the bio-dome.

Is it family-friendly?

Yes, The Green Planet is an excellent place for kids of all ages. They will love exploring the different zones and learning about the animals and plants. There are also special activities and workshops for children throughout the year.

When is it best to visit?

The Green Planet is popular among locals and tourists, so it might get crowded during weekends and holidays. If you want to avoid the crowds, you should visit on weekdays or early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Image of Artificial Waterfall in The Green Planet

Landmarks in Dubai

Dubai driving trip from Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo to Sallet Al Sayad Seafood Restaurant

Direction 1: Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Downtown Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

     1. Get on Al Khail Rd/D68 from ‫Dubai Mall service road‬‎ (3 min, 2.4 km)

            a. Head southeast on ‫Acces to Dubai Mall Main Entrance‬‎ (51 m)

            b. Keep left to continue toward ‫Dubai Mall service road‬‎ (80 m)

            c. Continue onto ‫Dubai Mall service road‬‎ (900 m)

            d. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Bur Dubai/City Center/Deira/E66/Business Bay Cr/D71/DXB Airport, and merge onto Al Khail Rd/D68 (1.3 km)

     2. Get on Al Ain – Dubai Rd/Oud Maitha Rd/Oud Metha Rd/E66 (2 min, 2.8 km)

            a. Merge onto Al Khail Rd/D68 (650 m)

            b. Take the E66 W/2nd Zaa’beel St/D73 ramp to Oud Maitha Rd (300 m)

            c. Keep left at the fork to continue toward Al Ain – Dubai Rd/Oud Maitha Rd/Oud Metha Rd/E66 (1.0 km)

            d. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Oud Maitha Rd/E66 W/Bur Dubai/Latifa Hospital (450 m)

            e. Keep left at the fork to continue toward Al Ain – Dubai Rd/Oud Maitha Rd/Oud Metha Rd/E66 (190 m)

            f. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for E66 W/Oud Maitha Rd/Bur Dubai/Latifa Hospital, and merge onto Al Ain – Dubai Rd/Oud Maitha Rd/Oud Metha Rd/E66 (220 m)

     3. Continue on Al Ain – Dubai Rd/Oud Maitha Rd/Oud Metha Rd/E66 to Sheikh Rashid Rd/D75. Take exit 1A from Al Ain – Dubai Rd/Oud Maitha Rd/Oud Metha Rd/E66 (3 min, 3.4 km)

            a. Merge onto Al Ain – Dubai Rd/Oud Maitha Rd/Oud Metha Rd/E66 (850 m)

            b. Take exit 1A for Al Sa’ada St/D86/Sheikh Rashid St/D75/E11 S/Sheikh Zayed Rd toward PR Port/Latifa Hospital/Abu Dhabi (180 m)

            c. Keep left at the fork to continue toward Sheikh Rashid Rd/D75 (650 m)

            d. Keep right at the fork and follow signs for D75 W/PR Port/Sheikh Rashid St (1.1 km)

            e. Keep right to continue toward Sheikh Rashid Rd/D75 (290 m)

            f. Keep left at the fork and merge onto Sheikh Rashid Rd/D75 (350 m)

     4. Drive along D92 (7 min, 5.1 km)

            a. Merge onto Sheikh Rashid Rd/D75 (210 m)

            b. Slight left (1.0 km)

            c. Merge onto Sheikh Rashid Rd/D75 (700 m)

            d. Take the 2nd exit at the roundabout and stay on Sheikh Rashid Rd/D75, heading to Port Rashid (280 m)

            e. Turn right onto Al Mina St/D92 (600 m)

            f. Continue straight onto Al Khaleej Rd/Al Mina St/D92, and follow Al Khaleej Rd/D92 (500 m)

            g. Keep left to stay on al Khaleej Rd/D92 (1.2 km)

            h. Slight right (210 m)

            i. Merge onto Al Khaleej St/D92 (350 m)

     5. Drive to your destination (3 min, 1.2 km)

            a. Slight right (350 m)

            b. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit (150 m)

            c. Turn right, and the destination will be on the right (700 m).

Direction 2: House of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum

779R+72F – Al Fahidi – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

     1. Continue to Dubai (3 min, 1.0 km)

            a. Head northeast (700 m)

            b. Turn left (87 m)

            c. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit (200 m)

     2. Drive along D92, Sheikh Rashid Rd/D75, 36th St, 2nd Za’abeel Rd/D73, and Al Mustaqbal St/D86 (13 min, 6.9 km)

            a. Keep left (1.4 km)

            b. Keep right to continue toward Al Khaleej St (160 m)

            c. Merge onto Al Khaleej St (260 m)

            d. Continue onto Khalid Bin Al Waleed Rd (180 m)

            e. Continue straight onto al Khaleej Rd/D92, and follow D92 (450 m)

            f. Continue straight onto Al Mina St/D92 (290 m)

            g. Keep left to stay on Al Mina St/D92 (22 m)

            h. Slight left toward Sheikh Rashid Rd/D75 (100 m)

            i. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Sheikh Rashid Rd/D75 (550 m)

            j. Take the 2nd exit at the roundabout and stay on Sheikh Rashid Rd/D75 heading to Za’abeel/E11 (450 m)

            k. Turn right toward 36th St (150 m)

            l. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto 36th St, go through 3 roundabouts (1.3 km)

            m. Continue straight onto Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed St/D88 (280 m)

            n. At Trade Centre Roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto 2nd Za’abeel Rd/D73 heading to Za’abeel/D.X.B. Airport/DIFC/Trade Center/Jumeirah Emirates Towers (650 m)

            o. Turn right onto Al Mustaqbal St/D86 (400 m)

            p. Keep left to stay on Al Mustaqbal St/D86 (18 m)

            q. Keep left to stay on Al Mustaqbal St/D86 (270 m)

     3. Turn right (28 sec, 180 m)

Direction 3: Dubai World Trade Centre

67FP+8QM – Sheikh Zayed Rd – Trade Centre – Trade Centre 2 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

     1. Continue to Al Mustaqbal St/D86 (3 min, 750 m)

            a. Head northwest (260 m)

            b. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit (400 m)

            c. Slight right toward Al Mustaqbal St/D86 (76 m)

     2. Take Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 and Al Safa St/D71 to ‫Al Multaqa St‬‎ (5 min, 3.9 km)

            a. Turn right onto Al Mustaqbal St/D86 (250 m)

            b. Turn right (signs for Dubai/Abu Dhabi/E11) (1.2 km)

            c. Merge onto Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 (750 m)

            d. Take exit 50A for D71 W/Al Safa St toward Jumeira (Toll road, 240 m)

            e. Keep right at the fork and merge onto Al Safa St/D71 (750 m)

            f. Keep right to stay on Al Safa St/D71 (600 m)

            g. Turn left toward ‫Al Multaqa St‬‎ (76 m)

     3. Continue on ‫Al Multaqa St‬‎. Drive to ‫Al Madina St‬‎ (2 min, 550 m)

            a. Turn left onto ‫Al Multaqa St‬‎ (350 m)

            a. Turn left onto ‫Al Madina St‬‎, The destination will be on the right (180 m).

Direction 4: The Green Planet

City Walk – Al Wasl – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

     1. Take ‫Al Madina St‬‎ to Al Safa St/D71 (2 min, 600 m)

            a. Head southeast on ‫Al Madina St‬‎ toward Happiness St (300 m)

            b. Turn left onto Happiness St (300 m)

     2. Get on Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 (2 min, 1.8 km)

            a. Turn right onto Al Safa St/D71 (400 m)

            b. Take the E11 N ramp to Al Sharjah (1.4 km)

     3. Continue on Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 to your destination (9 min, 7.3 km)

            a. Merge onto Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 (450 m)

            b. Keep left to stay on Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 (3.0 km)

            c. Take exit 54A-55 for D79/E66/Oud Maitha Rd toward Al Ain (140 m)

            d. Keep right at the fork to continue toward Oud Maitha Rd/Oud Metha Rd/D79/E66 (300 m)

            e. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for E11 N/DXB Airport/Sheikh Rashid Rd/Al Sharjah (500 m)

            f. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for D79 W/Bur Dubai, and merge onto Oud Maitha Rd/Oud Metha Rd/D79/E66 (1.5 km)

            g. Take the exit toward Umm Hurair 2/Floating Bridge (350 m)

            h. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Creek Park/Dr Sulaiman Al Habib/Children’s City/Wonder Land, and merge onto 20th St (Partial restricted usage road, 1.0 km)

     4. Turn right (Restricted usage road, destination will be on the right, 34 sec, 86 m)

Direction 5: Dubai Dolphinarium

Riyadh Street, Inside the Creek Park Gate 1 – Dubai Dolphinarium Building – Umm Hurair 2 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

     1. Get on E11 from Riyadh St (4 min, 1.5 km)

            a. Head northwest (Restricted usage road, 86 m)

            b. Turn left toward 20th St (Partial restricted usage road, 87 m)

            c. Continue straight onto 20th St (57 m)

            d. Turn left onto Riyadh St/D81 (450 m)

            e. Continue straight to stay on Riyadh St/D81 (290 m)

            f. Keep right to stay on Riyadh St/D81, and follow Riyadh St (400 m)

            g. Take the ramp on the left onto E11 (170 m)

     2. Take exit 54 from E11 (3 min, 4.0 km)

            a. Merge onto E11 (3.2 km)

            b. Take exit 54 toward Zaa’beel St (750 m)

     3. Drive to your destination (1 min, 600 m)

            a. Continue straight (110 m)

            b. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit (230 m)

            c. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Al Majlis St, heading to Za’abeel Park/Trade Centre/Al-Satwa/Area B (91 m)

            d. Take the exit (180 m)

            e. Enter the roundabout (13 m)

Direction 6: Dubai Garden Glow

Zabeel Park, Gate No- 6 & 7 Area – B – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

     1. Get on Al Majlis St (1 min, 160 m)

            a. Head south (8 m)

            b. Exit the roundabout onto the Al Majlis St ramp (160 m)

     2. Drive along D78 and Baniyas Rd/D85. Take the exit toward Dhow Wharfage from Baniyas Rd/D85 (9 min, 7.2 km)

            a. Merge onto Al Majlis St (500 m)

            b. At the Trade Centre Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the E11 N ramp to General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs/Al Sharjah/DXB Airport (550 m)

            c. Merge onto Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 (240 m)

            d. Take exit 54A-55 for D79/E66/Oud Maitha Rd toward Al Ain (140 m)

            e. Keep left at the fork to continue on Exit 54B (210 m)

            f. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for D78/Umm Hurair St/Deira/D84 N/Zaa’beel St/Bur Dubai (550 m)

            g. Keep at the fork to continue toward Umm Hurair Rd/D78 (85 m)

            h. Continue onto Umm Hurair Rd/D78 and follow D78 (1.2 km)

            i. Keep left to continue on Tariq Bin Ziyad Rd/D78 (Toll road, 1.8 km)

            j. Keep right to stay on Tariq Bin Ziyad Rd/D78 (28 m)

            k. Take the D85 ramp to City Center/Deira/Al Ras (140 m)

            l. Keep at the fork to continue toward Baniyas Rd/D85 (49 m)

            m. Keep right at the fork and merge onto Baniyas Rd/D85 (450 m)

            n. Keep left to stay on Baniyas Rd/D85 (650 m)

            o. Slight left toward Baniyas Rd/D85 (150 m)

            p. Sharp left onto Baniyas Rd/D85 (450 m)

            q. Take the exit toward Dhow Wharfage (56 m)

     3. Drive to your destination (1 min, 290 m)

            a. At the roundabout, take the 4th exit (250 m)

            b. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit, and the destination will be on the right (43 m)

Direction 7: Dhow Wharfage

7859+85Q – 90 Baniyas Rd – Port Saeed – Riggat Al Buteen – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

     1. Get on Baniyas Rd/D85 (4 min, 950 m)

            a. Head southwest (650 m)

            b. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit (250 m)

            c. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the Baniyas Rd/D85 ramp (45 m)

     2. Take D78 and Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 to your destination (11 min, 10.1 km)

            a. Merge onto Baniyas Rd/D85 (110 m)

            b. Take the Al Maktoum Br/D78 ramp to City Center/Bur Dubai (Toll road, 350 m)

            c. Merge onto Al Maktoum Bridge/Tariq Bin Ziyad Rd/D78 (Toll road, 400 m)

            d. Keep left to continue on Tariq Bin Ziyad Rd/D78 (Toll road, 400 m)

            e. Keep left to stay on Tariq Bin Ziyad Rd/D78, and continue to follow D78 (1.9 km)

            f. Keep left to continue on Umm Hurair Rd/D78 (260 m)

            g. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for E11 S/Sheikh Zayed Rd/Abu Dhabi, and merge onto Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 (1.0 km)

            h. Keep left to stay on Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 (3.3 km)

            i. Take exit 50A for D71 W/Al Safa St toward Jumeira (Toll road, 240 m)

            j. Keep left at the fork to continue on Exit 50B (650 m)

            k. Keep left at the fork to continue toward Financial Center Rd/D71 (180 m)

            l. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for The Dubai Mall/Za’abeel/Burj Khalifa/D71, and merge onto Financial Center Rd/D71 (600 m)

            m. Turn right onto Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd (signs for D921/Burj Khalifa) (650 m)

     3. Turn left (26 sec, 71 m).

Direction 8: Burj Khalifa

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd – Downtown Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

     1. Continue to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd (49 sec, 140 m)

            a. Head southeast (18 m)

            b. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit (120 m)

     2. Get on Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 (5 min, 2.1 km)

            a. Turn right onto Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd (650 m)

            b. Turn left onto Financial Center Rd/D71 (450 m)

            c. Take the E11 N/Sheikh Zayed Rd ramp (1.0 km)

     3. Continue on Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 to 16th St. Take exit 54A-55 from Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 (4 min, 5.2 km)

            a. Merge onto Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 (450 m)

            b. Keep left to stay on Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 (3.0 km)

            c. Take exit 54A-55 for D79/E66/Oud Maitha Rd toward Al Ain (140 m)

            d. Keep left at the fork to continue on Exit 54B (210 m)

            e. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Bur Dubai (500 m)

            f. Keep right at the fork to continue toward 16th St (500 m)

            g. Keep at the fork to continue toward 16th St (300 m)

     4. Continue on 16th St. Take 45B St to ‫47C Street‬‎ (2 min, 450 m)

            a. Continue onto 16th St (110 m)

            b. Turn right onto 45B St (190 m)

            c. Turn right onto 20B St (66 m)

            d. Turn left to stay on 20B St (21 m)

            e. Turn right onto ‫47C Street‬‎, destination will be on the right (70 m)

Direction 9: Sallet Al Sayad Seafood Restaurant

Bin Abdulah, AL Shafar building – 46 47C Street – Al Karama – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

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