Imagine walking into a living ecosystem, teaming with over 3,000 species of plants, insects, and animals. As you explore your surroundings, you can’t help but be amazed at the biodiversity that call such a place home.This is the kind of immersive experience one can expect when visiting Green Planet Dubai. This man made, indoor rainforest gives people an opportunity to admire and appreciate the complexity of nature’s most impressive ecosystem. A glass encasement houses a tropical rainforest and captivates the minds of all who enter.
This project has been in the works for several years now. It has been a painstaking process to ensure that all the plants and animals that call Green Planet home where responsibly sourced. A great deal of planning had to go in to ensure that all the organisms would be able to coexist in a hybrid environment. Special attention was payed to ensue that his exhibit truly recreated the natural habitat of the assortment of species that will inhabit it. The result is a mesmerizing display of nature that transports visitors to another world.
The Green Planet aims to entertain and educate people of all ages who step into it’s vibrant ecosystem. Students, families and nature lovers alike are immersed in a self sustaining, indoor paradise housed inside an origami-style glass structure. The extensive variety of species that call Green Planet home, recreate a lush tropical forest for guests to explore in this unique sensory experience. The facility is designed to mimic a rainforest habitat and even regulates temperature and humidity levels within the venue. Visitors get a first hand glimpse of what a habitat, so foreign and unknown to many, has to offer.
At the heart of the project is an artificial tree trunk. From here stem countless branches imbedded with planters, on which a multitude of tropical greens have taken root to. Eventually The variety of plants will grow to envelope the entire trunk. This will provide. Vibrant environment, perfect for tropical species to thrive in. It is set to be the largest man-made life sustaining tree, standing 25 meters tall. The bio dome in which it is encased will provide a constant hospitable environment, staying at 70% humidity and at just below 30 degrees Celsius. It’s also the first bio-dome of such scale and proportion in the middle east.
This immersive exhibit will offer guided tours for small groups and schools, in which visitors will get to experience a wide array of tropical exhibits. Installments like canopy tree house, flood forest tunnel, and butterfly balcony are just a few of the many areas designed to display the biodiversity of tropical ecosystems. Multi purpose classrooms provide hands on learning activities for young guests, while calendar events inspired by the seasons provide a dynamic experience year round.
The Green Planet displays five levels inside an eccentric glass building, which allows natural sunlight to come in, providing a truly natural effect. Upon entering the facility, visitors step foot into the ‘Flooded Forest’ where they get a first look of the forest floor. This level showcases a giant aquarium teaming with exotic species of fishes and amphibians arapaima.
Visitors then ascend to the top of the bio-dome. Here they are presented with an extraordinary panoramic view of the largest man-made, life-sustaining tree to date. From here, explorers will set off follow a winding path that descends into the biome. Along the way they will encounter exotic animals like south American toucans and crocodile lizards. The up close and unique encounter with these remarkable species is truly what makes the Green Planet such an immersive experience.
Eric Hubert, the curator and manager for the green planet exhibit, hopes to educate people about the importance of biodiversity. he especially wants to provide children an opportunity to immerse themselves in the exhibit as it will provide far better lessons then a traditional classroom. He hopes for this to be an educational and recreational attraction that will help spread admiration for our earth’s endangered ecosystems
This ecologically focused project has been internationally acclaimed and is a recipient of the Global LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certificate. It’s only fitting that such a place dedicated to education the public about the richness of natural environments would do their part to help ecological conservation.
The Green Planet on city walk happily welcome visitors from 10am to 10pm daily. Entrance costs are Dh90 for adults and Dh70 for kids. Entrance fees include unlimited stay for the day, giving guests the opportunity to get the most out of their visit.