Being one of the leading tourist sites in the world, Dubai boasts of a variety of top-notch places for you to visit. One of these places is the Green Planet.
In this guide, we will walk you through everything that you need to know about Green Planet. So, let’s begin!
What is Green Planet Dubai?
Inaugurated back in early 2016, Green Planet is Dubai’s largest indoor tropical rainforest. Being home to over 2800 exotic floral and faunal species, this rainforest sure gives you a deep insight into the importance of tropical forests today.
Green Planet is a well-designed structure that is artistically divided into four different forest levels – The Mid Story, The Canopy, The Flooded Rainforest, and The Forest Floor.
From snakes to sloths to creepy reptiles to bugs to piranhas, Green Planet has it all. If you’re looking to make your interaction with a variety of flora and fauna as pleasant as possible, Australian Walkabout, Sugar Glider Encounter, Reptile Encounter, Piranhas, Bird Encounter, Sloth Encounter, and Bat Cave are the things that you should definitely not miss out on.
Moreover, if you are interested in gathering some useful information and broaden your research about the exotic species and their habitat here, be sure to be a part of the interactive sessions arranged by the authorities of Green Planet Dubai.
Green Planet Dubai Highlights
Scheduled at 2:30 P.M. every day, the sloth encounter interactive session allows you to encounter sloths hanging upside-down from trees, meaning that you will get the perfect opportunity to get near these sloths and capture some pleasing moments with them.
In Green Planet, you can get to witness the beautiful, little creatures known as Lonely Loris and see how they are being taken care of.
The summer camp at Green Planet is an exhilarating adventure, especially for your children.
They will get to experience and learn about animal behaviors, arts, crafts, dance forms. You can even enjoy the movie screening with them.
Amongst other things, Australian Walkabout educates you with a variety of captivating species. Lace Goanna Lizards, Lizards and turtles, wallabies, and Australian Carpet Python are the new additions in this walkabout.
In Green Planet, you will find both carnivorous and vegetarian species of Piranhas. Also, you will get to experience them barking.
Ever been inside a bat cave before? Well, now is your chance.
Scheduled sharp at 1:00 P.M. every day, the activity of viewing the bat cave is an exciting one. Be sure to notify the authorities at the gate if you wish to participate in this activity.
Sugar Glider Encounter
Sugar Gliders fall under the category of nocturnal mammals inside Green Planet Dubai.
You will get to interact with these Sugar Gliders for a total of 20 to 30 minutes, during which you will be able to observe them gliding from one tree to another with the help of their thin skin flap.
Scheduled sharp at 4:30 P.M., the bug encounter activity is a 20-minute interactive session that lets you come close to an interesting range of bugs, including Tarantula, roaches, worms, and millipedes.
Scheduled sharp at 12:30 P.M., the activity of reptile encounter is yet another 20-minute interactive session that lets you get in touch with some of the scariest reptiles out there, like snakes, chameleons, lizards, geckos, and turtles.
Buy tickets for Green Planet Dubai
Green Planet Skip the Line Ticket
This prepaid ticket allows you to skip the long queues, and spend as much as you want to explore Green Planet.
The Green Planet Skip the Line Ticket comes as a part of a tour that has a maximum of 30 travelers, in total. On this tour, there is a good chance that you will get a multi-lingual guide. However, this tour is not wheelchair accessible.
The price for the ticket for this tour starts from $27.00 and you will receive an immediate confirmation upon booking.
As for the departure details, the departure point for this tour is City Walk, Al Wasl, and Al Safa road junction, Dubai, U.A.E while the departure time is 10:00 A.M. The tour lasts until 7:00 P.M.
Green Planet + Ski Dubai Ticket
This ticket combines both Green Planet: Skip the line Ticket and Ski Slope.
The features of the former are mentioned just above. As for the Ski Slope, you get 2 hour or full-day access to the slope, Ski Dubai trousers and jackets in multiple sizes, Gear rental (ski/snowboard boots, helmets, skis/snowboards), and Fast track entrance.
The price of this ticket begins at $80.67 and the confirmation of the booking will be received immediately.
The departure point for Green Planet is City Walk, Al Wasl, and Al Safa road junction, Dubai while for Ski Slope, it is Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.
Green Planet Tickets with the Go Dubai City Card
The Dubai City Card boasts of 35 top attractions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi including Green Planet for the amount of chosen days within two weeks.
With the Dubai City Card, you can enjoy these tourist sites at lower prices, with over a 52% discount. Amongst these sites are Green Planet, Aquaventure Waterpark, iFly Dubai, Play! Town Dubai, IMG World of Adventure, The Green Planet, Burj Khalifa, Ski Dubai, and restaurants like Dubai Rainforest Cafe, and Bucca di Beppo.
The price of this card begins from $321 and once purchased, the ticket remains valid for the number of consecutive days you have chosen.
How the Dubai City Card is going to work is that you will need to show your smartphone ticket at the entrance of each listed attraction you want to visit. This will trigger the pass to get activated.
From then on, you can access other attractions in the plan for the amount of chosen days within 2 weeks.
How to get to Green Planet
If you want to travel from Dubai to Green Planet by taxi, it will take around 21 minutes and the total distance is roughly 24.2 km.
The total cost will be $12 – $15.
To get to the Green Planet from Dubai by bus, you first need to the bus terminal at Quoz, Gargash Construction Accommodation. The distance for this journey is about 22.7 km and takes around 18 minutes. It will cost you roughly $11 – $15.
From Quoz, Gargash Construction Accommodation, you will take a bus that will leave you at the Rehabilitation Center. This journey takes roughly 30 minutes and costs around $1-$3.
From there, Green Planet is approximately 842 meters away (a 10-minute walk).
Simply put, the whole journey will round about 1 hour and 15 minutes and the total cost will be $13 – $17.
In case you want to avail the services of Metro, you can head to the nearest Metro Station near the Green Planet Dubai – Burj Khalifa Metro Station. It is a 22-minute walk to this station.
Another metro station near the Green Planet is the Rashidiya Metro Station.
If you use the Rashidiya Metro Station, the total time it would take for you to reach Green Planet will be 60 minutes from the Meat Company, 36 minutes from Maria Bonita, 56 minutes from Noodle House, 58 minutes from Al Khail Gate Phase 1, 56 minutes from BarZar, 39 minutes from Bahri Bar, and 45 minutes from Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek.
If you wish to travel from Dubai to Green Planet on your own private car, or a rental one, the total time for the journey will be around 21 minutes and you will be covering a distance of 24.2 km.
The approximate cost of fuel will be $1 – $2.
What to visit near Green Planet
City Walk has a plethora of recreational activities for you to entertain yourself with. Aside from the roadside eateries and shopping points, there is also a wide range of street art displayed, that is worth giving a look.
From chic shops and al fresco restaurants to beautifully designed outdoor spaces and a swish boutique hotel in the form of La Ville Hotel and Suites, City Walk has it all.
If you are with your family, you will enjoy the European-style pedestrianized boulevards that stretch several blocks from the city towards Jumeirah. If you are a fashion enthusiast, you can rejoice in huge selection of local and international boutiques, arranged around excellent indoor and outdoor dining options including venues like Graze and Chival.
Amongst other popular places in City Walk are, modern-Indian restaurant Farzi Cafe, French fare at Aubaine, Emirati fusion spot – Sikka Cafe, and Cocoa Kitchen.
Whatever you choose to do, be sure to check the schedule beforehand!
Hub Zero Dubai
Featuring a total of 18 exciting attractions, Hub Zero Dubai is a family-friendly theme park near Dubai that has various rides and hangout zones to offer.
Hub Zero is home to a variety of gaming platforms. It offers shooter games like Gears of War: Laser Siege, Battlefield: Armoured Assault, Resident Evil: Bio-Terror, Hack Attack, and Virtual Arena.
As for Action and Sports Games, Hyper Drive, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) are offered while in Fantasy Games, Asura’s Wrath: The Awakening, Final Fantasy: Escape from Midgar, and Dragon Age: Flight of the Wardens are the choices.
Apart from video gaming, you can enthrall yourself with the vertical climbing zone. You will be covered by a harness as you climb your way to the top so that you do not fall off.
Furthermore, there is also a Double Agent game in Hub Zero in which you get to enter into a laser maze with another agent and beat their time to reach the target.
Additionally, there are six private karaoke suites that can accommodate up to 8 persons. It is one of the finest karaoke places in Dubai and each karaoke device is equipped with recording devices.
If we talk about kids, there is plenty for them to do here as well. For instance, they can enjoy backyard brawl in the Plants vs Zombies soft play area. This area is divided into two levels and features vacuums, canons, and interactive blasters. with six fiberglass slides, it is a safe playground for toddlers and older children.
Similarly, Tiny Track Racers is another fun-filled activity for kids in which they get to experience the excitement of riding on a race track.
There are also cafes and restaurants in the Hub Zero. You can visit the Hub Café for salads, pasta, pizza, and ice cream truck for ice cream and yogurt mixed with liquid nitrogen.
If we talk about the timings of Hub Zero, from Saturday to Wednesday, the arcade remains open from 11:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M, and the rides remain open from 02:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
On Thursday and Friday, the arcade timings are from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 A.M, whereas timings for rides are from 02:00 P.M. until 12:00 A.M.
The cost of the ticket for Hub Zero varies according to the type of package; the Hub Zero Mega Pass costs AED 275, the Hub Zero Premium Pass costs AED 165, while the Child Pass is available for AED 99.
Mattel Play Town
Located in City Walk, Al Safa Street, Dubai, Mattel Play Town is an award-winning park that is specifically built for enhancing the knowledge of your little ones. Here, they have the opportunity to meet-and-greet with their favorite cartoon characters like Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina, Barney, Fireman Sam, Thomas, and Friends.
All the activities in Mattel Play Town are based on the aforementioned cartoon characters. These activities include Take a dance class with Angelina the ballerina, Explore the World of Imagination with Barney (timings: Saturday to Wednesday at 12:00 P.M. and 04:30 P.M., and Thursday and Friday at 12:00 P.M., 04:30 P.M. and 07:00 P.M., Discover the Island of Sodor With Thomas & Friends, Learn About Fire Safety with Fireman Sam (timings: Sunday to Saturday at 01:30 P.M. and 06:00 P.M., and Bob the Builder and His Team (timings: Sunday to Saturday at 10:30 A.M. and 03:30 P.M.).
If we talk about the opening hours of the Mattel Play Town, from Saturday to Wednesday, it remains open from 10:00 A.M. to 07:00 P.M. while on Thursday and Friday, it remains open from 10:00 A.M. to 08:00 P.M.
As for the ticket price of Mattel Play Town, the weekday pass for kids aged between 2 and 16 costs AED 110 (online) Inclusive of a combo meal. For an additional adult, you will have to pay an extra AED 50 per adult for lounge access and an extra AED 75 per adult for lounge access with a combo meal.
On the other hand, a weekend pass for kids aged between 2 and 16 costs AED 165 online & AED 175 at the gate (Inclusive of buffet).
As long as infants are concerned, they are granted free entry. Any accompanying adult costs AED 50 per head.
Finally, Mattel Play Town Offers and Discounts include Play! Town Mamas Discount, Mattel Play Town Dubai Birthday Party Packages, Platinum Birthday Package, and Gold Package.
Considered the tallest performing fountain in the world, the Dubai fountain rests over Burj Lake which is built across a land stretch of over 30-acres in Downtown Dubai, between Souk AI Bahar and The Dubai Mall.
It is a unique structure that consists of five circles of different sizes, two arcs, and powerful water spouts that shoot water up to an astonishing height of up to 500 feet. The total length of the fountain is 900 feet and it can spray 22,000 gallons of water in the air at any moment, creating various patterns and combinations in the air, thereby bewitching the onlookers.
When visiting the Dubai Fountain, you can get to witness Lake Ride and Boardwalk.
You can book a front-row ticket and go on a lake ride to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Dubai Fountain. The timings for the Dubai Fountain Lake Ride are 5:45 P.M. – 11:30 P.M. and the ticket price is AED 65.00 per person.
Moving on to the Dubai Fountain Boardwalk, it is basically a floating platform, located within the Dubai fountain, that lets you enjoy the ravishing performance of Dubai Fountain from a whole new perspective.
You can initiate your journey from Burj Park or the promenade and stroll down the 272-meter boardwalk. The boardwalk is only 9 meters away from the Dubai Fountains.
If we talk about the show timings of Dubai Fountain, two performances are held during the day time; at 01:00 P.M. and at 01:30 P.M. During the evening, the fountain times are 06:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M while on Friday, the timings are 01:30 P.M. and 02:00 P.M.
Moreover, there are several attractions near the Dubai Fountain that you can pay a visit to. For example, the Burj Khalifa Observation Deck is 0.2 miles away, Dubai Opera is 0.2 miles away, and the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo which is 0.3 miles away.
Famously known as Emaar Malls flag points, the Dubai Mall hosts around 1300 retail outlets. The retail outlets here are the premium shopping alternatives of Dubai.
It is located in the heart of Downtown Dubai and covers an area of 12 million square feet possesses renowned attractions such as Dubai Aquarium and Zoo, Kid Zania, Dubai Ice Rink.
First, let’s talk about the view that the Dubai Mall has to offer. There is direct access from the Dubai Mall to the Burj Khalifa. What you have to do is head to level 148, 125, or 124 of Burj Khalifa and get lost in the awe-inspiring views of the Arabian Gulf and the Dubai Skyline.
The timing for this activity is 08:30 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. and it costs AED 149 per adult.
The next site under discussion in the Dubai Mall is the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo which houses a variety of species.
The opening hours for the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo are 10 A.M to 12 A.M.
Now, let’s come to Ice Rink. Gliding over the frozen surface is one of the most liked activities in Dubai Mall.
On weekdays, you can participate in this activity 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 A.M, while on weekends, the timings are 10:00 A.M. – 01:00 A.M. The ticket price for the Ice Rink starts at AED 75.
Moving on, we have Hysteria which is your go-to place if you consider yourself a daring person. On weekdays, it remains open from 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 A.M., and on weekends, the opening hours are 10:00 A.M. – 01:00 A.M.
The ticket price of Hysteria is AED 80 for adults and AED 35 for kids.
Additionally, the newly opened VR Park that offers augmented reality experiences is another one of your must-go places.
As for the opening hours of VR Park, they are 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 A.M. on weekdays and 10:00 A.M. – 01:00 A.M on weekends. The ticket price is AED 90 for 7 rides onwards.
Renowned as the tallest building on the face of the earth, Burj Khalifa is the pure display of highly advanced technology.
Once you have climbed Burj Khalifa’s observations deck, you will be able to get some sweeping views of Dubai. These observation decks are located on the 124th, 125th, and 148th floor of Burj Khalifa. Observation decks on the 124th and 125th floors are named At the Top Burj Khalifa and offer a range of activities to do.
Apart from taking in the spectacular views, you can also enjoy the complimentary signature refreshments at the Sky Lounge.
At the Top Burj Khalifa tickets prices start at AED 141 while At The Top Burj Khalifa Sky Burj Khalifa tickets’ prices begin at AED 370.
Furthermore, you can relax at the Burj Club that features a world-class gym, spa, and rooftop area, given that you have its membership or a day pass.
Additionally, there are many restaurants that you should definitely try out In Burj Khalifa. These include AT. Mosphere, Amal, Ristorante, Hashi, Deli, Mediterraneo, and Armani Lounge.
Palm Islands, Jumeirah Beach, and Safa Park are some of the top tourist sites near Burj Khalifa.