Wednesday, 4 January 2017

The Green Planet, City Walk. Tropical Rainforest in Dubai with AnimalTales and HDYGG

The Green Planet at City Walk is home to a tropical rainforest, a standalone bio-dome that is home to over 3000 plants and animals.

While I was very impressed with my first view of The Green Planet, I was slightly disappointed to it's size. Everything in Dubai starts with 'The worlds first/biggest/largest....' and whilst not meaning to put down the efforts of their Tropical Rainforest in the middle of the desert, from the hype and media advertising I just assumed it was going to be bigger and better than what it actually was. So with high expectations, based on previous experiences I was a little disappointed when I visited.

I did have the option to fill in a customer survey at the end of the visit and had the pleasure to meet the project manager, who has invited me back as the project continues to grow for a walk round to hopefully impress me some more.

This isn't meant as a negative review, because once I put my initial thoughts to one side, I could see the effort and work that has gone into the planning, design and construction of this project and the more I read on The Green Planet, the more I appreciate the mammoth taks they undertook to build a rainforest in the desert.

So I'll leave you with these photos and tell you that the entry price was worth every single dirham, you can also visit using the Entertainer App. There are restaurants, cafes and shops and plenty of parking at City Walk and you can access the area by the number 93 or number 8 bus along the Al Wasl Road.




 There was lots of information on the animals inside the dome and educational and interactive areas, but I was disappointed by the lack of information on the plants and it would've been handy to have had a printed guide to carry around with the names of the birds and butterflies, seen throughout the visit as most of the information was on the top floor, where you start the tour.









You can read more about The Green Planet on their website.

14 comments:

  1. Hi Suzanne, it a shame the Green Planet wasn't quite what you expected, and I do agree that a reference guide of plant and animal species would have been good. I have to ask.... Is that tree in the top photos real? It looks huge and well developed, if it is that is quite amazing! I do love the photo of the lizard defying gravity and clinging to the glass. They are amazing creatures!

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  2. Good to see something looking somewhat normal in Dubai where everything is always biggest or largest :)

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  3. I do love the idea of this - is that giant tree a fake tree or a real one?! I assume it's not real but then you never know what wonders people can work these days in moving huge trees!
    x

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  4. What an incredible space inside; I love that tree! I looked through the photos twice and only spotted the green parrot the second time. I agree that a guide about the plants would have been handy.

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    1. i will be meeting with the project manager on my next trip, he is interested in hearing more of my thoughts

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  5. Ha ha, I do rather like the fact that for once Dubai hasn't made the biggest of something for once ... I loved the domes at Eden when I visited, although they had fewer animals in them. It still looks a very interesting place to visit and thanks for linking up this post with #AnimalTales.

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    1. i was expecting more of an eden experience

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  6. That looks like a very interesting place to visit. A shame they over hype, sometimes people push too much. This is certainly on my must see list now.

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    1. it really is worth a visit, especially in the summer months as there isn't much to do other than spend a tonne of money or go to a mall

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  7. It looks a fascinating building - and like Rosie it's almost reassuring to know they don't have the biggest of somethings. Not so good for your visit though. Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

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    1. i have a few more trips lined up as they make improvements

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