An urban outdoor complex filled with trendy cafes, stylish restaurants, shopping activities and entertainment situated in the heart of Dubai is the newly designed City walk that every one is talking about.
I myself have visited maybe three times now and whether it be on a working day or weekend this place is always filled with busy crowd with plenty of kids and prams, so this is something to consider before visiting.
Since my Mum is visiting me again here in Dubai I thought why not take her to City Walk for lunch and then to check out the brand new Green Planet that is bombarding my social media recently.
I heard about The Green Planet online and Mum was interested to see it herself so we followed the signs and crossed the road towards this big, white modern looking building.
We got our tickets to go inside and it was as if walking into a real life tropical forest!
We immediately saw the world’s largest man made tree surrounded by tanks of clear water with river fish swimming calmly around.
Right above our heads was a fairly sized waterfall display trickling down from the rocks and we could hear the sounds of the birds squawking from above.
We were then escorted to the lift which takes you up to Level 4 where you can then walk back down at your own pace.
First animal we saw was the sloth which was sleeping, we weren’t surprised as we were told that they sleep for up to 18 hours a day! Which by the way is me after an Ultra Long Range Flight to America! 🙂
There was a various range of different lizards, snakes, frogs and creepy crawlies including the terrifying Bird Eating Tarantula which I am not going to show you because it is just the ugliest thing ever! You can come see it for yourself.
There are countless species of tropical birds and parrots flying around the enclosure and so it was fun and exciting to try and spot them all and catch snaps of them.
Every ten seconds was me pointing into the trees and yelling ‘MUM MUM LOOK!!’
The Green Planet reminded me of Gardens by the Bay in Singapore and to be honest I think that is where Dubai stole … I mean got the idea from.
It does a wonderful job of recreating the forest world in a fun and educational way which makes it a great spot for families with kids to come and learn.
However from my personal point of view, the price for such a limited enclosure is ridiculous and needs to be re thought.
An individual ticket is AED 99 which is insanely steep for one person let alone a family with two or three kids which could set them back approximately AED 400.
Although it is true that there is an abundance of plants and animals to see, the birds which make up a big part of the whole enclosure are roaming freely around and although this is wonderful to see it can be hard to see even three different kinds of birds as they may be sleeping, hiding in the bushes or just flying around too fast for you to be able to admire their ‘expensive’ beauty.
But anyways, now that I have complained about the price I will say that it was a wonderful experience and as always Dubai has done a great job in bringing the magic of the tropical forest to the sandpit.
My favourite animals that I managed to spot were the cute yellow parrots and this tiny green lizard. I also loved the view point from the building itself and of course the air conditioning! 🙂
Let me know in the comments below if you have visited The Green Planet and what you thought about it!
Until next time, stay safe everyone!
Love Jessica Cairney
*If you are here in Dubai or visiting you can purchase tickets to The Green Planet here www.thegreenplanetdubai.com
Saturday – Wednesday 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Thursday – Friday 10:00AM – 8:00PM