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  • Writer's pictureVeronica Smulders

No need to go on a safari to have a close animal encounter

The Green Planet now offers various opportunities to experience animals up close.

Picnic brunch with sloth and friends

This family brunch is hosted outdoors and provides a perfect late breakfast setting for families with kids.

Beginning at 10am on Fridays and Saturdays, you will be greeted by one of the biodome's trained biologists and animal experts to learn about various animals.

Sloths, known for being unapologetically slow and sassy, are one of the rainforest's most interesting creatures, usually only found in the wild canopies of South America. You will also have a chance to encounter the rainforest's various snakes, lizards, and other tropical animals that will come over to the café for a visit during your brunch experience!

The Green Planet brunch includes a selection of delectable, buffet-style hot items, including a live cooking station featuring made to order omelettes, pancakes, burgers, sausages, hotdogs as well as a quesadilla and taco station.

Kids will be entertained throughout the encounter, as there will be a range of exciting games, music, soft play area activities and even a magician!

Hours: Friday and Saturday from 10am to 1pm.

Tickets: AED 49 for kids and AED 175 for adults.

Swim with Piranhas

A one-of-a-kind experience to snorkel with piranhas including a full day admission.

Get ready for a close up experience as you embark on the feeding session with 1,000 red bellied piranhas. You will be provided a wet suit and after a briefing by an expert biologist, you will enter into the expansive Piranha River Tank for this special encounter. Fear not, the safety of the participants is intact!

The adrenaline-filled experience is limited to four people daily, and available only for people aged six and above with proficient swimming skills. No need for scuba certification or diving abilities as the program is based on surface swimming and snorkelling only.

Hours: The session runs every day from 4pm to 5pm

Tickets: 330 Dhs including a full day admission

Camping in the rainforest

Experience and enjoy the rainforest for the whole night!

Book in advance to enjoy exclusive access to the rainforest’s wonders from 7:00 pm until 8:00 am the next morning, spending the night in one of The Green Planet's tents under the bio-dome stars.

Activities such as a guided scavenger hunt and a nocturnal animal tour are part of the experience, as well as dinner and breakfast at The Green Planet's Café with a nature-themed movie and marshmallow roasting fun!

The overnight stay comes with an exclusive animal encounter opportunity.

Hours: Pre-booking is required

Tickets: AED 700 for a party of 2 and AED 1,200 for a party of four.

More information, in the Green planet website HERE

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