Damac announces plans for manmade Dubai rainforest

Developer says the forest will be housed under a massive dome and form part of the Akoya Oxygen project

Dubai's next climate-defying development will include a rainforest by Damac.
Dubai's next climate-defying development will include a rainforest by Damac.

Dubai is set to be home to yet another first for the Middle East – a man-made rainforest.

Housed under a dome it will form part of Damac’s Akoya Oxygen project and will include a forest canopy zip wire ride, rock climbing walls, steam baths and pool spas.

“Dubai is known around the world for attracting the biggest and best and the Dubai Rainforest joins that list of unique attractions which will support the growth of the city,” said Ziad El Chaar, the firm’s managing director.

The Dubai Rainforest is planned to recreate the natural environment experienced in the heart of the deepest rainforests, which cover 6% of the earth’s surface with plant species chosen in collaboration with experts in the flora of the Amazon Basin.

“The Dubai Rainforest will be a tropical wonderland, which tourists, residents and school groups can immerse themselves in and inspire a new generation,” added El Chaar.

Visitors will be taken on a journey through the jungle, starting out on the ground level, before climbing into the canopy, learning about the flora and fauna throughout the habitat.

Dubai's annual rainfall averages 10mm; rainfall in the Amazon Basin averages 2000mm annually.

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