The Green Planet


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Project Name: The Green Planet In Dubai
Location: Dubai, UAE
Client: Meeras
Main Contractor: Belhasa Six Construct / Orascom Construction Industries Joint Venture

Architect: GMA & Ramboll ME

Engineer: GMA & Ramboll ME

Façade Consutant: Ramboll ME

Scope of Work:



              – Steel & glass die grid facade with revolving doors.

              – Internal steel ramps supported from the façade die grid structure for visitors access

              – Steel & glass facade to office area.

              – ACP external façade

              – Steel and Glass circular skylight

              – Membrane roofing system

              – Actsafe BMU system


Energy Centre

              – Steel and Glass façade with glazed entrance door

              – Standing seam roofing

              – ACP soofit cladding

              – External louvre screens


The Tree

 A 20 m high, 15T steel structure from the basis of the structure for the centre feature of the biodome, The living tree.

The joint venture of BeSix / Orascom awarded the complete envelope package of the Living Planet to AFFAN in 2014.(The name was changed during construction to The Green Planet)


The project is probably the most unusual building in the UAE in that the façade encloses a temperature and humidity controlled environment to support a living biosphere.


For Affan the first milestone , was to fabricate, assemble and left into position the structure that would become the centre piece of the exhibit a 20m high steel tree weighing almost 15T.


As the pictures shows the tree was fully assembled and then lifted into place before the walls of the building began, as this was the only possible construction sequence.


Affan then continued to complete the external facades whilst all the time maximizing the concept of pre assembly of the steel on the ground and lifting assembled section into places.


The envelope was completed at the beginning of 2016 and the wildlife brought to their new home soon afterwards.


Dubai’s only internal rainforest was opened to the public in August 2016.