Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Ferrari Park in Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World

Slogan It's Your Turn (Arabic:حان دورك )
Location Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Coordinates 24.483611°N 54.607067°E 
                        24.483611°N 54.607067°E
Owner Aldar Properties/ Investment of Mohammed 
(Chairman of Jumeirah group LLC)
Operated by Farah Leisure Parks Management
General Manager Claus Frimand
Area 86,000 m2 (930,000 sq ft)
Total 21
Roller coasters 2
Water rides 1

Ferrari World is a Ferrari themed amusement park on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The central park is situated under a 200,000 m2 (2,152,782 sq ft) roof making it the largest indoor amusement park in the world. The theme park is home to Formula Rossa, the world's fastest roller coaster.

In late 2005, it was reported that Ferrari and Aldar Properties signed an agreement to build the world's first Ferrari theme park in Abu Dhabi. It was expected that the park was to open in 2008, however, delays saw it opened in 2010. Construction began in November 2008 and was completed in under two years. Ferrari World officially opened to the public on the 4th of November 2010.

On December 2011, after one year of operation, Ferrari World shortened its operating hours due to perceived visitor population trends. This resulted in 100 positions eliminated with remaining staff receiving salary and benefit adjustments.

The iconic roof of Ferrari World was designed by Benoy Architects. It is modelled after the side profile of a Ferrari GT. Ramboll provided the structural engineering, masterplanning and urban design, geotechnical engineering and the façade engineering. The roof has a total surface area of 200,000 m2 (2,152,782 sq ft) with a perimeter of 2,200 m (7,218 ft). The theme park, measuring 86,000 m2 (925,696 sq ft), is located under this 50 m (164 ft) high roof. These factors make Ferrari World the largest indoor theme park in the world.

A Ferrari logo adorns the roof of the building and measures 65 m (213 ft) by 48.5 m (159.1 ft) - the largest Ferrari logo ever created. 12,370 tonnes of steel has been used to support this roof. The centre of the roof is marked by a 100 m (328 ft) glazed funnel. The structure was declared complete on 29 October 2009 with the park due to open one year later.

Jack Rouse Associates, a Cincinnati based visitor experience design firm, is responsible for the design of most of the park's 20 rides. On 20 July 2010, Ferrari World announced the names of all of the opening day attractions. Bell'Italia, an exhibit showcasing recreations of famous Italian cityscapes, structures and racing venues. Guests can choose to drive a Ferrari 250 California Spyder throughout the exhibit or walk the 570 m (1,870 ft) network of paths.

Carousel - Ferrari’s version of the traditional carousel featuring prototype cars.
Cinema Maranello - a theatre showcasing a film which takes guests back to the 1920s.
Driving with Champions - is an interactive 3-D show which follows the life of a Ferrari engineer
Fiorano GT Challenge - a dual launched roller coaster manufactured by Maurer Söhne
Formula Rossa - a hydraulically-launched roller coaster manufactured by the Swiss coaster design firm Intamin. It is currently the world's fastest roller coaster reaching a top speed of 240 km/h (149 mph).
Galleria Ferrari - the world's largest Ferrari gallery outside Maranello.
G-Force - a spaceshot tower which launches riders over 62 m (203 ft) up and out of the building.
Junior Grand Prix - a racing school for budding Scuderia drivers who can drive child-sized Ferrari F1 racers
Junior GT - a driving school for children. Guests receive a training session before jumping in their own child-sized F430 GT Spider to navigate a network of streets
Junior Training Camp - a soft play area where children can paddle their own miniature Ferrari and play with a foam model of an F1 car.
Made in Maranello - a virtual tour inside the Ferrari factory in Maranello giving guests a glimpse into the design, assembly and testing of a Ferrari GT.
Paddock - a realistic recreation of the Ferrari team's set up at European F1 races.
The Pit Wall - an interactive theatre which allows guests to call the shots on how a virtual driver is to race.
Racing Legends - a journey showcasing significant moments in Ferrari racing history
Scuderia Challenge - a set of state-of-the-art racing simulators featuring authentic Ferrari F1 steering wheels and seats
Speed of Magic - A fantasy 4-D journey following the adventures of a boy as he travels through a kaleidoscope of natural and phenomenal environments, where no Ferrari has gone before
V12 - a flume ride through the heart of a Ferrari 599 engine
Viaggio in Italia - a recreation of an aerial voyage over Italy

Shopping & Dining

Guests can purchase merchandise from several retail outlets throughout the park including the largest Ferrari Store in the world and a Ferrari boutique capable of creating personalised souvenirs. The food and beverage outlets aim to provide a true Italian dining experience.


  1. Ferrari World is a Ferrari themed amusement park on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

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