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Set to open in Abu Dhabi during the second half of 2010, Ferrari World will be the world’s largest indoor theme park, and the first dedicated to the famous Italian motoring marque.
Here Ferrari friends and fans will be offered an “intense multi-sensory experience” with over 20 rides and attractions. The venue’s iconic sleek red roof (pictured below), designed by the architects Benoy, was inspired by the classic double curve profile of the Ferrari GT body and spans 200,000 square metres.
In the centre is a glass funnel with a shot and drop tower ride. The park, designed by Jack Rouse Associates, also features two rollercoasters, by Intamin and Maurer Söhne, including a potentially record-breaking 200km/hFormula 1-themed ride and the GT Experience, a duelling coaster featuring cars modelled on the Ferrari F430 Spider (pictured above).
Inside the main park will be attractions including Flight Over Italy, a scenic water ride, kids driving school, race simulations, historical exhibits and a virtual factory tour. Guests will be able to unwind at the Italian food court, or a separate fine dining restaurant. A 1,300 square metre flagship store will sell all things Ferrari.
Ferrari World is owned by Aldar Properties and will be run by Farah Leisure Parks Management, a joint venture between Aldar and ProFun Management Group. Andy Keeling has been appointed park manager. The park is located on Yas Island, an up and coming tourist destination and home to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Abu Dhabi was chosen as the location for the project thanks to the huge popularity for motor sports in the United Arab Emirates.