Ferrari World Theme Park Opens in Abu Dhabi
Ferrari fans around the world have been forced to wait a little longer for the official arrival of Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. But today the wait is over. For today is the day that Ferrari World officially opens to the public.
The park announced last week, via its Facebook page, that the soft opening date had been postponed out of respect to Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi, the ruler of Abu Dhabi’s neighbouring emirate Ras Al Khaimah (one of the seven emirates that comprise the United Arab Emirates), who passed away hours before the park was due to open.
The massive facility which sits alongside the Yas Marina Grand Prix circuit, scene of this year’s season finale in just three weekends’ time, was supposed to have been officially unveiled on Wednesday.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is huge. Its 80,000m2 structure houses 12 Ferrari-themed attractions, including a 240km/h rollercoaster – called Formula Rossa, it’s is the world’s fastest – that snakes and weaves for 2km and a tower ride that shoots 62m into the air giving its passengers the G-force joy that Formula One racing drivers experience in corners. The section of the park under roof qualifies it as the Worlds Largest Indoor Theme Park.
In total, the entire park and its surrounds cover 200,000m2 and includes rides suitable for all ages, state-of-the-art racing simulators, memorabilia shops and food halls promising authentic Italian cuisine.
There’s is also the largest collection of classic and modern Ferraris outside of the manufacturer’s Italian headquarters, and a ride inspired by the fabled Mamma Rosella drive.
The roof sports the largest “Prancing Horse” logo ever created (66m in diameter).
Fact Box: FORMULA ROSSA ROLLERCOASTER
- Acceleration: 0-240km/h in 4.9sec, 0 -100km/h in 2sec
- Maximum acceleration G-Force: 1.7Gs
- Maximum ride G-Force: 4.8Gs
- Lowest elevation: 1.5m
- Highest elevation: 52m
- Sharpest turn 70º
- 2.07 km track
- Roller coaster cars are designed to resemble the Ferrari Formula One car, down to the exact “Rosso Scuderia”
- Riders will have to wear safety goggles to protect their eyes from dust and sand particles