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Racing is inherent to Formula One, but this kind of race is something different altogether. While Ferrari prepares its theme park in Abu Dhabi, in neighboring emirate Dubai they're gearing up for the grand opening of the first F1-X theme park. As we previously reported, Dubai-based development company Union Properties secured the rights from Bernie Ecclestone to construct a series of F1 theme parks around the world, and the first, in its home base, is preparing to open its doors around the same time as Ferrari World.

Recently revealed to be called F1-X, the Dubai park will be one of five parts of the MotorCity development – which will also include the Dubai Autodrome, a business park and two luxury condo complexes – forming one pavilion of Dubailand, a sort of Disneyland for the Persian Gulf. While we wait with eager anticipation to see what attractions will be featured at F1-X Dubai, we've got a few renderings in the gallery below and a video from the launch event, along with the press release, after the jump.

[Source: F1-X via World Car Fans]


F1-X Makes Pit Stop At Dubai Grand Racing
Dare Devil Stunt Introduces F1-X To Dubai

Dubai, UAE, 26th January 2008: Those that have a craving for fast cars, eXuberance, adventure, eXcitment, and thrills are getting ready to soon leave behind their favourite video-console games and head off to eXperience the real thing! The 2009 launch of F1-X in MotorCity was announced today at the Dubai Autodrome with much flair in the presence of thousands of spectators and media.

F1-X will be a one-stop haven for families, kids, motorists, and thrill enthusiasts to get an eXtensive inside peek and hands-on experience of the World of Formula One. Today spectators at the Autodrome got an eXciting and eXhilarating taste of things to come as F1-X officially announced its presence and flexed its muscles through the eXhibition of a visually and technically flabbergasting stunt, designed and delivered by Mr Ric Birch, best known as the Master of Olympic Ceremonies, whereby go-karts drove over the heads of 150 men, symbolizing the fact that most of today's Formula One pilots founded their racing careers in the sport of karting.

The name F1-X was chosen to represent the many unique facets of the Formula One brand – Xtreme sport, Xcellence, Xcitement, Xclusivity, and of course elements of the park itself – Xhibits, Xploration and guests Xpectations Xceeded. F1-X, situated next to the Dubai Autodrome is one of the five project-components of MotorCity developed by Union Properties (UP), and will be the first theme park of its kind in the world, as well as the first attraction to open in Dubailand in 2009, making it the first F1-X theme park to open around the world, with plans to roll-out globally already underway.

"We are delighted to be able to bring the world of Formula One, past and present, to the public," Said Bernie Ecclestone, The President and CEO of Formula One Management and Formula One Administration. "F1-X is sure to be an exciting place for families, adults, children, and anyone who enjoys adventure and is open to experiencing something completely different in entertainment."

Guests are guaranteed to be thoroughly and genuinely submerged into an authentic world of Formula One racing, by eXperiencing the g-forces, getting up close and personal with the behind the scenes action and glamour, plus entertainment, attractions and eXhibits for the whole family – young and old,.

F1-X, currently under construction will be Xtreme Formula One fun and opens its doors to the world early next year.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Anyone else notice the lack of a US flag in the renderings? They have Canada....but no US...
        • 7 Years Ago
        perhaps because there are no F1 races in the US?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is there more to the video than that? I can ride go carts anywhere.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now with less suicide bombers!
        • 7 Years Ago
        You're from Tennessee and have a middle school education, right? Because that's the level of stereotyping you just used. The UAE is nothing like Iraq. You, sir, are a douchebag.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Vintage, please shut up.

      If you don't have anything productive to say, don't say anything at all.
      • 7 Years Ago

      They think the city itself is such an attraction that they can make a theme of it?

      Pride comes before a fall.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Vintage - wow. Way to educate yourself.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Watch the news guys! I think Vintage was refering to the Dubai race that got cancelled due to terrorist threats. Those threats made claims of suicide bombers you know. Stop jumping to racism conclusions and open your book before you judge it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Dakar rally (the race you referred to which got canceled due to terrorist threats) is held in Africa, which, if you've never seen a map, is close to Dubai I suppose.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Dakar rally (the race you referred to which got canceled due to terrorist threats) is held in Africa, which, if you've never seen a map, is close to Dubai I suppose.
          • 7 Years Ago
          Ugh, the quote system really needs to be fixed...need an edit button too. I know it was supposed to start in Lisbon before winding through Spain and then into Morocco.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Because they still hate US.... duh, it's not really a good idea to enrage them even more, ok? Just let it go.

      But of course, there's no F1 in USA. (duh)
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's official...

      F1 Circus > NASCAR Circus
      • 7 Years Ago
      Am I the only one to find the whole capital X business Xtremely Xtupid?
      • 4 Years Ago
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