• Oct 27, 2010
That's not a rendering, it's Ferrari World Abu Dhabi from above – Click above for high-res image gallery

You may never get the chance to strap yourself behind the wheel of a real live Formula One racing car festooned with all manner of Prancing Horses. We feel your pain, but perhaps the next best thing would be a trip to Ferrari World, which just opened its doors to paying guests in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

If you're thinking that no theme park could possibly give you the kinds of thrills you'd get behind the wheel of the real thing, well, you might be right. That said, no street car ever produced in Maranello is capable of accelerating to 60 miles per hour in about two seconds flat, which is exactly what the roller coaster Formula Rossa puts its passengers through on its way to a 150-mile per hour top speed. That equals 1.7 Gs of acceleration force, by the way.

The exterior of the park is modeled after the side profile of a Ferrari GT, and the roof has a total surface area of 200,000 square meters (2,200,000 sq ft) with a perimeter of 2,200 meters (7,200 ft). One-hundred-sixty feet below that roof, which is festooned with the largest Prancing Horse ever created (see above), sits 86,000 square meters (930,000 sq ft) of floor space. That makes Ferrari World the largest indoor theme park on the planet.

Naturally, there will be other attractions for those looking for slightly less thrilling kinds of fun, including a plethora of movies (some in 3D), and a ride that takes you through the inner workings of a V12 engine. You can also drive a Ferrari 250 California Spyder though an exhibit that shows you the best that Italy has to offer while you let the kiddies have their kicks learning how to drive Junior Grand Prix race cars.

Finally, what Ferrari theme park would be complete without bevy of places to buy your officially licensed gear? Not to mention a slew of fine dining locales with which to fill your gullet? The price to get in is just 225 AED, a little over $60 U.S. Check out our high-res image gallery below and hit the jump for a behind-the-scenes video.






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      • 4 Years Ago
      Way to go, they misspelled Räikkönen
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was kind of excited for this but to be honest it looks pretty lame. It looks like a small museum/Ferrari store with a couple lame kiddie rides in it. I'd rather save up for one of those Supercar Experiences than sit in a scaled down model and ride around a glorified shopping mall.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am just asking why when it comes to middle east bring all the oil comment and other stupid things about economy.... it's so boring ......move on god damn it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I doubt if Farrari World will rival Disney World. Disney is a multi-faceted park, while Ferrari is a one-themed park for auto aficianados. But, with this, and the Bahrain and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix races, and the Unlimited hydroplane World Championships in Qatar, the Middle East is becoming the motor racing capital of the world.
      • 4 Years Ago
      China, Dubai, etc.

      Amazing how the entire world is shooting past the U.S with such advancement & innovation.

      *Sigh* I guess we had our time in the spotlight once.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @what?,

        This is not an accurate assessment. Dubai doesn't produce much oil (less than 6% of GDP), but rather relies on tourism and, eh, swindling investors (a.k.a Burj Khalifa, Palm islands and so on - there are no shortage of insanely dumb wealthy buyers). The countries that produce oil tend to rely on oil and oil only (with some exceptions that sell volumes of liquefied natural gas).
        • 4 Years Ago
        ...or it could just be their gobs of oil money that could probably fuel any ill conceived project...

        Stay tuned for the north american equivalent, trans-am land. Imagine a roller coaster where you get to experience the thrill of an 80s TA, 0-60 in about 10 seconds and breakneck wide sweeping turns. For safety every passenger will be fitted with a 'safety mullet' to keep bugs and dust out of their jean jacket's collar. Transparent Transmissions, Transforming Transistors, Tram-way Transportation, Translating Transvestites? its got it all at trans-am land.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wait until the haters and xenophobes come and prove you wrong. 3..2..1
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where are the photos of that kick-ass 240kmh rollercoaster?!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who noticed that Kimi Raikkonen's name was spelled profoundly wrong in picture 7? You'd think a simple Google double-check would have sufficed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dude you probably just got someone executed. Just sayin'
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks very underlit and dismal to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ok, 1.. i know this is ridiculous, and the amount of people that would ultimately want to go to such a place does not make the project feasible, but the size of that roof is incredible.

      it's also disappointing that most of the rides are kiddy rides, the 240kph ride is all nice and exciting i bet, but what is next? it;s a theme park with a Ferrari theme, i imagine a theme park with a an automotive theme not set on one particular over publicized brand would do much better, and at least the ideas for the rides would be more fun...

      on the other hand, the opening was postponed from today to a week from now because the UAE is mourning the death of the very old ruler of one of the emirates...

      in the end i would like to tell some of the guys that commented up top that are over criticizing the middle east, i suggest you come for a visit and see for yourself... a lot of Arabs have made millions because of oil, and then they buy Ferrari's. whereas a lot of Americans burn oil, killing people in the process... i i don't mean the environment, i meant actually kill people innumerable numbers so far for oil... so STFU

      • 4 Years Ago
      I really wonder what Enzo would have said about this place.
      • 4 Years Ago
      autoblog commenters are a funny bunch. they'll trash electric cars and hybrids, but then moan about arab countries spending oil money.

      make up your minds!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because profligacy is not acceptable when brown people do it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pathetic..
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