Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Opens Its Doors

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world's largest indoor theme park, opened its doors, at least to invited press.

A public opening was postponed at the last minute until Nov. 4, due to the death of Sheikh Saqr Al Qasimi, the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.

The brand new attraction is the first park themed on the famed racing cars and includes the world's fastest roller coaster, Formula Rossa, with top speeds of up to 150 mph, among its 20 Ferrari-inspired thrill rides, simulators and family-friendly attractions.

All are located under a 2,200,000-square-foot red roof, modeled after the side profile of a Ferrari GT.

Ferrari World offers a wide variety of rides and attractions, special festivities, shows and souvenirs.

It's been nearly three years since the first stone was laid, and Claus Frimand, general manager of the theme park, says an operations team of nearly 850 dedicated staff conducted comprehensive ride testing, working around-the-clock to get the park ready for the opening.

An Inaugural Period through November will lead to a Grand Opening in December, Frimand says.

Ticket prices include unlimited use of rides and attractions and will range from about $61 to $102 for adults (anyone taller than 4 feet 11 inches). Children's prices are about $45 to $74. The higher priced tickets come with priority on all attractions (you get to cut lines) and include access to an exclusive lounge with refreshments, as well as other benefits.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

G-Force; Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

The park is operating on a six-day a week schedule from Tuesday to Sunday, opening each day at noon.

In addition to Formula Rossa, Ferrari World boasts the region's first dueling roller coaster, Fiorano GT Challenge, and a 4-D experience inside Speed of Magic.

Other attractions include Made in Maranello, a virtual trip through the famous Ferrari factory in Italy; V12, a flume ride through the heart of a 12-cylinder engine; and G-Force, a tower ride that shoots thrill-seekers through the red roof and 203 feet in the air before plummeting back to Earth (experiencing the actual G-force of a Ferrari, in a seat directly inspired by the Ferrari Enzo).

Among kid-friendly attractions, Junior GT lets kids drive reduced scale F430 GT Spiders and Carousel features never-before-seen Ferrari prototypes based on winning designs from a Ferrari competition.

Families and racing fans will also be able "to experience the legendary Ferrari passion, history and culture" through offerings that include unique shopping and dining experiences with an Italian flavor, officials say.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Formula Rossa; Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World Roof Image; Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Photos and artist renderings, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
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