Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi is the world’s largest and the only Ferrari branded indoor theme park that sits at the center of a 2,500 hectare Yas island. Typical of UAE, the island is entirely dedicated to leisure, entertainment and lifestyle, and Ferrari World is its central attraction. Opened in 2010, the park features more than 20 Ferrari inspired rides and attractions, in addition to a wide variety of Italian delicacies and shopping malls, and is reportedly a must-visit for all Ferrari enthusiasts.
However, one of the theme park’s iconic attraction can only be experienced from the air – the enormous roof inspired by the classic double curve side profile of the Ferrari GT body, spanning 200,000 sq meters and carrying the largest Ferrari logo ever created. The theme park, measuring 86,000 sq meter is located under this 50 meter high roof. The perimeter of the roof is more than 2 km in length. More than 12,370 tonnes of steel has been used to support this roof. At the center, there is a 100 meter glazed funnel. The Ferrari logo that adorns the roof of the building measures 65 meters across.
Due to the shape of the island and the position of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi in close proximity to the airport, the building was conceived as a very simple 'ground hugging' form, peeling up from the landscape in flowing lines like a red sand dune. The visually distinctive form and shape crowns the Yas Marina Circuit and due to its location, the sleek shape and beauty of the building can be experienced by anyone driving past or flying over the Island.
Among the various rides and attractions inside include the world’s fastest roller coaster that accelerates from 0 to 100 km/hr in less than 5 seconds and attains a dizzying speed of 240 km/hr. The enormous funnel that you see in the center of the roof houses the “G-Force”, another attraction where passengers are strapped into Ferrari-styled seats and blasted through the roof to a height of 62m with the same g-forces an F1 driver feels at high speed on the track. It propels the passengers out of the park, taking them to heights from where they get eagle-eye panoramic view of Yas Island before plunging back to earth.
Elsewhere, a huge reproduction of the Maranello factory displays the entire manufacturing sequence starting from the design stage and going up to the finished product, several 3D and 4D shows and other entertainment park usual.