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Location: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Architect: Benoy Architects

Owner: Aldar Properties

Opened: October 28, 2010

Website: www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is a multi-experiential theme park, which reflected the brand values of passion, technical innovation and excellence of Ferrari which have been brought to life under the roof of the worlds largest indoor theme park.

The Park is owned by Aldar Properties PJSC, Abu Dhabis leading property development, management and investment company.

The iconic roof of Ferrari World was designed by Benoy Architects. It is modelled after the side profile of a Ferrari GT. The roof has a total surface area of 200,000 square metres (2,200,000 sq ft) with a perimeter of 2,200 metres (7,200 ft). The theme park, measuring 86,000 square metres (930,000 sq ft), is located under this 50 metres (160 ft) high roof. These factors make Ferrari World the largest indoor theme park in the world.

A Ferrari logo adorns the roof of the building and measures 65 metres (213 ft) by 48.5 metres (159 ft) - the largest Ferrari logo ever created. 12,370 tonnes of steel has been used to support this roof. The centre of the roof is marked by a 100-metre (330 ft) glazed funnel. The structure was declared complete on the 29 October 2009 with the park due to open one year later.


Bell'Italia (English: Beautiful Italy) - an exhibit showcasing recreations of famous Italian cityscapes, structures and racing venues. Guests can choose to drive a Ferrari 250 California Spyder throughout the exhibit or walk the 570-metre (1,870 ft) network of paths.

Carousel - Ferraris version of the traditional carousel featuring prototype cars.

Cinema Maranello - a theatre showcasing a film which takes guests back to the 1920's.

Driving with Champions - is an interactive 3-D show which follows the life of a Ferrari engineer.

Fiorano GT Challenge - a dual launched roller coaster manufactured by Maurer S?hne.

Formula Rossa - a hydraulically-launched roller coaster manufactured by the Swiss coaster design firm Intamin AG. It will be the world's fastest roller coaster reaching a top speed of 240 kilometres per hour (150 mph).

Galleria Ferrari - the world's largest Ferrari gallery outside Maranello.

G-Force - a spaceshot tower which launches riders over 62 m (203 ft) up and out of the building.

Junior Grand Prix - a racing school for budding Scuderia drivers who can driver child-sized Ferrari F1 racers.

Junior GT - a driving school for children. Guests receive a training session before jumping in their own child-sized F430 GT Spider to navigate a network of streets.

Junior Training Camp - a soft play area where children can paddle their own miniature Ferrari and play with a foam model of an F1 car.

Made in Maranello - a virtual tour inside the Ferrari factory in Maranello giving guests a glimpse into the design, assembly and testing of a Ferrari GT.

Paddock - a realistic recreation of the Ferrari team's set up at European F1 races.

The Pit Wall - an interactive theatre which allows guests to call the shots on how a virtual driver is to race.

Racing Legends - a journey showcasing significant moments in Ferrari racing history.

Scuderia Challenge - a set of state-of-the-art racing simulators featuring authentic Ferrari F1 steering wheels and seats.

Speed of Magic - A fantasy 4-D journey following the adventures of a boy as he travels through a kaleidoscape of natural and phenominal environments, where no Ferrari has gone before.

V12 - a flume ride through the heart of a Ferrari 599 engine.

Viaggio in Italia - a recreation of an aerial voyage over Italy.

Fun Facts

The 86,000 sqm enclosed area of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi can fit 7 football fields in 'head to toe'.

The total roof area of 200,000 sqm uses enough aluminum to cover 16,750 Ferraris, or if you laid the roof flat you could place 20,100 Ferrari's side by side and end to end.

If Ferrari World Abu Dhabi was turned upright, it would be the tallest man made structure in the world at over 300 floors!

The Ferrari logo on the roof, the largest ever created, measures an incredible 65m in length and covers an area of 3,000 sqm which could fit at least 7 basketball courts.

The volume of concrete in Hoover Dam could fit inside Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

100,000 cubic meters of concrete were used to pour the slabs of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, which is 10,000 cubic meters more than what was used for Wembley Stadium in London.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi has the largest space frame structure ever built with a total of approximately 172,000 members and 43,100 nodes.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi needed 12,370 tons of steel to create its structure; the Eiffel Tower only needed 7,000 tons.

The gross footprint area of the plaza level is equivalent to approximately 15 American Football fields.

The Empire State Building could be rebuilt in the same time it took to clad the 200,000 sqm of roof for Ferrari World Abu Dhabi; approximately 14 months.

Formula Rossa, the world's fastest roller coaster, has the same G force one would feel driving in an F1 car and braking at maximum speed.

Bell'Italia displays more than 40,000 hand-planted miniature trees.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi includes 1,200 dining seats enough to feed the entire park at full capacity in 3 hours.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will have for the first time under one roof Four Michelin star experienced Italian chefs.

There is a total of 663 jelly palms surrounding the two coasters. Each palm produces 4 pounds of fruit.

A football field needs 8,400 sqm of grass coverage; to cover the area around the roller coasters at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, 4.5 times that amount was used - approximately 39,000 sqm of ground cover.

Information is used from www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com

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