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Ferrari World opens to the public on Yas Island

by CW Staff on Nov 7, 2010

Ferrari World opened to the public on Thursday night.
Ferrari World opened to the public on Thursday night.
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Aldar Properties’ Ferrari World theme park officially opened to the public for the first time in Abu Dhabi on Thursday night.

Ferrari World, the largest indoor theme park in the world, is part of Aldar’s Yas Island development, a 2500 hectare site destined to become a major tourist destination once completed. The Formula 1 race track, which opened last year and is to be used again later this month for the final round of the FIA F1 World Championship, sits alongside the new theme park.

The opening marked the close of a three year construction phase in which the building and its 200,000m2 red roof have dominated the Yas Marina skyline. The park was designed by Benoy and built by Six Construct, the regional arm of Besix .

The park includes 20 rides ranging from the more mundane Bell Italia, a slow tour through a miniature Italian countryside and the V12 water ride, to the downright scary G-Force shot and drop ride in the middle of the central funnel, and the world’s fastest rollercoaster, the 240km/h Formula Rossa. As you may expect, there is also considerable attention paid to Ferrari’s racing and road car history with several displays and attractions linked to the manufacturer and its Italian heritage.

The theme park is managed by Farah Leisure, a joint venture company set up between Aldar Properties and ProFun Management Group Inc, an international leisure facilities management and operating company.

Park manager Andy Keeling told Construction Week on Thursday night that the first official day had been well attended. He said that the company was going through a soft opening phase before its official opening in December and that they had been running at “about 70%” on opening day to ensure everything ran smoothly.

There is still work to do at the park before the official opening. The Formula Rossa ride was experiencing technical problems while some stands which had feature cars during the media preview night a week before were empty.