Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Ferrari World, the world's first Ferrari theme park is now open in Abu Dhabi. It's also the world's largest indoor theme park, because it can get really hot in the Arabian desert.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi offers more than 20 rides and attractions inspired by the legendary Italian automaker, including a junior GT ride for kids and a bigger and faster GT experience for grown-ups. A ride called Junior Pilota's Driving School puts kids behind the wheel of a kid-sized motorized 430GT Spider, to drive around a real kid-size paved track with stoplights and roadsigns.
It also boasts the world's fastest roller coaster several high-tech racetrack driving simulators similar to what professional drivers use for training, and a cinema showing movies about Enzo, Ferrari racing heritage, etc.
Ferrari World features the world's largest Ferrari logo, on top of the theme park roof, which has a swooping shape reminiscent of a manta ray. The indoor space is large enough to hold seven football fields. In numbers, the roof measures 200,000 square meters, or two million square feet, give or take a few toes.
Of course, there are restaurants and shops. Not surprisingly, the restaurants either have an Italian theme or a pit stop theme. And the shops carry all kinds of Ferrari merchandise, from t-shirts to kid-sized Ferrari racers for laps around the backyard.
Tickets cost 225AED, or about $60 for general admission, and $45 for kids. Unlike the United States, where entry prices are determined by age, at Ferrari World it is determined by size. Anybody under 1.5 meters tall is considered a junior.
Despite the Ferrari-everything here, the Maranello company has nothing to do with Ferrari World, except -- as the Arab owners and managers put it in their press release -- inspiring the idea.
In case you didn't know, Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates, which includes Dubai, which is a 90 minute drive from Abu Dhabi, maybe less if you are driving a Ferrari. Ferrari World will certainly help put Abu Dhabi into overdrive as a tourist destination.