A year after its first Formula One race, Abu Dhabi hopes to lure even more tourists with "Ferrari World" - a grandiose theme park that is the first of its kind for the iconic Italian carmaker.
|With more than 20 rides and attractions lying beneath the|
iconic 200,000 m² red roof, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will
offer guests the time of their lives with a host of attra-
ctions that indulge the senses in ways never experienced
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi announced on Monday that the park will open in 100 days featuring a record-breaking roller coaster ride meant to emulate the feeling of being in a Ferrari F1 car.
Sitting next to the futuristic Yas Marina circuit that hosted Abu Dhabi's inaugural Grand Prix race in November 2009, the sprawling complex will be the world's largest indoor theme park.
Due to open on Oct 28, little more than two weeks before this year's Abu Dhabi GP, it will be housed under a massive triangular red roof on the $40-billion Yas Island development.
"It is an indoor thing with an outdoor feeling," says Claus Frimand, the general manager of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.
"You forget that you are inside a building because the roof is between 35 and 50 meters above you and there are no support structures, except the funnel in the middle and one row of columns," he adds.
Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates capital, hopes the park will help to draw tourists from around the globe along with several other ambitious projects including state-of-the-art branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim museums.
Ferrari World spreads over 86,000 square meters, while the red roof bearing the world's largest logo of Ferrari's prancing horse stretches over 200,000 square meters.