ferrari world abu dhabi opens october 2010 ferrari world abu dhabi opens october 2010
may 17, 2010

ferrari world abu dhabi opens october 2010

ferrari theme park

the world’s first ferrari theme park – ferrari world abu dhabi is set to open in october 2010. announced as ‘an intense multi-sensory experience and a must-visit for enthusiasts, fans and families‘. the park pays tribute to the passion, excellence, performance, technical innovation that ferrari has established over the years and represents today. its iconic sleek red roof is directly influenced by the classic double curve side profile of the ferrari gt body, spanning 200,000 m2 and carrying the largest ferrari logo ever created.

ferrari world abu dhabi will host a number of attractions, including rides for children of all ages, providing the complete ferrari experience: over 20 state-of-the-art attractions, each designed to bring to life a different part of the ferrari story, including the world’s fastest rollercoaster, travelling at speeds exceeding 200 km/h and emulating the thrilling sensation of being in a ferrari f1 car, or the g-force experience taking passengers on an adrenaline-pumping ride up over 62 m, through the roof and back down again.

the park is located on yas island – set to become a global tourist destination with a wide range of accommodation and entertainment facilities – on the north east side of abu dhabi’s mainland. abu dhabi, at the crossroads between europe, asia and africa, was chosen as the ideal location to build the ferrari theme park, motor sports being extremely popular in the united arab emirates. ferrari world abu dhabi will offer a unique and intensely fun way, together with a wide variety of italian delicacies, and of course unique shopping experiences.

construction of ferrari world abu dhabi

aerial view of the park


view of the roof

view of the roof from a distance

the park is adjacent to the yas marina circuit and yas hotel designed by asymptote architecture

the grand prix race track


the exterior of the theme park

the centre of the theme park

detail of the cone structure

the adjacent race track

the rollercoaster

one of the cars of the rollercoaster

rendering of the rollercoaster

unveiling of the gt formula rossa rollercoaster

l to r: fernando alonso, stefano domenicali, felipe massa

the crew in the gt formula rossa rollercoaster

the park is owned by aldar properties pjsc, abu dhabi’s leading property development, management and investment company. farah leisure parks management l.l.c, a joint venture between aldar properties pjsc and profun management group inc. (international leisure facilities management and operating company) will be responsible for managing and operating ferrari world abu dhabi.

  • Just when you thought things in that neck of the woods couldn’t get much tackier.

    Shudder says:
  • W O W

    Adrian says:
  • amazing !!!

    smita says:
  • There is something about going to the sixth circle of human-rights hell for a theme park excursion that sends a real chill down my spine.
    I’ll save my money for Disneyland North Korea.

    Daniel says:
  • :-((((( BUuuu

    antuand says:
  • incredible!

    Ivan says:
  • That is so very sad… A bad joke that wouldn’t make sense even in Logorama (brilliant short movie BTW)
    Next, Unilever theme Park.

    Chris says:
  • wow it’s amazing. However, it’s the wrong way to spend millions of dollars in these hard times.

    Hayward says:
  • I’m a huge fan of vintage Ferraris… and this is SO WRONG in just about every way !

    Marc D. says:
  • The building is located on a plain desert, yet the form lets itself perceived only from a certain distance and height.
    The view from the human scale does not reveal the “giant manta”, hence all pictures are taken from a helicopter.
    Waste of money on “bling-bling” architecture….

    Ali Manco says:
  • who invites me to go???????!?!?!?!?!?

    sil says:
  • i wanna goooooo

    tildraev says:
  • Words almost fail me.
    The expressions on Alonso and Massa’s faces say it all.
    Tacky but certainly not cheap.
    Money can’t buy taste.

    Binnie says:
  • Ooo, so this is what happens when you have too much money and you are not allowed to go into night clubs 🙂

    Vic says:
  • Utter crap.. Ferrari dont deserve such stuff. This is a blot on the Ferrari Marquee. I wish they shut it down asap.

    Ashvin says:
  • What’s the betting that this started out life as a giant Ferrari baseball cap! Absolutely awful… Just shows you what architects, whose job it is to make the world a more beautiful place, will do when you waft some cash under their nose.

    RollercoasterTycoon says:
  • Amazing building. No doubt the taps are all gold-plated, etc etc.

    But I’d still rather visit the Ferrari factory in Italy…

    RRM says:
  • impresionante, lo que es tener petróleo

    carlosbruni says:
  • u guys r so jealous its funny. U cant deal with the fact that a nation that began development 50 years ago is raping ur country up the ass and every other direction.

    Muntari says:
  • Awesome building and great concept for a coaster. Yeah the jealous punks in here are making it too obvious lol.

    DeepBlue says:
  • how could anyone say that the disign of this structure is tacky? i disagree

    rendis says:
  • wonder if the haters would be saying this if it was built in their country! This is a design website not a moral highground. The USE of the building may be seen as tacky but the building itself is far from it!

    As for alonsos expression…probably because he had to do something other than listen to people tell him how great he is!

    theDude says:
  • Everyone who says something bad about this building is retarded. And daniel, you are very ignorant to think that abu dhabi is a bad place, even comparing it to North Korea. the UAE is way better than america in architecture and technology. The design of it is beautiful, though the red might be a little too much. This area is way wealthier than america could ever hope to be, so for those of you who think the middle east is all terrorist and poor militants, you are ignorant. Abu Dhabi and Dubai are two of the nicest places in the world.

    Tyler says:
  • the structure reminds me of the giant blobby starfish thing from the movie Evolution. still, for a gigantic starfish with a ferrari logo, it looks nice.

    ferrari is supposed to make cars, not gimmicky theme parks in the middle of deserts. maybe if they spent less money on architecture and more on research they could have a winning F1 team.
    Im sure all the crazy ferrari fans from italy will flock to this theme park

    alex says:
  • The building is OK as a style exercise – but really who gives a shit about a rich tacky company getting richer and tackier? Seriously who would buy a Ferrari if they had the money – they are the status symbol of people with more money than class, oh wait a minute – now this all makes sense!!!

    Tyler Durden says:
  • CRAZY DESIGN ..!!!

    I think its da Best theme park ever. It seems like a Spider or Octopus from an aerial view. U can easily spot the jet red clour in google earth too. Its Ferrari afteral so the quality will defi be prority. Jus to market n make it a hit m worried about the damage to get in.

    Fantastic piece of Architecture.

    Hardik Joshi says:
  • That is so sad. Mr.Montezemolo had it so wrong. Italy’s future seems so dark when you see such interpretations of its industrial culture.

    june says:
  • That is really…awful. It is just the most extravagantly tacky thing money can buy. You would think a company like Ferrari, with a proud heritage, which at least at one time was the benchmark of elegance, would have some restraint and tact as opposed to this crass mega-branded monstrosity.

    Then again I assume its target market is 12 year old boys and judging by the line of argument put forward by many of those defending it, it has succeeded.

    I don’t think anyone here is jealous, we’re just grateful this is not in any one of our respective countries.

    cornballer says:

    SILESIAN says:
  • It is like a cheap copy of Foster’s Beijing Airport. Even in the renders it looks ugly.

    dimitris says:
  • Wow, A complete lack of taste. A sad day for Pop Culture and Italian design

    Karl says:
  • impressive… but hideous.

    jerry says:
  • OMG! I read all the comments above and most are so negative. Remember, there is no crowd on the leading edge. It takes wealthy and creative people to push the envelope of progress. Where would we be if only the “sheeple” who drive Chevy’s were allowed to create? Lighten up everybody and enjoy!

    an architect says:
  • Bad taste in a bad place.

    thomas gravemaker says:
  • people are dying becuase they have nothing to eat…this building is the perfect proof that we lost the balance…very poor…makes me angry

    Fritz says:
  • It is interesting to see how many people can sit back in their moral high-chairs and preach to every-body else about the funds wasted, ‘poor people dying elsewhere in the world’, tacky/ugly design, etc., etc.

    Guys, take this from the horses’ mouth, if you want to call it that way. I LIVE IN ABU DHABI as an expat. Have been there for quite a while. The place is moving ahead in leaps and bounds. I travel extensively and have seen a wide selection of cities and countries. There are lots of things that the city has yet to accomplished; but on the other hand, there are quite a few things that it has achieved.. and how!

    Yes, it has it’s fair share of defeated design ideas, however for every failure, you can count at least 2 successes.

    For those people who feel it is wasted money.. please go elsewhere. Better still, stop complaining and if you are a millionaire/billionaire.. please donate it all to a good cause.


    'bout says:
  • bout: oh boy, you live there, congratulations…that’s why you already wear the Abu Dhabi glasses. Every faliure is one too much – so it is just right to articulate it (also vice versa).

    Fritz says:
  • Can the local culture withstand such big leaps in technological advancement? From Camel back transportation to state of the arts entertainment? Its sad to see the cultural destruction wealth can bring.

    JL says:
  • Lord!! to see such colored talk! very honestly, one has to stay in the UAE to know its richness. and such nice people! as to them ‘wasting’ wealth, let me tell u this: if they spend lavishly, they also donate strictly. u guys have no idea of their charity works. so, do educate urselves b4 commenting abt any people. As to the project, i am sure it will be a big hit with all generations.

    fasiha says:
  • The problem here is not Abu Dhabi, or how people from UAE spend their money.
    The problem is how Italy is just ruining its own design/industrial culture. I just try to imagine Enzo Ferrari sitting in one of these ridiculous roller coasters. And it’s a very sad vision.

    june says:
  • ive lived in dubai for 20 years .. how have i not heard of this?!

    DXBFTW says:
  • really cool!!!

    alis says:
  • India will take another 150 years to make stadium of this stature. democracy means corruption, cheating the country in name of freedom, play games, india cannt develop infrastructure ever ever becoz of useless court who take one case to settle 100 years

    Deve Gowda says:
  • I LOVE IT! I wanna go!!!

    monica says:
  • These comments are more pathetic than youtube.

    ads by google says:

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