There is something about the concept of amusement parks that appeal to people of all age groups. What the delight one gets out of enjoying a day at a theme park is the same for children and their parents alike. Out of many famous theme parks around the world, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi stands in its own league of brilliance. Famed to be the largest indoor amusement park in the world, Abu Dhabi’s Ferrari World has won several awards of high relevance that cements its reputation for being one of the best in the world. The theme park has been named “Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction” in 2015 & 2016, and “Middle East’s Leading Theme Park” in 2017 at the World Travel Awards. Here’s a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about a thrilling evening at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi; so fasten your seatbelts, and get ready for all things fast!
Why Visit Ferrari World Abu Dhabi?
Beyond the obvious reasons for which anyone would love to spend an evening at an amusement park, there are many specific reasons why deciding to pay a visit to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will be one of the best decisions you’d have made in a long time. Ferrari World is the pride of Abu Dhabi tourism and thus one of the most recommended places to visit in Abu Dhabi.
1. A Venture of Ferrari
Ferrari World is a showcase of one of the best and most famous companies in motorsports history. For motor nerds and fans of Formula 1 racing, it’s a heaven and one of the best places to visit in Dubai. A theme park that will give you firsthand experience of the awesomeness that lies under the flag of Ferrari.
2. High-Speed Joyrides
A variety of Ferrari themed rides all designed to melt your face away with speed, provide a perspective of the thrill the professionals of F1 racing live with every single day. Make sure not to miss the world’s fastest roller coaster that goes at the speed of 250 km/h in a mind-boggling 4.9 seconds! And it is one of the most recommended things to do in Abu Dhabi.
3. Delicious Italian Food
Gobble up mouth-watering delicacies at 1 of the numerous Italian dining options.
4. Authentic Ferrari Merchandise
Plenty of options for buying authentic merchandise at the world’s largest Ferrari store located right inside Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.
5. Daily Events
Many captivating activities and events to partake in on a daily basis, like fun, live shows, electric-powered go-kart racing, racing simulators and a ton of racing memorabilia waiting to be collected.
When to visit Ferrari World Abu Dhabi?
The best time to visit Ferrari World is in the months of summer in the middle of the week. To enjoy the park to its maximum potential, this time is ideal since there are comparatively fewer visitors this time around and more staff to attend to you. It removes the hassle of waiting in lines for the rides and makes for a rather peaceful and highly enjoyable outing for you and your family. You could go for rides multiple times with no bother whatsoever. It’s easier to get tables at the diners and seats at the 4-D auditoriums.
The searing Middle East summer makes it fun to enjoy the dynamic rides. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is open 365 days of the year between 11 am to 8 pm.
How to Reach Ferrari World Abu Dhabi?
Flights from India
There are numerous flights on a daily basis from various cities of India to Abu Dhabi. The most common ones are from Delhi and Mumbai international airports. Common airline services like Air India and Jet Airways have regular flights to Abu Dhabi. The flights cost between Rs. 7,500 – 11,000 depending on when you book them and what airlines you choose.
How to Reach from Dubai?
It’s also common for people visiting Dubai to plan a trip to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. There are buses available from Dubai as cheap as 20Dhs.
Commutation within Abu Dhabi
Once in Abu Dhabi, it takes about 16 minutes by road to reach Ferrari World Abu Dhabi located on Yas Island. If you wish to have a better experience of the journey and save some money while you’re at it, you could always take a bus from the airport that takes you straight to the park.
Things to Do in Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Here comes the fun part! Here’s an entire list of the best experiences, rides, eateries and everything else that will make your trip worthwhile!
1. Formula Rossa
Famed to be the fastest rollercoaster in the world, enjoy being blasted at a speed faster than that of an F1 racing car. A true test of what your stomach can withhold, this rollercoaster will take you to a crushing speed of 240 km/h in just 4.9 seconds and slam you down from heights of 52 meters. Definitely not or the faint of heart!
2. Flying Aces
After the world’s fastest rollercoaster, comes the world’s highest rollercoaster, both under the same roof. This ride is modelled after a legendary aviator called the Count Francesco Baracca. Flying Aces will take you to heights of 63 meters at a staggering 51-degree incline that is sure to make anyone’s heart race. Hit the world’s highest rollercoaster hoops at speeds of as high as 120 km/h at the Flying Aces! Our Abu Dhabi tour packages will allow you to indulge in the unlimited adventure of Ferrari World.
3. Scuderia Challenge
For people who want to experience a realistic digital experience of driving around a formula 1 car on the Yas Marina Circuit, it doesn’t get more realistic than the Scuderia Challenge. You can set, and try to beat your own lap times, or race against your friends. Keep in mind that this is a limited time ride, and you have to be present in the park early to sign up for this ride.
4. Fiorano GT Challenge
Compete with your friends on these parallel tracks modelled after a real GT race course in your very own Ferrari F430 Spider. Strap in for exhilarating twists and turns, and the spirit of competition on this very realistic racecourse, where you can go to speeds up to 94 km/h! Do you have what it takes to be the winner?
5. Karting Academy
This is as real as your racing fantasies can get! You need to reach the park in time to sign up for this limited time attraction where you can literally drive around a 290-meter track inspired by the iconic Yas Marina Circuit in an electric-powered go-kart. Test your driving skills against family and friends on this amazing attraction!
6. Driving Experience
What if you were told that you can drive around the Yas Island in a real Ferrari with your family? Sounds exhilarating right? You’ll receive a quick lesson the proper way to operate the bestial Ferrari by a trained instructor, after which you can take it for a spin yourself, with space in the back for your family!
1. Fast Lane
This one is for the Ferrari geeks who want to put their knowledge of the brand to the test with this interactive game show. If you actually prove your metal here against fellow Ferrari experts, you can win some amazing prizes! So come to this limited timed attraction to see if you have what it takes to be crowned a Ferrari Fast Lane Champion!
2. Speed of Magic
Strap in for an unrealistic adventure with Nello, a mischievous Ferrari driver who will take you on an adventure that dreams are made of! This 4-D marvel will make you go through dynamic changes in temperature, moisture, light and movement courtesy of the state-of-the-art simulation technology. Ride into oceans and the highest cliffs in the most realistic setting possible.
3. Made in Maranello
An in-depth tour of a Ferrari factory, where you can see or yourself, the creation of this marvellous machine firsthand, right from its initial stages. From the early design stage to the manufacturing of all individual parts and the final painting of the car, this was a right previously reserved exclusively for Ferrari owners.
4. Tyre Twist
Here’s a Ferrari spin on the classic cup and saucer ride, available to be enjoyed by people of all age groups. A perfect ride to be enjoyed by all members of the family, each tyre of the Tyre Twist can hold up to 5 people.
5. Junior Grand Prix
A Grand Prix for the younglings to enjoy, this is the second component of the Ferrari driving school, where children can get behind a wheel of their own! Have your young ones explore the future race car driver within them with this completely safe version of go-kart racing designed for kids. Children receive instructions from trained instructors after watching a Junior Grand Prix educational film.
A scaled-down drive around a miniature replica of famous landmarks of Italy, in an old-school Ferrari 250 California from the late 1950s is the most luxurious thing you’ll experience on your trip to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Drive around accurate replicas of the Colosseum di Roma, Portofino and the Amalfi Coast, the Monza racetrack, and many other famous places of Italy.
7. Khalil’s Car Wash
A racecar themed play area for toddlers, where kids can have all sorts of fun playing around with pedal racecars, climbing the grandstand, and sliding down Khalil’s Car Wash!
8. Viaggio in Italia
Another awe-inspiring multi-sensory simulation, where you can experience the spectacular landscapes of Ferrari’s motherland Italy. This simulation is inspired by the open road Mille Miglia race where you can virtually ride around mountains, villages, cities and vineyards of Italy, with seats modelled after Ferrari F430.
9. Galleria Ferrari
A walk through the history of the company with this interactive gallery where you can get up close and personal with the car designs from the early days to the latest models. You can discover fun facts and discover new information about your favourite Ferraris throughout history.
1. Officers Food Quarters
Perfect place for grabbing a quick bite before getting back to all the exhilarating rides. Suggested dishes include burgers, pizzas, sandwiches and their signature Shawarmas.
2. Il Podio
The best way to have an authentic dining experience at a Ferrari themed park, the Il Podio is modelled after the real staff refectory in the Ferrari factory at Maranello. The restaurant hosts a wide variety of cuisines ranging from Indian, Arabic, Continental, to the obvious Italian delicacies. The best aspect of this place has to be the range of sweets they have.
3. Espresso Rosso
An authentic Italian café with the ambience imported straight from the mother country of the theme parks company, Espresso Rosso is a perfect place for having your afternoon coffee complimented with a selection of Italian pastries and other baked goods. Their speciality is the house-made gelato.
4. Mamma Rosella
Speaking of authenticity when it comes to Italian food, it can’t get more genuine than Mamma Rosella, a diner named after the famous eatery in Maranello, a favourite of Ferrari drivers and the management. The first place in the entire Middle East and Africa to serve the real Neapolitan Pizza, validated by the True Neapolitan Pizza Association, Mamma Rosella is a place where you can have the real taste of Italy. Famous for its pizzas and portions of pasta made fresh in the traditional wood-burning ovens, Mamma Rosella is famed to win the Favorite Italian Restaurant of the Year at the 2015s “What’s On Awards”.
People visiting the Ferrari World can browse and buy exciting merchandise, memorabilia, clothes, jewellery, toy cars etc. from one of two stores at the Ferrari World; The Ferrari Store and Ferrari Past and Present Store.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is quite truly a marvel of the modern world, where you can witness firsthand the evolution of race car technology by the biggest company in the world. The uniqueness of this theme park is paralleled by none. Once you visit Ferrari World, you learn that there is way more to the industry of motor car racing then you imagined. You can entertain yourself in a 100 different ways at this awe-inspiring place and still not get bored; such is the variety at Ferrari World. With the best rides in the business, it’s not only a place for motor geeks but a theme park which can be enjoyed by people of all walks of life. You can enjoy fantastic rides, mouth-watering food, shop for things that validate your visit and most important of all, make memories that last a lifetime.