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Ferrari World: first impressions
Kipp goes along for the ride to Ferrari World and is less than disappointed.
October 31, 2010 9:31 by Eva Fernandes
Because of the sad death of RAK ruler Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the soft opening of Ferrari World scheduled to take place on the October 27, was postponed to November 4, but the invitation to members of the press was kept open. So Kipp went along for the ride.
Ferrari World is impressive, to say the least. Though it still needs to sort out a few operational kinks, Kipp can easily say Ferrari World is quite unlike anything we have seen in the Emirates (but if we are to be honest, apart from the likes of Sega Republic and Wonderland, the UAE theme park scene is pretty shameful). Aside from having around twenty rides (many of which are intended for children), Ferrari World also boasts a cinema, a pseudo Ferrari, museum, and is scattered with a series of Italian restaurants. Granted the theme park is in the middle of nowhere now, but if all goes as planned Yas Island is set to be filled in a couple of years. One of the best things about the park is that it is completely air conditioned—something residents may overlook now that the UAE is cooling down for the winter, but will be acutely aware of during the scorching summer months.
Ferrari World, a big glittering chunk of red, stands out from afar on Abu Dhabi’s relatively undeveloped Yas Island. After almost an hour-long ride to Ferrari World from Dubai Media City, we arrived at the theme park like excited, curious schoolchildren. As we took a tour around the park, we realized just how big the place really is (well it isn’t the biggest indoor theme park for nothing), and tried out a few of the rides which were pretty good. A “4-D” ride through a boy’s dream stands out as possibly the most memorable.
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