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Formula Rossa rendering

The Ferrari World Abu Dhabi theme park has announced that its grand opening will take place on October 28, 2010.

The Formula One-themed park (shown in the video embedded at the bottom of this article) will feature 20 attractions when it opens, including Formula Rossa - the world's faster rollercoaster. Its opening will come three weeks prior to the last F1 Grand Prix of the 2010 season, which will take place at the Yas Marina circuit where the park is located.

Formula Rossa ride vehicle

Image © Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Formula Rossa will reach a top speed of some 149mph and a peak height of 170 feet, with riders wearing "protective eyewear" as they traverse the 2 kilometer circuit. Appropriately, the ride will feature a launched start, and the 4 trains each include 4 cars designed to resemble Ferrari's F1 vehicles.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi building

Image © Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Although the track for Formula Rossa extends outside, the majority of Ferrari World will be hosted inside a huge building which spans 200,000 square meters. The building is designed to resemble the side profile of the Ferrari GT body, and features Ferrari's famous "prancing horse" logo on its roof.

Attractions will include an simulated aerial voyage through Italy, a 203-feet launch tower, an interactive 4D show, "authentic" racing simulators, a driving school and a themed water ride through the inside of a Ferrari 599 engine.

The new park is owned by Abu Dhabi-based property developer Aldar Properties PJSC, which also owns the race circuit. It has licensed the Ferrari brand to create the first Formula One theme park in the world.

Ferrari World was expected to be the first of many new theme parks to open in the United Arab Emirates, with the majority planned for neighboring Dubai. However, the debt crisis which has engulged the smaller emirate has caused many of the proposed parks to be put on hold. The highest-profile park, Universal Studios Dubailand, is now scheduled to open no earlier than 2012.

You can keep up to date with the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for new attractions through Theme Park Tourist's "New Attraction Watch" section, and by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

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