Two new videos have been released online showing off the attractions at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the new Formula One-themed park that opened on November 4.
The first video was released by the Telegraph newspaper's website, which also features an in-depth article covering the park's rides and shows. Embedded below, the video includes an aerial look at the 200,000 square meter building which houses Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, as well as footage of many of the park's 20 attractions.
The second video shows Ferrari's Formula One drivers, Felipa Massa (left) and Fernando Alonso (right) riding the world's fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa. Featuring a launch section that propels riders to speeds of up to 149 miles per hour, the coaster is designed to evoke the experience of driving in a Grand Prix.
Although Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is now operating 6 days a week, its grand opening will not actually take place until December, with late October and November being viewed as an "inaugural period" in which technical and operational problems will be ironed out. The park is open from noon-10pm on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and from noon-12am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi 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.
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