Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi: The world’s largest indoor amusement park

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With just days to be prior to 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix C?”the Duel in the Desert” C?Sebastian Vettel’s red Ferrari had been subjected to its paces.

We’d strolled as much as decking looking regarding the Yas Marina Circuit.

“Formula One?cars go much slower than I realized,” said one person our party, sipping her champagne. “They manage to spend most of their time braking,” said another.

Perhaps that is why I’d been overconfident when I’d came to Ferrari World.

But now I’m sitting nervously in one of the rear seats of Formula Rossa, ready for adventure.

Excitement mounts when the sleek red rollercoaster moves slowly on the place to begin. Ahead lies the starting straight, with a steep ascent, an equally dramatic descent including a selection of twisting loops C?inspired by Monza, an italian man , Formula 1?circuit.

Then, SO suddenly, we’re off…

The abrupt acceleration is beyond anything I have been expecting. From standstill to 100km/h takes us two seconds C?faster than any commercially accessible Ferrari. After five seconds, we certainly have reached the absolute maximum speed C?239km/h.

The woman over the next seat is screaming her lungs out, but I’m terrified into silence. I later read that Formula Rossa’s Swiss-designed and built hydraulic launch system creates the same sort of release velocity because the catapults which fire planes off a private jet carrier.

Our our body is confronted with 1.7Gs over the initial straight, but simply whenever i think we’ve endured the worst, we get to the first summit and begin plunging down, twisting when we go.

Now the screaming gets deafening. Once we hurtle through these loops and bends, we’re feeling 4.8Gs. Apparently even toyota tows astronauts feel only 3Gs on take-off.

Our entire two-kilometre ride takes just 92 seconds, and i have never felt more nauseous around my life. Yet fellow passengers C?for example the screaming woman beside me C?appear into spontaneous applause when you stop.

Some are even dealing with immediately heading up to Flying Aces, Ferrari World’s latest attraction (two more rides are planned for 2017) which boasts the earth’s steepest and fastest cable lift as well as world’s steepest inverted loop.

Not to me, I’m afraid. At some point I’ll adhere to the tamer versions of Ferrari World’s 20 attractions.

Any first-time visitor soon discovers Abu Dhabi is obsessed with cars. It is no coincidence the planet’s largest BMW showroom C?selling many techniques from Rolls-Royces to motorbikes C?opened from the Uae capital in 2012. Even “collectable” plates choose obscene amounts: a 32-year-old paid the equivalent of $A11 million for your vanity plate “Abu Dhabi 1” each of us have there been.

Since the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last season, it’s forever been the last event of the year, along with the only Formula 1?day-night race C?so that it is a drawcard for local and international fans alike. At other times of the year it is possible to ride a bike or do a half marathon about the Yas Marina Circuit, even drive several different elite cars or attend a mathematical rule One?driving course.

But it’s Ferrari World C?by far the largest indoor theme park C?that has become the city’s biggest tourist attraction considering that it opened truly.?It is actually housed under a significant, futuristic red dome inspired through the famous Ferrari marque and sleek car designs.

There are some things for almost all ages. “Fast fun”, just like the Fiorano GT Challenge (the places you race your buddies in competing coasters) and the Scuderia Challenge in state-of-the-art racing simulators.

“Family fun”, like “Speed Of Magic” (a 4D fantasy adventure) and also the Tyre Change Experience (the places you try to go to being a pit stop mechanic). Shows like Red,?such as BMX biking and acrobatic dancing. With an choice of kitsch Italian-themed restaurants and shops selling every kind of Ferrari memorabilia.

Do you’ll need to be a Ferrari enthusiast to savor it? No, though you must love red.

One tip: queues are shorter when Ferrari World opens at 11am, but make sure that you’ve digested breakfast when you make for Formula Rossa. If only I had put together.

TRIP NOTES

MORE INFORMATION

visitabudhabi.ae

traveller.com.au/abu-dhabi

GETTING THERE

Etihad Airways flies twice daily to Abu Dhabi from Sydney and Melbourne, and daily from Brisbane and Perth. Economy from $1966.59. See etihad.com

STAYING THERE

The five-star Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi can be a resort-style hotel built over a part of the Yas Marina Circuit, an excellent place to watch the Grand Prix. You can find seven restaurants, three bars, a nightclub, two regularly and also a spa. See viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/abudhabi

PLAYING THERE

Ferrari World is open 11am-8pm. Some attractions work on a timed ticket system, so book when you arrive. See ferrariworldabudhabi.com

Yas Marina Circuit contains a choice of events and experiences throughout the year. See yasmarinacircuit.com/en/events

Steve Meacham would be a guest of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, Etihad Airways and Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi.

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