Ferrari World Abu Dhabi to Open October 28, 2010

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s first Ferrari theme park and largest attraction of its kind, has announced that it will open its doors to the public on October 28, 2010, three weeks ahead of the second Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Grand Prix.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will pay tribute to the passion, excellence, performance, and technical innovation that Ferrari has established over the years and represents today. Its iconic sleek red roof is directly inspired by the classic double curve side profile of the Ferrari GT body, spanning 200,000 m² and carrying the largest Ferrari logo ever created.

More images, a video and information after the break. Seen at designboom.

In celebration of the opening date announcement, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi unveiled one of its featured attractions. Officially named “Formula Rossa,” this attraction will offer guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience blasting away on the world’s fastest roller coaster reaching speeds of up to 240 km/h.

After the inaugural Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix held on Yas Island on November 1 2009, the opening of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi signals a milestone in bringing Abu Dhabi global recognition. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will be a key element in expanding the appeal of Abu Dhabi to travelers, both business and leisure. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will have over 20 rides and attractions which will bring to life the Ferrari brand in ways which appeal to a diverse international audience. In addition to Formula Rossa, visitors to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will also enjoy an aerial voyage through Italy following a Ferrari, a G-force experience taking passengers on an adrenaline-pumping ride up over 62 m, through the roof and back down again, and a flume ride journey through the heart of a Ferrari 599 engine.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is located on Yas Island, a 25 km² entertainment and recreation destination and venue for the first Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Ahead of the inaugural race last November, Aldar delivered the Yas Marina Circuit, 7 brand new hotels, Yas Marina and all the infrastructure and race-related facilities. A number of new entertainment attractions will open to the public in the few coming years, including the first Links golf course in the region opening in late 2010, and a super regional mall in 2012.

Yas Island is one component of the mass infrastructure development outlined in the Abu Dhabi Government’s 2030 Plan to diversify and expand the emirate’s economic base. When completed, Yas Island is set to be a global tourist destination.

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Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Ferrari World Abu Dhabi to Open October 28, 2010" 19 May 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • Tzon Tzon

    The ugliest building I’ve ever seen. Having a lot of money doesn’t mean they have good taste. They always try to impress people with the size/cost of their projects. Emirates are like Disneyland.

  • SPUD

    WTF?!?! OMG!?!?!

    unfortunately words cannot begin to describe this monstrosity.

  • Yngwie

    Wow, this is disturbing. It looks like a ferrari was ran over by a tank or something..

  • ManKind…

    I hope Ferrari go down the tube for this!

  • Rob.i

    il made in italy nel mondo. andiamo bene

  • C


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  • TM

    I´m scared….Outta here now!!!

  • TM

    By great you mean “big” right?

    Please, tell me you do…

    I can´t even look at it….ahhhhhhh

  • fb

    Well, it certainly looks… um… parasitic?

  • Diego

    omg…is disgusting.

  • architist

    Truly a waste of space and materials. Why????? Is it because of money??????

    • Arab al Khonain

      HEY A** **** Wath it its not ur money…R U jealous we have it… HA?

  • shetu

    not that bad….view from the satellite is emphasized only….and I dont find any problem with spending a lot of money if u can afford….we cant blame the UAE onlyfor there taste, bcoz the architect may b from somewhere else.

  • Salvador Alejandro

    A monster from outerspace

  • Milko

    Why would anyone risk their life in a roller-coaster that goes 240kms per hour? Going this fast in a roller-coaster built in the United States or any other Western country is another story, but hey, when this thing is built by people who have no education and are being paid $1 a day, do I really have any faith in this ride being all that safe? Uhhhhhhhh…………….NO!

    All the buildings in this country have major structural cracks, the Burj Khalifa was shut down a few weeks after opening due to a broken lift, buildings are collapsing due to poor construction… you get the point… and now a roller-coaster that hits such insane speeds… not a chance in hell!

  • tim

    why do these countries always carry out EVERYTHING to excess ?!

  • joninberlin

    What a waste of time, energy, and resources. Considering the current discourse regarding our suffering eco-system, its quite appalling what the ‘leaders’ in this region are commissioning to be built.

    Since everything they build relies on a tremendous amount of energy and maintenance…I only wonder what kind of ‘neat’ ideas they’ll come up with once their oil is gone and they’re theme-park cities begin to turn to dust and blow away…

    • Jake

      I believe these theme parks are the “neat” ideas they come up with so that once their oil is gone, they have something else to make money from.

  • niko

    Peach the Starfish from Finding Nemo?

    At least there is not a word about “sustainable credentials” in the description… that would have just been too funny a claim.

  • Razor

    The materials of the roof make it looks shoddy, The shape is just ok,I’ve seen many uglier than it

  • Bo

    What does the bird look like if you are not a bird? Horrible and tacky display of money over common sense

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  • archi

    I’ve always said it, and this proves it: money can’t buy taste.

  • yoyo

    I think this will turn out quite spectacular. Not architecturally, but to the layperson. I quite enjoy the fact that it is daring, huge and much like the rest of abu dhabi’s latest offerings, CRazy. If I passed by the region, I will definitely visit this alien monstrosity. Who doesn’t like Disney? That’s just being elitist. Enjoy it for what it is. Anyway Ferrari is much like that, flashy and bling bling.

  • javier

    This “thing” is not as bad as the commments that is producing.
    I wonder why somenthing that is trying to be in some ways progressive in terms of form, site orchestration and maybe program? gets so many negative comments.

    if it was one of those little boxes with louvers all around it wouldnt generate this much controversy.
    But i guess this frenzy insult is a kind of back handed compliment. And you could tell by the kind of language and words that are being used that the people are somehow threaten by this awesome ameba……i dont think is nice but i think that it is important to have works like this and we should be a little more critical and do not try to dismiss our profession all the time because of pity arrogance…..(architects are probably the only people who constantly bashes the achievements of the profession and then they wonder about the state of it in todays society)

  • norm

    worst building in history of mankind. i would like to congratulate everyone who clearly put a lot of effort into this monster. i mean, guys, seriously, quit architecture and start looking other options, since now you need to find something worth to fill up this deep void in your career.

  • mis

    javier – are you serious??

    you’ve used the word “progressive”, which means that somewhere in that write-up, the writer has convinced you that this building is equipped to further enhance (anything) in preparation for the future. that, it has not. it is NOT an original amoebae form, which is prevalent today – and at that- a fading fad. it does NOT address the surrounding landscape nor engage it nor enhance it. it does NOT state anything about it’s environmental impact, carbon footprint or green principles in effect. the writeup stated it clearly will offer to the “global tourist destination” of the island, similar to that of Las Vegas, Times Square, Disneyland, and the White House.

    do NOT dismiss architects by stating that we’re all condescending and arrogant towards works that attempt to push the envelope. that just shows that you have not really engaged with other projects on this site, which although some may not be the most incredible, they at least attempt to address a need while invigorate design in an efficient and environmentally conscious manner. there is no enviable or even noteworthy kudos for steroidal buildings created to flaunt the ego of a brand and flex the muscle that the dollar could bring while negating all of the wonderful opportunities that a seemingly bottomless budget and infinite site could bring. we won’t just allow this shit to pass..

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  • PP

    The building, the ugliest ever!!!
    but the theme park, looks kinda fun…hahaha

  • Adrem

    OK guys, you do not like the project, but: what would you have built if it had been you the ones who had to fulfill the requests of the client? After all, it’s a THEME PARK: could you tell just one case of memorable architecture in this building category?

  • lags

    wow…. I seriously thought ferrari land was a joke….