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Ferrari World Review – Abu Dhabi, UAE

January 9, 2016

We’ve been living in Abu Dhabi since late August now and before we even touched down here, I was excited to visit Ferrari World, home to the world’s fastest roller coaster.  Everyone that knows me, knows I’m a bit obsessed with roller coasters and the call of Formula Rossa just became too much to bear, so yesterday we headed over to check it out (blame it on the post-holiday blues).

Ferrari World is hard to miss as one of the main features of Yas Island, alongside Yas Waterworld, Yas Marina Circuit (where the annual F1 is held) and Yas Mall.  It’s become quite the tourism hub over the past years, drawing crowds from every every corner of the world, but is Ferrari World worth spending your hard-earned money on?

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I’d heard mixed reviews of Ferrari World over the past months; most of them commenting on the relative lack of rides in the park and though I’d hoped that Formula Rossa would make the visit worthwhile, unfortunately for us, it didn’t.

The flagship ride at Ferrari World, Formula Rossa is said to reach the mind-blowing speed of 240km/hr and without doubt, the takeoff was incredible!

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Formula Rossa launching

The coaster has some awesome air-time moments but, presumedly due to the speed it reaches, the ride itself is jerky.  Both Nathan and I came off with sore heads though that’s probably to be expected.   Yes the acceleration was fantastic, but it really demonstrated to us both that there’s more to a good roller coaster than just speed… it makes me realise how much I want to get back to Six Flags Magic Mountain to ride Full Throttle again!

Both of us can now say that we’ve ridden the fastest roller coaster in the world, but we also have to admit to opting out of riding it for a second time (even though the line was relatively short) which for a coaster fanatic, I feel that says quite a lot.

The other rides were relatively relaxed and unremarkable from our point of view, but there did seem to be plenty of people excited to be there.

The park feels more suited to families and first-time theme park attendees; the truth is, we’ve probably been spoilt by visiting theme parks that excel in creating amazing atmosphere and have memorable rides.

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Winter at Ferrari World – foam snow included!  The structure that houses Ferrari World is worth a mention as it was very impressive.

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One of the family rides

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The dueling family coaster

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Italian theming inside

Flying Aces, another coaster currently under construction (which is soon to be completed), along with a log flume and another family ride are being added to Ferrari World, which is exactly what I think this park needs.  If they’re able to add to the number of rides whilst improving the quality of their offerings they may find they’ll have more repeat visitors.  I must admit, it’s going to be hard to resist visiting again when Flying Aces opens – the track looks like great fun!

Have you visited Ferrari World before?  What did you make of it?


The most popular theme park in Abu Dhabi, Ferrari World is home to the fastest roller coaster in the world. Is the rest of the park worth visiting though? Find out!

PS: Stay tuned for our review of Yas Waterworld which we loved!

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8 Comments

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  • Reply Ambreen December 15, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    Hi
    I read your comments on both IMG n Ferrari world. I am coming to Dubai for the first time with my two boys (10 N 7 ) in Jan
    Please tell which park to choose

    Thanks
    Ambreen

    • Reply Sarah - Exploring Kiwis December 15, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      Hi Ambreen, thanks for your message. For that age I’d suggest IMG as the better fit – Ferrari World has a couple of good big rides but the rest aren’t much the write home about. IMG has more that I think would appeal to them and more interesting theming for kids 🙂 I hope you all have a great time!

      • Reply Ambreen December 16, 2016 at 12:11 am

        Thanks for your quick reply.i will skip Ferrari and go for IMG.
        I will also be doing yellow boat..wat would u say about that

        Thanks for your help
        Much appreciated

        • Reply Sarah - Exploring Kiwis December 16, 2016 at 12:14 am

          In Dubai? We went out with another company (which I reviewed on here) and enjoyed it. Atlantis is great fun out on the Palm if you’re looking for a water park too ?

          • Ambreen December 16, 2016 at 12:31 am

            Yes yellow boat in Dubai.

            My itnery is as follows
            29 dec land late night
            30 dec..being a Fri go to mall of Emirates for shopping n Dubai fountain as I am staying near trade centre
            31 dec..gold souk n fireworks
            1 Jan IMG ( is 1st ok or should I change the date ) and miracle garden
            2 Jan wild wadi
            3 jan Dubai mall n aquarium n desert safari
            4 Jan yellow boat n global village
            5 Jan free
            6 Jan leaving for home

            Can I suggest if I am skipping something
            I have had mixed reviews of ski Dubai so skipping it, wat do think

            Thanks

          • Sarah - Exploring Kiwis December 16, 2016 at 12:37 am

            Looks good 🙂 I’ve not been to Wild Wadi but I love Aquaventures and believe it’s the better waterpark so I’d consider swapping that out. Also the Dubai creek and souq is fun for a little look around – you can catch a boat over. Dubai Mall is where the fountains and the Burj are so I presume you’ll spend some time there on the 30th too – I prefer Dubai Mall to Mall of the Emirates. We’ve looked at the skiing there but not done it as it’s very expensive. JBR is a nice spot to pop down to – they have a water inflatable park there now which is fun and it’s a nice spot for lunch/dinner by the beach. Desert safaris are great fun! If you have time it’s be worth popping over to Abu Dhabi to see the Grand Mosque (again, I have a post about it on here) – it’s beautiful and they give free guided tours of it. The highlight of AD in my opinion 🙂

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