Behind the scenes at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

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AB TV goes behind the scenes at the world’s largest indoor theme park to find out what it’s all about.

The 80,000 sq ft theme park features one of the world’s fastest rides, Formula Rossa, which travels up to speeds of 240kph, as well as the G-Force, which launches passengers 62m high into the sky before plummeting back down to the ground, simulating the actual g-force of a ride in a Ferrari car.

Ferrari’s first ever theme park isn’t just about the roller coasters; the park also features the largest collection of classic and modern day Ferrari’s outside of the company’s headquarters in Italy, as well as the opportunity to challenge your F1 tyre changing skills in the Paddock area.

Abu Dhabi is spending billions of dollars diversifying its economy away from oil, developing its industry and tourism sectors. The emirate is aiming to attract 2.3 million tourists by the end of 2012; with the theme park able to accommodate up to 10,000 visitors a day.

ABTV also talks to Michele Pignatti, head of New Business at Ferrari and Ferrari World’s general manager, Claus Frimand, to find out what impact the park will have on Abu Dhabi’s tourism sector.

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