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Our ship pulled into Dubai for a few days of R&R and the USO got us a block of tickets to visit Ferrari World. Enclosed are a few pictures of the visit, particularly of the small showroom inside the park.

Except for the 512, all the cars are on loan from one very lucky owner, and they were all in immaculate concors condition. Although I have to say, the 250 Europa was the most exquisite car I've ever seen. The photos don't do it justice due to the high-intensity hologen lighting. It was a brilliant emerald green metallic. If ever there was a 100 point car, I say that was it.

We were surprised at how sparse attendance was, our group of about ne hundred represented a good proportion of the total that day.

I did a seach but couldn't find any posts on the park. If anyone's interested I will provide a write-up of the place.
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Interested!

BTW, great photos David, any more that you can share?

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I have a few more photos, I’ll download them shortly. I didn’t take any of the rest of the park, only because you can see much of the park in official web page photos.

Here are a few impressions:

The park itself is immense, and you can’t really appreciate its size until you come up close. That said, you can see the park from miles away. At first, it seems like a mirage rising up from the desert floor. As you get a little closer, about three miles away, it looks like a large hill. The dust and heat make it look like it’s made of red clay, much like the soil in the southeast US. About a mile out you come over a bridge onto Yas Island, where the park and other attractions are located and you see the hill is actually the iconic red roof. Each side of the triangular building is over a half mile long.

Some of the statistics we got from a press handout:
The park is about 43 acres inside the building (176,000 sq meters) and 172 acres total
The Ferrari logo on the roof is about 200 feet tall

I would describe the park as mix of four types of components: food vendors, displays, rides, and souvenir shops.

The park claims to hold 30 Ferraris in its collection, although only 12 were on display:
A current F1 car at the entrance
A California and an FF just inside the gates
A vintage 1920’s Fiat from one of the early Targa Florios
Inside the museum, which you can see from the pictures were an F50, F40, 288 GTO, Enzo, 512, 246, 275, Lusso, and the 250 Europa.
There were also few models, body shells, and mock-ups scattered around as part of displays

As I mentioned, we were surprised by the lack of attendance at the park. They have just recently gone to 7-day operation and we were there on a weekend. There might have been a thousand people there. This seems like a lot, but scattered over the 43 acres of space, it looked very sparse. The only queue was for the F1 simulators, else there was no waiting or queuing for anything. To be fair, the whole region was noticeably affected by the global financial crisis. But I left wondering about the long-term financial viability of the place.

Overall, I am lucky I got the opportunity to visit and glad I can say I’ve been there. If you’re within a one-hour flight or in the region already, I recommend carving out a day to see it.

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Thanks Dave

Any idea of who loaned the collection on display? I am not sure I could do that as I'd want them in my own garage and access to stretch their legs.

Looking forward to your return to DC! We miss you buddy.
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As I mentioned, we were surprised by the lack of attendance at the park. They have just recently gone to 7-day operation and we were there on a weekend. There might have been a thousand people there.
Perhaps Ramadan affected the attendance? Although I think it's only just begun today.

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Very cool man, thanks for sharing. It looks as though the park is as nicely done as one would hope. Also nice to see a couple less popular or less well known Ferraris models on display.


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Thanks Dave

Any idea of who loaned the collection on display? I am not sure I could do that as I'd want them in my own garage and access to stretch their legs.

Looking forward to your return to DC! We miss you buddy.
The owner is listed as: Tarik Sheik (sp?)
If he owns any of the other "30" the museum claims to have, he's got plenty to drive.

I tell you, you can't swing a camel's privates without hitting a Ferrari here. Although the dealership is the worst I've ever seen (of any make), they are EVERYWHERE.

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I thought you took the sheep on this deployment?

Safe travels home
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I have a few more photos, Iíll download them shortly. I didnít take any of the rest of the park, only because you can see much of the park in official web page photos.

Here are a few impressions:
Very interesting & informative description...
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I thought you took the sheep on this deployment?
They only last so long...

Ramadan has not started yet, I think tomorrow night.

Either way, Dubai is one of those places that is more of a free zone. It looks like they are modeling themselves after the Vegas revival - a place where there is something for everyone, families included. Many of the resorts, nightclubs and restaurants were hopping, so I don't think Ramadan had much effect on their attendance.

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