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Theme Parks: Children to Learn first Driving Skills at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

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Driving School provides road safety and skill training for children

Young guests at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will be able to take their first ever drive in a beautiful scaled down Ferrari while learning valuable skills before testing what they have learned on the racetrack.

When the park opens its doors for the first time on 27th October 2010 at 7pm, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will feature a wide range of rides and attractions which ignite the senses and reflect the remarkable story of Ferrari, but it’s not only high octane rollercoasters and advanced simulators on offer. Youngsters will be given the opportunity to get behind the wheel of scaled down Ferrari  F430 GT Spider cars and pick up new skills before heading out onto a mini Grand Prix circuit within the park and applying their new skills in stunning scaled down F1™ Scuderia Ferrari single seater.

At Junior GT, the first part of the Driving School, children will be schooled on road safety essentials before they get behind the wheel to experience driving conditions for the first time at a reduced and safe speed. From stop signs to roundabouts and lane discipline, young drivers will need to pass this crucial first stage to get their drivers license before making the step up to a race driving experience at the second part of the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Driving School.

At Junior Grand Prix, young drivers will learn more about F1™ driving techniques; when to make the most of a straight away and turn into corners as well as what changes a driver’s experience when driving through a tunnel. They will have to maneuver around the track and make the most of their chance to take on chicanes before crossing the checkered flag. 

Andy Keeling, Park Manager, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi said: “The Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Driving School is a new concept we have developed for our younger audience, where they can learn the basics of road safety and driving etiquette in a thrilling environment. Junior GT and Junior Grand Prix combine to deliver a memorable experience for our young guests.”

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will open its doors to the public at 7pm on 27th October 2010 with a vast array of attractions to suit guests of all ages and tastes. Guests can purchase tickets at the gate and are recommended to arrive early to join in the opening celebrations, which include unique entertainment and free souvenirs.

Ticket prices range from AED 225 for guests above 1.5m, and AED 165 for visitors below 1.5m. Guests can upgrade their experience with a Premium Ticket, which will give them priority on all attractions and access to an exclusive lounge with refreshments, as well as other benefits. Premium Tickets cost AED 375 for guests above 1.5m and AED 270 for visitors below 1.5m. All tickets provide unlimited use of rides and attractions inside Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. The park will be operating on a six-day a week schedule from Tuesday to Sunday, welcoming visitors from 12 noon each day.

About Ferrari World Abu Dhabi:

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will be the world’s largest indoor and first Ferrari theme park. It will be an intense multi-sensory experience and a must-visit for enthusiasts, fans and families. With more than 20 unique rides, attractions and shows, including the world’s fastest rollercoaster, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will be a celebration of Ferrari’s past, present and future. Opening to the public on 27 October 2010, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is set to be one of the signature features of Yas Island, a 2, 500 hectare island dedicated to leisure, entertainment and lifestyle.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is a world-class development by Aldar Properties PJSC, Abu Dhabi’s leading property development, management and investment company and will be managed by Farah Leisure Parks Management LLC, a joint venture between Aldar Properties PJSC and ProFun Management Group Inc., an international leisure facilities management and operating company.

Media professionals wishing to attend the public opening of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi on 27 October 2010 are requested to complete the accreditation form available on the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi website http://www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com/accreditation/

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