10 of the best: Activities for families in Abu Dhabi
3. Feel the rush at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
The monstrous Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the world’s largest indoor theme park. For fans of super cars there are, unsurprisingly, plenty of Ferraris to check out, while simulator experiences recreate the thrill of driving one. The log flume in the dark is great fun and any kids who want to be able to go back to school and boast about having ridden the world’s fastest rollercoaster should make straight for the Forula Rossa ride, which reaches speeds of 239 km/hr (149 mph). Riders even have to wear special protective eye wear, like those worn during skydiving – because colliding with an airborne insect at 150mph wouldn’t be pretty. Those brave enough can also twist and turn upside down on Flying Aces, the park’s latest rollercoaster, which has the highest loop on the planet – a terrifying 52m.
For something much gentler, the Junior GT experience is brilliant for little ones. Kids watch a short film, a bit of training and then they’re off on the road (so to speak) behind the wheel of a fun-sized 430 GT Spider. Alongside its coasters, thrill rides and kiddie rides, there are interactive galleries, tours and films about the history of Ferarri, as well as live shows with BMX biking, dancing and of course, driving.
Top tip: Book your go-kart slot at the beginning of the day, otherwise you’ll face long queues