Visitors get a sneak peak inside Ferrari World

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Eager racing fans got a glimpse inside Abu Dhabi's new Ferrari World theme park last week when it briefly opened for a sneak preview on Italian Republic Day, June 2.

Three months ahead of its official opening on October 28, members of the media and Italian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Paolo Dionisi got an early look at the park, which is totally dedicated to the legendary Italian car brand.

At the moment, the most remarkable thing about the park is its roof - a huge red construction which spans 200,000 square meters and carries the largest Ferrari logo ever constructed (65 meters high and 48.5 meters wide) - but organizers maintain that the park will be transformed from a building site to the experience of a lifetime by October.

When it opens, Ferrari World is set to include the world's fastest rollercoaster which will reach speeds of up to 240 km/h, along with over 20 other attractions designed to "bring to life" the Ferrari story.

A "G-force experience" ride will also shoot passengers through the roof and bring them back down again, and state of the art simulators used by the Ferrari racing team and a flume ride through the heart of a Ferrari 599 engine will also be available.

The park is designed to be true to its Italian roots, with Ambassador Dionisi being shown the "Bell'Italia", a 6,300 square meter miniature recreation of famous Italian cityscapes, structures and racing venues which guests can navigate in a miniature Ferrari 250 California Spider.

A broad range of Italian restaurants is also under construction, along with shops including a flagship Ferrari retail store.

The size of the Ferrari park will dwarf that of the Mega Web, a Tokyo park constructed by Japan's largest carmaker Toyota as part-showroom, part-museum and part-theme park.

It stands adjacent to the Yas Marina circuit on Yas Island, on the North East of Abu Dhabi's mainland.