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Ferrari World Theme Park at Abu Dhabi: High-Res Photo Gallery Update

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These are some of the very first photos of the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi theme park after the completion of the almost alien-like external structure. Set to be the world's largest indoor theme park and the first ever Ferrari theme park in the world when it opens in 2010, it comes complete with a racetrack that will host the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, shops, hotels, various attractions, rides and just about anything else to make it a gear-head's "Disney Land".

Talking about Disney Land, the Ferrari theme park which is located on Yas Island between the coast and city of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, will include the world's fastest rollercoaster. Travelling at speeds in excess of 200 km/h (124 mph), it is said to emulate the feeling of being in a Ferrari F1 car as the passengers go over 62 m through the roof and back down again.

As for the theme park's now completed red roof, which is claimed to have been directly inspired by the classic double curve side profile of the Ferrari GT body, it covers a surface area of 200,000m² (2.15 million square feet) and features the largest "prancing horse" emblem in the world, measuring an astonishing 66 meters (217 feet) in diameter.




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Abu Dhabi Ferrari Theme Park: Key Facts

General

  • World's first Ferrari theme park
  • World's largest indoor park
  • Opening in 2010
  • Owned by Aldar Properties PJSC
  • Managed by Farah Leisure Parks Management L.L.C, a joint venture between Aldar Properties PJSC and ProFun Management Group Inc.
  • Located on Yas Island on the North East side of Abu Dhabi's mainland
  • Yas Island is a 10-minute drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport, 30 minutes from the city of Abu Dhabi, and 50 minutes from Dubai
  • Adjacent to the Yas Marina Circuit, hosting the inaugural 2009 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Building

  • Designed by globally renown architectural firm Benoy
  • Building height is 45m (147.6 ft), with a roof edge circumference of 2,200 m (7217.8 ft)
  • Enclosed space (area accessible to the general public) is 100,000 m2 (1,076,391 sq ft)
  • Over 35,000 tonnes of steel have been used to reinforce the structure
  • Landscaped area around the main building is 450,000 m2 (4,843,759 sq ft)

Roof

  • Design inspired by the classic double curve side profile of the Ferrari GT body
  • Made from metal and glass designed to reduce glare and heat
  • Total surface area is 200,000 m2 (2,152,782 sq ft)
  • The Ferrari logo is 65m x 48.5m, the largest Ferrari logo ever created
  • Highest point is 48m, with a total of 6,900 meters of roof guttering

Rides

  • Designed by one of the world's most prominent design firms Jack Rouse Associates
  • Over 20 state-of-the-art rides and attractions.
  • Featured attractions include:
    • The world's fastest roller coaster emulating the feeling of being in an F1 car
    • G-force experience taking passengers on an adrenaline-pumping ride up over 62m, through the roof and back down again
    • State-of-the-art racing simulators using a similar system as those used by the Ferrari racing team
    • Flume ride journey through the heart of a Ferrari 599 engine
    • Driving and Racing school for junior drivers, with expert training
    • Aerial voyage over Italy following a Ferrari

Food & Beverage

  • A broad range of dining, quick service and beverage locations offering Italian inspired delicacies as well as a variety of international dishes.
  • Highlights include:
    • Two restaurants inspired by the real Maranello food experience
    • A true Italian ambiance of a traditional delicatessen, including:
      • Customized fresh pasta and pizza made-to-order
      • An array of international dishes to satisfy all tastes

Shopping

  • Visitors can expect a retail experience that celebrates Ferrari's rich heritage in a way never seen before.
  • Highlights include:
    • 825 m2 store celebrating Ferrari's rich history with vintage and contemporary racing memorabilia
    • Souvenir photo opportunities for capturing the thrill of the moment
    • "Interactive Corners" where children can customize their own park souvenirs
    • 1300 m2 flagship store offering Ferrari and special Ferrari World Abu Dhabi items




41 Comments:

Anonymous said... »October 30, 2009

Who gives Sh!T

Alex said... »October 30, 2009

I do. If you don't like it, don't read it. This park must be awesome. Too bad most of us won't be able to afford it.

Anonymous said... »October 31, 2009

Me too...

Sounds amazing. Wish I could go there. Maybe some day. You never know.

Anonymous said... »October 31, 2009

its a pity that a great company like ferrari went after this type of "easy money" business and built such an immense facility in ... ur, abu dhabi? wheres that?
I mean, by the time this place is open the mid east economy has totally corrupted. besides, if you are wealthy enough to visit all the way to, ur, abu dhabi (wherever that is), you already have a ferrari.

Anonymous said... »October 31, 2009

Just the circuit next to this Ferarri Park costs 1.5 bilion US dollars and it's built totally on a made by men island in the ocean with transporting bilions and bilions of land into the water. Abu Dhabi is such a great place to visit. Ofcourse in the US there is something better, sure yeah.. ^-^ Why would you go enywhere different than your own country when it's the best and the most beautiful?

It's so funny most of the americans don't know how many continents there are in the World, they even can't say more than 2 countries in the World. Or they answer this with saying some state. Ofcourse the don't know where is Abu Dhabi, as well as they think nothing is more beautifull and better in any way than their own country USA.

They also never heard of Formula 1, and again their sports are than times better. Ofcourse the reality is that F1 is 10 milion times better in any way than the rubbish you watch and think it's better.

I don't hate americans, I'm just amazed of the low cultural and international level of the avarege american. It's just unreal.

Anonymous said... »October 31, 2009

I agree, it's such a shame so many great automotive co's are reaching out for the corrupt inhumane arab money. They seriously need to take a good hard look at themselves. Ferrari is italian through and through no connnection to white sheet wearing arabs. The only thing the arabs have ever contributed to the world is terrorist and the oil they sit on, which without the western worlds techonlogy they still wouldnt be able to pump it out. They would be still riding camels and living in tents in the desert. The oil will run out and these crass cities will become run down has-beens not able to sustain themselves.

Chris said... »October 31, 2009

Anonymous#3 Your feeble comment just proves to the rest of the world what narrow minded, insular people so many Americans are (sadly).

If you don't know where Abu Dhabi is try looking it up, you might learn something today. (Here's a clue....it's not so far from 'eye rack' where your previous dim witted president dragged us all into an unneccessary war)

Anonymous said... »October 31, 2009

Who give a shit...

Too bad it is located on the worst part of the world..the land that full of inhumane, arrogant, snobbish, stupid, lazy people. It also the land that still allow slavery in the modern way...

In other word it is the hell on the world..hot like hell....

Braddo said... »October 31, 2009

yes I also cant help but think once the money runs dry here, no one will go near it... Especially if they keep gold plating their Mercs... This city is destined to fail..

Anonymous said... »November 01, 2009

Anonymous 5

"corrupt inhumane arab money"

"which without the western worlds techonlogy they still wouldnt be able to pump it out"

contradiction alert!

"The only thing the arabs have ever contributed to the world is terrorist "

and invading another country , killing it's people and hanging it's president on a holy day for no reason is ??

and by the way, the Arabs contributed to All the essential sciences .. and the numbers on your keyboard , yes 1,2,3,.. etc are Arabic numerals.. too bad you know only what your mind is fed ..

your sence is CORRUPT my friend .. you need to get out and look at the big picture..

Anonymous said... »November 01, 2009

To Anonymous #4 - let me respond to your following statement: "The only thing the arabs have ever contributed to the world is terrorist and the oil they sit on" -

Here is a little background on what the Arabs/Muslims have given to the world:

1. Astronomy > Muslim astronomers were the first to establish observatories, like the one built at Mugharah by Hulagu, the son of Genghis Khan, in Persia, and they invented instruments such as the quadrant and astrolabe, which led to advances not only in astronomy but in oceanic navigation, contributing to the European age of exploration.

2. Geography > Among the most famous names in the field of geography, even in the West, are Ibn Khaldun and Ibn Batuta, renowned for their written accounts of their extensive explorations. In 1166, Al-Idrisi, the well-known Muslim scholar who served the Sicilian court, produced very accurate maps, including a world map with all the continents and their mountains, rivers and famous cities. Al-Muqdishi was the first geographer to produce accurate maps in color. It was, moreover, with the help of Muslim navigators and their inventions that Magellan was able to traverse the Cape of Good Hope, and Da Gama and Columbus had Muslim navigators on board their ships.

Anonymous said... »November 01, 2009

Continued....

3. Education > The spread of Islamic universities; Al-Zaytunah in Tunis, and Al-Azhar in Cairo go back more than 1,000 years and are the oldest existing universities in the world. Indeed, they were the models for the first European universities, such as Bologna, Heidelberg, and the Sorbonne. Even the familiar academic cap and gown originated at Al-Azhar University.

Muslims made great advances in many different fields, such as geography, physics, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, pharmacology, architecture, linguistics and astronomy. Algebra and the Arabic numerals were introduced to the world by Muslim scholars. The astrolabe, the quadrant, and other navigational devices and maps were developed by Muslim scholars and played an important role in world progress, most notably in Europe's age of exploration.

4. Mathematics > The Muslims invented the symbol for zero (The word "cipher" comes from Arabic sifr), and they organized the numbers into the decimal system - base 10. Additionally, they invented the symbol to express an unknown quantity, i.e. variables like x.

The first great Muslim mathematician, Al-Khawarizmi, invented the subject of algebra (al-Jabr), which was further developed by others, most notably Umar Khayyam. Al-Khawarizmi's work, in Latin translation, brought the Arabic numerals along with the mathematics to Europe, through Spain. The word "algorithm" is derived from his name.

Muslim mathematicians excelled also in geometry, as can be seen in their graphic arts, and it was the great Al-Biruni (who excelled also in the fields of natural history, even geology and mineralogy) who established trigonometry as a distinct branch of mathematics. Other Muslim mathematicians made significant progress in number theory.

5. Medicine > Al-Razi, known in the West as Rhazes, the famous physician and scientist, (d. 932) was one of the greatest physicians in the world in the Middle Ages. He stressed empirical observation and clinical medicine and was unrivaled as a diagnostician. He also wrote a treatise on hygiene in hospitals. Khalaf Abul-Qasim Al-Zahrawi was a very famous surgeon in the eleventh century, known in Europe for his work, Concessio (Kitab al-Tasrif).

Ibn Sina (d. 1037), better known to the West as Avicenna, was perhaps the greatest physician until the modern era. His famous book, Al-Qanun fi al-Tibb, remained a standard textbook even in Europe, for over 700 years. Ibn Sina's work is still studied and built upon in the East.

Other significant contributions were made in pharmacology, such as Ibn Sina's Kitab al-Shifa' (Book of Healing), and in public health. Every major city in the Islamic world had a number of excellent hospitals, some of them teaching hospitals, and many of them were specialized for particular diseases, including mental and emotional. The Ottomans were particularly noted for their building of hospitals and for the high level of hygiene practiced in them.

Not sure if you can comprehend the sheer magnitude of the discoveries above which brought Europe out of the dark ages literally. I hope that helps clarify for you what the Arabs and the Muslim world have brought to the world.

Please refrain from your ignorant bias and open your mind. Peace

Max said... »November 01, 2009

Wow, the people who came up with this are bigger megalomaniacs then Donald Trump. But really now, I don't give a damn about this theme park.

By the way Chris can you, lefties and other haters, keep your stupid anti war and anti american mambo jambo out car blogs?

Stefano said... »November 01, 2009

Wow, they are building a Ferrari theme park in Abu Dhabi and not in Italy? Porca miseria, imbecile Montezemolo.

Ace said... »November 01, 2009

What? No chrome or gold paint?

Anonymous said... »November 01, 2009

I'm indifferent to this whole mess, but I will pick apart a few misdirected statements.

"Arabic numerals.."

Is what European called Indo-Arabic numerals because the Arabs populaized them in Europe. No, the Arabs do not and will not take sole credit for their invention; that discoverey is split with the Indians 50/50.


"too bad you know only what your mind is fed .."

You know, I could name at least three religions that came out of that part of the world. They've fed a lot of minds and produced all kinds or atrocities and bloodshed.

Indeed, knowing only what your mind is fed is greatly destructive. It's probably best to recognize such dangerious misinformation for what it is and to reject it.


"Here is a little background on what the Arabs/Muslims have given to the world"

Before you begin, disassociate the terms Arab and Muslim with one another. All Arabs ARE NOT muslims and all muslims ARE NOT Arabs.

Tying the two together is not only disingenuous, but also allows people to start taking theologial arguments as a racist remark...despite that religion is not and will not ever be a race.


"Astronomy"

First of all, pre-Huygens astronomy that took place in an 'observatory' was not astronmy. Any work done there was just the further compounding of naked eye observations that man has been doing for centuries. Without a telescope, all that pre-Huygens astronomical observatories were were just institutions entangled in dogmatic and pseudo-science nonsence. Most of them were institutions that favoured astronomy which is a long-since discredited non-science and is not taken serriouly by any achidemic or scientific community any more.

Just because astrology (not astronomy ) was belived to be true thousands of years ago in pre-Huygens observitors doesn't mean it is true to this day.

Furthermore, The Cartesian coordinate system, and even long before that, Euclidean space identified the quadrant long before islamic scolars did. Also, the astrolabe is bullshit becasue it was introduced to the islamic world by eastern christians...but both of them used the astrolabe for astrogical purpose which is useless and dogmatic.

Anonymous said... »November 01, 2009

"Geography"

One word; 'Eratosthenes'. You can't claim to be the first where you weren't. If you're going to make the west sound like it is dependant upon islamic scholar, then it should be known that islamic scholars were dependant upon Eratosthenes.

"Da Gama and Columbus had Muslim navigators on board their ships."

Find me proof that voyages that were funded by the Catholic church had Muslims on the ships and on their payroll.


"Education"

Won't this be fun. He'll try his damnest to tell me that an islamic education is worth more than a secular one.

Even though that isn't what is said, he did mention EARLY European universities. Key word there is the early bit. Once Hellenistic civilization was uncovered, virtually all universites in Europe and the rest of the western world adopted this approach to education.

"Muslims made great advances in many different fields, such as geography, physics, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, pharmacology, architecture, linguistics and astronomy."

As did many other civilizations. But none of them, not even the muslims, can lay claim to inventing or discovering them.


"Al-Khawarizmi's work, in Latin translation, brought the Arabic numerals along with the mathematics to Europe, through Spain."

There you go again. 'Arabic numerals' were only called that by early Europeans. It was a joint discovery made by both the Indians and the Arabs.

You can keep parroting all this fluff from the pro-islam sites all you want, it doesn't mean any of it is true.


"Muslim mathematicians excelled also in geometry, as can be seen in their graphic arts,"

Euclid had them beat by centuries.

Anonymous said... »November 01, 2009

"such as Ibn Sina's Kitab al-Shifa' (Book of Healing)"

Any book of medicine that details metaphyics isn't worth anyting. You might as well say illness is caused by demons.

No, modern medicine is based on empiricism and not the dogmatic whining of centuries old books that couldn't explain that breathing was a product of muscle contractions and not the 'soul'.

"Not sure if you can comprehend the sheer magnitude of the discoveries"

Many of which were the responsibilties of the Greeks and that were later copied and extrapolated upon by the Arabs.

But lets not waste the space on Carscoop with the volume of discoveres made by the Hellenistic and Western world and how they overshadow Islamic discoveries. We'll save that for another post.


"which brought Europe out of the dark ages literally."

Thanks to the Greeks.

But I suppose I need to ask why the Islamic world retreated after that? Why did the Golden age of islam end? Why is the islamic world now living in their own dark ages?

The important question is not 'what did the golden age of islamic science give the world?' but 'why did it end?'

If you can answer that question and see why the world of islamic science died after the 13th century, you'll know why it ended.


"Please refrain from your ignorant bias and open your mind. Peace"

'May you find reason and logic. ISBN 10:0618918248'

Marcus said... »November 01, 2009

Great to see that there are educated ppl on both sides having a civilized conversation here on Carscoop, but the funny thing is that the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is a joint venture between Middle Eastern and Western European companies.

It's a great project and it shows how people from different backgrounds / ethnicity can create beautiful things when they work together.

Just my five cents.

Anonymous said... »November 01, 2009

Interesting commentary Anonymous # 10/11

I agree with your following statement to some extent but see my response below:

"Before you begin, disassociate the terms Arab and Muslim with one another. All Arabs ARE NOT muslims and all muslims ARE NOT Arabs.

Tying the two together is not only disingenuous, but also allows people to start taking theologial arguments as a racist remark...despite that religion is not and will not ever be a race."

My response > In the history of science, Islamic science refers to the science developed under Islamic civilization between the 8th and 16th centuries, during what is known as the Islamic Golden Age. It is also known as "Arabic science" since the majority of texts during this period were written in Arabic, the lingua franca of Islamic civilization. However, as per your comment despite these terms, not all scientists during this period were Muslim or Arab, as there were a number of notable non-Arab scientists (most notably Persians), as well as some non-Muslim scientists, who contributed to scientific studies in the Islamic world.

A number of modern scholars such as Fielding H. Garrison, Bertrand Russell, Abdus Salam and Hossein Nasr consider modern science and the scientific method to have been greatly influenced by Muslim scientists who introduced a modern empirical, experimental and quantitative approach to scientific inquiry. Some scholars, notably Donald Routledge Hill, Ahmad Y Hassan, Abdus Salam,and George Saliba, have referred to their achievements as a Muslim scientific revolution, though this does not contradict the traditional view of the Scientific Revolution which is still supported by most scholars.

So to follow up on your comment:
"You can keep parroting all this fluff from the pro-islam sites all you want, it doesn't mean any of it is true."

The above response was taken from Wikipedia. ;)

Having gone through some of your explanations, I see the extraordinary time you have taken to minimize the contributions I responded with.

Here is my point: When a misinformed moron on a car forum (who does not know seem to know their geography, history or grammar) starts mouthing off on how a certain group of people are oil rich terrorists, that person needs to be educated.

This topic is over.

I wish Abu Dhabi and Ferrari the very best, its a huge feat for them to get this project going. For the haters out there who clearly are clueless, Abu Dhabi is developing the world's first "Zero Emissions" City of its kind. Masdar City.

Oh and by the way, I am a Canadian so relax :)

Anonymous said... »November 01, 2009

Anonymous # 12 - my last response to your latest post:

"The important question is not 'what did the golden age of islamic science give the world?' but 'why did it end?'"

Great question. Bravo.

Answer: Corruption, Colonialism, Imperialism, Wars, In-fighting, the full support of Crony kingdoms and Dictators to quash their people in the name of pseudo democracy and borrowed liberal values, Extremism and the CIA. I have a few other reasons, but I'll save them for my political blog instead :)

BTW: Carscoop rocks, its my fave car blog. Keep up the good work guys!

Marcus: I agree with you 100% - its great to see countries/nations collaborate towards a goal.

Viva Ferrari Viva Abu Dhabi!

Anonymous said... »November 01, 2009

"Having gone through some of your explanations, I see the extraordinary time you have taken to minimize the contributions I responded with."

Considering they've ALL come wikipedia, yeah why not, many of them minimize themselves by default.

Now here's MY point.

It's not so much a minimization, but rather a prevention of the inevitable lunge for acceptance that all pro-islamic sites make after they've listed a slew of islamic scholars; they will eventually start trying to tie religion into science, specifically Islam and how the findings that the scientists found or discovered could have only come from their the koran.

Science doesn't care about religion or holy books or the existance of a diety. Wedging religion into science just to claim that your religion was responsible for discoveries X,Y, and Z doesn't further or promote a religion. Science only cares about what is true and is the result of observations and experimentations; there is no need for any religion to weasle it's way into science and then claim well after the fact that the answers that science has discovered were in the holy book all along. It doesn't work like that. The only thing it means is that the holy book is worthless for predicting scientific advancements; whoever gets there first wins and no metaphors or ancient cultural understandings are valid especally if they are read from a holy book AFTER the discovery.

I have no quams about giving credit to the Arabs for their scientific advancements. I do have a problem when an entire religion wants credit for it when it has contributed nothing. Same thing for the Catholicism. Same thing for the Judism. Same thing for Hinduism. THAT is why I never tie race into religion becasue religion hijacks the deserving credit for a people's scientific studies and results and then chalks them up as a triumph of religion.

Anonymous said... »November 01, 2009

"Answer: Corruption, Colonialism, Imperialism, Wars, In-fighting, the full support of Crony kingdoms and Dictators to quash their people in the name of pseudo democracy and borrowed liberal values, Extremism and the CIA. I have a few other reasons, but I'll save them for my political blog instead :)"

Yeah, please save them for your political blog...as there is no way the CIA or even colonialism contributed to the end of the golden age is Islam considering that the united states hadn't even been established when the age ended (thus the CIA isn't an aswer), nor had colonialism taken hold until the 15th century at the earilest.

Anonymous said... »November 02, 2009

"Muslims invented the symbol Zero" -
Wrong...the most important number/symbol in numerals/math/science was invented by Indians.
They used an empty space at first and later it was represented by a dot and the the symbol Zero. It then was adapted by Arabs and then reached the European world therafter. But the name Zero (cypher)comes from the Arabic Language.
The first few aggressive comments against Abu Dhabi and Arabic nations are due to pure jealousy. They can't stand it when such ultra luxurious facilities are established outside thier own country. Look America deserves its top dog status due its people and their efforts, but they should start becoming open minded. Sure there is utter lack of human rights in some Arabic countries but... one should also appreciate.
Being open minded counts even more as China and India will lead the world into the future.

Anonymous said... »November 02, 2009

The building looks like a big red alien dome straight from the game 'Command & Conquer'!

Anonymous said... »November 03, 2009

Arabs inhumane? Sounds like jealousy and envy to me. Did the US and European countries not profit due to cheap slave type labor and the stealing of Africa's raw materials? Please don't say no as you would be in denial.

Arabs at least are using their own raw materials to transform their economies into a sustainable one. Yes, we also are using cheap labor, and unfortunately that is still a sad reality. These men and women come from impoverished countries in which they would not be able to make half as much as they would here. Stories like unpaid wages do exist and we are tackling these issues. We need to as human beings.

Places like Abu Dhabi and Qatar are developing nations who are diversifying their economies and are on track to to do so. We still have a lot to learn, and collaborations between people from different cultures is a logical way of learning.

Many global companies have a diverse pool of employees. Google and Microsoft for example with the many products that they release is in parts due to the synergy between great minds that hail from different races, cultures, and religions.

It bothers me that when Arabs do something good, we are met with jealousy and hate. When a few group of evil terrorists commit evil, we are attacked as a whole. We dare to dream and things like the Ferrari Park, the Abu Dhabi F1 circuit is a dream come true.

Here in Qatar, citizens don't pay for education, or health care, we don't pay for water, electricity, and certainly not taxes. Divorced or widowed women get free accommodation and a salary. Seems like we know how to take care of our people. We don't go suing people for the smallest mishaps. This is the basis for a civilized country. I'm proud to be an Arab, and look forward to tackling our various challenges and realizing our many dreams.

Come visit Qatar, or the UAE, someday and get to know the people who live there.

Anonymous said... »November 03, 2009

The CIA/US comment was an attempt at humour :) Now lets call it a day, and enjoy the Ferrari Theme park shall we? Good bantering with you..take care.

Anonymous said... »November 03, 2009

"Sounds like jealousy and envy to me. Did the US and European countries not profit due to cheap slave type labor and the stealing of Africa's raw materials? Please don't say no as you would be in denial."

Back at you. DO NOT sit there and deny the Arab slave trade that existed on the east coast of Africa for centuries before Europe started and centuries after they abolished it up to the end of the Ottoman empire. There is no way for you to weezle out of this one and claim a victory for the Middle East as being more humane than the West.

YOU are in denial hoping to enjoy the relative ingorance of the Arab slave trade history as the world focuses on the West's much studied and documented slave history.

Oh, and if you bring up colonalism as something 'we' are guilty of, then I have 3 words for that.

Somalia and Sudan.


"Arabs at least are using their own raw materials to transform their economies into a sustainable one."

The West has been doing this for years. Where I live, we call it 'hydro-electirc' and supplies us over a third of our power.

Unlike the Middle East, our renewable resources will last for centures and our geological wealth just as long if managed properly.

After their last export of dogma, oil is all they have left. After that runs out, the oil barrons will have nothing left and a fragile service based economy will sputter and break down the (by then) weary and out-dated infastructure. It's what's happend here in the West when industry and trades based economy gave way to a service based economy.


"It bothers me that when Arabs do something good, we are met with jealousy and hate."

Because all we see is endless dogma being spouted; virtually the same kind of dogma that sent Europe into the dark ages for centuries and was used as a worthless justification for the colonialism of NA and SA.

No offense, but the ME seems throughly entrenched in dogma, something that casts a long and dark shadow of mistrust over all the people of the ME. I acknolage that in places like the UAE, Qatar, Barain, and Turkey that significant efforts made by those countries have transformed them into jewels of ME (hence Abu Dhabi as seen above) and they deserve the credit. But the fervent dogma is what keeps me from becoming welcoming and fully open to the ME without taking extra percautions.

Anonymous said... »November 03, 2009

Wow, this is one of the best blogs I've read so far this site!

By all means, please continue!

Anonymous said... »November 03, 2009

I have been to Dubai and Abu Dabi both, and what they are trying to accomplish there is a dream of phenomenal proportions.

I've even stayed at the Hotel Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah. I shopped at the worlds' largest indoor mall (the Dubai Mall) as well as the Souks located downtown. I played at the Wild Wadi Aqua Park, one of the best water parks I've ever seen.

I had a great time there and was treated with respect even with the fact that I am American. I can see they have hopes to better themselves just as Americans do. I can see that they are trying to modernize there culture and country just as every other modern country has at some point. I was able to learn many things I could not learn from a book or the internet, positive things.

But what I also learned is that the infrastructure is based purely on the oil they pump out of the ground. The desalination plants only run on gas, which as we know, will soon run out if they are to continue pumping oil at the current rates. As with any country on this planet, water is the key to survival there.

I hope for the best for the UAE. I also hope they can teach other Arab countries that 'Westernizing' is not a bad thing, if it is done for the right reasons.

I just hope they don't learn the bad things about becoming a modern powerhouse such as American arrogance or European stubbornness.

JDR

Anonymous said... »November 05, 2009

Your all idiots.... This is why the world is so screwed up, you are all a prime example of why people cant get along.

Anonymous said... »November 30, 2009

Real shame bomhammed had a six-year old wife. Aisha.
A prophet you say?

By who's standard?

Anonymous said... »December 30, 2009

see, the people has lost their humanity....we are all humans and don't separate ourself by religious views....

Anonymous said... »December 30, 2009

@anony who visited Dubai.
Modernizing is not westernizing. The east developed a long time ago when the west was the place of forest dwellers. Countries like India and China are the cradles of civilisation. All the worlds languages have come out of Sanskrit. the worlds cultures have been inspired from eastern cultures thanks to European travellers who travelled far and wide.
Countries like India which were the richest are now third world. But China and India are rising again. shows no one can afford to be arrogant or stubborn. Every country, individual, species have thier time.

Anonymous said... »December 30, 2009

Whew!

And some how the fantastic architecture and engineering feats were left out of this mostly divisive and ignorant commentary. Oh well, that's another blog.

3Deuce27

Anonymous said... »February 03, 2010

i tend to disagree with that comment about the arabs all being bad, abu dabi is a good place and so is the middle east, if you are not fighting the war then you have no place to judge based on what you hear, think about it, how many people get to hear the middle easts side of the story? the reason i say this haha is because i am going to work for the park

Anonymous said... »February 25, 2010

its will be graetest park in the world

Hooshmand said... »March 01, 2010

I will be there....
People out there... believe ur dreams.

Anonymous said... »May 11, 2010

How's about you all just go & ride the world's fastest roller coaster in the most newest modern destination on the freakin' planet?

Anonymous said... »November 07, 2010

We are rich . We can do any thing we wanna ..
Just dream .. and just a few days it will be real..

Love to any Arabic on this world ..

American people .. we are coming sooooooooooooon sooooooooooon ^_^

Anonymous said... »November 12, 2010

deberian actualizar la imagen en el google earth

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