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meh.

 

Its been sld by a government company to the government?

 

O M G ! ! !

 

what will happen now?

LOL! This is kind of what I was thinking. To me, it just sounds like a change of hands from one govt guy to another so that it looks better on the books. I'm not convinced this actually means anything. When I saw a park like that god awful ghost town place still technically in operation, I don't see Ferrari World going anywhere!

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I think the reason everybody thinks this place is doomed is because of what happened to Geauga Lake.

What??? How does that even compare?

 

Geuaga Lake closed because one company wanted a monopoly on Ohio, bought their closest competitor and shut it down.

 

How does this even come close to that???

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I think the reason everybody thinks this place is doomed is because of what happened to Geauga Lake.

 

 

Quick!! Everyone email Kat your donations so she can save Ferrari World!! Man, there are some dumb posts on here, but the last two pages take the cake. That press release said the park was SOLD, not CLOSED! It doesn't compare to Geagua, Hard Rock or any of that. Just a sale to another owner. Man, look at all the doomsayers come out of the woodwork!!

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^Don't be. We're just saying it doesn't compare to the Geauga Lake closure, mainly bacause the park isn't closed.

 

Hopefully the government will take care of the park. This may be a stupid question, but does anyone know if the government has any intention of selling Ferrari World or are they going to operate it themselves?

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Hopefully the government will take care of the park. This may be a stupid question, but does anyone know if the government has any intention of selling Ferrari World or are they going to operate it themselves?

Based purely on my speculations, I would say they probably will want to operate it and make it a success. They are depending so much on tourism, and already own several other tourism type destinations already. I'm sure they would want it to succeed. The only way I would imagine it would close, is if it turns out to just be a complete failure with attendance.

 

Considering the crazy amount of indoor amusement type of places that are already in that area, I can't imagine this one not surviving... but we'll see!

 

--Robb "And remember, this is the UAE we're talking about...they have oil money!" Alvey

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Without trying to be as ignorant and idiotic as many of the above posts have been, I still think this isn't necessarily great news. I mean, I'm not convinced that the park will be saved just because the government is taking it over.

 

I guess we can at least be optimistic and believe the park is in better hands than it was with a company that couldn't even operate the park for a year without selling it.

 

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I just overall don't know what to make about what is going on in that part of the world these days. I remember when I first got interested in coasters and reading forums about 5 or 6 years ago, all this UAE stuff was announced. Around 2010-2012 they were supposed to build all these parks and it was supposed to be Orlando East or something. Well, its now that time and its certainly not what was announced.

 

Around the same time, I was starting college, and many of my professors when talking about globalization and stuff brought up UAE and showed us all the plans for the cities, businesses, real estate, tourism, etc. A few years later one of my profs just came back from a one year furlough....he was supposed to have taught at a huge university built in Dubai that was never built. He still got paid his furlough year from the state of Maryland, so just decided to travel the world for a year. Just wanted to mention that, because everything going on in UAE, not just theme parks, seems....strange I guess, and confusing. It all seemed too good to be true when it was announced, and it looks at least now that it was.

 

All I can say is hopefully this one park that actually was built can stay open because it looks awesome. And maybe one day the UAE real estate market will turn around and they will finish more of their big plans!

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Without trying to be as ignorant and idiotic as many of the above posts have been, I still think this isn't necessarily great news. I mean, I'm not convinced that the park will be saved just because the government is taking it over.

I don't think you read DubaiDave's post. It was owned by the government before.

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^^You have to understand that the government of Abu Dhabi and the UAE is VERY different from our government. This isn't like when our government bailed out the mortgage or car companies. It's basically just shifting around owners to whomever has money this year to look better.

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Considering the crazy amount of indoor amusement type of places that are already in that area, I can't imagine this one not surviving... but we'll see!

 

The only thought I'd have there is that just about all of the other indoor places are attached to shopping malls where they have regular footfall to keep them going. Ferrari World is standing out on its own. As I noted in my trip report it was deserted the night I was there; hopefully this was an anomaly rather than the general rule.

 

Formula Rossa rocks anyway

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As an F1 fan I was always shocked at they built it where they did and not Italy, but this is where the money was.

 

They whole project out there cost more than anyone thought it would, inclding the F1 track.

 

The park will not be allowed to fail, Ferrari would simply not allow it. I have no idea what the visitor numbers are to the area, but due to the problems all round the world they are probably not as high as they thought they would be. Maybe things will pick up but they have to make the normal person be able to afford to go and at the moment this is not happening

 

The park is built now anyway so it will just be the running costs that are needed so I think they will be ok.

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The park will not be allowed to fail, Ferrari would simply not allow it.

 

Ferrari doesn't control the economy, so unless the global economy gets on the up and/or the park continues to have good (and increasing) attendance and make a good deal of profit, I don't think Ferrari will have much of a say in the matter.

 

Now, obviously they could do what Disney is doing with California Adventure and spend millions more than what most parks usually would on new attractions in the hopes that it will increase attendance and make the park turn out profit, but we'll just have to wait a few years and see what happens.

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Damn we're mean! Thanks for the report Noxegon. Formula Rossa sounds awesome. It hasn't been open long, but I sure it'll survive all the loses once the tourist catch on. How popular is this park outside of enthusiast groups?

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Sorry I should have made myself clearer.

 

Even though Ferrari have not invested in the park it is their brand that is being used, and I am sure if needed they would help out.

 

There is a lot about this park in F1 papers and to Ferrari this park is a big deal when it come to advertising in that part of the world.

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I'm fairly certain Ferrari would be much happier to see this park succeed in the long run, but it wouldn't be a brand-destroying problem if it were ever to close (and there's no reason to think it will close any time soon). I'd guess they're far more worried about winning races and super-car-industry kudos than theme park attendance figures.

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