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They also have HUGE money backing them. One thing to make note of, during our last trip to the UAE, *none* of the parks we visited were busy. In fact, I'd say that in most cases, there were less than 4-6 other people on any other coaster we rode, and many times we were the ONLY ones in the train.

 

I have no idea how the business model is of parks in the UAE and how they differ from USA parks, but perhaps we just aren't going to these parks when they are busy?

 

For example, it is our nature to go to these parks at the start of the day for "opening", but perhaps in this culture, they are busier later in the day when it's not as hot outside? The only place we saw crowds during out visit was at the Global Village, and that was at night, and it was **PACKED**.

 

DubaiDave? Any insight?

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(...) the travel options are so limited compared

to Dubai.... Hopefully, I can get down there before/if it closes.

 

What do you mean with travel options? Book a flight to Abu Dhabi and take a Taxi for a few bucks to Yas Isand. There are enough hotels around and not all of them are very expensive!

 

An other way is to take a Taxi or a Bus from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, so you can combine it with your Dubai Trip. That´s around 2 hours to drive... not that far and it was cheap for that distance. With the opening and closing times you won´t have any problems to get to the park and see all of it. Remember, it´s more an half day park until now.

 

I would tell you what I paid for a Taxi from AbuDhabi to Dubai, but I forgot the excact price, sorry. Maybe DubaiDave can help you out with this information.

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^^ It's easy, but does take some planning, you guys were driven there by a friend. Taxis are an option, but you are looking at about 3 hours total travel time for the round trip, and probably close to $300. Now, a coaster fanatic would pay that for a ride on the world's fastest coaster, and I was prepared to. But few tourists would do the same. Plus, I know I wasn't really sure about getting into a taxi with someone who spoke little English, and getting them to drive 80 miles for me. Some of the taxi drivers I had, it would have been fine. Some of them, no way in hell would I have asked them to do that.

 

Dubai is definitely the hub airport in the area, not Abu Dhabi. And all the other things, Atlantis, Ski Dubai, Wild Wadi, Burj Khalifa, world's largest malls, are all in Dubai, not Abu Dhabi. Plus, Dubai has a transit system to take you to everything.

 

Ferrari World is very out of the way right now. Hopefully that will change. It has to, or FW won't be around. No matter how much money they have, when I visited, workers may have outnumbered guests. That isn't a profitable venture.

 

-RO

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You guys did quite good then. But using the standard taxi rate to get to AD from Dubai is over $100, iirc. Heck, going to Atlantis from the airport was $15. Getting a taxi for 10 hrs for $150, and lots of miles, seems like the deal of the century.

 

That tells me that there are WAAAAAY too many taxis there, and they spend most of their time waiting in lines to get fares. I always wondered about that, as we would pass the hundreds of taxis in line for fares everywhere. When I asked my hotel about taxis to AD, they were quite hesitant of me even doing it. It would require a lot of trust on both ends, and I didn't have that with some of the more Al-Queda looking drivers.

 

-RO

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^Yeah, we did NOT hire a taxi for the Abu Dhabi day, it was a private car and driver, no meter or anything like that. Seems like a lot of the hotels do it though as I had a few different quotes on it.

 

We did taxis around Dubai as they seemed pretty cheap compared to other big cities.

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I was there for Christmas, my mother and myself took a taxi from Hilton Abu Dhabi to Dubai Mall total cost with tip Australian Dollars $57.00.

 

Dubai back to Abu Dhabi via Yas Island $64.00 Australian Dollars

 

To hire a driver for the day would be only about ten dollars more!

 

The bus fare from Abu Dhabi - Dubai $3.00 dollars. Dubai - Abu Dhabi $5.00.

 

A Taxi from the downtown bus station Abu Dhabi to Yas Island around 10.00 bucks. Transport is cheap and no reason not to get around the UAE.

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sorry guysI seem to have missed the updates on this thread.

 

The suspended coaster looks interesting. I will have a look the next time I am down there.

 

As for the amount of people at the parks. they do get much busier in the evenings and weekends. Whenever I visit I alwasy go when I know it will be quiet.

 

I have seen Ferrari World fairly busy and all the other parks are heaving on a thursday night and friday afternon.

 

Taxi prices seem about right. Yes they are much cheaper than in other countries but the distances traveled are quite a long way. If you can hire a car and driver from your hotel it works out a fair bit cheaper if you are traveling a large distance, otherwise metered taxis are cheaper for short distances.

 

Will try to get down to Yas as soon as I can and post and update.

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^Yeah I agree. It's super easy to get to from Dubai and relatively cheap. That is not an excuse at all.

 

But it's cheaper to fly directly to Abu Dhabi -- which is what I was saying. Maybe I didn't phrase it correctly. I don't really trust

the taxi idea -- I've been taken "for a ride" a few times overseas....

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I'm about to head to the airport to depart for a business trip - luckily with a stopover in Dubai, so I will be experiencing the "car/taxi to Ferrari World from Dubai" situation first hand in a couple days and will report back!

 

Excited to see the UAE for the first time and ride FR!

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^Yeah, we did NOT hire a taxi for the Abu Dhabi day, it was a private car and driver, no meter or anything like that. Seems like a lot of the hotels do it though as I had a few different quotes on it.

 

Yeah, car and driver is generally the way to go if you've got long distances and don't want to drive yourself. We've done it in loads of places; Egypt, Bahrain, Colombia, UAE, Philippines, and probably others I can't think of; there hasn't been a problem yet.

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^ Yeah, I'd say if you have the opportunity, check it out if you can, because there is no telling the future of the park and getting the opportunity to ride Formula Rossa would be worth it. If the park does shut down, there is no telling how long Formula Rossa could just sit there.

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Heres a few photos I managed to snapo whilst I was down at Yas a couple of weeks ago. I looks like the water park will be stunning and the coaster will weave in and out of a mountain.

 

i think this is a very good adition to the island and will really make it a destination. They have big concerts from Elton John and Madonna coming up soon so they are trying to make it an all round resort.

 

Check out The Theme park Guys for some nice updates inside the park.

 

http://www.thethemeparkguy.com/park/yas-island-water-park/

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I looks like the coaster is going to be quite long

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lifthill goodness

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^^Just read up on the special paint needed to be developed for the roof of Ferrari World and you will understand. Constant glaring desert sun will fade colors quite fast. Anything other than white will look quite poor in a very short period of time.

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