The joint venture of Belgium’s Besix and the local Aldar Properties is planning to finish work in August on the 280,000 square-metre Ferrari World theme park on Yas Island.

The project client Aldar Properties will then open the theme park in October, says a consultant working on the project.

Ferrari World includes a museum, a theatre, several roller-coasters and a high-speed driving school. The two focal points of the theme park include a 60-metre freefall attraction and the world’s fastest roller-coaster, which can reach speeds above 200 kilometres per hour. (MEED 9:11:07)

The roof of the structure is its most physically distinguishable feature. The 200,000 sq m roof is clad in steel and is highly insulated to reduce the heat load on the building. It features the world’s largest Scuderia Ferrari emblem which is 66-metres in diameter.

To build the superstructure of the building, contractors used 35,000 tonnes of concrete, 12,370 tonnes of steel, 29,000 sq m of facade glazing and 165,000 sq m of roof cladding.  

UK-based architect Benoy was contracted in 2005 to design the masterplan for Aldar’s $40bn Yas Island project, which includes a 300,000 sq m shopping mall, Ferrari World theme park and Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit race track.

Additional components planned for the 25 square-kilometre island include a water park, a 65,000 sq m business park, a Warner Brothers theme park, 20 hotels, six marinas, a polo club, two golf courses, a hospital and network of medical clinics, police and fire stations, as well as several primary and secondary schools.