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General Manager of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi on providing new thrills this Eid season

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Jesse Vargas, General Manager of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
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What are the new attractions at the park this Edi Al Fitr?

We are offering 24 hours of non-stop, fun-packed thrills, allowing guests to enjoy a combination of adrenaline-filled rides and round-the-clock entertainment. The 24-hour Rollercoaster Rally was a huge hit last year, because we transformed the park into four distinctive zones, themed from the 50s to the 90s. This year we are taking things up a notch by infusing Arabic elements.

How many rides are there?

We have 37 rides and attractions, many of which are record-breaking, gravity-defying, limit-testing or a combination of all three.

How is Ferrari World different from other amusement parks in the region?

It’s the only place where people can have their senses ignited by the excellence and fiery passion of Ferrari.

How did you become a theme park manager?

Growing up, my favourite theme park was Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, USA. I was part of the pre-opening team, working there in between semesters while at university. These experiences inspired my pursuit of a career in theme parks, which have since taken me all over the world.

What is the best part about your job?

Not only do I enjoy riding Ferrari World’s thrilling rides, but love experiencing them through the eyes of our guests. It makes me happy to watch the thousands of teary-eyed, smiling faces coming off the trains.

-The writer is an Abu Dhabi-based freelance journalist

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