Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Top choice amusement park in Yas Island

Image by Lindsey Parry Lonely Planet

If you want bragging rights to having 'done' Formula Rossa, the world's fastest roller coaster, visit this indoor (perfect in summer) temple of torque and celebration of all things Ferrari in a spectacular building. Accelerating from 0km/h to 240km/h in 4.9 seconds, this is as close to an F1 experience as most of us are likely to get.

Other diversions includes the Flying Aces roller coaster, boasting the world's biggest loop and steepest/fastest incline cable lift; a Ferrari Driving Experience around the island with with a company-certified driver (from Dhs695 extra); and an imaginative 4D adventure. A fifth, fully-indoor roller coaster and a roof walk adventure were brewing at time of research. Between thrills, check out the car exhibitions or live shows.