Exploring Dubai’s Empty $13 Billion Man-Made Islands

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The World Islands. A collection of 300 man-made islands built off the coast of Dubai to resemble an outline of the EARTH FROM THE SKY… Yet, after $13 billion was spent to complete them they’ve mostly been sitting there empty... I couldn’t believe this place actually existed.
So as a first stop on my trip I flew to Dubai to understand what happened and what their future holds… What are your thoughts? Amazing or too crazy of an idea?
Thank you to @MyDubai and @VisitDubai for helping us get in touch with the creators of these islands and for letting us go out to see the restricted areas.
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More videos on the World Islands & Dubai
Why Dubai's Man-Made Islands Are Still Empty
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Yes Theory
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Song at the end?
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Dont let the Dubai tourism propaganda make you forget about their horrendous humans rights record of the past and present. Dont support UAE.
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Philippines should learn from them from keeping the dolomites washed away. lol
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They should build like a Silicon-valleyesque place on one of those islands
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I would build using LONG stilts
M Stakz
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10:06 his laugh 🤣🤣🤣🤣
Bongani Peter
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Justjn Taveras
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“I’m the first person to pee in the pool”
G. Alston
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Cool video can't wait to go back to Dubai. I had so much fun time flew by.. Did you find out how much each villa cost to buy or rent?
Benny Bennazi
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Song at the end?
Liam Hesmondhalgh
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This comment is below SEpost’s comment
wickedcabinboy 4 timmar sedan
Why are the islands empty? The project was begun around the time of the housing crisis. The developer ran out of money. This isn't news.
Megan Olcina
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How is he so calm about everything?
oiuet souiu
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This is what people mean when they say someone is “well connected” kids.
Klaas J
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thanks to the dutch
oiuet souiu
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These the islands everybody on Snapchat sees with all the countries ?😂
Billionaire Bill
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When he went in the really cool house he had a shirt on that said seek discomfort
Waxoff Waxon
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9:00 « it s livable, there s a pool » ...😑 I try not to hate this guy but he makes it soooooo difficult.
Waxoff Waxon
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Amza looks so faaaaaaat. He s getting fatter every video!!!
Samuel Parsons
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Nobody: Introverts that can swim: *It’s free real estate.*
N Corp
N Corp 7 timmar sedan
How can he just destroy the environment like they own the ocean and land? Who does he think he is, god?
Kumodot 7 timmar sedan
Probably a boring place.
Shergarda !
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Can we just do the same thing in Tuvalu and save it? Fundraiser mate 😂
Larry Dembrun
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Larry Dembrun This video made me smile
Vec 7 timmar sedan
"You're the only one here" the cameraman:
Nikos Constantopolous
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Excellent video 👍🏼
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I feel like not a lot of people know Dubai was built by immigrant slavery
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This is awesome
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These the islands everybody on Snapchat sees with all the countries ?😂
Romy K
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"No one's here?" sorry but the rest of us are fighting corona in lockdown
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Dubai is such a gross display of inequality
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God gifted us free earth but man sold them in money... 🤔
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Ibrahim Javed
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This is what the west is missing out on😍😍😍
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For reference, the burj khalifa cost $1.5 billion to build
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$20000 for an hour for that villa
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ok but the chairman is a genius...like imagine if all millionaires/billionaires think like him
Thomas e
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Please don’t support Dubai. It is build on modern slavery, destruction of the environment and repression of its own people ! You can’t praise the luxuries without acknowledging this. Quite disappointed in this video.
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hi from Türkey. i m very love your channel but sometimes i don't understand u . i mean i hope you are add the Türkish write . see youu
jim broadbent
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Apparently building the islands as closely as they have has lead to a real bad sea water circulation problem, essentially leading to lots of stagnant, smelly bodies of water between the islands...and other islands are being eroded by different currents
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Earth Fan
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Wow! Can you possibly insert any more images of yourself into this video?
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After all this years the Islands still pretty much empty!?.....☹️☹️☹️ must be too expensive!
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It's pretty disgusting to see the waste involved in all of this, so much disruption in carbon expenditure and the ecosystem for a few bits of extremely hot sand that will probably be gone in a few years from climate change anyway. Reclaiming land is important and not something which is necessarily bad in principle but they have just focused on this one goal of creating as much coastline as possible and not really used any common sense. There have been some very positive developments with investments towards creating a large artificial reef and a bit more appreciation for environmental issues in the past few years so it does look like there have been lessons learned to some degree, that sort of focus does really need to ramp up though. It's a challenging enough environment to live in as it is and the direction they are currently headed is unsustainable on every front and they really need to put a lot more effort and funding to protect what makes Dubai unique. No offense intended to the youtuber, you've obviously got to monetise what you can to have a decent lifestyle and I don't grudge that but I did feel that you were delivering a bit of a misleading message re your conversation with the creator. He was passionate re the sustainable living concepts and that's all interesting to hear (and fundamentally some good tech) but that isn't reflective of the whole picture - no matter how eco friendly operations now are, the construction of the islands themselves will far far far exceed that.
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Quick question -- you guys are flying to some random spot in basically every video. Do you do anything to offset your carbon emissions? I'm over here feeling guilty for flying once or maybe twice a year! I know there are ways to do it, just wondering if you are conscious of that. Cheers
Yes Theory
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Thank you so much for pointing that out. 👌🏽❤️ we do offset all our flights and transportation on a yearly basis.
Annie Slaughter
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The videos you showed of these islands being made shows the environmental degradation they caused and focusing on just the money is a lost chance to use this platform to speak for a bigger issue on environmental degradation being rationalized for tourism and money.
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This seems very off to me. you are promoting green and more environmentally merch while also also traveling across the world when a lot of us cant even see our family and friends due to this pandemic. I was going to buy so of your merch when you talked about the practices but realizing you aren't caring about the global health made me decide not to. this behavior is not okay just because it is for a video and for work. Lives are at risk, please do better and care about us
Shoaib Amal
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Uk winer
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You aren’t the first person to stay on these islands. Inaccurate.
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I've never seen a SEpost response on any channel but Yes Theory. WOW!!!
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HOLYSHTT! The view is insane. 🤍
Hojimuhammad Komoldinov
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Hi man i liked yuor vidios. I wonna won ticket to travel to go other countries
OutLogs 21 timme sedan
They should take a random person from like, each portion of the world that the island represents, then give them the island and see how they develop it
OutLogs 20 timmar sedan
Maybe even build a villa on each island for each world leader, like the ultimate world leader hang out!
Sloth Finn
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The dude dressed in the traditional uae clothing had perfect American English.
Daniela 23 timmar sedan
Incredible !
loulou yanis
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Beautiful but what a waste of money. The should build villages with water in Africa to start with.
karina mejia
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why does he not wear a mask
Varun Simons
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Fe Brito
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That's a true art of engineering
Jason Hong
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imagine if all of this sinks because of global warming
Noor 2k
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Allahu Akbar, it's almost impossible to think this could've happened in such a short time but with Allah SWT anything is possible. Much Love to all and great video.
Zibalule Mdeni
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The chairman is very smart.
Cameron Spence
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Which sweatshirt was he wearing at the start of the vid? Which colour is that
Ayeyi Art
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*Thomas:* “I have the whole villa to myself, with no supervision.” *Also Thomas:* Filming everything he is does.
B-R Nine cks
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I need to go there to build Real Estate for People who does there tasks first then movie
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Seek discomfort ... from a 5-star hotel in Dubai
R Stedler
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Is it true that they built these islands without the infrastructure for electrical, water supply, waste system in place?
Pocholo Gaming
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So this is what I saw on snap maps
Cyan Blackflower
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I've been curious as to what's going on with this place.
Moe D
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How did he get residency in UAE in 3 months?
Ben Duck
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16:06 who’s that man in the back? He sleep with you?
Ben Duck
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He went down in that pool
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it's like glitching outside of the map where you shouldn't be able to be in a video game
Ben Duck
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11:08 this mans flexing his AirPods
Ben Duck
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U wearin sketchers?
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Can we get a Yes for GyroCopter 🥙
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It's amazing what a bit of dinosaur juice can do.
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“If you try to find happiness through the pursuit of worldly things, it will elude you. The only way to find happiness is through the pursuit of God.”
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Yes thank god, no to flesh or material things, say no to Joel Osteen and Kenneth Copeland with their lavish jet planes.
Vince Senile McMahon
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Next time i am at Mass and the priest sends around the collection plate i am going to leave a note saying that instead of money.
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Holy shit Ryan Gosling is that you??!
Gauge Buseck
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11:20 amazing joke, had me laughing
Mike Sheth
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Did they think about impact on nearby coastline, fishing , beach erosion?
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