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

15 nov. 2020
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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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Dubai Evolution from 1960 to 2021 Time-lapse
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    With infinityWith infinity36 minuten geleden
  • While some Islands are sinking and the inhabitants loose everything, It's nice to know People with Money to Burn Care So Much.

    Glenn HertelGlenn Hertel58 minuten geleden
  • Five minutes of environment marketing shit...flies to oil producing Dubai

    JustinJustinUur geleden
  • Imagine being that rich

    Ridwan Afwan Karim FauziRidwan Afwan Karim FauziUur geleden
  • Why Doesn’t the sand just erod with all the water. Like it seems very sketch

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  • He should of brought a girl

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  • Duhh mr beast challenge last to leave island

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  • This is going to be one of those places where in 100 years they’ll be completely inhabited and talked about how they were deserted in our time

    Pate FutchPate Futch3 uur geleden
  • It's in the Bible. A fool builds his Castle on sand

    The Unreal Thick SunnyThe Unreal Thick Sunny3 uur geleden
  • your wallet will feel like you're in the city hahaha

    melancholy 20melancholy 203 uur geleden
  • stupid! heard of world hunger?!

    melancholy 20melancholy 203 uur geleden
  • What about Tsunamis?.🥰

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    melancholy 20melancholy 203 uur geleden
  • Niceeee documentation. Been curious too for a long time 😊

    Yaney GalaponYaney Galapon3 uur geleden
  • Kuwait also made some artificial (man made) islands which are still open to investment and apparently from what I've seen they took many more precautions and as a result the impact on sea life wasn't as bad... but I'm sure it was worse than just using the land we already have.

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    Treva MayTreva May7 uur geleden
  • Shouldn't you be wearing a mask????

    Jp AdanJp Adan8 uur geleden
  • Maybe that’s why on Snapchat there’s little islands on the Snapchat map that exactly looks like where he went but the island on snap is America but they’re all separate into islanda

    Chloe MirandaChloe Miranda9 uur geleden
  • These people have more connections than some celebs and politicians

    seeni gztyseeni gzty10 uur geleden
  • Dude, that place is pretty awesome. The view of the city at night, outstanding.

    jfrockonjfrockon10 uur geleden
    • islands and has 2 proper cities on it with many towns surrounding it, functioning perfectly. There is a saying: "god created the earth, but the Dutch created The Netherlands".

      seeni gztyseeni gzty10 uur geleden
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    Austin RenwickAustin Renwick11 uur geleden
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    Kendall ReidKendall Reid12 uur geleden
  • How could a decent person promote projects which are presently playing such a destructive role within our global environment ? Dubai is a shame

    dettaldettal12 uur geleden
  • this would be a great beginning to a horror movie

    monicas madhousemonicas madhouse13 uur geleden
  • Rich people go to the Bahamas, even richier people recreate the Bahamas on their own city

    Cesar S.Cesar S.13 uur geleden
  • It's not a good idea to fight nature why make islands when you have a large desert that you could have water all around

    G lifeG life14 uur geleden
  • Nice Doku but These are not Villas.. 🤭

    Ilvie WittekIlvie Wittek14 uur geleden
  • Thinking about Nature, watching this . 😒😔

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  • Is there any nature there? No plants? No animals? Looks like sterile death to me.

    Cyp3Cyp316 uur geleden
  • He kinda looks like Justin Bieber

    JIMIN FANJIMIN FAN16 uur geleden
  • how did they bring all building materials to the island, by boat? no they tied them on the back of the workers... avoiding asking stup!d questions might be a good start.

    fgrionfgrion16 uur geleden
  • Itsfunny that the same idiots that are causing global warming would build islands that will be under water soon

    Yustin WatersYustin Waters18 uur geleden
  • Diego Maradona has died aged 60. May he Rest in Peace. / Maradona falleció a los 60 años. DEP.

    Regina HallieRegina Hallie18 uur geleden
  • The audacity of this chairman bloke. Daring to say they are the first creating land like this. I guess he never heard of The Netherlands. Most of our country is made of reclaimed land from the sea. For our latest edition, Flevoland, we diked of an entire sea. Made a lake from it and created the islands of Flevoland which is much bigger then Dubai's shitty islands and has 2 proper cities on it with many towns surrounding it, functioning perfectly. There is a saying: "god created the earth, but the Dutch created The Netherlands".

    steekle7steekle719 uur geleden
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    ISellTurbosISellTurbos21 uur geleden
  • 13 billion, not finish, nobody...

    Lionel ADAMLionel ADAM22 uur geleden
  • Island hopping just got a lot better 🏝

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    leif holdenleif holdenDag geleden
  • Those islands are a waste of money with rising sea levels it’s only a matter of time

    Provin RiponProvin RiponDag geleden
  • I am now extremely interested in the engineering of these islands. Fascinating! Climate change will need out of the box ideas.

    kindness is freekindness is freeDag geleden
    • Sadly this is devestating for the enviroment.

      AdeptusAdeptusDag geleden
  • This is so beautiful! Hope someday, I'll be able to go visit this magnificent place!

    L'imparfaite qui a son mot à direL'imparfaite qui a son mot à direDag geleden
  • As a point to think about, Persian Gulf -not dubai but nearby lands -already had dozens and dozens of NATURAL islands most of em uninhabited and not much happening.

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  • I've been living in Dubai my whole life and I haven't even stepped 1km near this place

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    Darlene MathisonDarlene MathisonDag geleden
  • beautiful but to bad they use slave labor to build these places. Taking away the workers pass ports and make them live in squalor :( i would never give them my money

    Darlene MathisonDarlene MathisonDag geleden
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  • this island is a factory for himself lol. i guess the chairman is an engineer tho.

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  • I tought the world islands in the dubai is actually blank empty but theres actually a lot of good spots

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  • I am in Dubai for a while , I would have never known this ! Remarkable ! Thank you guys !

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    Simon TurnerSimon Turner2 dagen geleden
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  • I would build using LONG stilts

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  • #Salute

    Bongani PeterBongani Peter2 dagen geleden
  • “I’m the first person to pee in the pool”

    Justjn TaverasJustjn Taveras2 dagen geleden
  • 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?

    G. AlstonG. Alston2 dagen geleden
  • Song at the end?

    Benny BennaziBenny Bennazi2 dagen geleden
  • This comment is below NLworld’s comment

    Liam HesmondhalghLiam Hesmondhalgh2 dagen geleden
  • 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.

    wickedcabinboywickedcabinboy2 dagen geleden
  • How is he so calm about everything?

    Megan OlcinaMegan Olcina2 dagen geleden
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  • thanks to the dutch

    Klaas JKlaas J2 dagen geleden
    • These the islands everybody on Snapchat sees with all the countries ?😂

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  • When he went in the really cool house he had a shirt on that said seek discomfort

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