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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Why Dubai's Man-Made Islands Are Still Empty
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  • Hey there, thank you for watching :) I've really missed making videos consistently so I'm very happy to be back. I'm sure this year has had so many ups and downs for all of you as well so I hope to share some positivity through these stories I've captured. This is the first one out of my trip and I've got plenty more coming your way. Let me know what you think in the comments and I'll see you again soon

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      yvonnekan1yvonnekan114 dagen geleden
    • the ruler of dubai imprisoned his daughters princess latifah and shamsy, shamsy wanted to go to college and latifah wanted to be skydiving instructor. UN has asked for proof of life, they are presumed dead. also princess haya escaped with her 2 children. human rights disaster, stay away

      holly chinaholly chinaMaand geleden
    • Thank for sharing your experiences with us. It is something I could only dream of doing. Love it.

      Marion DennisMarion DennisMaand geleden
    • Guys, I just watched Seaspiracy on Netflix, It was very disturbing what is going on in our oceans I think it would be very helpful if you guys could get on the ship that stops illegal fishing and do a follow up story on their progress. If over fishing continues it will be the end of us all. You all are great keep doing what you're doing thank you

      Shawn HastyShawn HastyMaand geleden
    • @Zari Ballard hi there, Dubai 👋

      Carter DrakeCarter DrakeMaand geleden
  • This was very interesting but playing about with nature is not a good thing .Seems to me that Arabs only want to get richer and never mind the consequences .What about all the poorly paid immigrants who have worked on these building sites no health and safety .What's nice about it apart from the colour of the sea .

    Pauline HalkyardPauline Halkyard8 uur geleden
  • Well the guy who bought the Ireland island 🏝 topped himself , very sad

    252Scooby252ScoobyDag geleden
  • Architect is a malayali

    Rahul MuraliRahul MuraliDag geleden
  • Immense undertaking and impressive results. Hope to go there one day. Great upload. Thank you

    Lloyd LifestoneLloyd LifestoneDag geleden
  • Turning it out in utter failure Loss in billions Arab are losing money Oil is finished

    All ok BharatAll ok BharatDag geleden
  • I thought this was a veritasium video...

    Master KenobiMaster Kenobi2 dagen geleden
  • 1:18 Pray for our fallen comrade in white T-Shirt didn't get his high five.

    Cpt. DuckCpt. Duck2 dagen geleden
  • The oval purpose individually cheat because crayon ultrastructurally nail along a separate t-shirt. hissing, envious birth

    Chu Huu ChienChu Huu Chien2 dagen geleden
  • Again your doing some really cool stuff!!!! WoW

    Drone Review manDrone Review man3 dagen geleden
  • Can you pleaseee make a video on how you started traveling , and the funds you need to have to be able to travel like you do , etc !! I would love to know how it all began

    Ryssa OliverasRyssa Oliveras3 dagen geleden
  • How are the basic utilities provided ? The chairman didn't address all of it. Is there an electricity supply from the mainland or is it generated on the island ? Also what happens to the wastewater - is there a plant on the island that can handle it ?

    juandenz2008juandenz20083 dagen geleden
  • Just enough isolation to not feel completely isolated. My dream!

    Scot LassScot Lass4 dagen geleden
  • Imagine youre being asked to stay there and youve forgotten all your acid at home

    Yani IvanovYani Ivanov5 dagen geleden
  • 😘

    Uhh Mm.Uhh Mm.5 dagen geleden
  • It’s amazingly beautiful and we are all very hopeful for its future!

    Anjounet LeavellAnjounet Leavell5 dagen geleden
  • I like how curiosity never faded...

    Anjounet LeavellAnjounet Leavell5 dagen geleden
  • Theyre so many things to think about: homes, water, electricity, telecommunications, waste management, transportation, security, food source

    nabila hudanabila huda7 dagen geleden
  • first time seeing this vlog and i am interested with the content even more . Feels like i wanted to visit this places you visit too

    Genevie GumanasGenevie Gumanas8 dagen geleden
  • It's a really good initiative and idea for the tourism and stuff ... but I actually think that having all this money to build all this, you could also try to build something for the sinking ones who are on the edge of disappearing and face disasters everyday ! 🥺

    mayssa chmayssa ch9 dagen geleden
  • AMAZING!!!!

    OhdarnOhdarn9 dagen geleden
  • Everything just looks old and dated already. Like a once busy place that’s never really busy and has just been left to fall into disrepair. I think Dubai as a whole it’s days are numbered. Once the oil revenue completely runs out and they rely on tourism the place will quickly go down hill. I can’t see Dubai being the busy wealthy place it is today. Dubai will go as quick as it come.

    Matt YMatt Y10 dagen geleden
  • I need to get a life. Looking up passport info.

    Misty BlueMisty Blue12 dagen geleden
  • I live in the UAE and i have never seen such a thing like this before 😭😭😭😭

    0415. aln0415. aln12 dagen geleden
  • So there is no bridge, tunnel etc.? Good luck to live there.

    Tymon PiórowskiTymon Piórowski13 dagen geleden
  • What about sewage disposal. And I thought the problems with the atmosphere are exacerbated by even the methane gas from cows, so why would they convert organic material to methane gas and be proud of it?

    Vae McDowellVae McDowell13 dagen geleden
  • Beautiful, I want to go there!!

    D. ScottD. Scott13 dagen geleden
  • That seas will be claimed by china in the future. Their ancestors discovered it first and therefore it is theirs

    marxpalmarxpal13 dagen geleden
  • 😂😂😂 you lifestyle really protects our environment. You‘re so funny 🤣

    Markus HarrMarkus Harr13 dagen geleden
  • My goal is to complete a full IRONMAN event this year at 62 years old, but unfortunately I have two Titanium knees, it’s never been done before and I will be the first, I’m signed up for the 2021 California inaugural Sacramento IRONMAN Oct 24th, can you help make my dream come true?

    Tony CastroTony Castro14 dagen geleden
  • Love the choices of music

    ericswain70ericswain7015 dagen geleden
  • ya lost me at the uber we so great, look at how special we are selling you shit that helps the planet...umm right -next

    Ben PerryBen Perry15 dagen geleden
  • That chairman's voice was really like a chairman, A gentleness was there.... Calm and visionary voice... May be like umbrella academy father.

    Mohammad NawazishMohammad Nawazish16 dagen geleden
  • Humidity in that place will kill you in summer. Non-sense artificial islands !!! Nobody even tried doing such things, because only crazy ones do that in nature?! That is total sabotage to nature!! What you did to Mother Earth, will eventually kill you in the future !!!

    Paulie JojoPaulie Jojo16 dagen geleden
  • If my country (Micronesia) was represented in these artificial islands, it would be made of 600 pieces of dirt (the size of pennies) spread out in the water.

    uts melasiputs melasip17 dagen geleden
  • Funny thing is I don’t think I am able to seek discomfort because I am pretty much comfortable with everything except for things that may be harmful to my life in which my upbringing has made me comfortable with many of those situations so I don’t know what to do about seeking discomfort because I don’t wanna die but I want to live the motto. So now I am curious to what do you do with situations like these?

    708harvey708harvey17 dagen geleden
  • That island with all those villas looks like a prototype island. It had all kinds of designs, so i guess they use that as a business card and invitation to possible customers. Pretty cool!

    Rombout VersluijsRombout Versluijs17 dagen geleden
    • PS when they said 600 villas on that island, no way?! When we see the aerial view of that island. With 10 villas its already like build for 1/8 or 1/10. Its super small 600 will never fit on that one. Go check @11:36

      Rombout VersluijsRombout Versluijs17 dagen geleden
  • How about sailing to all the places you visit vs flying by plane?

    Rombout VersluijsRombout Versluijs17 dagen geleden
  • Why is the logo on all the merch a very stylish serif font.Yet the website has this sleek logo with flipped letters? Feels like a mix of 2 styles. I thing that more sleeuq logo will fit the merch much better. That serif fonts makes it look old

    Rombout VersluijsRombout Versluijs17 dagen geleden
    • Like the logo in the bottom right of website on some pages. The stylish script with the flipped letter word discomfort. That makes the brandmark standout way better. I get a retro Apple feeling with this logomark. Sorry to say so

      Rombout VersluijsRombout Versluijs17 dagen geleden
  • WHy is he alway salone in these vids lately. DOnt the other join anymore. I know one of them decided to go full on writing. But how about the other one?

    Rombout VersluijsRombout Versluijs17 dagen geleden
  • Yet another heartfelt video. this guy is incredible. Im a huge fan

    Dramatic. PhotographyDramatic. Photography18 dagen geleden
  • If you ask for *hert of Europe* you faund 9497568 video in NLworld end posibility to visit , you are the only one visit the word island end don't go here

    BOH BOHBOH BOH19 dagen geleden
  • stupid money

    Jake ValentJake Valent20 dagen geleden
  • Besides the obvious reasons, the sooner the world gets off oil, which is financing stupid fake places like Dubai built by indentured servants from poorer countries, the better.

    emjayayemjayay20 dagen geleden
  • i can't reconcile your eco-clothes with the trip by plane to a place like "the world". these islands were filled with sand from far away. besides the immense amount of diesel used to extract, transport and fill the sand, sand mining also promotes the destruction of islands and coasts. how can you green-wash this? your visit was skilfully misused to promote these islands.

    Da LiDa Li20 dagen geleden
  • I wish i had the money to build my own island. Get away from all the stupid.

    Gemini79Gemini7920 dagen geleden
  • so you're into sustainability and you travel by plane constantly and take helicopters to travel around dubai ?

    MakanineMielMakanineMiel20 dagen geleden
  • Wear a mask

    The MiltonguyThe Miltonguy20 dagen geleden
  • This was some unintentional (I’m assuming that part) globalist propaganda if I’ve ever seen it.

    Crowne ProductionsCrowne Productions21 dag geleden
  • Where the fuck does the money come from for not just this insanity but for that entire metropolis that’s sprouted out of nowhere within the last 30 years? Is it just all oil money that funds this?

    Crowne ProductionsCrowne Productions21 dag geleden
  • POV: you’re here from that Snapchat tik tok

    SCORPIUSSCORPIUS21 dag geleden
  • Who’s here from a tik tok?

    Ben HaushalterBen Haushalter21 dag geleden
  • you're here from the tiktok video

    MochixmochiMochixmochi21 dag geleden
  • In future Mrbeast:today we are gonna buy the world island with pennies

    Fun with brosFun with bros22 dagen geleden
  • I just came across your channel from a tiktok video talking about the world islands. bump that, you resemble justin bieber.

    Brandy The Gacha Life GirlBrandy The Gacha Life Girl22 dagen geleden
  • This is just mind blowing!!! How beautiful!!!

    Vice ForeverVice Forever22 dagen geleden
  • incredible reclaiming islands.. desalinate.... slimming down from continents because they were too big... someone please explain how this is possible?!?

    TFHHTFHH22 dagen geleden
  • 🔥

    Aman DalalAman Dalal23 dagen geleden
  • This guy really likes pools lmao

    Jaya OakesJaya Oakes23 dagen geleden
  • Where can I purchase Seek Discomfort bracelet?

    Richard SpearmanRichard Spearman24 dagen geleden
  • Hmm... no one building here thinks the seas are rising. ;))

    ApplebladeAppleblade24 dagen geleden
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    Jade WatsonJade Watson24 dagen geleden
  • I'm 55 and I never lost my desire for adventure and travel, I am enjoying your videos. Wish I could just join your team in some way.

    Desert SanctumDesert Sanctum24 dagen geleden
  • The soylent green pizza was delicious. Better than pineapple topping.

    Robert BobRobert Bob24 dagen geleden
  • What an incredible project from the 5 star quality to all the energy saving utilities. Save the planet with enjoying your life🥰

    Margaret KeatingMargaret Keating24 dagen geleden
  • Dubai and these islands are a great example of having way too much money and not knowing what to do with it. When you earn more than you need, you tend to waste and these Saudi families have way to much money

    Patrick WilliamsonPatrick Williamson25 dagen geleden
  • I love how you make money by going on vacations

    WaddleStickWaddleStick25 dagen geleden
  • anyone know which camera is he using and which lens? thank you

    Anton LibreAnton Libre26 dagen geleden
  • Was so cool , what a beautiful place. Can't wait to see it finished

    Keanu HureKeanu Hure26 dagen geleden
  • Well there wasn't much discomfort in this video

    vishal venkatvishal venkat26 dagen geleden
  • The most in your face product placement I’ve ever witnessed

    Cuchareable RomanCuchareable Roman26 dagen geleden
  • Your content is always lit

    John CruiseJohn Cruise27 dagen geleden
  • It will only take a tiny tsunami or a category 2 Hurricane to flatten the whole "world" islands, all of it ...

    F4FジルF4Fジル27 dagen geleden
  • I had seen a 100 pictures and movies involving the Eiffel Tower but when I got under it and touched it I understood why travel is necessary if one wants to understand the world.

    Rick BaldwinRick Baldwin27 dagen geleden
  • I,too,was treated like a celebrity when I was there.

    Rick BaldwinRick Baldwin27 dagen geleden
  • Why you film yourself all the time? Freak show!

    google gmailgoogle gmail28 dagen geleden
  • That's basically the Valheim world map.

    Similak ChildSimilak Child28 dagen geleden
  • what they spend millions and millions to have brazil have as gift of nature, "lencois maranhences"

    fabio rodriguesfabio rodrigues29 dagen geleden
  • The beach in between island wouldn't be so clean if they were all occupied. The islands are too close to one another

    NiorinaNiorina29 dagen geleden
  • You’re so Ryan Gosling-esque!

    GET! RAPTURE!! READY!!!GET! RAPTURE!! READY!!!29 dagen geleden
  • I'm so jealous 🤣

    M. B.M. B.29 dagen geleden
  • With these huge construction projects that end up empty, why didn't they consider just making one at a time, and only continue with more if the previous islands or buildings are doing well?

    Ruki SarRuki Sar29 dagen geleden
  • This video is incredible 🔥

    JacksonJacksonMaand geleden
  • What an amazing and virtuous chairman. That gentleman has his mind in the right place, driven by real visible passion.

    401Delta401DeltaMaand geleden
  • No one should ever question why people have no food water disease ect, in the world Heres why, plenty to go around, people choose whats more important.

    Justin BustinJustin BustinMaand geleden
  • Silverspoon boy showing his adventures

    Justin BustinJustin BustinMaand geleden
  • Wait these ones are the ones named after states

    Living- LlamaLiving- LlamaMaand geleden
  • The villas looked like they are inspired by SEA countries

    Keith PrakitkitKeith PrakitkitMaand geleden
  • Great information

    Don JohnsonDon JohnsonMaand geleden
  • They went to research about the dimension of this youtuber channel and in view of more than 6 millions followers, they thought about the economic advantages and they prepared a red carpet.

    p rp rMaand geleden
  • ohh dude that's spectacular

    ShokhShokhMaand geleden
  • Even though it's so impressive, my thoughts on this: What future do these artificial islands have due to rising sea levels caused by climate change??

    PhowbowPhowbowMaand geleden
  • Why would anyone dislike this video

    T R E YT R E YMaand geleden
  • This channel should have 50 million subscribers

    Info VidzInfo VidzMaand geleden
  • the ruler of dubai imprisoned his daughters princess latifah and shamsy, shamsy wanted to go to college and latifah wanted to be skydiving instructor. UN has asked for proof of life, they are presumed dead. also princess haya escaped with her 2 children. human rights disaster, stay away

    holly chinaholly chinaMaand geleden
  • It looks uninhabited

    Witness for JesusWitness for JesusMaand geleden
  • Very beautiful

    Witness for JesusWitness for JesusMaand geleden
  • nlworld.info/key/video/rINjmN2Xj6-ejKY 😘😘

    Ana AnchyAna AnchyMaand geleden
  • I’ve just recently stumbled across your channel and i am obsessed! Thank you for taking us along your journey. I wish to travel the world some day.

    Lee Taeyong Marry MeLee Taeyong Marry MeMaand geleden
  • I would love to get out of my comfort zone and do something like this, but unfortunately 90% of the world doesn't have a NLworld channel. I'm a normal person living a normal life. I would NEVER be able to do this, as I'm not known to anyone outside my home.

    Jonnn21Jonnn21Maand geleden
    • @lanietalk wdym, I have plans to retire, how else I’m I gonna make money when I’m old?

      Master KenobiMaster Kenobi2 dagen geleden
    • Watch some of their earlier stuff. They started as college students and recent college graduates, no money or back up plan. The point of their channel is not to say everyone can do something like this video, but that it is possible to seek discomfort in your life if you want a life that is meaningful. If you value safety and security over adventure, that’s totally ok, just be honest with yourself.

      Liam KruchtenLiam Kruchten12 dagen geleden
    • @lanietalk yea and I’m pretty sure in one of their videos or maybe it was another channel, they said they had to live in an office or something where one of them worked for awhile Bc they didn’t have a place to live. I’m not sure if that was this channel or another channel tho

      Rahul SinghRahul Singh15 dagen geleden
    • The cost of traveling would be insane. You can’t take that much off work. You can’t risk a trespassing charge for work/school. But if you genuinely wanna do this stuff and travel or whatever just do it. Spend all your savings who cares. None of us are ever retiring anyway

      lanietalklanietalk17 dagen geleden
    • I’m sure they started out unknown too. All u have to do is take the risk and get started. Keep taking risks and u could get up there too

      Rahul SinghRahul Singh22 dagen geleden