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
Dubai Evolution from 1960 to 2021 Time-lapse

  • 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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  • 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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  • IDK It Just seems Exajurating to me😂Come on dude Feels Like Unique in this Landscape🤣🤣🤣🤣That's How u get India Feeling when u live in South india😂

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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

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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

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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 NOworld response on any channel but Yes Theory. WOW!!!

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  • HOLYSHTT! The view is insane. 🤍

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  • Hi man i liked yuor vidios. I wonna won ticket to travel to go other countries

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  • 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

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    • Maybe even build a villa on each island for each world leader, like the ultimate world leader hang out!

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  • The dude dressed in the traditional uae clothing had perfect American English.

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  • Incredible !

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  • Beautiful but what a waste of money. The should build villages with water in Africa to start with.

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  • why does he not wear a mask

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  • Convid*

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  • That's a true art of engineering

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  • imagine if all of this sinks because of global warming

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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.

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  • The chairman is very smart.

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  • Which sweatshirt was he wearing at the start of the vid? Which colour is that

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  • *Thomas:* “I have the whole villa to myself, with no supervision.” *Also Thomas:* Filming everything he is does.

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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

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  • Is it true that they built these islands without the infrastructure for electrical, water supply, waste system in place?

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  • So this is what I saw on snap maps

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  • I've been curious as to what's going on with this place.

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  • How did he get residency in UAE in 3 months?

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  • 16:06 who’s that man in the back? He sleep with you?

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  • He went down in that pool

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  • 11:08 this mans flexing his AirPods

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  • 11:20 amazing joke, had me laughing

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  • Did they think about impact on nearby coastline, fishing , beach erosion?

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  • "No one ever tried to reclaim land like we did" Dutch: Am i a joke to you?!

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  • That's like me leaving a food review of my sandwich and then my sandwich saying "thanks for the nice review."

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  • Yes theory becoming brand ambassador of UAE

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  • Yo what sunglasses is that rich owner dude wearing

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  • My brother took his hot air balloon off the islands and then floated over the city skyline.. Awesome vid! - Alex

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  • Ah Dubai, where men are men and women... well, women are less than men.

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  • Dubai is the best example for the world of what you can do if you love your country and your people 👏👏👏👏🙏great respect for all the Leaders of Dubai

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  • Hey as a Zoology student, I was incredibly fascinated by this and I wanted to know if there were any animals / what animals and signs of biodiversity in the ocean between each individual island created? especially after the creation of such a project. If I'm being truly honest I did not even know this existed, and after my swamp load of work, I am for sho going to be researching into this. As always thank you all for bringing light, laughter and love in the most amazing of ways.

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    • Search for Sea City Kuwait and you’ll see that they did something similar but also different. There’s a nice documentary about it’s concept and execution and they did a really great job on making sure the wildlife was going to do well.

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  • Added on my bucket list. Already told my wife😊

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  • im jealous of the tinder pics i could've gotten from this...

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  • These islands are a part of the long list of failed projects in the UAE. The UAE seems to think that there are an endless supply of dumb foreign billionaires willing to invest into dumb ideas. While the multi millionaires and billionaires are definitely what has made past UAE projects successful, my point is simple and that is that there aren't enough billionaires in the world for all their crazy projects. And no I'm not a UAE hater by any means. I love the country and the people and it is without doubt one of my favourite holiday destinations. I wish them well and hope to see them change their economic strategy for their own benefit.

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  • Wow this is super amazing, i love the idea of the recycling, being eco friendly and less waste

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  • in india there is an Island Called as Ramasethu

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  • Haha Dubai!

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  • just seeing Thomas makes me smile :)

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  • I really wonder if they already contacted these guys before idk.. looks so planned. but still amazing!

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  • What about that slave labor tho

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  • you guys should visit lebanon !

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  • Why is youtube here?

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  • all of those are easily flammable, i guess the firefighter is moving by driving a boat?

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  • Dubai is honestly so crazy, i went there last year and was just in awe of everything

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  • i live in Dubai :)

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  • That was brilliant.. thank you!!!?

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  • 1:43, oh so thats why my flight is delayed

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    • Za Warudo

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  • Your island is joke. Not a single coconut tree is available. Sincerely honest from, South east asian people

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  • I stayed at that hotel when I visited Dubai

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  • Sea levels rising: *I'm about to end this man's whole career*

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    • hahaha but seriously though for those who are concerned, they created simulations on the worst conditions possible (hurricanes and storms) for the man made islands here in the UAE for the next 100 years

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  • The irony of wearing a "Seek discomfort" t-shirt while visiting a private island villa that nobody has every been to.

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  • Climate change: I am going to ruin these islands careers.

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  • 🤣🤣🤣🤣being environmentally friendly while flying around the world in a gas gussling plane to make money from your followers 🤣🤣🤣 Way to keep that carbon footprint down

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  • This might sound stupid, but I didn't ever think cooking with methane gas was an option

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  • Does moving sand really need to cost $13 billion.

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  • All those villas and hotels is so beautiful 😍 and it is so amazing how they manage all the garbages

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  • Environmental, interesting. The first class flight must be solar powered then? ;)....

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  • The camera man is good at his job.

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  • The giggle when he saw the pizza killed me

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  • what a waste..

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  • Za Warudo

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  • Hi how much it cost for this trip ?? thanks

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  • Is flying allowed now?

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  • This is irrelevant but when you guys said you were going to make a podcast I thought it was going to be you guys having a chat like friends

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  • YESSSS love the sustainability!!!!!

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  • Nice! While the rest of us are stuck at home y'all traveling to islands... K

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