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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Thank you to our amazing videographers that helped me shoot over the 2 separate trips we took!

Cory Martin on videography and drone: cory.s.martin
Bishoy on Drone: bikooig
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  1. Yes Theory

    Yes TheoryPred 7 meseci

    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

  2. Ken Paek

    Ken PaekPred 21 dnevom

  3. yvonnekan1

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  4. holly china

    holly chinaPred 2 meseci

    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

  5. Marion Dennis

    Marion DennisPred 2 meseci

    Thank for sharing your experiences with us. It is something I could only dream of doing. Love it.

  6. Shawn Hasty

    Shawn HastyPred 2 meseci

    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

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    catalinoPred 6 urami

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  8. pinkluna666

    pinkluna666Pred 16 urami

    lol, sorry had to stop you there. are you actually starting to talk about how environmentally conscious you guys are after flying with a plane around half the globe

  9. Francesca Leone

    Francesca LeonePred 17 urami

    Love to see you guys in south africa In the safari camping alone🤣think you guys can do that?

  10. xzaz2

    xzaz2Pred 22 urami

    Oil money

  11. Amy Garner

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    Love the ECO / Sustainability / Organic company moves!!!! Great news!!!

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  13. V X

    V XPred dnevom

    Why it is empty - it is fucking Dubai. Who want to live in the desert? And its man-made. They're about as appealing as fake tits.

  14. David Chihanick

    David ChihanickPred dnevom

    Waste to watch ..., NO INFORMATION ..., just him in bed & helicopter ride !!!

  15. Taryn Nicosie

    Taryn NicosiePred dnevom

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  16. Damian Butterworth

    Damian ButterworthPred dnevom

    Blimey they will be the first to build hotels on Mars.

  17. Mohamad

    MohamadPred dnevom

    If it wasn’t for the hot weather Dubai will over take Europe for tourism Slightly exaggerating

  18. Jackson Sanders

    Jackson SandersPred 2 dnevi

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  19. Admin

    AdminPred 2 dnevi

    bro u got to met the developer of the Dubai's Island did u realize that?? lol great video man

  20. Point Rock Adventures

    Point Rock AdventuresPred 2 dnevi

    Wow that was a awesome video and and awesome and beautiful place. You are so lucky to be there.

  21. J Leigh

    J LeighPred 2 dnevi

    Personally, I'll never support Dubai. It's a vile country in terms of its laws and how it outcasts people, However, physically, so beautiful to look at. Enjoyed that

  22. BW

    BWPred 2 dnevi

    Artificial things make you sick.

  23. jbw5485

    jbw5485Pred 3 dnevi

    Nothing is as expected!!!!!

  24. jbw5485

    jbw5485Pred 3 dnevi


  25. Luckyou22

    Luckyou22Pred 3 dnevi

    This looks so beautiful. Are Jewish people and gays allowed? If a women rents, does she have to behave virginal? Just curious who can rent these

  26. BaNiQueen

    BaNiQueenPred 3 dnevi


  27. ebolaAidz

    ebolaAidzPred 3 dnevi

    Lots of hugging kinda homosexual if you ask me

  28. That Nigga

    That NiggaPred 3 dnevi

    Most boring video ever!!! Gave ne a headache


    CANADIANPred 3 dnevi

    11:15 Even in another country ya just cant wear a mask can yuh. I can tell by the backwards cap and half ass beard. you're one of those guys

  30. Matthue Keck

    Matthue KeckPred 3 dnevi

    I wanna go

  31. SoulStar

    SoulStarPred 3 dnevi

    5:03 I am in real Lebanon. Can't wait until you visit!

  32. One Full Time Equivalent

    One Full Time EquivalentPred 3 dnevi

    You can tell the project was a financial disaster, look at the guy wearing just normal AirPods, what a pleb, must be broke or smth

  33. Luis Grijalva

    Luis GrijalvaPred 4 dnevi

    Fun fact: I'm actually in dubai rn on vacation and this video just got recommended to me

  34. Laisa hh

    Laisa hhPred 4 dnevi

    Yes covid 😭

  35. Diabolick

    DiabolickPred 4 dnevi

    I wonder how much money the chairman has, like legit.. He also seems like an wholesome person, very intelligent aswell!

  36. izeizei

    izeizeiPred 4 dnevi

    Nice you're pushing Plant Based packaging, bro, but were devouring a dead chicken on Tuvalu Island. That's a bit of a disconnect! Prolly getting your priorities about the Planet and its inhabitants in check wouldn't hurt.

  37. Gabi Quinn

    Gabi QuinnPred 4 dnevi

    the concept of this place is incredible. it’s sustainable and beautiful. of course it must be astronomically expensive to live there but it i had the chance i totally would go

  38. Christy Black

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  39. Scott Secor

    Scott SecorPred 5 dnevi

    Once in a lifetime view!

  40. Artliil

    ArtliilPred 5 dnevi

    Seek comfort 😄

  41. Brian Christopher

    Brian ChristopherPred 5 dnevi

    Seek discomfort in the most exclusive, built out tourist area I've ever seen. Really?

  42. MrHunterseeker

    MrHunterseekerPred 5 dnevi

    Don't they execute people that live in sin there (as in a boyfriend/girlfriend or boyfriend/boyfriend or girlfriend/girlfriend sleeping together in the same room) I heard where Dubai is a stop for Australia residents on international flights, they tell people not to get the same hotel room if their flights ever get delayed, because they watch that stuff and will put tourists in jail for fornicating? Do they throw people from roof tops that are LGBTQP friendly? Don't they cut peoples hands off for drinking alcohol? What are their opinions on Christians there?

  43. ElBurro14

    ElBurro14Pred 5 dnevi

    Wow the Chairman is very wise and protect full of the environment

  44. Sriram Gadiparthi

    Sriram GadiparthiPred 5 dnevi

    You know they’re not joking when they say HABIBI COME TO DUBAI 😂

  45. Alex H.

    Alex H.Pred 5 dnevi

    Good result comes out from persistency😁 such an eye opening experience!

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    KakoPred 6 dnevi

    epstien would like to know your location

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  48. Thad Boudreaux

    Thad BoudreauxPred 8 dnevi

    start at 3:12 and skip the BS

  49. wabisabi

    wabisabiPred 9 dnevi

    Thomas in perm hair does not sit right with me 😆

  50. stp

    stpPred 9 dnevi

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  52. Lane G

    Lane GPred dnevom

    @Julian WilliamsMarmus Yep. I read these comments and thought, "holy shit...the machines are having conversations with themselves now to advertise to the dumb humans." This is totally surreal...

  53. xrypt

    xryptPred 5 dnevi

    @Julian WilliamsMarmus yeah this is weird asf lol

  54. Julian WilliamsMarmus

    Julian WilliamsMarmusPred 5 dnevi

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  56. Mirian Gregory

    Mirian GregoryPred 9 dnevi

    I wondered about this too, but later found out he offers refferal bonus to his clients

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  58. Angela Paduano

    Angela PaduanoPred 10 dnevi

    This gives me fyre fest vibes

  59. Lucky Rai

    Lucky RaiPred 11 dnevi

    Hey bro I hope u should drop a store off( S D)

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    ethelyn salternPred 11 dnevi

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  61. Kevin Hickers

    Kevin HickersPred 11 dnevi

    The Islands will be all that in the 22nd century , Very Nice !

  62. Ginger Last name

    Ginger Last namePred 11 dnevi

    And people all over the world, are living in proverty and no homes...

  63. Sammy Mcguinn

    Sammy McguinnPred 11 dnevi

    Must be nice to have money to travel. I'm not trying to hate on him, I'm just saying it would be awesome to be able to travel. I can't even afford to travel to grocery store most of the time. Life sucks when u don't a vehicle.

  64. Venetian Tiger

    Venetian TigerPred 11 dnevi

    Speaking it into existence , I will walk here one day

  65. Green Heart

    Green HeartPred 12 dnevi

    Apparently they have flying TukTuk's in Dubai 😂

  66. Venus Reena

    Venus ReenaPred 12 dnevi

    Beautiful awesome and state of the art.. fabulous video

  67. Janet Greene

    Janet GreenePred 14 dnevi

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  68. S L

    S LPred 14 dnevi

    Dubai Islands: we sinking so fast. China man made islands: Hold my beer

  69. Matthew de Oliveira

    Matthew de OliveiraPred 15 dnevi

    Why would you move to an island to live in the suburbs?

  70. Kris Bowditch

    Kris BowditchPred 15 dnevi

    What happens when global sea levels rise 🙈 doh 😟

  71. Elnur Rahimov

    Elnur RahimovPred 16 dnevi

    Dubai is rocking

  72. larry smith

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  74. Laxman Aadhi

    Laxman AadhiPred 17 dnevi

    I always felt this project was destined to be doomed from the very beginning and it stands out as an eyesore in this beautiful landscape. 👎 Is it only me? 🤔

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    Kewal GurungPred 18 dnevi

    Visit Rongo in India

  78. schroink

    schroinkPred 19 dnevi

    I like how they all have accents and the rich dude just seems like a hype beast in a bathrobe

  79. Thomas Walsh

    Thomas WalshPred 19 dnevi

    I was waiting for a bunch of Mario Kart characters to go barreling over the islands yeeting banana peels at each other. Just me?

  80. faquarl20

    faquarl20Pred 19 dnevi

    would've appreciated a somewhat critical part of this whole project... everything beautiful also has its dark side, particularly in dubai. especially after talking about enivornmental concerns in the beginning of the video...

  81. Alessandro Valdinoci

    Alessandro ValdinociPred 20 dnevi

    The are plaing minecraft in real life

  82. paul browne

    paul brownePred 21 dnevom

    totally unsustainable. What a waste of resources.


    KITA BISA CHANELPred 21 dnevom

    very inspirative

  84. write2sid

    write2sidPred 22 dnevi

    The video is great but the whole idea of these islands is utter stupidity. In the end nature will reclaim what you took from it and the same will happen to these islands, no matter how much money you pour in to make it luxurious and livable

  85. Menon

    MenonPred 23 dnevi

    I dont wanna know how many thousands of families and beaches have suffered from getting all this sand over to Dubai. Such a giant waste of our precious ressources

  86. Patrik Pridalkó

    Patrik PridalkóPred 23 dnevi

    Love your videos. However a bit mixed feelings when you speak on the beginning about “seek discomfort” “organic clothes” “environmental concerns” but you keep travelling in business/first class...

  87. Menon

    MenonPred 23 dnevi

    a huge double standard imo

  88. j fischer

    j fischerPred 23 dnevi

    Why did Thomas not bring his GF to this?

  89. john citizen

    john citizenPred 23 dnevi

    clearly the yes theory at work.

  90. Ujuani68

    Ujuani68Pred 24 dnevi

    12:59: Nothing, a tsunami can't fix...😉

  91. Ujuani68

    Ujuani68Pred 24 dnevi

    3:34: I wonder, if they have a sign, where Greenland is supposed to be, that reads:" Kalaallit Nunaami tikilluaritsi." It means (of course) Welcome to Greenland. " 😄

  92. Ujuani68

    Ujuani68Pred 24 dnevi

    3:13: That map totally sucks!

  93. slick willy

    slick willyPred 24 dnevi

    Thanks man so cool

  94. Cameron Detwiler

    Cameron DetwilerPred 25 dnevi

    Forever my dream to live out there

  95. Abdul Gurler

    Abdul GurlerPred 25 dnevi

    Hi Mate, Great video. thanks..... By the way we are garment manufacturer from Turkey and we do produce sustainable durable garments. and using our great cotton we can produce your jogings and hoodies with receyled polyester and/or with Organic Cotton fabrics... Best luck.... Cheers.

  96. Luciano Arebalo

    Luciano ArebaloPred 26 dnevi

    how fucking incredible is that, he just experienced something 99.999999999% of people will never even get close to, how beautiful are those islands man, all organic, and they just LET him stay there overnight for free, something that is usually like 1 million (⊙_⊙;)

  97. Darren Dickson

    Darren DicksonPred 28 dnevi

    This video sucks

  98. Disrubz

    DisrubzPred 20 dnevi


  99. Shaynelle Manus-oana

    Shaynelle Manus-oanaPred 28 dnevi

    This was amazing and honestly I’d love to go their once its all finish

  100. Pauline Halkyard

    Pauline HalkyardPred 29 dnevi

    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 .

  101. 252Scooby

    252ScoobyPred mesecem

    Well the guy who bought the Ireland island 🏝 topped himself , very sad

  102. Rahul Murali

    Rahul MuraliPred mesecem

    Architect is a malayali

  103. Lloyd Lifestone

    Lloyd LifestonePred mesecem

    Immense undertaking and impressive results. Hope to go there one day. Great upload. Thank you

  104. Master Kenobi

    Master KenobiPred mesecem

    I thought this was a veritasium video...

  105. Cpt. Duck

    Cpt. DuckPred mesecem

    1:18 Pray for our fallen comrade in white T-Shirt didn't get his high five.

  106. Chu Huu Chien

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  107. Drone Review man

    Drone Review manPred mesecem

    Again your doing some really cool stuff!!!! WoW

  108. Ryssa Oliveras

    Ryssa OliverasPred mesecem

    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

  109. juandenz2008

    juandenz2008Pred mesecem

    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 ?

  110. Scot Lass

    Scot LassPred mesecem

    Just enough isolation to not feel completely isolated. My dream!

  111. Yani Ivanov

    Yani IvanovPred mesecem

    Imagine youre being asked to stay there and youve forgotten all your acid at home

  112. Uhh Mm.

    Uhh Mm.Pred mesecem


  113. Anjounet Leavell

    Anjounet LeavellPred mesecem

    It’s amazingly beautiful and we are all very hopeful for its future!