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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  • 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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    • @Marlou Geraedts not all of us want to wear a grass jock strap.

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    • Where's this guy's girl at?🤔 I heard "police were investigating him soliciting immoral"butt fun" with men of the island. We called authorities when his girlfriend was not found. They found two beta males and a dark brown and red cyclindrical silcon like 11 inch object that they used in a ritualistic sex act on the island." Amazin

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    • You missed out on some night shots. Please get on another platform besides yt..

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    • Selling 'eco-friendly' clothing, then travelling to and promoting Dubai, really??! Why not collect money for Amnesty International and then do some propaganda for North Korea?

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    • I don't wanna dissapoint you buth your not the first guest. One of my stepmoms family members from Kyrgyzstan was in "country Sweden" if I remember it right, it was a long time ago.

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  • I have a brother in law that was one of the engineer/ architects working on the islands......he quit and walked away because it was fake.....garbage scam project

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  • Oh wow. Its not surprising. Your goodies are all sold out. So ill stay tuned until you get some more stock. Keep safe. Watching from the Gold Coast Australia.

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  • Islands? More like multiple sandbars...Piers Morgan did a documentary about these sandbars and how they were built ...under paid force labor...people from impoverished countries looking for work...

    Maria SilvaMaria Silva42 minuter sedan
  • Bullshit things are highlighted here... The ecological imbalance and subsided land haven't been discussed.... That's why such blogs on you tube is so dangerous.... any random guy can promote the wrong thing. Shame on you idiot....

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  • They don't require a quarantine in Dubai?

    WavemakerWavemaker2 timmar sedan
  • Its obviously this dude was paid off to report that these islands are great.

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  • Thank god that gay bromance of this channel is no more shown atleast in this video. Feed up with them being always formal decent being gay

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  • Come to pakistan

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  • Been looking into these lately thank you for this!

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  • The water rotted.

    Joe SmithJoe Smith6 timmar sedan
  • Did you bother to consider the environmental impact of this many "islands" built and now foreclosed? You are not thinking at all. Bright-eyed optimism and no brain to question the purpose! Let's hope in time you will grow up. A big if.

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    • good job hosting in this video.

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  • Wow. Amazing. I enjoyed this

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    • Giggles adorably

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  • Rich people go to the Bahamas, even richer people recreate the Bahamas on their own city

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  • Yet 13 billion could of solve everything in the world in the right hands and these guys made sand castles

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  • Did you notice them laughing as they used their left hand at the beginning? lol, those culturally informed will get it.

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    • Lol, you’re rude

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  • Hey thanks for the video! Just wondering what drone you use?

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  • its a terrible idea if you think of it, water levels are only raising...

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  • God I love Thomas

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  • Beautiful 🤩 island, you are very privileged! I’m glad to see that the dream 💭 is still alive!

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  • Wow so much "discomfort" in this video, haha Im joking.

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  • I seek discomfort every day living with my dad

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  • Thank y’all so much dearest 🌹 Y’all such an inspiration 🥰 Appreciate y’all from the bottom of my heart 💜 Be Blissful Eternally 🙏😇🌈

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  • The chairman was speaking with such compassion and joy. Definitely seems like an awesome dude who builds things with love which seems to be hard to come by nowadays

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  • Imagine playing Hide and seek on this Island

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  • The owner that made land and is so rich was with you that is so cool

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  • i love how rich jetsetting kids have all the answers to the worlds problems , jeez uus :-(

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    • They earned there money what are you on

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  • If I could give this video two thumbs up I would

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  • Wow 🥰 i really love beach🥰 Just now i knew this things 🤩 Dubai is really so amazing😍 More project God bless😇 Hope one day i can visit☺

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  • Got to love the irony, make billions from oil causing climate change and ocean rise. Spend said billions on Oceanfront man-made islands that will end up getting swallowed by ocean rise. Omg 🤣 🤣 easy come easy go

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  • the earth is sad, angry and hurt! manmade island is just a temporary, anytime earth will avenge very soon very soon

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  • Pretty funny pushing environmentally friendly merch after getting off a plane

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  • Welp my hopes of buying a seek discomfort hoodie is now gone 100 percent cotton hoodies suck it’s will shrink and I’m not tryna air dry my clothes

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  • Nice.its really nice to stay in an island esp. If it is safe to stay and the water are clear.

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  • you guys should visit the sweatshop in Malaysia where your merch is made

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    • Bro this ones good 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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  • Tiktok brought me here

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  • Where did he get all the funding

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    • For the islands, was he rich already

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    • Who

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  • Maybe, the Philippines could've work with the chairman for the better Manila Bay Beach🤢

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  • There is that saying, The wise man built his house upon the rock, the fool built it on sand.

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    • These some rich fools though!!

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    • @Variant _ LOL

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    • I guess that's why they're rental properties and not for sale

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  • Ugly Island 🏝️

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  • So when are we going to be more intelligent and critique this ostentatious lifestyle pornography madness?

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    • There money not yours

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    • Even if I agree with you. Y r ya going to tell peeps how to spend their money? And when do ya think they gonna listen?

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  • How does all this work with your branding on environmental sustainability? Very confused & conflicting polemic.

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  • I thought that was to kool when you flew that plane. Best part of video.

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  • The only thing wrong with this video is, you made it about you. You You-tubers are so narcissistic. There is nothing of value in this video. This is an amazing construction project and all i got out of this video is you playing with your self and trying to sell me clothing. Sorry no subscribe.

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    • Theres videos specifically on the islands and this channel is about the exploration of yes theory so go somewhere else if u dont like they’re content, its not like they would like a sub like you anyway

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  • The "Party Island" has an apocalyptic feel to it.

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    • Its nota desert and plus it was 48•F at the time of recording

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  • This is one of your best videos. Its got everything.

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  • Him: “seek discomfort” Me: (puts pillow in an uncomfortable position)

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  • 'Environmentally friendly' and haphazardly flying to Dubai? The most useless waste of materials for the pleasure of a few. Burning up fuel in useless flight and boat trip. Hmm, hard to reconsile.

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  • An island made by slave labor for millionaires and western couples on there honey moons. After the Lebanon blast I read a quote from a Lebanese woman, "people have gotten used to people in this part of the world suffering. its not right, its really not right". I wonder if the guy making this video gave a shit about that when he did his fist bump?

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  • Holy shit yoy look like crap. Have you given up on life because you have too much of everything?

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    • Lmao you just jealous you dont have as much money, they’ve worked for what they have

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  • You gotta love these sociopathic channels eh! All of them have positive attitudes, they conveniently went to good colleges, are good looking (coincidence?), have all kinds of money and “you can too if you’d only believe in yourself”. Lol. Always the same racket. Grown up Jake Paul’s.

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  • "We are going to be more environmentally conscious... by getting on an huge jet and flying across the world, buy some of our organic Tshirts made by err dont worry about that..."

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  • when u flew did ur flight go west over pacific or over atlantic and or euro hop

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  • That was the longest clothing ad I’ve ever seen.

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  • Dubai is bankrupt. They started this project 15 years ago to show off to the world their extravagant wealth. They were going to build resorts here and attract tourists to vacation and/or live here. Today, Covid-19 came and tourism fell. Moreover, oil export is dwindling because most countries are switching to clean air, electric cars. And who wants to live on a desert island. There is no future in Dubai. Foreign workers, visitors and residents have left because the economy is failing. No jobs, no contracts and no life.

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  • It's funny how they just dump some sand in the ocean then sell for outrageous amounts of money. Clearly people want to do less work and get paid more. Greed is rampant in Dubai. Will never go there.

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    • Where do I start with this comment. Lifestyles of the rich and famous with SEworld simpin for this place. Courtesy of the $$$ from the developer and tourism board. “Do less get paid more” then calls that greed. If u wanna do the opposite no ones stopping you. I’ll hire ya. Good day!!

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  • It’s empty so mr beast can make give away videos for his viewers

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  • So, the only thing missing is, where's all the chicks in bikinis on jet skis and in the swim up bar?

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  • You don't need a pool when you have an ocean in your backyard

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  • Imagine the beach cricket on these

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  • Thank you yes theory for the video , I hope one day we will cross paths and I will become part of your team xoxo much love from Morocco

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  • The Earth is Flat. Disagree...? Prove it to me...(good luck)

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  • awesome content as always!

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  • Wow, and we all know what happens with a rogue wave or water rising. You have to stay safe people get your car hop tray on Amazon.

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  • I would've came all over everything

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  • Not impress til you see the greatest *DOLOMITE BEACH FROM THE PHILIPPINES*

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  • So this is the thing on Snapchat mais

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    • Maps

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  • The air quality is so poor you can barely see Dubai from The Island.

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    • @Zets Smog*

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    • That my friend is called fog

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  • Rich people go to the Bahamas, even richier people recreate the Bahamas on their own city

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  • This is freaking amazing. Best episode yet & grateful you guys are able to make this content during a time of pandemic. For me it gives me hope that the world can still be explored.

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    • I think this is why UAE banned almost 13 countries to flight on UAE. Because of these.

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  • Apparently those islands are creating environmental issues down the natural shorelines, disrupting natural currents, and ecosystems. That’s another reason a lot of those islands haven’t been developed yet.

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  • Honestly, I was thinking about the Palm Islands and these World Islands the other day. Thank you for sharing your trip and the information.

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  • Wow the villas are gorgeous

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  • Him: “seek discomfort” Me: *stops using toilet paper*

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    • Me: Everybody: SEworld: e 20 Million people: interesting / amazing/ wow.......etc.e OMFG THIS TYPE OF COMMENT IS SO ANNOYING AND REALLY CRINGY WTF. I'M GONNA CALL CANCEL CREW TO CANCEL WHOEVER MADE THIS POPULAR IN THE FIRST PLACE FFS. CAN YOU GUYS BE MORE ORIGINAL! There was a time when people who comment were more creative and original.

    • They’re like: “Boy come from America“ Oh, ok!! Send him some “Hamburger & Pizza” 😝

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  • Beautiful ❤️

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  • 12:32 the people from the netherlands did.

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  • So much is wrong in this video, starting from the lack of masks, the travelling, the fake environmental concerns, and much more. This has been nice because we got to see something new, but the whole video project looks very irresponsible!

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  • We hereby anoint you the new Anthony Bourdain... No really tho I really enjoyed the video. Now subscribed.

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  • Now do it again. But with a bunch of girls.

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  • Which part of America? The US part?

    Geoffrey LeeGeoffrey Lee2 dagar sedan
  • Environmentally friendly - flys first class haha

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  • It’s amazing to be able to watch stuff like this for free.

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  • How do they generate electricity for lighting etc. and how do they dispose of the sewage ? Thanks.

    daniel yeongdaniel yeong3 dagar sedan
    • @K B Thanks very much for your reply and for sharing another well made video. In the beginning of the video you also wondered how they supply power to the islands . Well I watched the video again and the Chairman merely said that they desalinate the water to produce drinking water and explained how they dispose of garbage in an environment friendly manner.

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    • The chairman in the video explained it all.

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  • nice ad

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  • Rich Arabs just getting richer. They should be helping the poor in their own country instead of throwing money building crap like that and also destroying the nature

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    • Its a environmental friendly project

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  • I think this is why UAE banned almost 13 countries to flight on UAE. Because of these.

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  • So this islands and the Palm Island is different but same creator involved? WOW!

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  • Man you got nice time🔥

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  • Great job guys ❤️🔥 #seek_discomfort

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  • lol take me next time

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