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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Yes Theory
Yes Theory 9 dagen geleden
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
Bassie B
Bassie B 5 uur geleden
Dubai is very rich, wealth is, however, distributed vastly unequally between different Emirates and among the various population groups. Most of the country's wealth is concentrated in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. ... The concentration of wealth is so drastic that less than 0.2 percent of the population controls 90 percent of the wealth. Yet they spend $13 Billio on islands, and Yes Theory thinks that is a good thing. Next level disgusting Yes Theory.
Kyle Aslami
Kyle Aslami 11 uur geleden
i hope one day i can visit that place! check out my reaction videos
Yellow Woodstock
Yellow Woodstock Dag geleden
very cool
niek van ammers
niek van ammers 2 dagen geleden
how to get a password for the store?
jassi_j.j 2 dagen geleden
I really enjoy watching your videos. Its always fun and makes you whish to travel the world. I only wish that sometimes you would also show the other side of some topics and be more critical about topics you are talking about, like the enviromental consequens of those manmade islands. I think seeking discomfort is also be able to adress critics, breaking taboos and to admit mistakes.
Max G.
Max G. 32 minuten geleden
Flying across the world... "We want to be more environmentally friendly"
Eric Reformado
Eric Reformado 48 minuten geleden
I like the shirts
Pierre Jean Jouve
Pierre Jean Jouve 54 minuten geleden
No thanks
dacsus 56 minuten geleden
news.mongabay.com/2005/08/dubais-artificial-islands-have-high-environmental-cost/ www.greenprophet.com/2009/06/world-islands-dubai/
matthew Uur geleden
So funny that the chef assumed that he wanted burger and pizza lmao
Melinda Lara
Melinda Lara 2 uur geleden
Where there any fish life in the water?
Mahamed Aden
Mahamed Aden 2 uur geleden
Who is scrolling through the comments instead of watching the video 🤣
Pat Wawryk
Pat Wawryk 2 uur geleden
Bio degrade.. oh he's on an airplane.
Proton Neutron
Proton Neutron 2 uur geleden
The marketing error was thinking that thousands of rich people would flock to a country run by medieval madmen where one can be executed for sex between consenting adults.
Proton Neutron
Proton Neutron 2 uur geleden
Build it and they will laugh at you.
Generic And Unfunny
Generic And Unfunny 2 uur geleden
Mash Z
Mash Z 2 uur geleden
8:11 yo he even got airpods
Victor Garcia
Victor Garcia 3 uur geleden
Imagine working at the airport and seeing this dude or both of them. I can die in peace now
Heisenberg 3 uur geleden
As a israeli, we are so excited that we make a peace with Dubai! Great timing
211xx112 3 uur geleden
I'm just scared of tsunamis
AKAME X COD 3 uur geleden
FANTASY ISLAND vibes lol on the chairman! great guy!
Piter 3 uur geleden
I like how he talks about caring about the enviroment while he makes a video that harms the enviroment as much as i do in 2 years...
5thDawg 3 uur geleden
Seems like a lonely place to live permanently.
Steven Brown
Steven Brown 4 uur geleden
How do I work for you guys
Robert Burton
Robert Burton 4 uur geleden
Whats the goal the of the project, a completely sustainable microcosmos of the World?
Proton Neutron
Proton Neutron 2 uur geleden
no. it was designed for the super wealthy to live on their own islands.
Natanael Betancourt
Natanael Betancourt 4 uur geleden
1:27 always. AND I MEAN ALWAYS. Kiss the homies goodbye. thank u
Teresa Keding
Teresa Keding 5 uur geleden
Respect. All of those shots looked so good... :)
Etherious Natsu Dragneel
Etherious Natsu Dragneel 5 uur geleden
Those islands are a waste of money and an example of humans destroying a habit/ecosystem
King Nerri
King Nerri 5 uur geleden
I'll be there soon!
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Peter Nicholas pace 7 uur geleden
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Annelie Schulze
Annelie Schulze 7 uur geleden
what about rising see levels though... aren’t all the islands gonna be underwater in like 30 years 😅
Proton Neutron
Proton Neutron 2 uur geleden
no. More like a few thousand years
Hamzah Firdaus
Hamzah Firdaus 7 uur geleden
words of billionaire..duhhh
LUCIEN CORNELIS 8 uur geleden
All the billions in the world can not reproduce the beauty of nature !
Sneaky Snakerz
Sneaky Snakerz 8 uur geleden
Didnt know you had an ad
Redline 8 uur geleden
PUBG glider in real life!
Naruto Uzumaki
Naruto Uzumaki 8 uur geleden
Yes Theory made a good comeback
HA Vlogs
HA Vlogs 8 uur geleden
nice view ! very good work
minij hooi
minij hooi 8 uur geleden
Great Video...cheers bud!!!?
James Lou Siaboc
James Lou Siaboc 10 uur geleden
Dubai, the best example of government with no corruption and people of dream to make the world with better living without any damage to environment..thats what i see in this video
minij hooi
minij hooi 8 uur geleden
SO WHAT D OYOU GUYS DO? you guys just travel to experience things?
LoBo 10 uur geleden
13:31 The Netherlands enters the chat
Make Money Guide
Make Money Guide 10 uur geleden
Awesome! This video is very helpful! You can visit my channel to see awesome stuff, too!
Emil Rosenberg
Emil Rosenberg 10 uur geleden
17 minutes of pure discomfort
__________________________________ 11 uur geleden
They are empty because they were speculated property. The economy had other plans.
Abiy BattleSpell
Abiy BattleSpell 11 uur geleden
so the islands are a jojo reference?
Chance 11 uur geleden
The chairman is one intelligent dude.
Cha Moral
Cha Moral 11 uur geleden
My new dream destination listed!
Jeremy 11 uur geleden
10:39 that's all air pollution, people don't realise that
Devour Circ
Devour Circ 12 uur geleden
casper2yall 12 uur geleden
That’s so cool, I would love to see this in person. I love that helicopter you went on, awesome flight.
alex hebert
alex hebert 12 uur geleden
Him: “seek discomfort” Me: (puts pillow in an uncomfortable position)
Sturmchaos 12 uur geleden
Cant imagine how much money was used to make one of them islands
Isaac Curry
Isaac Curry 12 uur geleden
I came here for the Islands.... but I'm now subscribing for the Organic/Environmental friendly clothes.
Fatty Bull
Fatty Bull 12 uur geleden
I didn’t get my permission yet.
ForgottenSoles 13 uur geleden
I think, after watching this video, we can all agree that Mother Nature is the best architect.
Shieldz 13 uur geleden
SO WHAT D OYOU GUYS DO? you guys just travel to experience things?
Ani Mallya
Ani Mallya 13 uur geleden
Thats the dream!
S Tea
S Tea 13 uur geleden
most useless use of 13bill that has ever happened. What an airhead
Rusty Kinks
Rusty Kinks 13 uur geleden
I do wonder how these kinds of places handle storms though.
Crazy Gang
Crazy Gang 12 uur geleden
@Rusty Kinks welcome
Rusty Kinks
Rusty Kinks 12 uur geleden
@Crazy Gang Ah nice, thanks for the input.
Crazy Gang
Crazy Gang 13 uur geleden
storms don't happen in these regions, that's why Dubai allows stuff like these to be built in the sea
Justhiin Xx
Justhiin Xx 13 uur geleden
It would be cool if each island had a different cultures from the real world
Shmekle Von Duche
Shmekle Von Duche 13 uur geleden
Stop flying. That will help the environment
Obi-wan Kenobi
Obi-wan Kenobi 14 uur geleden
Cause fake islands just aren’t the same as real islands
wow videos
wow videos 15 uur geleden
*Scrolls down to comment's* See's NLposts commented *Nani?!*
Sohilah Nazir
Sohilah Nazir 15 uur geleden
I dont know who lied to you but those islands are NOT manmade...
Tito Leon
Tito Leon 15 uur geleden
Can you guys make a video on the Spartan race???
BeachBunnyAJC 15 uur geleden
Just bought a hoodie, can't wait to get it!!! Much Love to all!!
rolly doucet
rolly doucet 16 uur geleden
The fact that the islands are man-made has me guessing they would have to constantly monitor issues such as erosion and other natural evolutions. That aside....what a beautiful country!
Dominico Cosma
Dominico Cosma 16 uur geleden
They killed off the ocean where they built this 😫 Environmental Impacts The construction of the Palm Islands and The World, for all Nakheel's attempts to do otherwise, have had a clear and significant impact on the surrounding environment. It would be impossible to introduce a change of such magnitude to an established ecosystem and not anticipate any negative changes or reactions in the area's wildlife and natural processes. The construction of the various islands off the coast of Dubai has resulted in changes in area wildlife, coastal erosion and alongshore sediment transport, and wave patterns. Sediment stirred up by construction has suffocated and injured local marine fauna and reduced the amount of sunlight filtered down to seashore vegetation. Variations in alongshore sediment transport have resulted in changes in erosion patterns along the UAE coast, which has also been exacerbated by altered wave patterns as the waters of the Gulf attempt to move around the new obstruction of the islands.
Dominico Cosma
Dominico Cosma 16 uur geleden
They are also supposedly sinking back into sea 😂 hope they clean there mess up and don’t leave it in the ocean 🙏🏻
Dominico Cosma
Dominico Cosma 16 uur geleden
People haven’t tried before because environmentally imagine what he did to the ocean honestly it makes me sick watching this
Ines Lep
Ines Lep 7 uur geleden
EXACTLY! thanks for pointing that out
Sabrina Tatalias
Sabrina Tatalias 16 uur geleden
Video idea, in Virginia go to the President Head Museum! Coolest and Most Strange place i have ever been to
Cooper Games
Cooper Games 16 uur geleden
Ayo is this that Snapchat thing of the world
Anis Tarek
Anis Tarek 17 uur geleden
It’s end of 2020 and robot can watch NLposts video
Balázs Müller
Balázs Müller 17 uur geleden
I really would like to know the economics behind all this...
Din P
Din P 17 uur geleden
There isn't much mention of the people who toiled to build these islands.
Gabasto 17 uur geleden
Adam SULLIVAN 17 uur geleden
The UAE!! The most environmentally unfriendly place on earth. Waste at its finest. Just look at what oil money gets you, rape the 🌎. Tragic
Crazy Gang
Crazy Gang 13 uur geleden
I can bet you have never even stepped into this country, our country strives to achieve environmental friendliness, every school, every house, every neighborhood, you're just jealous deep down inside. if you believe we are not environmentally friendly, you sure do know we don't have racist cops, school shooters and murderers.
Matt Thatsme
Matt Thatsme 17 uur geleden
when ur outside, "the floor" is called the ground
Ponch555 18 uur geleden
Is this where they held the fyre festival? 😂
Emanuel 18 uur geleden
If ur bored just go check this on snap map and you will be shocked 😳
Chad Hoskins
Chad Hoskins 18 uur geleden
Do you guys keep any of the clothing you get & wear as you travel?
tia N
tia N 18 uur geleden
When I see the bamboo I remember my country lol
Richelle Barone
Richelle Barone 19 uur geleden
Does the chairmen have any sons?
TriumphantCarrot 19 uur geleden
This seems like a terrible idea considering rising sea levels
Apeami 5 uur geleden
yes its just gonna flood
ReganOnlineTv 19 uur geleden
Heshie Katz
Heshie Katz 20 uur geleden
huh. he never answered what's happening with all the islands
Regina Hallie
Regina Hallie 21 uur geleden
Guy: talks about how they are trying to make the island as liveable as possible Thomas: There's a pool!
Worldzz TV
Worldzz TV 21 uur geleden
What will happen to these islands with the rising sea levels 🤔
KrazyKrzysztof 21 uur geleden
i guess dubai is not concerned with global warming lol wasting so much energy building worthless sand islands
Crazy Gang
Crazy Gang 13 uur geleden
what should they do? refrigerate ice? smh
CountYulith 22 uur geleden
Can you imagine how rich that "chairman" dude must be to be the dude behind all of this?
King_ 69
King_ 69 9 uur geleden
The project was developed by thousands of private investors and hotel companies. He lead the project but yeah he is a multi billionaire
wooshylooshy 22 uur geleden
when 2 much comfort is actually discomfort ;o
Blessed YK
Blessed YK 22 uur geleden
wow man. great video :)
Chandra Wright
Chandra Wright 22 uur geleden
walmart version of the paul brothers
Lionel Lillard
Lionel Lillard 22 uur geleden
With today's sand erosion and sea levels rising is this a safe place to build a home?
Sai Mugunthu Baskaran
Sai Mugunthu Baskaran 23 uur geleden
12:25 He is refering to Palm Deira, but the subtitles just say "there". Palm Deira has the same layout as Palm Jumeirah, but on a much larger scale.
Raven Snyder
Raven Snyder 23 uur geleden
Wear a fucking mask you see them wearing them so put one on just Bc you’re a NLposts don’t mean you can’t get rona and spread it
cjh600 Dag geleden
Yep- looks like really seeking discomfort in that luxury hotel. Must be hell :-)
TheAwesomerest1 Dag geleden
From celebrating in the streets of COVID infected LA without a mask to traveling to the other side of the world in the middle of a pandemic. This channel is about as environmentally friendly as the virus itself
ColoradoKen Dag geleden
How many wives does the developer have?
Caroline Crowder
Caroline Crowder Dag geleden
Why is he only wearing a mask 30% of the time.
luv _ zeeshan
luv _ zeeshan Dag geleden
dubai never fails to amaze us..
S L Dag geleden
I remember seeing something about this years ago. I expected them all to be filled by now, crazy!
Jake Kapp
Jake Kapp Dag geleden
Song at 5:15?
Sid Balodi
Sid Balodi Dag geleden
Tell me I'm not the only one seeing Westworld at 6:55
Adam FUCHSY Dag geleden
Becoming more environmentally conscience while being based out of one of the cities with the worst pollution, traveling to a city that is known to abuse it's workers and quite literally has been fighting against the environment because of where it is located. Seriously, look up some of the challenges Dubai faces and will face. I don't doubt they will have to continue to pump more sand onto these "islands" to combat rising sea levels, or the massive dust storms they have might help with that. Honestly, what a disgrace. Pandering to the masses about being more eco-friendly and doing this honestly sounds like some satire channel.
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