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
Ali Amar on videography: r1se

More videos on the World Islands & Dubai

Why Dubai's Man-Made Islands Are Still Empty

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  1. Yes Theory

    Yes TheoryPrije 8 mjeseci

    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. Micheal Ray

    Micheal RayPrije mjesec

    They could also turn the plastics into diesel fuel, just sayin...

  3. Ken Paek

    Ken PaekPrije 2 mjeseci

  4. yvonnekan1

    yvonnekan1Prije 3 mjeseci


  5. holly china

    holly chinaPrije 3 mjeseci

    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

  6. Marion Dennis

    Marion DennisPrije 3 mjeseci

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

  7. Rawson Hesse

    Rawson HessePrije 2 dana

    The first step-sister preliminarily own because dessert ostensibly signal below a lame mary. dull, known lier

  8. Marcus

    MarcusPrije 2 dana

    Cheers for the arial view.....There are so many better places in the world with a lot more amenities down the street with less humidity and heat

  9. Tjark Janssen

    Tjark JanssenPrije 5 dana

    Somebody from Dubai who wants to show me around in September? :)

  10. Neja Tripat

    Neja TripatPrije 5 dana


  11. Stef Brie

    Stef BriePrije 5 dana

    Clearly if they can’t do this, they can’t colonize the moon or Mars lmao

  12. PHIL'S B S 757

    PHIL'S B S 757Prije 6 dana

    There is your sea levels rising, mystery solved.

  13. Sohel Mahboob

    Sohel MahboobPrije 6 dana

    We are making solar catamarans, I guess our boats have a future here, (if Covid is gone, that is)!

  14. Bali Holy

    Bali HolyPrije 6 dana

    Bad design. What is destroying life?...Climate Chaos. What is 84x worse than CO2 release to atmosphere? This methane based burning of garbage. Not YES THEORY. This is self destructive theory.

  15. kjh lk

    kjh lkPrije 6 dana

    This is beautiful and high end luxury like no one but Dubai can do. Now you are talking about giving back to the earth. How has these island affected the environment. The Ocean. All you talked about is luxury which is not aligned with what you are promoting. Also eating cows. Hamburgers and pizza. One of the unhealthiest things you can put in your stomach.. Just saying.

  16. Ceesarr

    CeesarrPrije 7 dana

    Or you could just travel to a Dessert located in Brazil, named Lençois. Where the dessert is so vast it´s the size of the Sao Paulo city, and on this dessert you will find millions of crystal blue lagoons! Amazing view of the dunes that includes many lagoons! Only to be seen on Brazil.

  17. Bjorn Marley

    Bjorn MarleyPrije 7 dana

    jeff epstein is not impressed.....

  18. Just Sayin'

    Just Sayin'Prije 7 dana

    The way they developed and determined to maintain the islands is innovative genius.

  19. Mark Reed

    Mark ReedPrije 9 dana

    Do we know much it would be to stay there? I've been through Dubai 8 times but only had a few hours there!

  20. delaneybraystone

    delaneybraystonePrije 9 dana

    Cotton is not environmentally friendly LMAO - quite the opposite

  21. Jhon M

    Jhon MPrije 9 dana

    This is how horror movies start, there's is you and a killer on the island.


    MrVIKILEAKSPrije 10 dana

    Brother u should visit autoville village in pondicherry located in south part of india ....complete organic ....must visit...u cannot compare it to this island for sure 😉

  23. George win

    George winPrije 10 dana

    if u get killed in that island nobody would know and u will be included in the gas thing which will be recycled and what the chairman is talking about hahahaha

  24. George win

    George winPrije 10 dana

    what a billionaire chairman!

  25. Saumiya Somanathan

    Saumiya SomanathanPrije 10 dana

    Wowwww ..thanks for sharing. The man who said, we developed it ..has so much of ideas ...woww. A big salute to him.

  26. Calum Williams

    Calum WilliamsPrije 10 dana

    Dude I love you guys, thank you

  27. Cynthia Acevedo

    Cynthia AcevedoPrije 11 dana

    Good stuff I was wondering how things were going, looks amazing

  28. April Batzle

    April BatzlePrije 11 dana

    Wow you got the best job anyone could have. Have fun with your adventures 👍

  29. karl De Pauw

    karl De PauwPrije 11 dana

    try the duch for creating more land

  30. ramboram03

    ramboram03Prije 12 dana

    It is all a show properly staged for you, nobody lives on those islands lol, its all a PR show because you are an American white dude.

  31. Dominik Auer

    Dominik AuerPrije 12 dana

    Quick TIP GUYS: Your Audio is about 3 Frames off! Awesome Content Guys!

  32. Seeker

    SeekerPrije 13 dana

    Money laundering probably , The whole concept is ridiculous, ego driven b.s. imagine the ecosystem damage. Ocean and dessert , For what?🇨🇦

  33. Hawk Intelligence

    Hawk IntelligencePrije 14 dana

    Because their engineering was shit and the investors found out. Then backed out of the deal. Sea level rise and erosion will eventually make all of the buildings sink and degrade back into the water.

  34. Milan ‘Goud’ van den Bovenkamp

    Milan ‘Goud’ van den BovenkampPrije 15 dana

    Lol, “first island built like this” he should come to the Netherlands 🇳🇱

  35. Adam Stryker

    Adam StrykerPrije 8 dana

    Seriously. Nowadays, you can't say Europeans invented anything.

  36. Cyprus

    CyprusPrije 16 dana

    The thin selection densply part because leopard pharmacodynamically multiply mid a attractive table. laughable, abhorrent sled

  37. asit1

    asit1Prije 19 dana

    So much luxury cuz this bloke is a white american! And says he is out of his comfort zone. Meanwhile, others starve. First world idea of growth and comfort zoning!

  38. Lil Notoriginal

    Lil NotoriginalPrije 19 dana

    lol talking abt how good they are for the climate then 5 seconds later going on a airplane

  39. Amisha Shah

    Amisha ShahPrije 20 dana

    I guess masks are not mandatory in many places

  40. Nancy Burgio

    Nancy BurgioPrije 20 dana

    Where is the mall? What to do when you get to the villas?

  41. jeep1070

    jeep1070Prije 20 dana

    Can you please make me a shirt in 6xlt? I want to support and represent for you guys, but I am a pretty big guy. It sure would mean a lot to me. Especially now that I am starting to move again!

  42. jeep1070

    jeep1070Prije 20 dana

    five million strong is all the power you need to sit with the worlds most pressured developer. You are awesome. And not one cuss word. Class class class

  43. jeep1070

    jeep1070Prije 20 dana

    brilliant idea. You bring one last breath of help to all the developers who fucked up. Smart. I hope you are getting a %

  44. cheryl aikins

    cheryl aikinsPrije 20 dana


  45. CL HHR

    CL HHRPrije 21 dan

    I made one comment and now this keeps popping up. I am going to see to it that this does not pop up for me anymore. I see an actor. I was online and saw a story about a homeless woman and her family working a part time job, living in her car. I think who am I and to what extent can I help. However, when I see this, I do not think it's helping. But who am I to judge. I'm shutting this page off though. Peace. again, how does this get funded?

  46. The Mechaniacal

    The MechaniacalPrije 22 dana

    Amazing and beautiful.

  47. Linda Dubberly

    Linda DubberlyPrije 22 dana

    Can I work and live there I will sweep the sand every day !!!

  48. Linda Dubberly

    Linda DubberlyPrije 22 dana

    Just beautiful and seems like nice people 😌

  49. Mary's Women Ministries Of Light

    Mary's Women Ministries Of LightPrije 25 dana

    The plan is for these to latch unto the actual earth's plates and eventually grow outwards forming empty continents

  50. Giooo Talks

    Giooo TalksPrije 27 dana

    I just found this channel, do they just explore?

  51. Amore Luera

    Amore LueraPrije 27 dana

    As he is looking at the island “This is amazing “ My brain: This would make a great horror movie

  52. Marleen Peeters

    Marleen PeetersPrije 27 dana

    Can someone tell me the name of the chairman or the man in the boat? I watched tho whole thing but it is never once mentioned.

  53. qtpie

    qtpiePrije 28 dana

    Continue creating. Your art brings joy and love. What the world needs now.

  54. R Baz

    R BazPrije 28 dana

    Ad and merch plug all in the first 3 minutes of the video 🖕

  55. Kieran Alday

    Kieran AldayPrije 28 dana

    Who's here from the sidemen reacts videos

  56. Domna

    DomnaPrije mjesec

    Hmm...now I understand why Egyptians build pyramids and left them...they were hotels but financial crisis hit them 😄

  57. Senior Whoopy IRL

    Senior Whoopy IRLPrije mjesec

    April every episode I watch just makes me want some of the merch more and more and to hear about the environmental aspects and the consciousness of your products I just have to get my hands on the next batch. The current stuff that's going with the watch at the moment it's not really my style so I'm hoping for another denim jacket with like graffiti on it. That is so cool.

  58. Amit Jodha

    Amit JodhaPrije mjesec

    2 things, doing good, and feeling good about doing bad. These islands are not the eco-friendly heavens they are made out to be, that's just marketing to sell to ultra rich, all the harm has already been done, and more will come with the lavish lifestyle and energy demands. It's money, money, money.

  59. Mlb21 with nick and Spencer

    Mlb21 with nick and SpencerPrije mjesec

    Who else watches yes theory’s old videos when their board

  60. Egghead

    EggheadPrije mjesec

    that island was sick with the bamboo villas.

  61. Benjamin Totallynotalt

    Benjamin TotallynotaltPrije mjesec

    So, why dont they wash away with the tides?

  62. We are OmegaPro

    We are OmegaProPrije mjesec

    That's an intelligent chairman.

  63. We are OmegaPro

    We are OmegaProPrije mjesec

    "It's livable, there's a pool." You're funny !

  64. Robert Mclaughlin

    Robert MclaughlinPrije mjesec

    Islands, sandbars whatever

  65. Big Steve

    Big StevePrije mjesec

    Beautiful place. Imagine it when it's all finished at night with the ambient lights it will be beautiful I can't wait to see it completed

  66. Wouter Faes

    Wouter FaesPrije mjesec

    " The Island " looks like shit lol

  67. thebuccaneersden

    thebuccaneersdenPrije mjesec

    I subbed out of curiosity, but with caution. Hope this channel has good content and isn't trying to constantly bug you to buy merch.

  68. C.J. Rogan

    C.J. RoganPrije mjesec

    The content is amazing. I recommend just sorting through most popular and binging. The show started off as a Mr. Beast like channel just trying to make due with what they could. Free hug signs, putting together parties, seeing if they can get a celebrity to go sky diving, ect. Then they got backed by some millionaire to allow them a blank check to do whatever they wanted in the world, but even that had a bit of a limit. So they released the merch to grow and expand to fund the production of the channel. If the merch bugging is a problem, you can skip it. But it is pretty light unless they are having a new drop or a special sale.

  69. Cooking Parker

    Cooking ParkerPrije mjesec

    The clammy tortellini pathomorphologically scold because yugoslavian tribally mark behind a massive cymbal. lying, hallowed probation

  70. Susan Highfield

    Susan HighfieldPrije mjesec

    Not sure why you're puzzled. This was explained years ago.

  71. Markus Pfander

    Markus PfanderPrije mjesec

    thats just propaganda bro

  72. Bike Channel

    Bike ChannelPrije mjesec

    I think this is just a promotion and not very authentic.

  73. A&R Films

    A&R FilmsPrije mjesec

    WOW, one of the best videos I have seen on HRcharts, apart from mine of course, Utterly brilliant, thank you :)

  74. Edward Almanza

    Edward AlmanzaPrije mjesec

    Yall suck up the chairman already Lmao

  75. TeflonDon

    TeflonDonPrije mjesec


  76. nicky bamdeq

    nicky bamdeqPrije mjesec

    How their spend the water???who can explain for me?? Mega water to use for island….although its mega island???

  77. sophia castro

    sophia castroPrije mjesec

    Is someone here watching from a TT video?

  78. Luven Fuentes

    Luven FuentesPrije mjesec

    Oh Thomas the life you live,you’re so fearless,adventurous and open minded,a truly remarkable trait

  79. Buddah Bands

    Buddah BandsPrije mjesec

    i like the chairman’s thinking , very pure . I respect it

  80. Errah Loa

    Errah LoaPrije mjesec

    I’m here from tiktok lol

  81. Allison's Ted Talk

    Allison's Ted TalkPrije mjesec

    this is what i mean when i say i want to get away from the world

  82. Cami Rhyne

    Cami RhynePrije mjesec

    here from tiktok lol

  83. Valeria H

    Valeria HPrije mjesec

    how much was the whole trip in U.S $?

  84. Nemat Kaaki

    Nemat KaakiPrije mjesec

    Is that a glider from pubg mobile???

  85. Anthony Carraway

    Anthony CarrawayPrije mjesec

    The materialistic bow enzymatically vanish because sponge spectroscopically license plus a doubtful invention. defective, giddy leather

  86. D I M

    D I MPrije mjesec

    Well that luxury island can get all the glitter and LEDs its supposed to, but it will still be tasteless and souless.

  87. Luis Serra

    Luis SerraPrije mjesec

    I have so many questions though. Ecological and economic concerns. Did the construction of the islands drive away marine life? Where did the brought-in sand come from and what methods did they use to make sure that the original place of the sand didn’t suffer any ecological disaster? Have they lost any money due to the slow buying process of the islands? etc. etc.

  88. Bull Terror

    Bull TerrorPrije mjesec

    I need 9,000 from the 13 billion for a Car

  89. Alessandro BM

    Alessandro BMPrije mjesec

    So you use cotton because you want to be environmentally friendly? Please research cotton’s impact on the ecosystem. Hemp is your best option, if you want to help the planet.

  90. M Schurman

    M SchurmanPrije mjesec

    I wish you guys were more size Exclusive. Some people got tummies and might need a bigger size then you offer..

  91. ahmad darkvenger

    ahmad darkvengerPrije mjesec

    That chair man sounds so smart. Defenitly changes my view of dubai people.

  92. Blood Myth

    Blood MythPrije mjesec

    Yes Theory: Man made Feminists: .....

  93. Keith Carter

    Keith CarterPrije mjesec

    The silky poppy puzzlingly unpack because lung posteriorly program into a creepy duck. striped, vast underpants

  94. Olin Patterson

    Olin PattersonPrije mjesec

    We tried sneaking onto "California Island" a few years back. When stopped by security we advised them we were rich investors seeking to purchase it. They informed us our boat wasnt large enough for us to be rich investors and forced us away! hahaha

  95. D0th3derrick

    D0th3derrickPrije mjesec

    It's amazing what you can achieve, but I have to say wouldn't have been a plan I would have chosen. All the outside islands would be cool, but the middle islands after everything is built will just be underwhelming for the price.

  96. Andrew Reyna

    Andrew ReynaPrije mjesec

    Wow... that's unreal!

  97. Mr. Marc Duncan

    Mr. Marc DuncanPrije mjesec

    Seriously, who were the people that actually disliked this video? Was it because someone from a different culture or a darker race came up with this idea or is behind it all? I seriously cannot fathom why anyone would dislike this!

  98. Mr. Marc Duncan

    Mr. Marc DuncanPrije mjesec

    Absolutely gorgeous! wow!

  99. 182atenasb

    182atenasbPrije mjesec

    Awesome video, still don’t know why they’re empty.

  100. Bharat Thapa

    Bharat ThapaPrije mjesec

    Any white man is god in Dubai. And white man with HRcharts channel that has nearly 7 millions subscribers is super god for their business.

  101. Sea Goat 65

    Sea Goat 65Prije mjesec

    Where did they get the sand from ?

  102. tay ohh

    tay ohhPrije mjesec

    The luxuriant poultry contemporaneously frighten because helium cytologically brush athwart a wholesale exhaust. overconfident, faded hawk

  103. no name

    no namePrije mjesec

    But you still fly around the world so basically a hypocrite lol... tool

  104. Marc

    MarcPrije mjesec

    The chairman is so humble

  105. catalino

    catalinoPrije mjesec

    holly momma , i just discovered this channel , smooth !

  106. pinkluna666

    pinkluna666Prije mjesec

    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

  107. UZ

    UZPrije mjesec

    realistically what other option does he have? They have to make traveling videos, that's their channel

  108. Francesca Leone

    Francesca LeonePrije mjesec

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