Exploring Dubai’s Empty $13 Billion Man-Made Islands

Birt 15 nóv 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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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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    • 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

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

    • 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

    • @Zari Ballard hi there, Dubai 👋

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

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

  • 😘

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

  • I like how curiosity never faded...

  • Theyre so many things to think about: homes, water, electricity, telecommunications, waste management, transportation, security, food source

  • first time seeing this vlog and i am interested with the content even more . Feels like i wanted to visit this places you visit too

  • It's a really good initiative and idea for the tourism and stuff ... but I actually think that having all this money to build all this, you could also try to build something for the sinking ones who are on the edge of disappearing and face disasters everyday ! 🥺

  • AMAZING!!!!

  • Everything just looks old and dated already. Like a once busy place that’s never really busy and has just been left to fall into disrepair. I think Dubai as a whole it’s days are numbered. Once the oil revenue completely runs out and they rely on tourism the place will quickly go down hill. I can’t see Dubai being the busy wealthy place it is today. Dubai will go as quick as it come.

  • I need to get a life. Looking up passport info.

  • I live in the UAE and i have never seen such a thing like this before 😭😭😭😭

  • So there is no bridge, tunnel etc.? Good luck to live there.

  • What about sewage disposal. And I thought the problems with the atmosphere are exacerbated by even the methane gas from cows, so why would they convert organic material to methane gas and be proud of it?

  • Beautiful, I want to go there!!

  • That seas will be claimed by china in the future. Their ancestors discovered it first and therefore it is theirs

  • 😂😂😂 you lifestyle really protects our environment. You‘re so funny 🤣

  • My goal is to complete a full IRONMAN event this year at 62 years old, but unfortunately I have two Titanium knees, it’s never been done before and I will be the first, I’m signed up for the 2021 California inaugural Sacramento IRONMAN Oct 24th, can you help make my dream come true?

  • Love the choices of music

  • ya lost me at the uber we so great, look at how special we are selling you shit that helps the planet...umm right -next

  • That chairman's voice was really like a chairman, A gentleness was there.... Calm and visionary voice... May be like umbrella academy father.

  • Humidity in that place will kill you in summer. Non-sense artificial islands !!! Nobody even tried doing such things, because only crazy ones do that in nature?! That is total sabotage to nature!! What you did to Mother Earth, will eventually kill you in the future !!!

  • If my country (Micronesia) was represented in these artificial islands, it would be made of 600 pieces of dirt (the size of pennies) spread out in the water.

  • Funny thing is I don’t think I am able to seek discomfort because I am pretty much comfortable with everything except for things that may be harmful to my life in which my upbringing has made me comfortable with many of those situations so I don’t know what to do about seeking discomfort because I don’t wanna die but I want to live the motto. So now I am curious to what do you do with situations like these?

  • That island with all those villas looks like a prototype island. It had all kinds of designs, so i guess they use that as a business card and invitation to possible customers. Pretty cool!

    • PS when they said 600 villas on that island, no way?! When we see the aerial view of that island. With 10 villas its already like build for 1/8 or 1/10. Its super small 600 will never fit on that one. Go check @11:36

  • How about sailing to all the places you visit vs flying by plane?

  • Why is the logo on all the merch a very stylish serif font.Yet the website has this sleek logo with flipped letters? Feels like a mix of 2 styles. I thing that more sleeuq logo will fit the merch much better. That serif fonts makes it look old

    • Like the logo in the bottom right of website on some pages. The stylish script with the flipped letter word discomfort. That makes the brandmark standout way better. I get a retro Apple feeling with this logomark. Sorry to say so

  • WHy is he alway salone in these vids lately. DOnt the other join anymore. I know one of them decided to go full on writing. But how about the other one?

  • Yet another heartfelt video. this guy is incredible. Im a huge fan

  • If you ask for *hert of Europe* you faund 9497568 video in ISprofile end posibility to visit , you are the only one visit the word island end don't go here

  • stupid money

  • Besides the obvious reasons, the sooner the world gets off oil, which is financing stupid fake places like Dubai built by indentured servants from poorer countries, the better.

  • i can't reconcile your eco-clothes with the trip by plane to a place like "the world". these islands were filled with sand from far away. besides the immense amount of diesel used to extract, transport and fill the sand, sand mining also promotes the destruction of islands and coasts. how can you green-wash this? your visit was skilfully misused to promote these islands.

  • I wish i had the money to build my own island. Get away from all the stupid.

  • so you're into sustainability and you travel by plane constantly and take helicopters to travel around dubai ?

  • Wear a mask

  • This was some unintentional (I’m assuming that part) globalist propaganda if I’ve ever seen it.

  • Where the fuck does the money come from for not just this insanity but for that entire metropolis that’s sprouted out of nowhere within the last 30 years? Is it just all oil money that funds this?

  • POV: you’re here from that Snapchat tik tok

  • Who’s here from a tik tok?

  • you're here from the tiktok video

  • In future Mrbeast:today we are gonna buy the world island with pennies

  • I just came across your channel from a tiktok video talking about the world islands. bump that, you resemble justin bieber.

  • This is just mind blowing!!! How beautiful!!!

  • incredible reclaiming islands.. desalinate.... slimming down from continents because they were too big... someone please explain how this is possible?!?

  • 🔥

  • This guy really likes pools lmao

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  • Hmm... no one building here thinks the seas are rising. ;))

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  • I'm 55 and I never lost my desire for adventure and travel, I am enjoying your videos. Wish I could just join your team in some way.

  • The soylent green pizza was delicious. Better than pineapple topping.

  • What an incredible project from the 5 star quality to all the energy saving utilities. Save the planet with enjoying your life🥰

  • Dubai and these islands are a great example of having way too much money and not knowing what to do with it. When you earn more than you need, you tend to waste and these Saudi families have way to much money

  • I love how you make money by going on vacations

  • anyone know which camera is he using and which lens? thank you

  • Was so cool , what a beautiful place. Can't wait to see it finished

  • Well there wasn't much discomfort in this video

  • The most in your face product placement I’ve ever witnessed

  • Your content is always lit

  • It will only take a tiny tsunami or a category 2 Hurricane to flatten the whole "world" islands, all of it ...

  • I had seen a 100 pictures and movies involving the Eiffel Tower but when I got under it and touched it I understood why travel is necessary if one wants to understand the world.

  • I,too,was treated like a celebrity when I was there.

  • Why you film yourself all the time? Freak show!

  • That's basically the Valheim world map.

  • what they spend millions and millions to have brazil have as gift of nature, "lencois maranhences"

  • The beach in between island wouldn't be so clean if they were all occupied. The islands are too close to one another

  • You’re so Ryan Gosling-esque!

  • I'm so jealous 🤣

  • With these huge construction projects that end up empty, why didn't they consider just making one at a time, and only continue with more if the previous islands or buildings are doing well?

  • This video is incredible 🔥

  • What an amazing and virtuous chairman. That gentleman has his mind in the right place, driven by real visible passion.

  • No one should ever question why people have no food water disease ect, in the world Heres why, plenty to go around, people choose whats more important.

  • Silverspoon boy showing his adventures

  • Wait these ones are the ones named after states

  • The villas looked like they are inspired by SEA countries

  • Great information

  • They went to research about the dimension of this youtuber channel and in view of more than 6 millions followers, they thought about the economic advantages and they prepared a red carpet.

  • ohh dude that's spectacular

  • Even though it's so impressive, my thoughts on this: What future do these artificial islands have due to rising sea levels caused by climate change??

  • Why would anyone dislike this video

  • This channel should have 50 million subscribers

  • 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

  • It looks uninhabited

  • Very beautiful

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  • I’ve just recently stumbled across your channel and i am obsessed! Thank you for taking us along your journey. I wish to travel the world some day.

  • I would love to get out of my comfort zone and do something like this, but unfortunately 90% of the world doesn't have a ISprofile channel. I'm a normal person living a normal life. I would NEVER be able to do this, as I'm not known to anyone outside my home.

    • Watch some of their earlier stuff. They started as college students and recent college graduates, no money or back up plan. The point of their channel is not to say everyone can do something like this video, but that it is possible to seek discomfort in your life if you want a life that is meaningful. If you value safety and security over adventure, that’s totally ok, just be honest with yourself.

    • @lanietalk yea and I’m pretty sure in one of their videos or maybe it was another channel, they said they had to live in an office or something where one of them worked for awhile Bc they didn’t have a place to live. I’m not sure if that was this channel or another channel tho

    • The cost of traveling would be insane. You can’t take that much off work. You can’t risk a trespassing charge for work/school. But if you genuinely wanna do this stuff and travel or whatever just do it. Spend all your savings who cares. None of us are ever retiring anyway

    • I’m sure they started out unknown too. All u have to do is take the risk and get started. Keep taking risks and u could get up there too

  • That’s gonna be earth in simulation #2

  • Ah yes, “promote positive change around the world with our brand seek discomfort” proceeded to promote slave built city Dubai

  • I think I just holiday in Italy or somewhere in Spain (off season)

  • So Muslim men wear white....then force women to wear black garbage bags over their whole body... 🤔😏 That's not how God made us...

  • everyone except you have a mask. kinda disrespectable

  • ive just got back from the emirates and theres a big differance to the people of dubai and abhu dhabi,the people of dubai dont like the flintstones,but the people of abhu dhabi do...

  • What a self centered video

  • Come to pakistan

  • The bible tells us that islands will disappear,wonder if these are these ones.

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  • Tacky talking about envoirment friendly brands when you fly across half the world for a video.