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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More videos on the World Islands & Dubai
Why Dubai's Man-Made Islands Are Still Empty
Dubai Evolution from 1960 to 2021 Time-lapse


  1. Yes Theory

    Yes Theory3 kuukautta sitten

    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. Brian Marshall

    Brian Marshall14 päivää sitten

    Thanks for the insight, looking forward to catching up on your other videos .

  3. coralmc 16

    coralmc 1616 päivää sitten

    You guys should really get on TED!!

  4. knottedthread

    knottedthread22 päivää sitten

    @Cookie Monster Thanks for this comment. I found this channel a few days ago and was watching some older videos, now watching this it just makes me feel so uncomfortable.

  5. Younghead

    Younghead24 päivää sitten

    Imagine that this guy traveled so many places and can’t even say Giro properly. I learned that when I was 8. 😂

  6. Kaushik Gunda

    Kaushik GundaUukausi sitten


  7. Mike Hunt

    Mike Hunt2 tuntia sitten

    Make a seek discomfort shirt that is uncomfortable

  8. really reasso

    really reasso2 tuntia sitten

    The grouchy acoustic untypically destroy because john dolly shop between a crabby cook. boiling, learned difference

  9. Kenneth Arnold

    Kenneth Arnold12 tuntia sitten

    You: "I had no idea there were islands built out, out here." I think you may have been disingenuous, as I would find it had to believe you didn't explore the World Islands on Google Earth.

  10. iam_Feezee Music

    iam_Feezee Music18 tuntia sitten

    This is awesome didn't know this existed in Dubai.

  11. Awesome Stuff

    Awesome Stuff18 tuntia sitten

    *9:46** Bumboo Villa, Mallu Guy Spotted* 😄😄✌️

  12. Hammaad Bapu

    Hammaad BapuPäivä sitten

    If David dobrik went here it wouldn’t even be in the title of the vid

  13. Technical Rishy

    Technical RishyPäivä sitten

    awesome great

  14. scumbag supreme

    scumbag supremePäivä sitten

    Damn Dubai is Rich

  15. Josh Z

    Josh ZPäivä sitten

    Those islands are slowly sinking back into the sea.

  16. Al Mazin

    Al MazinPäivä sitten

    This can change the future of our countries especially during global warming

  17. FGIP

    FGIPPäivä sitten

    What is that thing on the water at the middle left 7:14

  18. ben müller

    ben müllerPäivä sitten

    Why aren’t you commenting about how many slaves died building those islands?

  19. Kodey

    KodeyPäivä sitten

    is the entire yes theory crew all gay or what????

  20. Adrian's Aquatics

    Adrian's AquaticsPäivä sitten

    not bad


    X-CE-KLICKZ2 päivää sitten

    U look Italian no offence

  22. T Barr

    T Barr2 päivää sitten

    If he was a hot chick this would be the setup would be the start of a bad horror movie.

  23. VDH

    VDH2 päivää sitten

    who tf wanna live in that shith0le tbh....

  24. melloxmello

    melloxmello2 päivää sitten

    When I first saw the island my first thought was that's how the future is gonna look after all the continents sink

  25. Amber Kluga

    Amber Kluga2 päivää sitten

    "Seek Discomfort" and plug for low-impact organic merch... then flying half way around the world to the most luxury-excess city in the world to visit private islands to create a 15 minute hotel commercial for a billionaire. cute guy though

  26. Djeddozo

    Djeddozo2 päivää sitten

    "Nobody ever built or reclaimed islands the way we did. Nobody even tried". Flevoland: am I a joke to you?

  27. Rob Brunswick

    Rob Brunswick3 päivää sitten

    Where is the power coming from?

  28. Slinky Josh

    Slinky Josh3 päivää sitten

    These islands are going to be 10x as surreal when they're fully built out and then the sea level rises and covers them

  29. Silver Glen

    Silver Glen3 päivää sitten

    The are empty and will be empty for another 100 years. Don't worry how they done it? They used modern day slavery, paying peanuts for the real labourers and make them live in squalid conditions.

  30. Silver Glen

    Silver Glen3 päivää sitten

    They are in the process of making ghost islands. Well done guys, easy comes easy goes.

  31. muslihat kedua

    muslihat kedua3 päivää sitten

    the hotel is really gergeous!.

  32. Miriam Black

    Miriam Black3 päivää sitten

    The broad undershirt conclusively mark because waterfall consquentially clip including a wary letter. quirky, swanky meeting

  33. Clifton Bowers

    Clifton Bowers4 päivää sitten

    Actually they sit longer will help more of a solid ground to build on...much was for investors from Greece Turkey and US but due to economy

  34. Carter The Beta

    Carter The Beta5 päivää sitten

    dope mask bro! just go to a different country and make them unsafe! especially since you are from la lmao

  35. Ptiertop

    Ptiertop5 päivää sitten

    How are you able to just go to other countries that you don't speak the language? I always thought it would be really difficult to get around.

  36. Grayson

    Grayson5 päivää sitten

    The chairman seems so wholesome and smart and passionate about what’s he’s doing it’s so cute

  37. Grayson

    Grayson5 päivää sitten

    Sooo cool the dude seems so nice

  38. Pugss CoD

    Pugss CoD5 päivää sitten

    If you dont know youtube official channel was realized 51 years ago. You could check it out when youtube commented in comments.

  39. RonRon's World

    RonRon's World5 päivää sitten

    China built military islands.

  40. Shawn Gallivant

    Shawn Gallivant6 päivää sitten

    What’s the chancellor’s name?

  41. Gladys Mwihaki

    Gladys Mwihaki6 päivää sitten

    its these dudes expressing love for each other with so much ease i can get used to this from my friends

  42. Mia Abdallah

    Mia Abdallah6 päivää sitten

    WHAT i didn't know you were in Dubai 3 MONTHS AGO, i really would have wanted to see u

  43. lee m

    lee m6 päivää sitten

    One would think someone so concerned with the environment would know the impact a project like this has on it

  44. Thesortvokter

    Thesortvokter6 päivää sitten

    "Seek discomfort" lol, what fucking BULL!!!

  45. R Visions

    R Visions6 päivää sitten

    “Dubai is lit”

  46. matt kong

    matt kong6 päivää sitten

    The awake play supposedly cycle because freeze problematically boil notwithstanding a green grey grieving toilet. combative, highfalutin production

  47. Owen T - FTFaB

    Owen T - FTFaB6 päivää sitten

    Go and spend some time in the labor camps of the workers used to build these islands. You’ll SEEK DISCOMFORT in a whole new level.

  48. Stefan Bachrodt

    Stefan Bachrodt7 päivää sitten

    The chairman is without doubt my kind of people, waste nothing. Wonder if he's aware of the transformation of plastic waste to fuel in the form of gas and oil. No need to ship it off then

  49. Nils

    Nils7 päivää sitten

    plot twist *when he leaves there like that will be $13Billion dollars*

  50. Nils

    Nils7 päivää sitten

    I would love to live on that island the villas were so nice

  51. Willy Rich

    Willy Rich8 päivää sitten

    they were probably like "oh he's american just give him pizza and hamburgers" LMAO

  52. Centric Spy

    Centric Spy9 tuntia sitten


  53. Cecy Ortiz

    Cecy Ortiz8 päivää sitten

    The graceful peru qualitatively analyse because beauty thirdly bow an a red sideboard. squalid, wonderful blood

  54. sbstin

    sbstin8 päivää sitten

    Comment 7600: World doesen't need that.

  55. Ron Scarpa

    Ron Scarpa8 päivää sitten

    Amazing ... thanks for this video. The developer is a genius - all self sustaining once developed. RON (Las Vegas)

  56. Rafael Collado

    Rafael Collado8 päivää sitten

    how many sustainable shirts must you sell only to compensate for the huge carbon footprint you got moving to Dubai? (jet plane, motor boats, gyrocopter etc.....) your ecological disguise is simply ridiculous!

  57. John Sharman

    John Sharman8 päivää sitten

    Hi guys I started watching your vlogs at 0630 this morning and at 1240 I'm still watching. What an amazing find Dubai's $13 Billion Man-Made Islands now they have to be the most wildest idea of the 21st century and probably the best having listened to the Chairman describe how the recycling of every resource is ploughed back into the island's hence which it came. Just imagine if every island took a little better idea into this idea it could/would Help save our World. Another enjoyable vlog of yours sincerely enjoyed. I'm John from the UK And I just love watching everything you guys are doing. 👌👍😁

  58. Tommie Ragsdale

    Tommie Ragsdale9 päivää sitten

    "Go Pound sand" js

  59. Dylan Hummel

    Dylan Hummel9 päivää sitten

    You’re just trying to profit off this

  60. Jason B

    Jason B9 päivää sitten

    4:49, noice runway shot

  61. Dianna Hemmings

    Dianna Hemmings9 päivää sitten

    The hypocrisy in these comments is astounding. Did y'all want him to swim from venice to Dubai? Starting an environmentally friendly brand does not mean they can go 100% off the bat like that. None of the major environmentalist of the world walk, run or swim to where they need to go. Use common sense. And also, y'all having a problem with the seek discomfort shirt and the luxury he experienced. Y'all gonna hate a guy for wearing his own merch? Furthermore, did that title sound like discomfort?? Go watch some of the old vids if you wanna see real discomfort or stfu. When they are helping people with student loans and housing and shit, is that seeking discomfort? Stop blowing shit outta proportion.

  62. J P

    J P9 päivää sitten

    Great topic. Always wondered what became of that project?

  63. Lisa Hoffer

    Lisa Hoffer9 päivää sitten

    But Billy goat Gates said there needs to be a depopulation because theres no room now for all these people

  64. Steve Tsagaris

    Steve Tsagaris9 päivää sitten

    this gave me the travel feels

  65. Tesco’sOwn

    Tesco’sOwn9 päivää sitten

    yes theory - talks about his brand being more environmentally friendly. Also flies out to Dubai to check out some islands...

  66. Caner Tasci

    Caner Tasci9 päivää sitten

    Dafuq hes supposed to do? Walk? Cycle?

  67. DEVAULT'S VAULT * Rick Devault

    DEVAULT'S VAULT * Rick Devault9 päivää sitten

    Awesome video you did man. Bravo ( I think the music could be 1 or 2 db lower for enjoyable sonic balance.) Did you get a chance to go on top of Burj K ?

  68. qwertyuiopasdfghj001

    qwertyuiopasdfghj00110 päivää sitten

    emirates are ethno-states

  69. Mark Battersby

    Mark Battersby10 päivää sitten

    It's built by idiots for idiots to stay

  70. Melissa McKnight Health Care Advocate

    Melissa McKnight Health Care Advocate10 päivää sitten

    Mr. Seek Discomfort seeks "eerie"

  71. Mike Wittig

    Mike Wittig10 päivää sitten

    What a great video. This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

  72. liamwalsh75

    liamwalsh7510 päivää sitten

    Wow.... Looks amazing !!

  73. Mark Kightlinger

    Mark Kightlinger10 päivää sitten

    Cool beans 😎

  74. SeedPlanter

    SeedPlanter10 päivää sitten

    Mute this and watch then unmute and watch. ITS a eye opener..fititle.info/one/videot/rHK5hK6zkbRkrqw.html

  75. Rob Deso

    Rob Deso10 päivää sitten

    It’s pretty obvious why they’re empty, just look at the abandon cars in the airport and research why they were abandoned.

  76. Anton Krupski

    Anton Krupski10 päivää sitten

    So no Word about the source of electricity or the impact on the environment

  77. Bbadass

    Bbadass10 päivää sitten

    COVID-19 is a LIE!!

  78. Bbadass

    Bbadass10 päivää sitten

    I guess idiots all over the world are wearing masks....

  79. RUSH

    RUSH11 päivää sitten

    Wow these people are unspoken legends. The Chairman 🤟🔥 the explanation of how they calibrate water and garbage

  80. Hristina Trajkovska Trajkovska

    Hristina Trajkovska Trajkovska11 päivää sitten

    Just 20 minutes ago I watched documentary about Republic of Kiribati (an island) and how that big Island disappears under the water from climate change. I don't understand how come this small Islands will someone buy them and live over there to be flooded overnight and drown entire family until they sleep. Because many familys in Kiribati are drowning in the middle of the night. Why so many billionaires live on the coastline or close to the water when everybody spoke about climate change and how is dangerous.


    OLERMO CH11 päivää sitten

    Prof nice camera, videos money money

  82. gotany1

    gotany111 päivää sitten

    Anybody think he is a relation to Ted Cruez?.

  83. IQ Logic

    IQ Logic11 päivää sitten

    Wow, Amazing. An island by yourself. Where the girls???

  84. Drake

    Drake11 päivää sitten

    The islands being built are ALMOST as confusing as when Rose decided to not share the enormous door she was on with Jack and let him die. I'll never get over Rose's lack of action.

  85. Hainero2001

    Hainero200111 päivää sitten

    All the "sustainability" is all well and good. But how does it keep up when all of those islands are packed with thousands of visitors? It's a sincere question. There have to be challenges that will pop up as a result of more people there.

  86. Deplorable Dave

    Deplorable Dave12 päivää sitten

    Dubai knows how to build NICE looking edifices!

  87. joe daccache

    joe daccache12 päivää sitten

    Even lebanon island was always lit and partying and now its devastated 💔🇱🇧

  88. Meerah

    Meerah12 päivää sitten

    Im from dubai and i never knew about these islands lolll

  89. badinstinctsYoutube

    badinstinctsYoutube12 päivää sitten

    Why does this guy have 6M subs?

  90. tenderlovingcoolness

    tenderlovingcoolness12 päivää sitten

    Quite funny that he is wearing a 'Sikh Discomfort' shirt in a country of many seeks...

  91. Spam Spam

    Spam Spam12 päivää sitten

    I’m not convinced that Dubai is a creative world and they have no limits

  92. Wingborg

    Wingborg12 päivää sitten

    Dubai uses slave labor

  93. Jessi Brader

    Jessi Brader12 päivää sitten

    This is so wrong on so many levels..horrible for the environment and such a waste of money when there’s people starving

  94. loren salazar

    loren salazar12 päivää sitten

    An arrogant, monumental building & engineering failure of epic proportions. Most of these artificial sand 'islands' are sinking, abandoned & stopped development in stagnant waters. ~ When the gas runs dry, so will Dubai. .

  95. Tinship

    Tinship13 päivää sitten

    The lack of mask wearing is disturbing. edit- just started watching the other videos and it seems the same, sorry, but we're covid-free where we are right now because we wore masks when told to. it's a bit sad that we can't get rid of this virus because people only think about themselves.

  96. AY Evans

    AY Evans13 päivää sitten

    This seems like a backdoor effort (Dubai-sponsored infomercial)to regenerate interest in investing in those sand masses. This pandemic has taken a bite out of revenue(Dubai Expo has been postponed until this October, they have a lot of expensive jumbo planes not operating at full capacity). Gotta get that 13 billion back some kind of way.

  97. Jade S

    Jade S13 päivää sitten

    Somebody is going to be lucky to have Thomas as a grandfather

  98. Jax Wylde

    Jax Wylde13 päivää sitten

    I guess these guys haven't seen all the other videos of places like Jakarta, Bangkok, Samoa Islands, etc. being slowly swallowed-up by the sea (due to rising sea levels). Buying one of these properties will ensure that in a few decades you won't just have a beach in your backyard, you'll have it in your living room.

  99. Javnutee Gaming

    Javnutee Gaming13 päivää sitten

    I envy you

  100. The Ideas Guy

    The Ideas Guy13 päivää sitten

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  101. Sa Ah

    Sa Ah13 päivää sitten

    Reminds me of the 1400 year old prophecy of Muhammad (saas) when he was asked when Judgment Day would happen and he replied ".. when you see (the descendents of formerly impoverished shepherds) barefoot, naked, destitute shepherds competing in constructing tall buildings." 😳 These are vanity projects heralding the final days

  102. Sa Ah

    Sa Ah13 päivää sitten

    Reminds me of the 1400 year old prophecy of Muhammad (saas) when he was asked when Judgment Day would happen and he replied ".. when you see (the descendents of formerly impoverished shepherds) barefoot, naked, destitute shepherds competing in constructing tall buildings." 😳 These are vanity projects heralding the final days

  103. Moaiad Aljamal

    Moaiad Aljamal14 päivää sitten

    These man-made Islands: exist Global Warming: let me introduce myself...

  104. Drathgore

    Drathgore2 päivää sitten

    @Captain Bob Hartzell how are you going to add more sand after theres already buildings, once its built on thats pretty much the end of the story

  105. Captain Bob Hartzell

    Captain Bob Hartzell10 päivää sitten

    100 years later they add 6 inches of sand to mitigate the 2 inch sea level rise...

  106. Satevo

    Satevo14 päivää sitten

    How much did they pay you for this little piece of propaganda? Ain't being a fake ass influencer great!!!

  107. Satevo

    Satevo14 päivää sitten

    Nothing makes me happier than fossil fuel capitalists failing miserably, especially when they destroy their own environment for their own greedy short term gains. If you support Dubai with your tourist dollars, you are part of the problem. Power to the People. Peace.

  108. KingIntox

    KingIntox12 päivää sitten

    Yeah except in like a decade or 2 this place is going to have made back everything they spent on it, if not more

  109. lee jones

    lee jones12 päivää sitten

    Stfu with that bs.

  110. Ivan Garcia

    Ivan Garcia13 päivää sitten



    DEVILISH IRV14 päivää sitten

    Yes theory really aged well

  112. Kevin

    Kevin14 päivää sitten

    11:13 I love that you appreciate the work they put in, not just the end result. So rare. 15:20 You found comfort in seeking discomfort