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!
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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 Theory

    18 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

    • K B

      K B

      20 uur geleden

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

    • SimpleMan


      Dag geleden

      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

    • The Sativa Joint

      The Sativa Joint

      Dag geleden

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

    • Joe Soap

      Joe Soap

      Dag geleden

      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?

    • William Mironov

      William Mironov

      4 dagen geleden

      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.

  2. John Smith

    John Smith

    Uur geleden

    Next COD map.

  3. Leah Montes

    Leah Montes

    2 uur geleden

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

  4. Henry Brooks

    Henry Brooks

    3 uur geleden

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

  5. The Jickoy

    The Jickoy

    3 uur geleden

    Tiktok brought me here

  6. Evan Leise

    Evan Leise

    6 uur geleden

    Where did he get all the funding

  7. Daniel Aguado

    Daniel Aguado

    7 uur geleden

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

  8. leokimvideo


    7 uur geleden

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

    • Variant _

      Variant _

      2 uur geleden

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

  9. B


    7 uur geleden

    The endurable avenue contrarily scare because tadpole precisely drain like a motionless physician. changeable, exciting exclusive neon

  10. Ahmad Gulzar

    Ahmad Gulzar

    8 uur geleden

    Ugly Island 🏝️

  11. Smallstudio Design

    Smallstudio Design

    8 uur geleden

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

  12. Smallstudio Design

    Smallstudio Design

    9 uur geleden

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

  13. david stein

    david stein

    10 uur geleden

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

  14. Dreadog


    11 uur geleden

    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.

  15. John McMurtrie

    John McMurtrie

    11 uur geleden

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

  16. Rock N. Roll

    Rock N. Roll

    11 uur geleden


  17. Nimit


    13 uur geleden

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

  18. Mike Bober

    Mike Bober

    13 uur geleden

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

  19. Diederik van der Staay

    Diederik van der Staay

    13 uur geleden

    '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.

  20. david edwards

    david edwards

    15 uur geleden

    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?

  21. Reno King

    Reno King

    15 uur geleden

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

  22. Ricky Bachman

    Ricky Bachman

    15 uur geleden

    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.

  23. Matt B

    Matt B

    16 uur geleden

    "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..."

  24. Camaro Z28 396

    Camaro Z28 396

    18 uur geleden

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

  25. organic thug

    organic thug

    18 uur geleden

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

  26. Butch Zamora

    Butch Zamora

    18 uur geleden

    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.

  27. arkhamkillzone


    19 uur geleden

    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.

  28. sunny Sun

    sunny Sun

    20 uur geleden

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

  29. K B

    K B

    20 uur geleden

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

  30. Movie Trailers Zone

    Movie Trailers Zone

    22 uur geleden

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

  31. James Menzies

    James Menzies

    23 uur geleden

    Imagine the beach cricket on these

  32. Twith Fatiha

    Twith Fatiha

    Dag geleden

    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



    Dag geleden

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



    Dag geleden

    Chef: What do we feed the American? Sous Chef: A burger and a pizza? Chef: Better give him 2 in case

  35. Thomas Weinreich

    Thomas Weinreich

    Dag geleden

    awesome content as always!

  36. Classy Chassey Car Hop Trays

    Classy Chassey Car Hop Trays

    Dag geleden

    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.

  37. xXxZombieJesusxXx


    Dag geleden

    I would've came all over everything

  38. Showbiz News Manila

    Showbiz News Manila

    Dag geleden

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

  39. Aniket Ninawe

    Aniket Ninawe

    Dag geleden

    I am the exact 6th M sub

  40. M2S


    Dag geleden

    So this is the thing on Snapchat mais

    • M2S


      Dag geleden


  41. GibsonOfAGun


    Dag geleden

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

    • GibsonOfAGun


      11 uur geleden

      @Zets Smog*

    • Zets


      18 uur geleden

      That my friend is called fog

  42. sehhi vooty

    sehhi vooty

    Dag geleden

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

  43. Ghost _In_The_City

    Ghost _In_The_City

    Dag geleden

    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.

    • sehhi vooty

      sehhi vooty

      Dag geleden

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

  44. Dan Smulders

    Dan Smulders

    Dag geleden

    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.

  45. E Meyers

    E Meyers

    Dag geleden

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

  46. Briana Simmons

    Briana Simmons

    Dag geleden

    Wow the villas are gorgeous

  47. Garrett Hipps

    Garrett Hipps

    Dag geleden

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

    • Mike Bober

      Mike Bober

      13 uur geleden

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

  48. Trisha Storm

    Trisha Storm

    Dag geleden

    Beautiful ❤️

  49. speedy


    Dag geleden

    12:32 the people from the netherlands did.

  50. phileasfogg89


    Dag geleden

    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!

  51. Nick Mortensen

    Nick Mortensen

    Dag geleden

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

  52. Sinopulence


    Dag geleden

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

  53. Geoffrey Lee

    Geoffrey Lee

    Dag geleden

    Which part of America? The US part?

  54. airsofter2247


    Dag geleden

    Environmentally friendly - flys first class haha

  55. Ricardo Sanchez

    Ricardo Sanchez

    Dag geleden

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

  56. daniel yeong

    daniel yeong

    Dag geleden

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

    • K B

      K B

      20 uur geleden

      The chairman in the video explained it all.

  57. Sonic


    Dag geleden

    nice ad

  58. Whisper Windz

    Whisper Windz

    Dag geleden

    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

  59. Omran Adam

    Omran Adam

    Dag geleden

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

  60. Han Bin

    Han Bin

    Dag geleden

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

  61. exburnny hilary

    exburnny hilary

    Dag geleden

    Man you got nice time🔥

  62. mike williams

    mike williams

    Dag geleden

    Great job guys ❤️🔥 #seek_discomfort

  63. Jack Brag

    Jack Brag

    Dag geleden

    lol take me next time

  64. soiung toiue

    soiung toiue

    Dag geleden

    It would be so cool if each island had the architecture from it's original continent + the food as well.

  65. sandy b

    sandy b

    Dag geleden

    wow oh wow who would ever ever thought of that. sand of all things in the water. amazing these people and thanks so much for showing us

    • sandy b

      sandy b

      Dag geleden

      @soiung toiue oh ok

    • soiung toiue

      soiung toiue

      Dag geleden

      because dubai/uae is a fraud dump

  66. joselito gonzales

    joselito gonzales

    Dag geleden

    this country is built by international low wages laborers. that is the other side of the story.

    • K B

      K B

      20 uur geleden

      well, since Biden will be pres soon, you better get ready for some low wage stuff until it's not sustainable, and you won't have food or electricity. Look up Venezuela.

  67. martine. mjt

    martine. mjt

    Dag geleden

    Brilliant. Dubai leading in clean living.

  68. Mark Allen

    Mark Allen

    Dag geleden

    Environmentally Conscience and Friendly Brand ? Is that why you flew to the other side of the world on a Jumbo Jet to make a single NLcameras Video ?

  69. Simone


    Dag geleden

    When these islands are finally open..... they will be fully booked for a couple of years. I wouldn't be able to book a spot lol

  70. Simone


    Dag geleden

    This video makes me feel happy and sad.

  71. David Cabrera

    David Cabrera

    Dag geleden

    But how is a seek discomfort kid afford these prices

  72. Derek Church

    Derek Church

    Dag geleden

    Just make sure the paper straws aren't wrapped in plastic

  73. Tisha sian

    Tisha sian

    Dag geleden

    Awesome video .... amazing.. Please consider getting some zip up sweatshirts... I would love one... I dont wear tshirts or hoodies.. but I wear zip up sweatshirts.. would love to see a light blue .. hint hint... just an idea.... I know I would buy one

  74. Matthew Telyatinskiy

    Matthew Telyatinskiy

    Dag geleden

    Sucks... these islands are going to disappear within a few decades due to sea levels rising.. did the engineers not think about this issue??! They are extremely cool though that's for sure!

  75. Furkan Idrizi

    Furkan Idrizi

    Dag geleden

    Thomas you should travel the world bro :)) much love

  76. Israel S

    Israel S

    Dag geleden

    Just want to feel live action Mario kart drive around

  77. stoner27th


    2 dagen geleden

    Director of Marketing: Boss, how to promote our billion dollars of empty real-estate in the middle of the pandemic? Chairman: Let's invite this NLcamerasr and give him a room to stay for one night .. oh, and just feed him some burgers and pizza.

  78. Kyle Pollock

    Kyle Pollock

    2 dagen geleden

    You’re a g 🔥💪🏼



    2 dagen geleden

    This is what people mean when they say someone is “well connected” kids.

  80. Jeremy Bobo

    Jeremy Bobo

    2 dagen geleden

    What is the cost to visit?

  81. Sam Sung

    Sam Sung

    2 dagen geleden

    because dubai/uae is a fraud dump

  82. Casey Rosenau

    Casey Rosenau

    2 dagen geleden

    that video was absolutely amazing! thank you so much for sharing this!! it was so incredible to watch!

  83. Frederick Gant

    Frederick Gant

    2 dagen geleden

    Y'all messed up the natural beauty ?

  84. Florjon Koci

    Florjon Koci

    2 dagen geleden

    did the water looked stagnant at any moment ?

  85. Aiden J

    Aiden J

    2 dagen geleden

    That looks like fun 😷

  86. ZuluCinema


    2 dagen geleden

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

  87. aiden perkins

    aiden perkins

    2 dagen geleden

    Who else getting danganronpa 2 vibes 😅😰

  88. hashuichi


    2 dagen geleden


  89. Darikangle


    2 dagen geleden

    THE BEST politicians ;)

  90. PD Tech

    PD Tech

    2 dagen geleden

    Imagine having a swimming pool on your beach front property, with the ocean 20ft away!! 😮🤔😁😷😎👍😊

  91. Mike Favela

    Mike Favela

    2 dagen geleden

    Posh guy dressed like a hippie talking bout money, that's youtube gameplay yeeeeeee

  92. Cohen Pinkoski

    Cohen Pinkoski

    2 dagen geleden

    Dubais luxury places are all built on slave labour from impoverished people from neighbouring countries. Maybe should mention that! The oppression and humans neglected for this experience

  93. Annonymous 777

    Annonymous 777

    2 dagen geleden

    They should be party islands tbh

  94. Tabuuz


    2 dagen geleden

    Talks about being environmentally conscious at the start of the video and then proceeds to advertise the destruction of an entire coastline for the next ten minutes...

  95. Fish


    2 dagen geleden

    The intense irony of wearing a ‘PEACE SEEKER’ face mask and going to DUBAI on the plane is hilarious.

  96. mohamed ali Shafique Ahmed

    mohamed ali Shafique Ahmed

    2 dagen geleden

    عليكم الان القطر الاتحاد السريعة تحت العرض

  97. mohamed ali Shafique Ahmed

    mohamed ali Shafique Ahmed

    2 dagen geleden

    عليكم الان القطار السريعة هايبر لوب التحت العرض

  98. mohamed ali Shafique Ahmed

    mohamed ali Shafique Ahmed

    2 dagen geleden

    عليكم الان القطار التحت العرض الوقد القريبا

  99. lhj276


    2 dagen geleden

    What a visionary. Amazing man and amazing work.

  100. Ethel Campbell

    Ethel Campbell

    2 dagen geleden

    This is what people mean when they say someone is “well connected” kids.