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

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

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  • Island hopping just got a lot better 🏝

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  • This guy is a total BETA MALE..

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  • The damage these islands have done to the sea is insane

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  • Great video fam, I was always wanting to see what they had gotten done, as all other videos I had seen, were just a story and fly by video..

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  • Those islands are a waste of money with rising sea levels it’s only a matter of time

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  • I am now extremely interested in the engineering of these islands. Fascinating! Climate change will need out of the box ideas.

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    • Sadly this is devestating for the enviroment.

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  • This is so beautiful! Hope someday, I'll be able to go visit this magnificent place!

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  • As a point to think about, Persian Gulf -not dubai but nearby lands -already had dozens and dozens of NATURAL islands most of em uninhabited and not much happening.

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  • Wait what is the purpose of the islands

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  • they should maybe take Islamic refugees give them somewhere to live ...

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  • beautiful but to bad they use slave labor to build these places. Taking away the workers pass ports and make them live in squalor :( i would never give them my money

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  • nice

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  • this island is a factory for himself lol. i guess the chairman is an engineer tho.

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  • I tought the world islands in the dubai is actually blank empty but theres actually a lot of good spots

  • I am in Dubai for a while , I would have never known this ! Remarkable ! Thank you guys !

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  • They should build like a Silicon-valleyesque place on one of those islands

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  • I would build using LONG stilts

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  • This comment is below NOtown’s comment

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  • Why are the islands empty? The project was begun around the time of the housing crisis. The developer ran out of money. This isn't news.

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  • How can he just destroy the environment like they own the ocean and land? Who does he think he is, god?

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  • These the islands everybody on Snapchat sees with all the countries ?😂

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    • Sea levels rising: I'm about to end this man's whole career

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  • Dubai is such a gross display of inequality

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  • God gifted us free earth but man sold them in money... 🤔

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  • Bjl

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  • This is what the west is missing out on😍😍😍

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    • @Adeptus I hope you come back to this comment and think 'how foolish of me' In 10 years time :), also I was talking about Dubai as a whole.

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    • A failing set of islands? It was a massive failure with thousands of investors loosing millions.

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  • For reference, the burj khalifa cost $1.5 billion to build

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    • ok

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  • $20000 for an hour for that villa

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  • ok but the chairman is a genius...like imagine if all millionaires/billionaires think like him

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  • Please don’t support Dubai. It is build on modern slavery, destruction of the environment and repression of its own people ! You can’t praise the luxuries without acknowledging this. Quite disappointed in this video.

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  • Apparently building the islands as closely as they have has lead to a real bad sea water circulation problem, essentially leading to lots of stagnant, smelly bodies of water between the islands...and other islands are being eroded by different currents

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  • Empty Soul Place - #DUBAI

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  • Wow! Can you possibly insert any more images of yourself into this video?

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  • After all this years the Islands still pretty much empty!?.....☹️☹️☹️ must be too expensive!

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  • It's pretty disgusting to see the waste involved in all of this, so much disruption in carbon expenditure and the ecosystem for a few bits of extremely hot sand that will probably be gone in a few years from climate change anyway. Reclaiming land is important and not something which is necessarily bad in principle but they have just focused on this one goal of creating as much coastline as possible and not really used any common sense. There have been some very positive developments with investments towards creating a large artificial reef and a bit more appreciation for environmental issues in the past few years so it does look like there have been lessons learned to some degree, that sort of focus does really need to ramp up though. It's a challenging enough environment to live in as it is and the direction they are currently headed is unsustainable on every front and they really need to put a lot more effort and funding to protect what makes Dubai unique. No offense intended to the youtuber, you've obviously got to monetise what you can to have a decent lifestyle and I don't grudge that but I did feel that you were delivering a bit of a misleading message re your conversation with the creator. He was passionate re the sustainable living concepts and that's all interesting to hear (and fundamentally some good tech) but that isn't reflective of the whole picture - no matter how eco friendly operations now are, the construction of the islands themselves will far far far exceed that.

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  • IDK It Just seems Exajurating to me😂Come on dude Feels Like Unique in this Landscape🤣🤣🤣🤣That's How u get India Feeling when u live in South india😂

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