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


  • Yes Theory
    Yes Theory9 dager siden

    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

  • Bassie B

    Bassie B

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    Dubai is very rich, wealth is, however, distributed vastly unequally between different Emirates and among the various population groups. Most of the country's wealth is concentrated in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. ... The concentration of wealth is so drastic that less than 0.2 percent of the population controls 90 percent of the wealth. Yet they spend $13 Billio on islands, and Yes Theory thinks that is a good thing. Next level disgusting Yes Theory.

  • Kyle Aslami

    Kyle Aslami

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    i hope one day i can visit that place! check out my reaction videos

  • Yellow Woodstock

    Yellow Woodstock

    Dag siden

    very cool

  • niek van ammers

    niek van ammers

    2 dager siden

    how to get a password for the store?

  • jassi_j.j


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    I really enjoy watching your videos. Its always fun and makes you whish to travel the world. I only wish that sometimes you would also show the other side of some topics and be more critical about topics you are talking about, like the enviromental consequens of those manmade islands. I think seeking discomfort is also be able to adress critics, breaking taboos and to admit mistakes.

  • Jake Rosenberg
    Jake Rosenberg25 minutter siden

    Plot twist: they built all that infrastructure in the day they made him wait. Can't pass up on the greatest free advertising opportunity knocking at your door!

    DEGOLYER FILMS33 minutter siden

    thumbnail - cuz the waste of humanity liberal protesters burned 🔥 em down thats why

  • CamFlix
    CamFlix48 minutter siden

    This man makes me want to be successful in life so I can try to experience these things

  • Bry Alan
    Bry Alan50 minutter siden


  • Shiva
    ShivaTime siden

    What a waste

  • Eric Swells
    Eric SwellsTime siden

    More environmental friendly ~ Gets on jet and flys across the planet using 100k of fuel. Okay...

  • Scott M
    Scott MTime siden

    How is power brought to the island ?

  • Ann Berri
    Ann BerriTime siden

    How is you just gonna make some islands like that? 👁👄👁

  • Abstract -
    Abstract -Time siden


  • Sebastian Luna
    Sebastian LunaTime siden

    I want to seek discomfort too in a $13 Billion Man-Made Islands! :P

  • Cady
    CadyTime siden

    I love yes theory. I was really disappointed with the mask usage in this video. It’s not like you are around friends/family in their homes, for example on Lebanon Island you were maskless while the workers were masked. I know it’s outside, but you definitely weren’t 6 feet away. If it’s strangers you should always be on the side of caution..I hope you keep that in mind for future content. Travel safe!

  • Kyle Van Tassel
    Kyle Van TasselTime siden

    Man thats pretty tough to top as an experience . My Thanks to the folks that own the place for letting us see it and talking some about its history and evolution. This was a brilliant idea and makes a completely awesome get away !!!!

  • Race10 ftw
    Race10 ftw2 timer siden

    I want to see a Pangea of the world as an island

  • Ed19601
    Ed196012 timer siden

    Didnt michael jackson buy an island there? That's it deserted is coz the company went bust during an earlier financial crisis

  • Rellbegaming
    Rellbegaming2 timer siden

    Who was that in the background in the window while you was talking😂😂 at 10:42

  • Lolkingbeast Jk
    Lolkingbeast Jk2 timer siden

    Go to lebanon

  • B l a n k
    B l a n k2 timer siden

    NOlocal commenting was the 2nd most bougiest thing you'll expierence 😂

  • cst td
    cst td2 timer siden

    such a nice advertiser for Dubai...doesn't even seem that you were paid to do this. But yes...is sad what is happening around the world...but at least Dubai knows how to find people to promote their country.

  • Bertram Sillesen
    Bertram Sillesen2 timer siden

    Am I the only one thinking it’s kinda ironic that you start the video telling us how much you care about the environment, but the video is about Dubai? They literally made and are still making their wealth on selling oil?

  • Matt S
    Matt S3 timer siden

    It'd be a dream to be the head maintenance there

  • a unifo
    a unifo3 timer siden

    we are going to being more mindful of our enviroment... gets a flignt half way across the world lol

  • gosutuan
    gosutuan3 timer siden

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

  • Lorenz
    Lorenz3 timer siden


  • PMC05
    PMC053 timer siden

    Should’ve brought an ounce of top shelf weed bro 🏖😎 🏝

  • Rush Voorhis Outdoors
    Rush Voorhis Outdoors3 timer siden

    To much money over th3ere

  • Cameron Kerr
    Cameron Kerr4 timer siden

    The abuse and kidnapping of indian workers that built these islands should have been the topic of conversation. Not a massive advertisement.

  • bikephil
    bikephil4 timer siden

    Man bun, 5 day "beard", typical annoying millenial.

  • Chicken Cranberry
    Chicken Cranberry4 timer siden

    Looks like something you'll find on Minecraft..

  • Charl Tom Janse van Rensburg
    Charl Tom Janse van Rensburg5 timer siden

    Come to south africa 🇿🇦

  • One Eyed Husky
    One Eyed Husky5 timer siden

    This is extraordinary. You guys are NOlocal zealots on a mission and changing people’s perspective and outlook on life. Straight up inspirational. I simp over you and your success doing the good deed.

  • Max G.
    Max G.5 timer siden

    Flying across the world... "We want to be more environmentally friendly"

  • Eric Reformado
    Eric Reformado6 timer siden

    I like the shirts

  • Pierre Jean Jouve
    Pierre Jean Jouve6 timer siden

    No thanks

  • dacsus
    dacsus6 timer siden

    news.mongabay.com/2005/08/dubais-artificial-islands-have-high-environmental-cost/ www.greenprophet.com/2009/06/world-islands-dubai/

  • matthew
    matthew6 timer siden

    So funny that the chef assumed that he wanted burger and pizza lmao

  • Melinda Lara
    Melinda Lara7 timer siden

    Where there any fish life in the water?

  • Mahamed Aden
    Mahamed Aden7 timer siden

    Who is scrolling through the comments instead of watching the video 🤣

  • Pat Wawryk
    Pat Wawryk7 timer siden

    Bio degrade.. oh he's on an airplane.

  • Proton Neutron
    Proton Neutron7 timer siden

    The marketing error was thinking that thousands of rich people would flock to a country run by medieval madmen where one can be executed for sex between consenting adults.

  • Proton Neutron
    Proton Neutron7 timer siden

    Build it and they will laugh at you.

  • Generic And Unfunny
    Generic And Unfunny8 timer siden


  • Mash Z
    Mash Z8 timer siden

    8:11 yo he even got airpods

  • Victor Garcia
    Victor Garcia8 timer siden

    Imagine working at the airport and seeing this dude or both of them. I can die in peace now

  • Heisenberg
    Heisenberg8 timer siden

    As a israeli, we are so excited that we make a peace with Dubai! Great timing

  • 211xx112
    211xx1128 timer siden

    I'm just scared of tsunamis

    AKAME X COD8 timer siden

    FANTASY ISLAND vibes lol on the chairman! great guy!

  • Piter
    Piter8 timer siden

    I like how he talks about caring about the enviroment while he makes a video that harms the enviroment as much as i do in 2 years...

  • 5thDawg
    5thDawg9 timer siden

    Seems like a lonely place to live permanently.

  • Steven Brown
    Steven Brown9 timer siden

    How do I work for you guys

  • Robert Burton
    Robert Burton10 timer siden

    Whats the goal the of the project, a completely sustainable microcosmos of the World?

  • Proton Neutron

    Proton Neutron

    7 timer siden

    no. it was designed for the super wealthy to live on their own islands.

  • Natanael Betancourt
    Natanael Betancourt10 timer siden

    1:27 always. AND I MEAN ALWAYS. Kiss the homies goodbye. thank u

  • Teresa Keding
    Teresa Keding10 timer siden

    Respect. All of those shots looked so good... :)

  • Etherious Natsu Dragneel
    Etherious Natsu Dragneel11 timer siden

    Those islands are a waste of money and an example of humans destroying a habit/ecosystem

  • King Nerri
    King Nerri11 timer siden

    I'll be there soon!

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    Peter Nicholas pace12 timer siden

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  • Annelie Schulze
    Annelie Schulze13 timer siden

    what about rising see levels though... aren’t all the islands gonna be underwater in like 30 years 😅

  • Annelie Schulze

    Annelie Schulze

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    @Proton Neutron uhmm no climate change is a thing, by 2050 300 million people will loose their house due to rising sea levels. Islands are suffering already. Actually yes theory made a video about it when they went to the least visited island in the world. Small islands like them will be gone by 2050, look it up

  • Proton Neutron

    Proton Neutron

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    no. More like a few thousand years

  • Hamzah Firdaus
    Hamzah Firdaus13 timer siden

    words of billionaire..duhhh

    LUCIEN CORNELIS13 timer siden

    All the billions in the world can not reproduce the beauty of nature !

  • Sneaky Snakerz
    Sneaky Snakerz13 timer siden

    Didnt know you had an ad

  • Redline
    Redline13 timer siden

    PUBG glider in real life!

  • Naruto Uzumaki
    Naruto Uzumaki13 timer siden

    Yes Theory made a good comeback

  • HA Vlogs
    HA Vlogs13 timer siden

    nice view ! very good work

  • minij hooi
    minij hooi14 timer siden

    Great Video...cheers bud!!!?

  • James Lou Siaboc
    James Lou Siaboc15 timer siden

    Dubai, the best example of government with no corruption and people of dream to make the world with better living without any damage to environment..thats what i see in this video

  • minij hooi

    minij hooi

    14 timer siden

    SO WHAT D OYOU GUYS DO? you guys just travel to experience things?

  • LoBo
    LoBo15 timer siden

    13:31 The Netherlands enters the chat

  • Make Money Guide
    Make Money Guide15 timer siden

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  • Emil Rosenberg
    Emil Rosenberg15 timer siden

    17 minutes of pure discomfort

  • __________________________________
    __________________________________16 timer siden

    They are empty because they were speculated property. The economy had other plans.

  • Abiy BattleSpell
    Abiy BattleSpell16 timer siden

    so the islands are a jojo reference?

  • Chance
    Chance17 timer siden

    The chairman is one intelligent dude.

  • Cha Moral
    Cha Moral17 timer siden

    My new dream destination listed!

  • Jeremy
    Jeremy17 timer siden

    10:39 that's all air pollution, people don't realise that

  • Devour Circ
    Devour Circ17 timer siden


  • casper2yall
    casper2yall17 timer siden

    That’s so cool, I would love to see this in person. I love that helicopter you went on, awesome flight.

  • alex hebert
    alex hebert17 timer siden

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

  • Sturmchaos
    Sturmchaos17 timer siden

    Cant imagine how much money was used to make one of them islands

  • Isaac Curry
    Isaac Curry18 timer siden

    I came here for the Islands.... but I'm now subscribing for the Organic/Environmental friendly clothes.

  • Fatty Bull
    Fatty Bull18 timer siden

    I didn’t get my permission yet.

  • ForgottenSoles
    ForgottenSoles18 timer siden

    I think, after watching this video, we can all agree that Mother Nature is the best architect.

  • Shieldz
    Shieldz18 timer siden

    SO WHAT D OYOU GUYS DO? you guys just travel to experience things?

  • Ani Mallya
    Ani Mallya18 timer siden

    Thats the dream!

  • S Tea
    S Tea19 timer siden

    most useless use of 13bill that has ever happened. What an airhead

  • Rusty Kinks
    Rusty Kinks19 timer siden

    I do wonder how these kinds of places handle storms though.

  • Crazy Gang

    Crazy Gang

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    @Rusty Kinks welcome

  • Rusty Kinks

    Rusty Kinks

    18 timer siden

    @Crazy Gang Ah nice, thanks for the input.

  • Crazy Gang

    Crazy Gang

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    storms don't happen in these regions, that's why Dubai allows stuff like these to be built in the sea

  • Justhiin Xx
    Justhiin Xx19 timer siden

    It would be cool if each island had a different cultures from the real world

  • Shmekle Von Duche
    Shmekle Von Duche19 timer siden

    Stop flying. That will help the environment

  • Obi-wan Kenobi
    Obi-wan Kenobi19 timer siden

    Cause fake islands just aren’t the same as real islands

  • wow videos
    wow videos20 timer siden

    *Scrolls down to comment's* See's NOlocal commented *Nani?!*

  • Sohilah Nazir
    Sohilah Nazir20 timer siden

    I dont know who lied to you but those islands are NOT manmade...

  • Tito Leon
    Tito Leon21 time siden

    Can you guys make a video on the Spartan race???

  • BeachBunnyAJC
    BeachBunnyAJC21 time siden

    Just bought a hoodie, can't wait to get it!!! Much Love to all!!

  • rolly doucet
    rolly doucet21 time siden

    The fact that the islands are man-made has me guessing they would have to constantly monitor issues such as erosion and other natural evolutions. That aside....what a beautiful country!

  • Dominico Cosma
    Dominico Cosma21 time siden

    They killed off the ocean where they built this 😫 Environmental Impacts The construction of the Palm Islands and The World, for all Nakheel's attempts to do otherwise, have had a clear and significant impact on the surrounding environment. It would be impossible to introduce a change of such magnitude to an established ecosystem and not anticipate any negative changes or reactions in the area's wildlife and natural processes. The construction of the various islands off the coast of Dubai has resulted in changes in area wildlife, coastal erosion and alongshore sediment transport, and wave patterns. Sediment stirred up by construction has suffocated and injured local marine fauna and reduced the amount of sunlight filtered down to seashore vegetation. Variations in alongshore sediment transport have resulted in changes in erosion patterns along the UAE coast, which has also been exacerbated by altered wave patterns as the waters of the Gulf attempt to move around the new obstruction of the islands.

  • Dominico Cosma
    Dominico Cosma21 time siden

    They are also supposedly sinking back into sea 😂 hope they clean there mess up and don’t leave it in the ocean 🙏🏻

  • Dominico Cosma
    Dominico Cosma21 time siden

    People haven’t tried before because environmentally imagine what he did to the ocean honestly it makes me sick watching this

  • Ines Lep

    Ines Lep

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    EXACTLY! thanks for pointing that out

  • Sabrina Tatalias
    Sabrina Tatalias21 time siden

    Video idea, in Virginia go to the President Head Museum! Coolest and Most Strange place i have ever been to

  • Cooper Games
    Cooper Games21 time siden

    Ayo is this that Snapchat thing of the world

  • Anis Tarek
    Anis Tarek22 timer siden

    It’s end of 2020 and robot can watch NOlocal video

  • Balázs Müller
    Balázs Müller22 timer siden

    I really would like to know the economics behind all this...

  • Din P
    Din P22 timer siden

    There isn't much mention of the people who toiled to build these islands.