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November 12, 2019

Welcome to TDC. This is our mini-documentary
on the most ambitious, fascinating infrastructure Megaprojects of the near future. The rulers of the United Arab Emirates have
insane amounts of money to spend. Thanks to everyone’s thirst for oil, they’ve been
on a construction spree unlike any the world has ever seen for such a small country, investing
in one ambitious infrastructure project after another. At one point, 24 percent of all the
world’s construction cranes we in Dubai. Unfortunately, that was before the 2008-2009
global financial meltdown, which led to much of the investment in the city drying up faster
than the water on somebody who just got out of the pool at the Burj Khalifa. But the government
insists that many of these projects have simply been delayed, and are putting their money
where their mouth is with the recent approval of a $32 billion expansion of Dubai’s Al
Maktoum International Airport that will break ground by the end of 2014. When complete,
it’ll suddenly have the capacity to become the busiest airport in the world in both total
passengers – at 220 million a year – and total cargo of 12 million annual tonnes of goods
that can move through it–that’s almost 3 times more than what takes off from the
runways of the world’s current leader, Hong Kong’s International Airport. It’s terminals
will able to hold 100 of the massive new Airbus A380’s that are over 2/3ds of a football
field long and cost $300 million a pop. The UAE’s Emirates airline already owns more
of those planes than anyone else in the world. It’s the largest airline in the Middle East
and will eventually move into the Al Maktoum airport to help jump start activity. The government’s
plan is for the airfield to be the heartbeat of a city within the larger city of Dubai
called World Central, which the UAE thinks will be home to 900,000 residents in the near
future. The airport also hopes to be the central hub for the emerging Middle East, North African,
and South Asian economic bloc known as MENASA. But time will tell whether the Shaikh’s
vision for Dubai actually becomes a reality, or fades like some vicious mirage. This is Songdo International Business District,
the world’s most futuristic urban area. It’s being built 40 miles southwest of the
second-most populated city in the world, Seoul, South Korea. The $40 billion project is along
the waterfront in the city of Incheon and is embracing two key concepts that urban planners
are in love with: The first is Aerotropolis, which means the airport is integrated into
the urban center instead of banishing it far outside of the city. This allows for shorter
trips to and from the place that’s going to get you out of town–this’ll be an emerging
pattern in 21st century planning as air travel continues to become accessible to more and
more people in our increasingly interconnected world. Songdo is brilliantly directly connected
to the airport via the 7-mile long Incheon bridge so you’ve just got a straight shot
that gets you there in like 10 minutes that’s also got these incredible views and is the
first thing visitors see coming into the city. The other key theme is Ubiquitous City, which
is a uniquely Korean concept where every device, component, service is linked to an informational
network through wireless computing technology, allowing for greater coordination and a more
efficient and synchronized city than has ever been possible before. An example of this is
Songdo’s trash system, which won’t rely on garbage trucks, because a network of tubes
will suck in the garbage straight from the can and through a system of pipes, transport
it efficiently to treatment facilities. Songdo’s so dedicated to being a model for sustainability
that it has set aside 40% of its land area to be outdoor spaces like parks and it’ll
become the first city in the world outside of the United States to achieve LEED certification,
which is the highest energy consumption and waste standards possible with currently available
technology. As a tip-of-the-hat to other great cities, Songdo will also incorporate replicas
of New York’s Central Park and Venice’s historic canals. Overall, construction is
currently half done. It already has 67,000 people living there studying and working at
its many schools, including the foreign campuses of four American universities, but it’s
struggled to attract Korean businesses as the government is refusing to give tax incentives
for relocation, because that would create an unfair playing field favoring Songdo over
other cities in the country. Still, if it stays squarely focused on the future, Songdo’s
a long-term investment that’s likely to pay off. Nicaragua is about to embark on what may be
the boldest and riskiest Megaproject in the history of the world. One that will change
it forever. It’s going to build the biggest canal in the world . The $50 billion Nicaragua
Grand Canal will cut the country in half to connect the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific,
running through the biggest lake in Central America. At 173-miles-long, it’ll dwarf
the 120 mile-long Suez Canal in Egypt and directly compete with the Panama Canal 250
miles to the south, through which more than 15,000 ships already pass each year. But in
the coming years, many more ships full of goods and raw materials are going to try and
pass back and forth from the Pacific to the Atlantic to connect Europe, Brazil and the
Eastern Coast of the United States, with China and the rest of Asia. The story of how little six-million-man Nicaragua,
the second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, is able to afford such an expensive
project is a fascinating case study of globalization, and how capitalism is increasingly driving
geopolitical decision-making. In June of last year, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s
Sandanista party also controlled parliament and – without any real debate – gave a 50-year,
no-bid contract to Chinese telecommunications magnate Wang Jing to build and manage the
proposed canal. And, it just so happens that, also last year, according to a report in the
LA Times, Wang hosted a number of Nicaraguan officials and businessmen on a trip to China,
where the powerful and connected Wang supposedly flaunted his extreme wealth and was accompanied
at all times by Chinese military officers and other high-ranking governmental officials.
So, it’s tough to believe him when he insists that the Chinese government is not financially
backing the project, especially when we already know that China is using state financed companies
to buy more and more assets in the West. The opportunity to own the world’s most valuable
shipping lane seems too tempting for the Chinese government to pass up. The supposedly democratic government of Nicaragua
is using a page out of China’s playbook, by refusing to release any of the studies
about the impacts of the canal until December 2014, the same month construction will begin.
That’s because there is a loooong list of environmental and humanitarian concerns. The
project will tear through countless ecosystems and communities, and rip into the source of
much of the country’s fresh water, Lake Nicaragua. The residents whose land is on
the canal route have received no word on what the government plans to do for them in terms
of compensation and relocation. But, as easy as it is to criticize the way
the project is being handled, it’s also fairly hypocritical of me, as an American,
to mount a very convincing argument against the plan. Afterall, about a hundred years
ago, US President Theodore Roosevelt basically took control of Panama and pushed through
the canal there, a project that’s benefitted America time and time again, and has made
Panama economically better off in the long run. But we’re not living in 1914… Now is the time of social media-fueled revolution,
where images and video fly around the world instantly, empowering even the poorest locals
to use the power of the global community to rally support for their cause and exert political
pressure in unpredictable ways. So, what I’m saying is that it may have been easy for President
Ortega see all that money flying around and secretly, singlehandedly approve a massively
disruptive project like this, but when those bulldozers start tearing apart the countryside
– and people’s homes – there’s probably going to be hell to pay for not consulting
the voters at all. This could be shaping up to be another one of those important moments
of struggle in world history between the powerful have’s and the have nots. On the one hand, you have the limitless funding
of the Chinese who want that flag-in-the-dirt, statement-making moment for their country
of staking a claim in the Americas. We know the canal would benefit corporations in the
west through the shipping and trade benefits I outlined earlier. And with construction
set to begin in Nicaragua next month – there doesn’t seem to be any stopping it from
starting. But on the other hand, this thing is going
to take six years at a minimum to finish, and if we’ve learned anything from recent
history, it’s that a lot can happen in six weeks or six months, let alone six years. On a person-to-person basis, the United Arab
Emirates has the biggest Ecological Footprint in the world thanks to its prolific oil production
and the massive construction boom that’s been going on there for the last decade. So
it’s surprising to learn that the UAE is home to Masdar–the world’s first zero-carbon,
zero-waste city. To meet this ambitious goal, it’s powered only by renewable energy, like
a 54-acre 88,000 panel solar farm beyond the cities’ walls. That’s right, I said walls.
The designers studied ancient cities to learn the most effective planning methods to reduce
energy consumption. One of the key things are walls that helps to keep the high, hot
desert winds away from its inhabitants. They also raised the entire foundation of the site
a few feet above the surrounding land to keep Masdar cooler and spaced the buildings much
closer together to keep the streets and walkways narrow, and mostly in the shade. These techniques
– combined with 130-foot wind towers that suck air from above and convert it into a
cool breeze blowing on the street – mean Masdar is a comfortable 70 degrees fahrenheit when
just a few meters away, the thermostat rises well above 100. Plus, there’s no driving
in the city and any car that enters is parked at the outskirts. A system of driverless electric
vehicles then ferry people from place to place underground, and a light rail system is also
available above ground, which means there’s no need for streets. And in a move that cuts
both water and electricity consumption more than half, there are no light switches or
water taps–everything is controlled by movement sensors. This unprecedented level of environmental
consciousness has won it hard-earned endorsements from environmental conservation groups like
Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund. The German engineering giant Siemens has located
its Middle East headquarters there, as has the International Renewable Energy Agency.
The Masdar Institute for Science and Technology – a small postgraduate university that was
founded through a collaboration with MIT – occupies one of Masdar’s first completed buildings
and is already producing great work and first-class researchers. So the city undeniably has a
solid foundation, but it’s got a lot to do still if it’s going to meet its ambitious
goal of housing 50,000 residents and hosting offices for 60,000 more commuters. The city’s
co-founder admits that Masdar is “a fraction of what it was supposed to be back in 2006
when we announced it. At the beginning of the project, nobody really anticipated how
difficult it is to build a city.” This underscores the point many urban planners around the world
have made: that we should be focused on making our existing cities more sustainable instead
of building brand new ones. But even if Masdar only teaches us one or two major things about
what’s possible when it comes to sustainable urban design – and it does seem like it’s
already done that – then it’ll have been worth it, even if it takes much longer to
achieve its overall vision, or if it ultimately fails. Because let’s be honest, the UAE
was going to spend that $20 billion in oil revenue on something, so it’s better for
everyone that its going to an important experiment like Masdar rather than another row of gold
and marble crusted hotel skyscrapers or an electricity-sucking indoor snow park. This is the future–maglev trains. Japan’s
all aboard. They’re spending a staggering $85 billion over the next 30 years to connect
the island’s three largest cities: Tokyo to Nagoya to Osaka. That’s over three hundred
miles that you’ll be able to cover in about 67 minutes by racing through the countryside
at over 300 miles per hour. Maglev technology uses powerful magnetic charges to move rail
cars that float several inches above a concrete guideway, rather than riding on steel wheels.
This frictionless system allows for a smoother ride at significantly higher speeds than traditional
high speed rail. In contrast, California’s planned high speed rail system that’ll eventually
connect San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, will only be able to travel at top
speeds of 220 mph, but its estimated overall cost is ten billion dollars less than the
Japanese system and will cover a distance two and a half times as long. The Chinese
city of Shanghai has had a short maglev line in operation since 2004, but the Japanese
line is the world’s first intercity link to gain public approval. The project’s called
Chuo Shinkansen – or as the Japanese refer to it, Rinia Mota Ka – and is a culmination
of 40 years of Japanese maglev development that began with an unlikely partnership between
Japan Airlines and Japanese National Railways. What’s really impressive about this project
is that JR Central – the company that’s building the line – will finance the project
without public money, thanks largely to the success of the bullet train it’s run from
Tokyo to Osaka since the mid 1960’s. The company’s also pushing hard to construct
a maglev line between the American capital city of Washington DC and New York, which
would showcase the technology to the American market and the rest of the western world.
The Japanese government has even offered to fully finance the 40 mile first leg of the
US project from Baltimore to DC, a proposal Prime Minister Shinzo Abe directly pitched
to President Barack Obama during a meeting last year. But critics of Maglev say the costs
outweigh the benefits. Opponents have raised questions about the sheer monetary cost of
the project, its environmental impact, and whether it is really needed. Tunnels will
be blasted through some of Japan’s highest mountains to build the Chuo Shinkansen line.
But regardless of what the critics say, something had to change. When the Maglev system is done
it will help alleviate the overcrowding on Japan’s existing rail system and make it
feasible for commuters into Tokyo to live further outside of the city than they can
now. Many of the projects that we’ve profiled
in our Megaprojects series have a real purpose for advancing society, or at least meeting
the needs of a growing world economy. Then there’s Azerbaijan’s ridiculous Khazar
Islands, a project that – despite all the progress in the world – is the perfect example
of everything that’s still wrong with its power structure, but more on that in a moment.
The creatively named Azerbaijan Tower will be the world’s tallest building, about 800
feet taller than the current leader, the Burj Khalifa, and, insanely, twice as tall as the
tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, New York’s One World Trade Center. The Freudian
showpiece of the $100 billion project, Azerbaijan Tower will rise above the capital city, Baku,
and will be surrounded by 55 artificial islands built in the Caspian Sea with land gathered
by completely destroying a nearby mountain. There will also be at least eight hotels,
a Formula One racetrack, a yacht club, and an airport. So basically, we’re talking
about Donald Trump’s fantasy. Now, it’s one thing to build an over-the-top city like
Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, which is one of the most-developed places in the world,
and a completely different thing for it to rise in Azerbaijan, which has a per capita
GDP that’s not even ⅕ as much as the UAE. This madness is the brainchild of the billionaire
developer Ibrahim Ibrahimov, who has extremely cozy ties with the corrupt government of the
newly oil rich nation of Azerbaijan. Just how corrupt is Azerbaijan? In a 2012 report
by watchdog group Transparency International that declared 2/3rds of the world’s countries
“highly corrupt,” Azerbaijan’s Prez Ilham Aliyev stood out from the pack as the
report’s infamous, “person of the year,” with untold amounts of money stashed in various
locations around the world. But back to President Aliyev’s good buddy, Ibrahimov, who lazily
came up with the tacky idea for the megaproject that’s basically a copy of Dubai’s island
development and mega-tower while on a flight home from, you guessed it, Dubai. He argues
that Khazer Islands will be home to 800,000 people, but doesn’t explain how those people
will afford its expensive apartments. Instead of investing in the future by maybe funding
a network of world class universities – which Azerbaijan isn’t even close to having – in
a country that borders no ocean and produces no product that the rest of the world wants,
besides oil, the government thinks its a good idea to build this. I doubt many of the nine
million people of Azerbaijan think it’s a very good idea. In fact, in a possible sign
of things to come, last year, Azerbaijanis in a city across the country, got so fed up
with the corrupt regime, they rioted for two entire days. But look, the capital is doing
some things right, Baku made Lonely Planet’s top ten ranking of the best nightlife spots
in the world. I just wonder how much they paid to get on the list. No list of Megaprojects would be complete
without including the largest-ever science project. The International Thermonuclear Experimental
Reactor (or, ITER) is a collaboration between China, the European Union, India, Japan, Russia,
South Korea, and the United States that is under construction in Southern France where
researchers will attempt to see if they can, essentially, recreate the power of the Sun
and harness it in a steel bottle. Gas will be heated to over 150 million degrees in a
massive steel frame using giant magnets that will force some atoms together. In this experimental
reactor, the hope is to produce 10 times more energy than what is used to initiate the reaction,
or the equivalent of 500 megawatts of power for 1,000 seconds. Although electricity won’t
be generated at the ITER facility, a fusion power plant would use the heat generated to
drive turbines and produce power. Unlike nuclear fission, which are what all nuclear power
plants are today, fusion reactors should be completely safe, with no risk of a producing
a runaway chain reaction and no dangerous long-living radioactive waste. The fact that
nations who are competing in nearly every area of geopolitics and economics are coming
together to collaborate on a $50 billion project is a sign that the science is incredibly promising
and the potential benefits to humanity are profoundly game-changing. That’s why countries
that represent half of the world’s population and account for 2/3ds of the global economy
are participating: because solving fusion would mean prosperity for all, the closest
thing to limitless energy we can fathom. This month, after the completion of the ground
support structure which took four years to finish, the second phase of construction began:
the walls of the seven-story building where the experiment will take place. But we’re
still several years away from turning the thing on. The complex will make its first
attempt to produce plasma in a fusion reaction in 2020, with regular operations beginning
in 2027, 11 years behind schedule and over 40 years after the program was first initiated
in 1985. But no matter how long, or how many tries it takes to get it right, the prospect,
the hope of living in a world powered by this type of energy that we wouldn’t need to
fight over, or pump out of the ground, that we wouldn’t need to burn, that wouldn’t
harm our precious planet, that’s probably one of the most optimistic, hopeful ideas
I’ve ever heard, and it’s definitely one worth waiting for. China is about halfway done building the largest
expressway system in the world, and it’s done so at a feverish pace over the last 25
years to keep up with the rise of the automobile as the country – and the world – has shifted
away from a rail-based transportation system. The first expressway within the National Trunk
Highway System, as it’s called, opened in 1988 and today, just 26 years later, the system
is over 65,000 miles long. In the ten years since 2004, the network has tripled in length.
Each year, China’s now building new expressways equivalent in length to the distance of going
coast-to-coast and back in the United States. The Chinese system exceeded the total length
of the US interstate highway system back in 2011. This crazy expansion has happened because
the Chinese have embraced the car at a staggering pace. This next mind-blowing fact pretty much
sums up this entire video: as the country’s middle class boomed and tens of millions of
people suddenly could afford to buy cars, in the 20 years from 1985 to 2005, the number
of passenger vehicles in China increased from 19,000 to 62 million cars on the road, that’s
a mind-blowing increase of 323,000%. And that 62 million number is more than tripling to
200 million by 2020. That’s why we’ve seen those stories that I thought were a joke
the first time I read them, of traffic jams around Beijing stretching over 60 miles and
lasting for 11 days. So this project is sorely needed simply for the country to function.
When it’s finished, it will have cut total travel times between cities throughout the
country, by half, on average. Overall the total cost of building the entire system is
$240 billion dollars, that’s easily the biggest infrastructure project in human history,
with $12 billion a year being invested through 2020. It’s been able to afford to do this
without adding a national fuel tax because 95% of the system are toll roads owned by
private, for-profit companies. This is a problem, as tolls are expensive at over 10 cents per
mile…which is more than the cost of fuel itself. But regardless of how the roads are
paid for, or whether, you drive on them in your gas or electric car, or ride in a self-driving
car. The Chinese economy and quality of life of its people will be significantly better
thanks to this ambitious project. It seems the whole country is embracing the Chinese
saying, “Lutong Caiton,” wealth follows the extension of motorways. India faces one of the most challenging situations
in the world. It has 1.2 billion people spread over a vast country. More than 350 million
of whom will move into cities in the coming decade, which means some 500 new urban centers
will need to be built from scratch. And even though India’s sheer size means that its
economy ranks third in the world in purchasing power, overall, it’s relatively poor and
underdeveloped. It’s also young. The average Indian is just 27 years old, compared to the
average American, who’s a decade older. This means that most of the population is
about to hit their prime working years—these are all people who need jobs to be created
now. That’s why the government is embarking on the largest infrastructure project in Indian
history: the $90 billion Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, whose backbone will be a 920 mile
long dedicated freight corridor, basically a set of multiple rail lines that will exist
solely to move goods from the factories where they are produced to the sea and airports
where they can be exported to market. It’s designed to cut the logistical costs of manufacturing
goods to make India the cheapest place in the world for a company to build its stuff
and – in turn – triple the amount of merchandise it exports from 2010 levels by 2017. Japan
is the major partner behind the project because the Japanese economy is based on a technology
industry that needs to build its products at the most competitive rates in the world.
The overall effort will include a 4,000 MW power plant, and at least three brand new
seaports and six airports. And all along the route, 24 new cities will spring up with each
aiming to be superior to any existing Indian city in terms of the quality of infrastructure,
planning, management, and services offered. With natural resources scarce – and climate
change a concern of any good urban planner – the use of technology has been stressed
to make sure this boom will be as clean and sustainable as possible. Roads are also a
major part of the plan with thousands of miles of expressways planned to ease congestion.
The project is a priority of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who entered office in 2014
after leading his BJP party to a dominating win in the 2014 election, giving him a mandate
to enact his vision for making India a global manufacturing superpower. It seems the Indians
are attempting to follow a similar blueprint for success the Chinese put into action over
the last 40 years. With a population nearly as big, Indians are rightly asking, why not
us? If you were playing Sim City, you’d want
to go about building your metropolis the same way the Saudi’s have with King Abdullah
Economic City. And just like other great leaders of men, you’d probably name it after yourself
too, which is exactly what King Abdullah did. You’d also focus on job-creating infrastructure
and a dream university to attract the best and brightest. Saudi Arabia is the world’s
dominant oil producer, and is a country that knows how to play the game. While its flashier
neighbors like Abu Dhabi and Dubai get all the publicity for their megaprojects, the
Kingdom is embarking on a far more ambitious project that’s focused squarely on creating
the most cohesive, well-planned city in the Arab world. The $100 billion enterprise on
the coast of the Red Sea is about an hour’s drive north of Jeddah, the second-largest
city in Saudi Arabia, and plans to expand into an area about the size of Washington
DC. That location is no coincidence, says Fahd Al Rasheed, the man who’s in charge
of growing King Abdullah Economic City – which we’re going to shorten to just its initials,
KAEC – “you’re talking about 24 percent of global trade going through the Red Sea,
and this is a trend that’s never been addressed by a Red Sea port.” That’s why KAEC’s
port is going to be massive, with an annual capacity of over ten million shipping containers,
which would make it one of the busiest ports in the world. So cargo is KAEC’s first major
transportation hub. The second is Haramain station, one of four stops on Saudi Arabia’s
planned high speed rail network that will connect the new megacity to Jeddah, Makkah,
and Madinah. This will bring thousands of visitors to KAEC right from it’s inception,
with officials hoping that some will naturally take jobs and stay there, fueling its expansion.
At first, the whole plan struggled to gain much traction with investors, “but,” says
Al Rasheed, “then we reoriented ourselves towards building that demand, creating that
support and it’s completely shifted. Now we have captive demand — all our apartments
are full and we have waiting lists for hundreds of people, literally.”
Part of that shift focused on KAEC’s Industrial Valley which is centered on a large petrochemical
plant and has more than 70 companies lining up to set up bases there.
And then there’s the cornerstone of any thriving city: a great university. Enter,
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology – which began instruction in 2009 with a staggering
$20 billion endowment, making it the third best-funded university in the world behind
Harvard and Yale. This capital injection has allowed it to lift off like a rocket in its
first five years. It’s recruited some of the best talent from over 60 countries around
the world–scientists who’ve carried the school to an eye-opening 99.9% research record
score. The research teams at King Tech are advancing many important fields like solar
cell technology and cancer therapy. It teaches in English and is the first mixed-gender university
in the Kingdom. Plus, with just 1200 postgraduates on an 8,900 acre campus, there’s plenty
of room to expand in every direction. With forty percent of Saudi Arabia’s citizens
under 15 years old, the plan is for the megacity – by itself – to create upwards of a million
jobs for all of those young people to grow into.
In the end, it may be true that Saudi Arabia would be a bone-dry desert wasteland without
it’s exploitation of the vast fields of black gold underneath it, but at least – in
the twilight of his life – King Abdullah is doing all he can to set his people – and the
rest of the world – on a slightly better path than the one they were on when he took over
just nine years ago in 2005. And if that’s his legacy, he deserves to have a city named
after him. Thanks for watching. I hope you enjoyed this
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  • Reply Deven Silvers July 9, 2018 at 2:27 am

    The US would be a better place if we could fix our culture problem. Many of the elements that hold back the US are commented on in this video many of these same cultural issues hold back Europe. Capitalism equals prosperity and innovation, socialism "turning the attention to the people" causes an economic slowdown. However, I think that the southern US and European cities have vast space and potential for positive growth in the future. Im 18 years old and will be moving to Shenzhen within four weeks of writing this post, please critique my comment below.

  • Reply Sudo July 9, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Can you do an update on some of these projects, like a "where are they now"

  • Reply A Mohamed Nazel July 10, 2018 at 4:06 am

    the US is willing to spend trillions on its war machines..but not even a fraction for the much needed public transport ,education, health or housing to ease the financial burden for the masses…but willing to bail out the already fat cat banks and corrupt financial system

  • Reply Sophia Snuggles July 11, 2018 at 11:03 am

    You seem to have a deep distrust of China and socialism in general.

  • Reply Itemus PL July 12, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    He lost me whit his BS at 8:00.

  • Reply JBTechCon July 13, 2018 at 6:22 am

    All these countries pouring their remaining billions into transport and shipping projects… just as automation and AI are going to make overseas manufacture uneconomic. In a few decades, the only thing we'll ship long distances will be raw materials to places that don't have them and high-tech goods to places that can't make them. But everything between will be manufactured in multiple scattered robo-factories close to where the goods are needed. This is why the smart rich Arabs on the peninsula are moving their money to the West instead of investing in royal white elephants.

  • Reply O K July 14, 2018 at 3:01 am

    the all connected city is suspiciously ct-OS

  • Reply Wesley Sandel July 15, 2018 at 3:32 am

    Want to know why the Nicaraguan's want a canal? Just compare pictures of Panama City, Panama and Managua. Nicaraguans deserve to benefit from their nation's most precious natural resource – the link between the Atlantic and the Pacific.

  • Reply Sheltered Lives July 16, 2018 at 1:09 am

    The World's Future MAGAprojects

  • Reply kerch wagner July 16, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    UFO at 2:55

  • Reply Cms 10672 July 17, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    1:21 says airbus a380 and shows Boeing 747.

  • Reply SydMic July 18, 2018 at 6:14 am

    Metric System please

  • Reply Handy Wijaya July 20, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    13:58 Hate to tell you but that is Japan Railway,not Japan National Railway.Japan Railway is a reincarnation of Japan National Railway that was being defunct in 1987,but the difference is Japan Railway is private-owned (like Keisei and Tokyo Metro) and split into 6 Japan Railway

  • Reply Handy Wijaya July 20, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    I'm not agree with transparancy watchdogs.As a guy that lives 14 years on Australia and America,i've seen corruption so rapid in the senate,parliament,and Public works.Much worse than what i Saw in Vietnam,Indonesia,and Thailand

  • Reply Thomas Gothenborg July 21, 2018 at 7:39 am

    honestly, why tf are you so biased? It's extremely incriminating. Horrible video!

  • Reply Jodiann Walker July 21, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    I can't help but notice that America–the greatest, the richest, and the most powerful country in the world–is not on that list. But it shouldn't be worried about all of that! No worries! Don't worry about a thing! They have bigger fish to fry. They have bigger fish to clean up very well before they fry so they don't get flesh eating disease. They also have to clean up the beaches and the seas that have the flesh eating bacteria so that it doesn't travel other places in the world. So they don't need to be worried about mega building projects and all of that.

  • Reply Shaw Mcinroy July 22, 2018 at 1:26 am

    The canal project in Nicaragua was cancelled

  • Reply Jennable Rose July 23, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Don't appreciate the negative comments about the greatest president ever. Bite your tongue!

  • Reply Lord Malachi July 25, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    I feel a sudden urge to move to the middle east… except I have no skills worth moving countries for.

  • Reply Mike Messiah July 27, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    2:20 2nd most populated city in the world is Seoul, South Korea? What kind of pot are you smoking ? Seoul is 17th most populated city right now

  • Reply selbalamir July 27, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Yes – but who wants to go to Dubai?

  • Reply ToBiS81 July 28, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Not so sure if I should watch the whole 30 minutes with pictures of the wrong airport after 50 seconds already! You talk about Dubai's Al Maktoum Airport and show pictures of Abu Dhabi's new terminal building… =/

  • Reply D. A. July 29, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Wasn’t that fusion generator the plot of spider man 2?

  • Reply IFCGaming July 29, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    lol the panama canal is owned by the US. Panama gets very little while the us governement gets money every second a ship passes

  • Reply JJ Thomas July 30, 2018 at 2:56 am

    2018- Many of these projects, Like those in Dubai,Masdar City, California or the Nicaraguan canal, never happened…

  • Reply koteswar009 July 30, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Please check the ambitious project Amaravati- New capital city of Andhra Pradesh state in India by its Chief Minister, a visionary man in collaboration with Singapore. The project plan is a futuristic green and blue city.

  • Reply Flimsy Fox July 31, 2018 at 2:38 am

    A common theme I see with this video (and many others) is that the U.S. is NOT included.

  • Reply Carlos Rodriguez July 31, 2018 at 3:23 am

    11:00 what a great name for a company!

  • Reply americanwillow August 1, 2018 at 7:36 am

    Hey, narrator – capitalism or crony capitalism?

  • Reply Long duk dong August 4, 2018 at 1:57 am

    Hey Trumpsters remind me how china is communist again?

  • Reply CosmicWizard August 7, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    18:35 Romania is apart of the European Union… 🇪🇺 🇷🇴

  • Reply Honfy Lam August 9, 2018 at 4:17 am

    Forget it. Saudi Arabia don't care for women education and rights.

  • Reply jeff pentagon August 12, 2018 at 4:41 am

    Songdo flat out sucks. There's nothing else but some fancy vacant buildings

  • Reply Ronald Buss August 12, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    The civilizations of the future I see in scifi are just guaranteeing human extinction. It has been said that civilization is a heat engine, and the more civilized, another word for comfortable, humans get, the more energy we waste and the more heat we produce. We may be a clever species, but we're not a wise one.

  • Reply Michael Johnson August 15, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Powerful and Connected Wang. Lulz.

  • Reply simzzoker123 August 15, 2018 at 10:36 am

    should rename to worlds future MEGA PIPE DREAMS

  • Reply Jason Epps August 15, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    No garbage trucks sounds like a failure and/or terrorist bomb waiting to happen. Sounds like a nightmare.

  • Reply Andy LaVoie August 15, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    I like your video but what's your deal with needlessly interjecting politics into the middle of your video. I like the facts and not your alt left political world view. Wish I could subscribe but no thanks.

  • Reply 我是181 August 18, 2018 at 2:02 am

    Taiwan is not part People Republic of China

  • Reply mgabrysSF August 19, 2018 at 5:41 am

    Looks like the Grand Canal is dead :

  • Reply Sandouras August 19, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Shitting on Ajerbaijan but not saying one word about Saudi Arabia? At least Ajerbaijan isnt hurting anyone.

  • Reply Buddhafollower August 19, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    this world has no future. it's fate is to return to dust. just keep dreaming and i shall be proven right 🙂

  • Reply fevans2025 fevans2025 August 23, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Bra it’s crazy 2 see songdo I use 2 live there

  • Reply قناة أناشيد إسلامية August 31, 2018 at 2:46 am

    l love KSA and UAE

  • Reply MGang TV September 8, 2018 at 5:34 am

    Grind season till the casket don't ever settle for less ignore the naysayers and doubters salute to everyone out here getting it.

  • Reply yadig k September 9, 2018 at 4:16 pm


  • Reply TrangleC September 15, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Weird. This is 4 years old now and it is the first time I ever heard of the Nicaragua Canal project.

  • Reply Johnathan Neuro October 5, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    lol, Just launched Origin to play Sims City as he said "If you were playing Sim City" 10/10 – youtuber knows the people!

  • Reply Xenomorph Biologist - XX121 November 10, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Tbh, the Khazar islands would look better somewhere else.

  • Reply Fort Royale November 14, 2018 at 4:50 am

    What happens if someone falls in the trash for some dumb reason? What is a baby slips out of their mothers hands and falls in by chance what happens?

  • Reply Benjamin Sassi November 20, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    2018 anyone

  • Reply PandaRaptorTV November 21, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Wow i cant believe these awesome awesome projects! Keep the vids up!

  • Reply Robert Horwood December 10, 2018 at 12:20 am

    WoW! great video. very punchy. thank you.

  • Reply James S December 13, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    I don't believe in future cities… Mainly cuz they never built… Plus there's always strings attached

  • Reply Swiftie Forever December 31, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Wow Western media has literally took an oath to show India poor, dirty, overpopulated, misrable ,etc
    Keep up maybe when you visit India i could show you the real India which west never shows!

  • Reply Ten Ants Parking I drive a small carnow January 9, 2019 at 2:35 am

    Looks like a golf course.
    If Dubai wants learned advice..
    1000 tonners.
    Then, build a, Jungle, a lush, tropical, jungle… It will attract clouds that water it, but first Dear Dubai, one must "build on The Rock", lest a cataclysm wash your sand castles (castles on sand) away.
    Build on the Rock
    But first, "fall on The Rock and be broken, lest The Rock fall on you and you be crushed"…
    One God.

  • Reply david whiteside January 12, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    why does Saudia Arabia not take a couple of million of these so-called migrants like how they show off there new buildings show some gilt humanity you assholes

  • Reply Israel Amor January 12, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    I just noticed that this guys always criticizing China and insinuating that the US is still the greatest country in the world. LOL! I don't know the term for it but after admitting he is hypocritical, he took it back and continued to justify US's atrocities to the world.

  • Reply Buzzramjet January 13, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Okay it has been FOUR years, how is the canal progressing?

  • Reply Buzzramjet January 13, 2019 at 6:10 am

    The California system is way behind and is going to cost a whole lot more than your projection. How about some updates on all of these very fascinating articles.

  • Reply Jacob Holland January 20, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Hong Kong isn’t the worlds busiest airport Atlanta is

  • Reply Metsada007 January 31, 2019 at 10:59 am

    I have little doubt that the Nicaragua canal will be a success in the long term, it must be built.

  • Reply Kim jon un January 31, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    What' about my neuclear plant on moon.😂😂😂😂😂
    Donald trump it's my time start now.

  • Reply Alperen Başer February 1, 2019 at 2:04 am

    Look like you have personal problems with Azerbaijan

  • Reply Sukhrab Babadjanov February 21, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Uzbekistan is, KharAzm ,Tashkent is better than ☝☝☝💪💪💪😉🤗😁

  • Reply Dini SCH.OUTEN February 26, 2019 at 5:26 pm


  • Reply Lord Ragnar GOT March 4, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Hi Bro, please do a video on Amaravathi – India's first smart city under construction in Andhrapradesh state.

  • Reply AskerVR April 2, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    usa is very poor.. if u see this

  • Reply lemon chang April 3, 2019 at 5:09 am


  • Reply John Gordon April 6, 2019 at 5:26 am

    This sounds like "We will fall off the edge of the world" and "TESLA will never work" also the cost of fusion energy will have to be recouped,

  • Reply Bam Carter April 10, 2019 at 12:18 am

    *trump has lie*

  • Reply Mic Edwards April 13, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Why did you have to make so much of this political? I just want to see crazy infrastructure engineering!

  • Reply Carlos Corral April 15, 2019 at 1:20 am

    To be honest if they nuked Dubai I would nuke back the country that nuked Beautiful Dubai 🏗🏗

  • Reply บ.ก บูรณาการณ์ April 21, 2019 at 1:55 am


  • Reply OwenHiggins April 25, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    The corruption map is the whole joke of this video. . What total poppycock

  • Reply AstroBot 99 April 29, 2019 at 4:29 am

    Optimistic people: woah I never knew the future could be this great! 😄

    Political and nihilistic people: Ahem allow us to introduce ourselves

  • Reply 1,000 Subscribers without a video challenge May 11, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    "Well" done dictatorships👏

  • Reply てきとう May 11, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Shanghai Trans Rapid's Maglev and JR Tokai's SCMaglev are actually different in method

    Please see Wikipedia for more information

  • Reply LeCoureurDesBois May 25, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    The advantage China has it that it doesn't need to get votes, they can just develop the economy without needing "support", they just do it and it works, it is a great opportunity for Nicaragua to develop, they should just shut up and take it

  • Reply Egiberta Prifti June 7, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Hi I am one of your fans you probably don't really care but I Like your vids

  • Reply Judson Wesley June 8, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Can Any of You the City Owners tell me the Name of the City where Your SOULS will Live Eternally ?
    Answer- :Hell Fire WITHOUT JESUS CHRIST Because Life without JESUS CHRIST is equal to Hell Fire so Iam inviting this earthly City Owners whosoever you are to know that your Cities will one day Melted and will NO Longer be in Existence SO please Escape the damnation of HELL and the Destruction of your Cities by Turning to GOD Almighty through HIS dear Son JESUS CHRIST Because Only in JESUS CHRIST We have Safety and Security ( SALVATION) THE LORD JESUS CHRIST BLESS YOU AMEN I LOVE YOU

  • Reply Prayon Kreutz June 8, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    An update on these projects on the eve of 2020 would be really awesome!!

  • Reply Magalie Blanc July 3, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    My name is Marlie Martial and I am a Heterosexual woman. I am only attracted to men. I was born a woman. This is a spectacular spiritual world.

  • Reply bunty Kumar July 29, 2019 at 9:59 am


  • Reply Haritha Telugu August 2, 2019 at 5:32 am

    Awesome…All the Best🌷

  • Reply Sister Jimin-ah’s Halal life guide August 8, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Basically, the Middle East know what they doing while countries like the U.S. can’t even fix potholes on the streets

  • Reply creator Space August 10, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    We made it well.

  • Reply XENONPLASMA August 22, 2019 at 12:26 am

    The ITER was originally supposed to be built in Canada but then Liberal PM Paul Martin and his government quashed the idea because of "enviromental concerns regarding pollution from the reactor" he also ignored the science and ignored the consortium. That's why it's being built in France and why Canada isn't even involved in it..due to political stupidity

  • Reply Pratheep Anumaty August 28, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Good morning now27/08/2019

  • Reply timothy lines August 30, 2019 at 4:14 am

    let them eat carbon.

  • Reply Mobile Crushers & Screeners September 6, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Thumbs up for the mega projects!!!

  • Reply Not your Business September 9, 2019 at 3:35 am

    Did they finish the airport?

  • Reply David Solomon September 10, 2019 at 2:22 pm


  • Reply Hani Awazem September 15, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    This is the whole Middle east Money (Oil Money) which should be utilized toward army, education, hospitalization and infrastructure. Unbelievable…..!!!!!!!!

  • Reply timothy lines September 16, 2019 at 2:59 am

    eugenics motors will expire

  • Reply Kiratikorn Sangsung September 17, 2019 at 1:22 am

    Thank you very much
    for great information

  • Reply K Dizzy September 18, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Trash talk Trump but Abdullah's a hero…

  • Reply Krzysztof PL September 29, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Madness?? you want communism?vwtf… less bias more factual

  • Reply Hamil Aliyev October 9, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Land of fire Azerbaijan.
    I am proud of being an Azerbaijani.

  • Reply Thorfinn986_doesn't_do_average October 12, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    America is delusional if they think they can build a high speed network,let alone,that big or that fast,will never happen.

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