Lonely Planet Writer

See Instagram sensation Paperboyo transform London into Dubai with paper cut-outs

London has been looking a lot more like Dubai lately – at least on Instagram sensation Paperboyo’s account.

Rick McCor, better known as Paperboyo, creates incredible pictures using paper cut-outs to put a new spin on landscapes and buildings and posts them to his account. The new pictures include turning Nelson’s Column into the Burj Al Arab and Tower Bridge into a rollercoaster to mark the new line of theme parks that are opening in Dubai.

His latest project, a partnership with Dubai Tourism, is part of a campaign centred at Waterloo Station. Dubai Tourism will be there until 11 September, as the station becomes a “living, breathing recreation of Dubai equipped with cutting-edge technology that lets people experience the sights, sounds and attractions of the city right there on the concourse”.

Visitors to the station will be able to experience Dubai with virtual reality headsets that let them step into the city’s attractions, play a 360-degree video game, and potentially win a trip to visit the city in person. As part of the partnership, Rich will also be heading to Dubai to take some of his signature photographs in October, and budding photographers can win a spot to go along, where they can learn from Rich and other Instagram photographers. Learn more about the contest here.