Crowds flock to Expo 2020 Dubai for National Day extravaganza

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Free entry and packed schedule draw in thousands to celebrate Golden Jubilee. Police band bagpipes and Khaleeji drums echoed along the parade route in a rousing spectacle for families who lined the streets, while a stunt jet fly-by drew gasps from the crowds “I think in the next 50 years we won’t be on Earth any more!” Families flooded from the metro to the main gates from shortly after 9am, with queues all the way back to the station doors at one stage. At Saudi Arabia`s pavilion, one of Expo’s most popular attractions, 60,000 people had come through the doors by lunchtime — twice the normal daily visitor count. Rubab Yousuf Ali, from India, is a social science teacher at Gulf Indian High School. “Expo is like a dream and it will show what can be achieved by holding this event. I’m sure other countries will want to host Expo once they see how successful Dubai has been,” she said.

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