UAE China, Al Ayala
Source: WAM

An Emirati folklore dance group recently took China by storm with a performance along the country's Great Wall monument. The team arrived in China ahead of the state visit of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, who landed in the country on Sunday.

Their traditional performance came in celebration of the state visit and is part of the Emirati Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development's UAE-China Week, which is scheduled to run until July 24. 

The performance caught the attention of Chinese visitors and tourists who were visiting the site.  

At one point during the performance, a Chinese woman joined the dance, which is known as Al Ayala - the "stick dance" - a popular part of Emirati celebrations. 

Al Ayala dance is part of the culture in both Oman and the UAE, so it was natural to include it as part of the country's visit to China. The dance is often accompanied with traditional music and performers who use sticks to move to the rhythm. 

The UAE's Ministry of Culture isn't stopping at this performance though. It will also be organizing a heritage village that will further introduce Chinese people to the country's traditions. 

It will "feature handicrafts, such as burqas and clothing, as well as incense and henna, in addition to a cafe to introduce the Chinese public to Emirati coffee."

The UAE has been strengthening its ties with China

In recent years, the UAE has been strengthening its relations with China with several of its top officials visiting the country. Back in April, Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum flew to China for a visit that saw him announce two mega projects worth a total of $3.4 billion investments.

This week, Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince is set to meet top Chinese officials including President Xi Jinping. 

People in the UAE have slowly been learning more about Chinese culture and are now introducing their own to people in the East Asian nation.