Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 13 December 2019

Emirati folklore group perform traditional dance at Great Wall

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed is due in China next week for official visit

A video of an Emirati folklore group performing a dance at the Great Wall of China has been shared online in celebration of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed's upcoming visit to the country.

The state news agency Wam shared the video on Saturday showing the men dancing the ayala among tourists, who filmed the performance on their mobile phones.

The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces is due in China next week for a meeting with President Xi Jinping and other senior officials.

He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, chief executive of Adnoc Group and chairman of Masdar.

Sheikh Mohamed's visit comes almost a year after Mr Xi travelled to the UAE, further cementing the history of trade and co-operation between the two countries.

Today, there are estimated to be 200,000 Chinese living in the UAE, mostly in Dubai, in industries ranging from construction and oil to retail. There is also a small community of about 2,000 in Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Mohamed last visited Beijing in December 2015 for meetings promote the development of friendly relations and co-operation with China, but took some time to visit some of the country's most famous tourist attractions - including the Great Wall.

Updated: July 20, 2019 05:46 PM