Syrian Migrants Bring Traditional Arab Dance to Berlin

Asylum-seekers put on event to share part of their country, Asharq al-Awsat reports

With stomping feet, swinging hips, a drumbeat and lots of laughter, two Syrian migrants lead a group of Germans and others in traditional Arab dance at a Berlin studio to promote cultural understanding, said an Associated Press report on Tuesday.

The dance workshops were initiated by Medhat Aldaabal and Ali Hasan, both Syrians who came to Germany as part of a huge wave of asylum-seekers.

The idea is to share part of their culture with the country that took them in, reported the AP.

They explained that after being helped out by Germany it's their way of giving back and building bridges.

Aldaabal said, "When I see that people are happy, enthusiastic and smiling, then I feel that I'm becoming a part of this country, and this country is becoming a part of me."

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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