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Desert Safari in Dubai with belly dance – cost, what to expect

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Belly dance is an integral part of the Emirati culture, which is why tourists want to see at least one belly dance performance during their Dubai holiday

One of the best ways to enjoy this Arabic dance is by booking a desert safari that includes belly dancing.

This article shares everything you must know before booking your desert safari in Dubai with belly dance.

Belly dancing only in evening safaris

Morning desert safaris focus more on adventure activities such as Dune Bashing, Quad Biking, Sandboarding, etc. 

When you opt for the morning safari, you miss a few experiences such as the fantastic sunset, BBQ dinner, and Emirati cultural activities at the Bedouin camp.

These cultural activities include Falconry, Arabic costume, Henna Painting, Shisha Smoking, and Belly Dance.

If you want to experience belly dancing, you must opt for an evening desert safari.


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When belly dance gets cancelled

Traditional dance shows, including belly dancing, are not part of desert safaris during Ramadan. 

They are also canceled during special Islamic days, as per the UAE government’s orders. But such days are sporadic and far in between.

*During Ramadan, even the bar is not included in the safari.


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What to expect during a belly dancing performance

The cultural show starts on the central stage a little after all guests return from watching the colorful sunset in the desert sky.

The seating arrangement is all around the stage, and some seats are better than the others. 

Keep your ears open for the announcement to assemble around the stage. There is usually a rush to get the best seats.

Belly dancing is one of the performances in a long list of cultural shows, but when it starts, you will realize that it was well worth the wait. 

Belly dancers at these safaris are top professionals and mesmerize you with their knives and kaftans effortlessly woven into belly-wobbling routines. 

The dancers invite the women on the stage to join and perform, and from one performer, it turns into a dance party pretty soon. 

When drunk men try to get on the stage, the belly dancer deftly sends them back. 

The dance performance lasts 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the day’s schedule.


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Best desert safari with belly dancing from Dubai

There are hundreds of desert safaris that include the traditional Arabic dances, making it difficult for the tourists to decide.

To make it easy for you, we have listed the three best desert safaris, which start from Dubai and include belly dancing. 

Important: When it comes to a safari, you get what you pay. So don’t let the cost of the desert safari in Dubai be your deciding factor. 

Premium Red Dunes, Camel Safari, & BBQ at Al Khayma

Rating: 4.9/5
Duration: Seven hours
Starting time: 2 pm
Pick up: Available from all hotels or apartments in Dubai, Sharjah, and Ajman, as well as the cruise port (Port Rashid).
Type of tour: Small Group
Tour Operator: OceanAir Travel

Cost of desert safari

Adult ticket (12+ years): AED 390 ($106)
Child ticket (3 to 11 years): AED 320 ($87)

Red Dune Safari, Camel Riding, Sandboarding & BBQ

Rating: 4.9/5
Duration: Seven hours
Starting time: 3 pm
Pick up: Available from all hotels or locations within Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, and the Port Rashid Cruise Terminal.
Type of tour: Small Group
Tour Operator: Ammar Tours

Cost of desert safari: AED 225 ($60)

On the booking page, you must select 7-hours long safari.

Red Dune Safari, Camel Ride, Sandboard & BBQ Options

Rating: 4.8/5
Duration: Seven hours
Starting time: 3.30 pm
Pick up: Available from all hotels or locations within Dubai city and Port Rashid cruise terminal
Type of tour: Small Group
Tour Operator: Dream Journey Tourism

Desert Safari price: AED 187 ($50)


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Belly dancing desert safari from Sharjah

Tourists staying in Sharjah can also book a desert safari which includes a belly dancing performance. 

These safaris usually start from Sharjah between 2 pm and 3 pm and last seven to eight hours.

Safaris with Belly DancingCost
Premium Red Dunes, Camel Safari, & BBQ at Al Khayma$124
Red Dune Safari, Camel Riding, Sandboarding & BBQ$77
Desert Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride & Al Khayma Camp$92
Desert Safari with 35-mins quad bike ride$135
Desert Quad Bike Safari, Sand Surf, Barbeque$140
Evening Desert Quad Bike Tour with BBQ Dinner$115
Desert Safari Photography Session, Camel Ride, & BBQ$95

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Belly dancing desert safari from Abu Dhabi

The belly dancing safari is the most popular desert safari in Abu Dhabi and starts at 2.45 pm with a pick up from your hotel in a 4WD vehicle.

Once in the desert, you participate in exhilarating adventure activities and then sit down for the cultural shows (including belly dancing) and BBQ dinner. 

Cost of a shared safari

Adult ticket (12 to 75 years): $114
Child ticket (3 to 11 years): $94

Cost of private safari: $450 for a group of up to six people

Want to experience the desert of Abu Dhabi with an exciting safari, but at a budget? Check out this desert safari with BBQ Dinner, Belly Dance & Tannura Dance.


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Desert Safari with belly dancing from Ras Al Khaimah

This six-hour evening desert safari starts with a 3 pm pick-up from your hotel in Ras Al Khaimah.

You visit a camel farm, get your pulse racing at Dune Bashing and Sand Boarding, and then head for the camp to see the Arabic belly dancing and have a fantastic barbeque dinner. 

Cost of Safari

Adult ticket (12+ years): AED 253 ($69)
Child ticket (4 to 11 years): AED 220 ($60)


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FAQs about Belly dancing

This section answers some of the questions about belly dancing that tourists who have never watched a performance may have. 

  1. Is belly dancing inappropriate?

    Belly dancing is a social dance appropriate for all ages, including children. It is a recreational activity, sometimes even performed at weddings and other family occasions.

  2. Is belly dance religious?

    Belly dance is a Western name for an ancient Arabic dance style developed in the Middle East. It has no religious significance.

  3. What music accompanies belly dancing in Dubai?

    Different flavors of Middle Eastern music usually accompany the belly dancers, and they fall under two categories – folk music and modern Egyptian classical music.

  4. What's the purpose of belly dancing?

    Bellydancing began as a ritual for childbirth preparation in the ancient Middle East. Back then, it was performed mainly by women for women. Today it is performed only for entertainment.

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