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

Belly dance is integral to Emirati culture, so 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 with belly dancing.

A desert safari in Dubai is an exciting adventure that takes you out of the city and into the heart of the desert.

It typically involves a 4×4 drive over dunes, camel rides, a traditional Arabian BBQ dinner, and live entertainment such as belly dancing.

A professional dancer performs belly dancing as part of the evening’s entertainment.

This article covers everything you must know before booking tickets for a desert safari in Dubai with belly dance.

What to expect during a belly dancing performance

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

The seating arrangement is all around the stage; some seats are better than 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 it was well worth the wait. 

Belly dancers at these safaris are top professionals and mesmerize you with their knives and kaftans woven effortlessly 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. 

The belly dancer deftly sends them back when drunk men try to get on the stage. 

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

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Where to book tickets

Tickets for desert safari in Dubai can be purchased online or in person at the counters.

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the attraction.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the ticket counters. 

When you book early, you also get your preferred time slot.

Because some tours sell a limited number of tickets due to their high demand, booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How do online tickets work

Visit the desert safari ticket booking page, select your preferred date, time slot, and number of tickets, and buy the tickets right away.

After making the purchase, you will receive the tickets in your email. 

Ticket printouts are not required.

You can join the experience by showing the e-ticket on your smartphone.

Best desert safari with belly dancing from Dubai

Hundreds of desert safaris include traditional Arabic dances, making it difficult for tourists to decide.

To simplify, 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: 3 pm and 4 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

Experience an adventurous ride through the Arabian desert by enjoying dune bashing and sandboarding.

Savor the taste of Emirati, Moroccan, and Arabian dishes, followed by a live barbecue and lamb Madfoun.

Take a camel ride and witness a live Arabic coffee-making session at the camp.

Observe stars and constellations with a high-power telescope during a stargazing session.

Immerse yourself in cultural activities with live entertainment at the Al Khayma Camp.

Ticket Prices (Shared tour with BBQ)

Adult Ticket (12+ years): AED 602 ($194)
Child Ticket (3 to 11 years): AED 514 ($140)

Kids aged 2 and younger are not allowed.

Red Dune Safari, Camel Riding, Sandboarding & BBQ

Rating: 4.9/5
Duration: Seven hours
Starting time: 2.30 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

Experience the excitement of dune bashing and sandboarding in the Dubai desert.

Enjoy traditional performances such as the Tanoura dance, fire show, and belly dance.

Take a short camel ride through the desert landscape.

Savor a delicious BBQ dinner in the desert campsite and participate in activities like Shisha smoking and Henna painting.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (12+ years): AED 350 ($95)
Child Ticket (4 to 11 years): AED 340 ($93)

On the booking page, you must select a 7-hour 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

Enjoy a thrilling dune-bashing experience in the Lahbab desert for 30-45 minutes.

Capture the stunning sunset views with a picture-stop and take some selfies.

Try sandboarding and enjoy short camel rides.

Savor a delicious buffet of local cuisine available for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

Ticket Price: AED 350 ($95)

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Belly dancing desert safari from Sharjah

Tourists in Sharjah can also book a desert safari with 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 Dancing Cost
Premium Red Dunes, Camel Safari, & BBQ at Al Khayma AED 253 ($69)
Red Dune Safari, Camel Riding, Sandboarding & BBQ AED 350 ($95)
Desert Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride & Al Khayma Camp AED 452 ($124)
Desert Safari with 35-mins quad bike ride AED 333 ($91)
Desert Quad Bike Safari, Sand Surf, Barbeque AED 314 ($86)
Evening Desert Quad Bike Tour with BBQ Dinner AED 353 ($96)
Desert Safari Photography Session, Camel Ride, & BBQ AED 247 ($67)

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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.

Experience heart-pounding 4WD dune rides, mesmerizing desert sunsets, and local customs like shisha smoking or henna tattoos.

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

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (12 to 75 years): AED 338 ($92)
Child Ticket (3 to 11 years): AED 276 ($75)

Cost of private safari: AED 338 ($92) per person for a group of 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.

Visit a camel farm and get your pulse racing at Dune Bashing and Sand Boarding. 

Explore the Arabian desert by 4WD. Watch the sunset from a towering dune. Try aromatic water pipes and traditional Arabic costumes.

Enjoy a BBQ dinner under the stars with belly dancing and Tannora performances.

Ticket Prices:

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

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Belly dancing only on 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.

To experience belly dancing, you must opt for an evening desert safari.

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When belly dance gets canceled

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

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

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

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FAQs about Desert Safari in Dubai with Belly Dance.

Here are some frequently asked questions about Desert Safari in Dubai with Belly Dance.

What activities are included in a Desert Safari with Belly Dance?

Activities may include dune bashing (4×4 off-road driving), camel riding, sandboarding, quad biking, a barbecue dinner, and traditional entertainment like belly dancing and other cultural performances.

Is belly dancing the only entertainment during the Desert safari?

While belly dancing is a common form of entertainment, some desert safari packages may also include other traditional performances such as tanoura dance, fire shows, or live music.

What should I wear for a Desert Safari with Belly Dance?

Wear comfortable, casual clothing and closed shoes suitable for the desert. It’s advisable to bring a jacket or shawl for the cooler evening temperatures.

Are meals provided during the Desert Safari?

Yes, most desert safaris include a meal, often as a barbecue dinner or a traditional Arabian buffet. Vegetarian options are usually available, but informing the tour provider about any dietary restrictions is advisable.

Can I bring my camera to the Desert Safari?

Yes, you can bring cameras to capture the beautiful desert landscapes and your experiences during the safari.

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