Desert Safari & Belly Dancing In Dubai

It may look like all is lost to the glitz, glamour, and skyscrapers today. But this is not what aboriginal Dubai was like. A desert safari in Dubai will show you the other side. In fact, Dubai was no more than a bunch of tents put together by a fishing tribe which hunted for pearls.

In the late 1920s, Dubai, along with others suffered from the great depression with the arrival of artificial pearls in the market. Things changed for this village for bad. But with the discovery of oil in the 1960s, Dubai’s fate took a U-turn. They went to being extremely poverty-stricken to be one of the richest cities in the world.

But along with the villages, what else perished? What was there when there were no skyscrapers? What did they eat? How did they travel? And how did they entertain themselves? As much as you can read about it, you can never feel it if you have not seen it with your own eyes.

The most popular of all is the belly dancing with lovely women dancing on the traditional Arabic songs swaying their hips and moving their bellies gracefully. Apart from the dancing they will also use a few props like swords or sticks and use them for performing balance-related acts. It is often infused with a Khaleegy style of dance, with a lot of head and hair movements.

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The most astonishing of all for me was Tannoura. It is performed by men. They adorn heavy round skirts where one colour representing each Sufi order. During the whole act of 4-5 minutes, the dancer dances continuously dances in a circle which may even make you feel dizzy. After a few acrobatic displays, their skirt light up in multi-colours and it is an astounding sight to see.

You can get a glimpse of this life with a desert safari in Dubai. The local tour companies organize these in Dubai. Not only it gives you an insight into the topography of the place. But it also shows you how the people led their lives with rural setup and traditional dances from the UAE.