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Dahab Travel Guide - Travel S Helper


Dahab is a tiny Egyptian village located on the Sinai Peninsula’s southeast coast. Dahab, once a Bedouin fishing town 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Sharm el-Sheikh, is now one of the Sinai’s most coveted diving destinations.

Following Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War, the town was renamed Di-Zahav (Hebrew: ), after a site recorded in the Bible as one of the stops for the Israelites during their exodus from Egypt. In the 1982 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty, the Sinai Peninsula was returned to Egyptian control. Since the introduction of foreign hotel chains and the construction of additional auxiliary services, the town has become a famous tourist destination. Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport serves Dahab. Masbat (inside Dahab) is a popular diving location, with a large number of dive facilities (50+). The majority of the diving in Dahab is done from the shore.

Dahab is separated into three main sections. Masbat located in the north, and it contains the Bedouin town of Asalah. Mashraba, to the south of Masbat, is more touristy and has a lot more hotels. Medina, in the southwest, features the Laguna region, which is known for its superb shallow-water windsurfing.

Asalah is a well-developed area with several campers and hostels. The majority of visitors to Dahab in the past were backpackers interested in Red Sea diving and snorkeling.

Dahab – Info Card

LANGUAGE : Arabic (official), English and French widely understood by educated classes
RELIGION : Muslim (mostly Sunni) 90%, Coptic 9%, other Christian 1%
COORDINATES : 28°29′35″N 34°30′17″E
SEX RATIO : Male: 50.22
 Female: 49.78
ETHNIC : Egyptian 99.6%, other 0.4%

Tourism in Dahab

Dahab is a popular tourist destination. It is known all around the globe for its windsurfing. Inside Dahab’s sand spit, consistent breezes provide ideal flat-water conditions. Wavy conditions combine with strong winds farther out from the beach to provide challenging conditions for keen windsurfers. However, in recent years, kitesurfers have taken over the lagoon within the sand spit, with two Russian-owned schools operating directly on the beach. Many reefs are located directly near to seaside hotels, making SCUBA diving, free-diving, and snorkeling popular sports. The neighboring Blue Hole and Canyon, dubbed “The World’s Most Dangerous Diving Site” and “The World’s Most Dangerous Diving Site,” are globally recognized diving locations. The rising destruction of coral by irresponsible divers/dive centers is a major problem that is raising concern, prompting the need for more stringent regulation of dive centers. Camels, horses, cycling, mountain bike tours, jeep and quad bike journeys are all examples of land-based activities. Mount Sinai is a two-hour journey away, including the famed tourist site of Saint Catherine’s Monastery.

The majority of tourists to Dahab in the past have been backpackers who slept in hostels, hotels, or guesthouses in the Masbet region. The expansion of hotels in the Medina region has permitted the arrival of a broader spectrum of visitors in recent years, many of whom come to Dahab particularly to participate in activities like as surfing, windsurfing, diving, kite surfing, sailing, and other water sports.

The term Dahab means “gold” in Egyptian Arabic, and it may allude to the town’s location; gold flowed down from the desert highlands and piled on the alluvial flood plain where the town was established. It’s also possible that the name refers to the color of the dunes to the town’s south. The name comes from the color of the sky just after sunset, according to some residents.

According to one local legend, the town’s name is derived from the floods that occur every five or six years. Larger-than-average seasonal storms in the highlands create a massive flow of water to pour down to the sea, pulling large volumes of sand behind it. During this time, the flood splits the town in two, and the bay is churned up, turning the beaches a bright yellow. It usually lasts a few days and has resulted in property damage and deaths in the past because people were unaware of the abrupt onset and the force with which the water travels. Locals are now prepared when they see clouds over the mountains, and anybody who is fortunate enough to experience it will remember it for the rest of their lives.

Unfortunately, since untrained divers are being brought out in large numbers, much of the coral on the reefs near offshore is progressively vanishing. Another major issue in Masbat is that local eateries are throwing sand and gravel into the water to stretch out towards the coast, disrupting local coral reefs once more.

Local Bedouin youngsters, often encouraged by their families, sell weaved bracelets to visitors at beach cafés and restaurants.

The surge of female beach visitors, who often dress in more exposing attire, creates a culture to the area that is unexpected.

Climate of Dahab

Dahab, like the rest of Egypt, has a hot desert environment. The weather in the summer is very hot during the day and much hotter at night. The days are warm in the winter, while the nights are comfortable. Even during the winter months, Dahab has a fairly dry environment with little rain.

The month of March sees the most precipitation.

How To Travel To Dahab

BY BUS OR TAXIBy bus from Cairo, it takes 9 hours and departs many times daily from Turgoman station (central), Abbasseya station (30 minutes from the center), and Heliopolis (near airport). Not all buses run from/to every station. It is best to purchase tickets in advance, particularly for the night...

How To Get Around In Dahab

Dahab is divided into three separate sections.Masbat Bay is in the center, approximately equally split by a floodway (the funny bridge over dry sand - except during a rare but impressive flash flood). Masbat's tourism area extends north to Eel Garden (or Meleil as the Bedouin name it) and...

Prices in Dahab

MARKET / SUPERMARKETMilk1 liter$1.05Tomatoes1 kg$0.52Cheese0.5 kg$3.10Apples1 kg$1.95Oranges1 kg$0.80Beer (domestic)0.5 l$Bottle of Wine1 bottle$10.00Coca-Cola2 liters$0.90Bread1 piece$0.35Water1.5 l$RESTAURANTSDinner (Low-range)for 2$11.00Dinner (Mid-range)for 2$34.00Dinner (High-range)for 2$Mac Meal or similar1 meal$4.65Water0.33 l$0.60Cappuccino1 cup$1.70Beer (Imported)0.33 l$2.15Beer (domestic)0.5 l$2.30Coca-Cola0.33 l$0.80Coctail drink1 drink$ENTERTAINMENTCinema2 tickets$Gym1 month$33.00Men’s Haircut1 haircut$Theatar2 tickets$Mobile (prepaid)1 min.$0.04Pack of Marlboro1 pack$2.85PERSONAL CAREAntibiotics1 pack$Tampons32 pieces$Deodorant50 ml.$1.90Shampoo400 ml.$2.20Toilet paper4 rolls$0.55Toothpaste1 tube$0.65CLOTHES...

Beaches in Dahab

Lagoona BeachThis beach is within a 10-minute taxi ride from Dahab's downtown. This location is ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving, and it serves as a starting point for diving expeditions. Windsurfing is one of the most popular sports on this beach.Excursions are organized to adjacent coral reefs and...

Sights & Landmarks In Dahab

The blue hole, maybe Dahab's most renowned sight, is essentially a massive hole in the Red Sea. From the air, it appears like a dark blue circle in the water. This is a popular dive location, however it is also an extremely hazardous dive site. The risk arises from...

Things To Do In Dahab

In Dahab, the most "traditional" thing to do is nothing. It's one of the greatest spots in the world to indulge in this most exquisite desire, and it's a big part of Dahab's reputation among travelers. Anyway, if "doing" anything to you implies "action" or "sites," you have a...

Food & Restaurants In Dahab

The key to dining inexpensively in Dahab is to avoid beachside eateries and instead go inland, along and beyond the pedestrian zone, where comparable meals are often on sale for half the price of those on the seaside.Budget places. You may dine for extremely inexpensive costs (4-24LE) on the...

Coffee & Drinks in Dahab

On the beach, there are various pubs. Additionally, special stores called Drinkies sell beer, wine, and liquor. One is at Azzahla's market square, while the other is on Mashraba's little road beside the Sea Bride seafood restaurant.Certain Egyptian alcohol companies use the names and labeling of more well-known liquors...

Shopping In Dahab

The typical Egyptian suspects make excellent purchases: water pipes, carpets, oriental lamps, shirts of various lengths with embroidered, backgammon games, and silver jewelry, among others. Prices are set for visitors, therefore negotiating is necessary; pay no more than 50%-60% of the first amount quoted; anything more is a rip-off....

Nightlife In Dahab

Dahab Partys, various locations host different party nights every week. Wednesdays at the Sphinx Pool Bar feature House and Dance Music, while Fridays at RUSH Village Bar feature House and Dancey rhythms.(kind of) Discothèques – Rush and The Tree. However, as soon as more than 15-20 people enter, the doorman announces, "It's a...

Festivals & Events In Dahab

Dahab is one of Egypt's most multi-cultural towns, integrating different religious traditions in a peaceful way; as a consequence, the list of Dahab Holidays contains several prominent African festivals as well as some unique, indigenous festivals. Few people realize that, in addition to the original Bedouin culture, Dahab is...

Stay Safe & Healthy In Dahab

Women tourists are safe in Dahab, however please be cautious.As a deference to local traditions, even if you will notice a lot of females wearing short skirts and tight t-shirts, please remember that Egypt is a conservative nation and dress accordingly in the city. A bikini is quite acceptable...



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