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 south via Mashraba. A corniche stretches the length of this beach. This is considered center Dahab, and it has everything you need.
- The Laguna is a short cab trip south (El Goze). The Corniche comes to an end here in the south. Dahab’s earliest resort hotels may be found here (Hilton etc.). All municipal services are also available, including a bus station, a hospital, and a city council.
- Assalah: the residential neighborhood, which is mostly Bedouin but also has some international expats and Egyptians living among the Bedouin.
Outlying hotels: There are around 15 outlying resort hotels stretching north towards the Blue Hole and south to Wadi Gnai, which are mostly booked as package vacations.
Plus, Dahab is surrounded by two protected areas: Nabq Protected Area in the south, which begins at Wadi Gnai, and Ras Abu Galoum Protected Area in the north, which begins at the Blue Hole. In all, 52 percent of the Gulf of Aqaba shoreline is designated as a protected area, which is critical for regulating expansion and protecting the reef and eco system. Except for traditional Bedouin dwellings, no construction is permitted in Protected Areas.
Shared taxis, which are essentially minibuses, are an inexpensive method to commute locally. Because shared taxis adhere to a schedule, they are handy if you have missed the day’s bus to neighboring destinations like as Sharm el-Sheikh, or if you need to get into Dahab upon coming from the Aqaba boat. If you don’t have a vehicle, take a cab to the border, walk over, then get a shared taxi on the other side to go to Dahab from Eilat.
Walking around Dahab is straightforward; the promenade runs directly down the coastline, and all of the normal facilities are situated along it. Bicycles would be a wonderful mode of transportation, however most rental bicycles are badly maintained and so in poor condition. Many firms are clearly uninterested in the bicycle-rental component of their company, claiming high costs and imaginative time definitions (“1 day” = 6 hours). Even huge and ostensibly respected companies are not immune to flaws in this area.