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Dahab Egypt

Dahab Egypt South Sinai

Dahab, Egypt in the South Sinai Peninsula is a small holiday resort by the shores of the Red Sea with the mountains of the Sinai Desert standing majestically behind.

The remains of the original inhabitants of Dahab, Egypt can still be seen in Dahab today. Located very close to the shoreline of Dahab, lies an excavated Nabataean trading port, that was once inhabited by the Nabataeans of the Nabataean Kingdom, The Capitol of which was Petra in Jordan (168 BC–106 AD) who used Dahab as a fishing port and a place of trade along the trade routes of the Sinai Peninsula.

The demise of this Kingdom came about with the death of its last King Rabbel II Soter in 106AD when it then became an annexation of the Roman Empire, during the reign of Roman emperor Trajan.

Nabataean origins date from a time when they were nomadic pastoralists in the Negev and the Sinai Peninsula during Achaemenid Persian rule, around the 4th century BC.

Coordinates:   28°29’38″N   34°31’1″E

Dahab is now home to the Bedouins of the Muzeina tribe, whose descendants arrived here some 800 years ago from the Saudi Peninsula. The Bedouin of Dahab have a tradition of herding goats and fishing, with palm trees being their main form of agriculture.

With the influx of tourists to Dahab, the local Bedouins have been quick to adapt and now provide services to them, which include accommodation, taxi services, desert safaris and Bedouin dinners in the mountains amongst many other things.

The arts and crafts of Bedouin women are available for sale and offer great value for money, as many of these items are handmade and beautiful in there detail.

Bedouin children are to be seen amongst the tourists of Dahab selling bracelets, key chains and necklaces.

Egyptians from the Nile delta have arrived in large numbers and also cater to the tourists arriving in Dahab.

Dahab the holiday resort came in to being with the arrival of independent travellers from around the World during the early 1970’s. These early travellers being the so called hippie generation of that time and backpackers came to Dahab looking for a place that was not your traditional holiday resort location.

These early travellers to Dahab set the style and pace of Dahab that still remains the underlying feeling one gets when visiting Dahab today, that is one of a very peaceful and laid back attitude mixed with all the activities you can do in Dahab.

Dahab, Egypt has now expanded into a modern day holiday resort location, with many modern hotels, self-catering apartments, houses to rent and the original camp based accommodation.

Many sporting pursuits are available in Dahab such as scuba diving, wind surfing, kite surfing, free diving, horse riding and many more such like activities.

For those tourists that want a more leisurely holiday Dahab offers yoga classes, meditation, massage and beauty treatments and many other forms of alternative treatments.

Other pursuits that exist are language courses, art classes, photography courses, music lessons. Whatever you desire, you will usually find someone in Dahab who can cater to your particular needs.

Shopping in Dahab is something to experience, with every shop owner inviting you to enter their premises. In some shops the prices are fixed in others they are open to haggling over the final price.

The shops in Dahab range from large stores to small boutiques, offering an assortment of goods that include essential items such as sun cream and sunglasses to souvenirs, gold and silver jewellery, carpets, perfumes, artworks and items fabricated in glass.

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The nightlife in Dahab is overall quite, with the occasional evening of modern music being arranged in one of the many local bars.

Most visitors spend their evenings relaxing in one of the many local restaurants. The menus range from Egyptian, Italian, Chinese, Indian and Korean cuisines. Fast food outlets are also available.

Care should be taken particularly when ordering a fish meal as these can be quite expensive and the price of the fish meal should be agreed upon before any preparation of the meal takes place.

Dahab still retains the magic and charm of its former visitors, and many people who visit leave with fond memories and new friendships. Dahab is certainly a place that once discovered remains in the heart, with many people returning again and again, year after year.