Dahab - the gold of Egypt
A detailed guide to the resort town of Dahab for tourists and wintering in Egypt
If you have never been to our Bedouin village, it is worth learning more about it before your trip. Dahab is not spoiled by mass tourism, therefore it is absolutely not like ordinary beach resorts, and that is why we love it.
Many people consider Dahab as a holiday option only for spring and autumn. Although the weather conditions allow you to rest here all year round. Before talking about the seasonal features of the weather in Dahab, let's try to understand what is the reason for this seasonality of the climate in Egypt, what affects the feeling of comfort on vacation and why many vacationers are afraid of the Egyptian winds?
Our village is small and the whole Dahab consists of 2 main streets:
pedestrian - along the sea along which you can walk from Laguna to the old town
There are still a bunch of ideal roads that divide the desert to the mountains into quarters ... But ... this, apparently, is the future of Dahab : ) . We also have districts and main destinations where you can be taken.
I tried to tell, not only about the features of the beaches of Dahab, but also, in general, about how things are with us here with the "rules" for using the coastline.
About the currency of Egypt, payments in stores and cunning Egyptians.
Where to go if something happens, do you need insurance and what to take with you to the first aid kit. Where to buy medicines, what you can and should take with you, and most importantly - why from Egypt?
I am a supporter of Digital Detox on vacation, otherwise you will not be able to be “Here and Now” and catch the mesage that Dahab carries. But, nevertheless, she told what can be expected from the Egyptian Internet, where and with what it is better to get in touch.
This section is mostly for women. Men may not ask security questions at all.
Dahab has a huge number of small picturesque hotels in the city. But! There are only a dozen options where you can settle with our usual level of comfort.
This section will be relevant to those who are going to Dahab for the winter or want to try living outside the hotel.
To begin with, I will say that the distance in Dahab is ridiculous - everything is within walking distance, and if the bike is so in general, all questions regarding the location of housing are removed.
And then, slightly different criteria come to the fore, which are worth paying attention to when choosing a place to stay. I tried to draw your attention to them.
A visit to a restaurant on the waterfront should be a must on your vacation. And this chapter is about everything you need to know for this.
The most voluminous section, where I talk about windsurfing and kiting in Dahab, diving and freediving. About water activities in Lagoon - on the only sandy beach in Dahab. About snorkeling and coral reefs Blue Hole, Ell Garden, Islands and Three Pools. Yoga, excursions, evening entertainment, shopping and Dahab activities.
My recommendations for collecting suitcases in Dahab, air flight. About the visa regime, fines for violation, the procedure for extending a visa. About tickets for regular and charter flights from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. Booking hotels and accommodation, ordering a transfer and excursions.
In general, all the information you need to organize a trip to Dahab or any other resort in Egypt.
The climate of Egypt is capable of curing various diseases. By its natural conditions, Egypt is a unique place.
Personally, I have a friend suffering from psoriasis who gets much better here. There are also a bunch of moms with allergy children who forget about their problems here.
Very low air humidity promotes intense sweating, which means - cleansing and detoxifying the body. Low humidity has a beneficial effect on the condition of the skin, reduces inflammation in the joints and has an excellent effect on the respiratory system.
A large amount of solar ultraviolet radiation - This is a wonderful remedy for diseases of the skin and joints.
The Red Sea is unique in its mineral composition. The air above the water surface is also saturated with mineral vapors. Desert sands and clays have healing properties. Clay therapy has become widely known from the culture of ancient Egypt.
But! Despite all these advantages, many deny themselves a vacation because of Egypt's reputation as a cheap resort with too "intrusive service". I want to tell you that not all resort cities are such as the popular Sharm and Hurghada.
Do you want to learn how to windsurf or kitesurf, get a diving certificate? Or maybe get rid of the fear of water and learn to freediving?
Of course, this can be done anywhere in the world, but it is in Dahab that you will get the most out of the process of learning and improving in any of these sports.
For windsurfing or kite surfing, there are wonderful wind conditions, warm sea, safe spot and incredible mountain landscape.
For divers with freedivers, it is also comfortable here to conquer the depths all year round, and the variety of flora and fauna makes this process especially exciting.
This is evidenced by the fact that Dahab is chosen as a home training spot by world-class athletes who train and instruct in local dive clubs and surf stations.
From the words of experienced Dahab tourists:
-In any unclear situation, you need to go to Dahab. One.
And here I agree that Dahab is a wonderful place for a Strategic stop. A place where you can turn off your mobile phone for the whole vacation and be alone with the mountains, stars, sea, sun and your thoughts ... Which after 5-6 days of Digital detox and continuous contemplation of the sea gain unprecedented clarity and understanding of what to do.
But, only after gaining this clarity, I recommend not to be undermined and to leave, but to linger and conduct the ancient Indian ritual "NAHUA".
Well, followed by the Japanese - "NISSES".
It is no secret that in the depths of the Sinai Peninsula there is the oldest active monastery of St. Catherine. The quiet prayer life of the monks continues there, and the Bedouins of the Jebeleia tribe help preserve the customs and atmosphere of the place.
The history of Moses is connected with the Sinai Desert; here are preserved evidence of the centuries-old development of not only human history, the formation of Christianity, but also the Earth itself.
The closest thing, yes, and a part of these sacred places, is Dahab, which has not yet been reached by "civilization" and where there is still a place for prayer and communication with God.
It is from here that you can go on an Orthodox tour or go on an excursion to the Monastery of St. Catherine and Mount Moses.
Dahab is like GOA or Bali - a “gathering” of practitioners of different kinds of ways of knowing Being and Oneself. There are enough people here who will undertake to lead you through the wilds of their own soul. I would not trust everyone, but nevertheless ...
Dahab is a great place for self-improvement, studying smart books, exercising the body, for "cleansing", healing, asceticism, etc.
Budgetary enough to stay here long enough and stuff yourself with all of this until it starts to "feel sick" and you just want to LIVE.
Better than Anna-Teya Altiera (FB) I cannot express the very experience of reality that I wish you to know:
“When you are so tired of philosophies, concepts, efforts, goals, limitations, insoluble conflicts ... When you are so tired that you are ready to let go of everything, even St.my dream .. even something that I used to see the meaning of life and support .. Let go of absolutely everything ..
And you let go .. Honestly .. Quite .. Without looking back ..
At that moment, it suddenly becomes so quiet, so calm and easy ... Total Liberation ...
And suddenly a feeling-realization comes that right now ... right now this is Life, this is God .. right now it is I.
No fear, no concepts, no expectations ..
Divine silence sets in .. It contains all sounds. How white contains all colors.
So pure and clear ... So deep and majestic An instant.
Free from fears, free for love ...
More than enough.
Don't look for words, names, definitions ...
You are you.
Do not be small) "
Dahab in Arabic means gold. Dahab appeared on the map in 1851. But judging by the Biblical history, where the settlement of Dizahab was mentioned and the results of archaeological excavations in 1987, when the remains of the Nabatean port were found, which date back to the II century BC, Dahab had a very long and interesting history.
BC, it was a center of commerce connecting east and west. Important caravan routes passed in its vicinity, and the settlements that fell into this trade chain flourished.
Dahab was a convenient port for merchants who brought their goods through Aqaba. The market flourished here, selling gold jewelry, precious stones and other popular goods. And evidence of this to this day has been preserved in the form of archaeological sites on the embankment in Mashrab.
Undoubtedly, the very proximity to the places where the events mentioned in the Bible gave a special atmosphere to this place. The historical monument of Sinai, known throughout the world, is the Monastery of St. Catherine, built in the VI century and is still operating today. You can visit it during one of your visits to Dahab.
About 800 years ago, several families of Bedouin nomads settled on the territory of modern Dahab. And until the end of the 1960s, Dahab remained just a small fishing village on the shores of the Red Sea.
Sinai has been considered a remote periphery for centuries and none of its owners could find application for thousands of hectares of sand and stone.
The start of tourism in the coastal cities of Sinai was laid by the Israelis. When they occupied the territory in 1967 after the Six Day War. They praised the tourism potential of southern Sinai and began to create tourist infrastructure. They built the first airports, hotels and paved roads to resorts among the mountains.
After the Israelites left Sinai in 82. Dahab began to develop actively by the Egyptians. The tourist flow increased until 2011, and at 11, "thanks" to the revolution, came to naught. Tourists stopped going to Dahab, and Russian and European emigrants began to leave here.
No sooner had the tourist flow regained its former power, another misfortune struck the Sinai - a plane with Russian tourists and the closure of the country's main tourist flow.
But despite this, Dahab continued to develop actively.
Between the end of 2015 and spring 2020:
Judging by the dynamics, the resort will only become more comfortable ... And we hope that this will not prevent it from retaining its charm.
Windsurfing - it is on this sporting holiday that I want to draw your attention today. In the article you will find the maximum information. It will be useful not only to the person who first heard this word, but also to an experienced rider.
I ask men not to belittle the value of this publication, just because it was written by a girl 🙂.
My name is Christina, at the age of 14 I discovered this sport and since then I live in Dahab, I ride, worked at the rental station for almost 5 years and believe me, I have something to tell you.
Hello! Christina is in touch, and this time I have to answer a very difficult question. Today I will try to present an objective comparison between windsurfing and kitesurfing.
Speaking about which is better - windsurf or kite, it is difficult not to fall into philosophy, because there are simply no definite answers. There are two sports that achieve a common goal in slightly different ways, and that have their own features, advantages, and difficulties.
Therefore, the question "what is better" is immediately swept away, because of taste and color ... Well, you know. Cool both that, and another, and here how to choose for ourselves - we will try to understand.
Inspired by windsurfing, in addition to finding a spot, the question arises of how to learn windsurfing and with whom.
Particularly smart, having seen enough videos on windsurfing, they begin to try on their own ...
Not as a reproach, but more often than not we overestimate ourselves 🙂, and after two, three days, having drunk half the sea, apparently well brainwashed, still comes genious idea: “Why not take windsurfing lessons!” ...
So let's talk about how to choose a windsurfing instructor, so that progress will not be long in coming and learning will not be a torment.
Hi Hi! In touch Christine. I am writing this article to continue the topic of how to travel to the Red Sea on your own. I have already talked about possible flight options, and today we’ll talk about how much a ticket to Egypt costs on different routes.
I note right away that airfare prices are a very volatile amount. They depend on travel time, reservations and many other factors. It is logical that on New Year and May holidays the cost is the highest, but even on the most popular dates you can find a cheap flight if you book in advance.
Hello! Christine is with you again. Today we will touch upon a very exciting topic for those who have gathered for a long time in Egypt - the visa regime for Russians. I will try to answer all questions regarding cost, length of stay and possible clearance procedures, and I hope I will help you plan how you can live on the Red Sea.
Hello! Kristina is with you, and this time more than one 😉 In this article we will talk about kiting - what it is and what it is eaten with. So far, I am a complete layman in this matter, but I really want to get on the board and have already found a teacher. So she will help to keep a heading about kite on my blog. From her mouth you will receive a maximum of information that will allow get a comprehensive idea of what it is all the same - kiting, where to learn and skate.
Greetings, dear readers!
I have been living in Dahab for more than 6 years and often ask me if I know Arabic 🙂.
“Ay Lessa mish bedkal arabbi” - I don't speak Arabic yet.
And the key word here is "Bye". At the moment I am in the process, but I have a small part of regret that there is no system for learning Arabic that I used in the process of learning English.
Wow! Hello my friend! I don't even know where to start, because I am enlightening my beloved with this "article".
I will begin, perhaps, with the fact that I can’t see the midlife crisis in the raging 30 years as my own ears. After all, these “transitional" periods, accompanied by reevaluations, insights, an endless stream of questions for myself, I live on average a couple of times a year for the past 7 years.
Hello my reader! In this first small gratitude article to the heading "Our Dahab", which is enlightened, first of all, to the people living here, I want to thank Natasha Kukharenko, a professional psychotherapist of our village of "mentally ill" 😉 🙂.
I can't say that in my life I had a tough troubles that required the intervention of a specialist in this field. But, as the saying goes, "the beast runs to the catcher."
“- What is worth taking from childhood?
- Dreams ... "
In adulthood, we try to be rational and effective. Each, with a different degree of participation, spends most of his life working on the dream of another person. And their ... first go to the background, and then completely lost in the bustle of everyday life.
Occasionally, the remnants of past dreams, as if faintly glowing coals, flare up under a gust of wind of the motivational speeches of great people, imbued with which, only a few decide to encroach on their happiness.
Good day, friends! In touch Chris 🙂. From the pages of my blog I want to share with you my work experience and conclusions that I came to without psychologists and other experts.
I am sure that you too can decide for yourself how often you need to change jobs and why. And in this article I will try not to give answers, but to direct the course of your thoughts so that you find your own arguments: to leave or stay and how often you should do it.
To begin with, no matter what area of life you want to change, most often this need is based on two passionate desires.
One dream comes, followed by the second, after the second - the third. The wanderer comes out of one moment and enters the next. Moments disappear one by one, but the wanderer continues to walk.
“The game of life. Zen Tarot »OSHO
I promised myself to publish this post when I can read it to the end without a salty veil in front of my eyes.
Hello my friend! I greet you on my blog. Today I want to talk about what kind of “cruel joke” travels with meaning played with me. In search of what is worth going to Dahab. Why, in my opinion, copyright tours are the best choice for a traveler. And how their organization brings me closer to the realization of their dreams.
In general, sit back 🙂.
Thoughts swarming in my head about this portend a lengthy article. I will try not to bore her.
Good day, my reader! I am writing this post with the broadest smile after, out of nowhere, I remembered Joe Carlin's motivational video. The text of his speech in my head was very clearly paraphrased on the topic "how to decide in life and find yourself" ... I present it to your attention.
Good day, my reader ... Chris is in touch. This article I am writing is the first of a series of articles on freedom ... First of all, I want to note the fact that I’ve lived on my own skin in everything that I am talking about and what I will talk about in subsequent publications. All my experience and conclusions set forth here, without claiming to be true ... This is the philosophy of my life ... and, possibly, the largest file in it ...
So, read with pleasure, connect your common sense, listen to your heart ... Always be critical of what you read ... but never give up what touches you to the core ... by the fact that moving in that direction you will gain YOURSELF freedom ...
Hello! Chris is in touch. Today I will do without beautiful words about our wonderful Dahab. A lot has already been written about the magic that is happening here, the people ... but, for me, more than any words there will be such sketches from our life ... by means of which, the uninitiated may have a picture of understanding the world in which we live in their head ...
Hello my friend! Today there is a reason to share one of the many understandings of the word "freedom." For me, this is when you can pray without fanaticism and “sin” without fear of punishment.
Dahab perfectly combines both extremes. What to choose for himself - everyone decides for himself.
Initially, in the idea for my video about Dahab, which I did for myself on denyuhu, I really wanted to show the whole palette of emotions and experiences that can be imbued with being here. But, as they say, hands, and the mood did not reach this point. The result was a video of a meditative - philosophical content, which completely missed the reality that is hidden under the cover of night.
The new clip by Yulka “Inshalla” completes the image of Dahab that I really wanted to reflect.
Ah, home, sweet home ... Raking up the deposits of old notebooks ... I found my first one - already 7 years ago ... the first in the sense that ... oh, come on ... not to waste the "good", and I don't want to take extra pounds to Dahab with me 🙂 It's a pity that the authors are not signed, I only know that these are favorite quotes from "smart" books ... Maybe someone else will serve good service ...
Before going directly to the quotes, I repeat:
“Do not you take from the book that enriches you - this book extracts from you what ultimately changes your life. They help you see what is already inside you. "
Good day my reader! Chris is in touch, only yesterday returned from the aqua park from Sharm. I decided to share my impressions and emotions both positive and negative, an avalanche that covered me for the whole 1,5 days ... well, and, in fact, still catching up ...
And so ... We were at the all-inclusive water park Albatros ...
I regret to realize that my spirit is still not so strong as to withstand the temptations of a buffet and an immense amount of alcohol (because in Dahab I don’t drink at all!) ... Although ... in all the "troubles" and consequences, I am more likely to suspect villains -surfers who persuaded me to "debauchery", with whom, in fact, this journey took place ...
But first things first…
Almost any sport based on exposure to the elements involves a combination of a number of circumstances favoring them. In the case of windsurfing, in addition to your desire, good winds are necessary, which, as you know, will not fit your vacation schedule.
Of the many spots around the world, Dahab differs by the number of wind days per year ~ 95%, which is why it is the best suited for people who are not used to “relaxing” with their pleasure: if you plan to learn, or go for a drive, it must be done.
But it's not just the wind conditions of this small town that make learning and windsurfing for beginners the most comfortable. What else?
My dear friend! Here I wrote why I can, without justifying my decision, refuse to help organize your vacation in Dahab.
Dahab is a small, picturesque resort north of Sharm el-Sheikh on the Sinai Peninsula. There is no airport in Dahab. You can get here by private transfer in 50 minutes or by the bus of a travel company in 2-4 hours.
While evolving from a Bedouin village to one of the world's most popular diving, freediving, windsurfing, kitesurfing and quiet secluded beach destinations over the past 30 years, Dahab has retained the charm of a small Bedouin town. Perhaps we can safely say that of all the resorts of Egypt, Dahab is the only place not spoiled by mass tourism.
With love from sunny Dahab, Egypt,