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10 Things you must see in Cairo

No trip to Cairo would be complete without a visit to the Giza Pyramids, eventually at dusk, when the Great Sphinx comes alive as a storyteller at the Cairo Pyramids Sound and Light Show. The City of the Dead is as mysterious and intriguing as its name, with people living amid their long departed ancestors. And don’t miss the wonders of the Coptic Cairo.

 

10- Fort of Babylon

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The fortress that protected the city

Some would say that Cairo owes its
existence to the Fort of Babylon. What remains of the fort today is truly the oldest structure in the oldest part of the city. Several of the ancient Christian churches in Cairo were built into or on top of the walls of the Fort of Babylon.

The famous hanging church sits atop two gate towers from the original protective wall and suspends over an open passageway. The foundation of the Fort of Babylon now holds some of Cairo’s most popular tourist sites.

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9- Birqash Camel Market (Souq al-Gamaal)

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The largest camel market in Egypt

Less than an hour drive from Cairo is the Birqash Camel Market (Souq al-Gamaal). A trip to the camel market offers sights, sounds, and smells far different from what is found at city attractions. Hundreds of camels are bought, sold or swapped here every day.

Camel owners bring animals to be examined by traders or buyers. They are assessed for strength, speed and meatiness. Their legs, chest, eyes and ears are checked before the bartering begins. Spectators are welcome. If you tire of looking at the humped beasts there are also goats and other animals. A compound nearby the Birqash Camel Market sells furniture, knick-knacks, and souvenirs.

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8- Al-Fayoum Oasis

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A peaceful refreshing oasis experience

Al-Fayoum Oasis is fed by the Nile River rather than the usual underground springs that keep oases wet. It is the largest oasis in Egypt. This peaceful area is less than a 2 hour drive from Cairo.

The climate is pleasantly warm all year around. Crops of cotton, clover, vegetables and fruits thrive in the lush oasis area.

There are Bedouin settlements and fishing villages nearby. Sights to see include water wheels, canals, wildlife, and native birds. At Al-Fayoum Oasis outdoor sports like windsurfing, boating, fishing and swimming offer relaxation and recreation.

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7- Cairo Tower

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A tower with a spectacular view

On the Island of Gezira, in the middle of the Nile River, soaring over 600 feet high is theCairo Tower. To romanticize it, this tower stands amid beautiful gardens with green parks nearby in the wealthy district of Zamalek.

Its lattice looking facing was designed to resemble the revered lotus flower.

Atop the tower is a revolving restaurant. The observation deck surrounding the restaurant offers an incredible view of Cairo. Less romantic, the Cairo Tower is a fee standing concrete television tower. It is the tallest all-concrete structure in the world.

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6- Museum of Islamic Art

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One of the greatest in the world

All too often overlooked on the Cairo destinations map, the Museum of Islamic Arts is considered to be one of the finest such venues in the Arab world.

The Museum of Islamic Art is home to a staggering collection of some 10,000 art exhibits, the majority of which are of Egyptian origin, although it’s possible to find works here from just about everywhere in the Islamic world.

The exhibits, which include stucco, woodwork, ceramics, textiles and glass, are organized according to art medium, and illustrate the various eras of Islamic development, including Ummayad, Abbaside, Ayyubid, Fatimid and Mamluk.

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5- Keops Pyramid

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Last remaining wonder of the ancient world

The Keops Pyramid is also known as the Great Pyramid of Khufu. Keops is the Greek form of the Egyptian name Khufu. This impressive piece of architecture was built with over two million blocks of limestone.

The blocks at the base of the pyramid are over 5 feet tall and weigh from two and a half to fifteen tons each.

This structure was taller than any other man-made building for over 3,800 years. Inside the Keops Pyramid are 3 known chambers, the unfinished lower chamber cut into the bedrock base, a queen’s chamber and the king’s chamber are higher up. Also inside the pyramid is a solar boat museum.

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4- Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary)

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Step up and look down

The most famous Coptic church in Old Cairo is the Hanging Church. It is also known as El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, or St. Mary. This church was built above the gatehouse tower of the ancient Babylon Fortress. The Nave of the church suspends over the passage between two gate towers.

The Hanging Church is an impressive site with twin bell towers and a high outer porch. At one time it was more dramatically impressive, before the towers became mostly buried. There are 29 steps leading to the entrance of the church earning it another name – the Staircase Church.

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3- City of the Dead

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Living and working among departed ancestors

The City of the Dead is a cemetery that stretches over four miles. The Egyptians refer to this area of Cairo as the cemetery. With the constant housing shortage in Cairo many people reside in this grid of tombs and mausoleums right amid their long departed ancestors.

Egyptian culture embraces cemeteries as a place where life begins, so this is naturally, an acceptable place to live.

The City of the Dead is a bustling place, nothing like the quiet, abandoned cemeteries of western culture. There are many monuments and burial places, notably the Mosque of Qaitbey and the Mausoleum of Ibn Barquq, to see when visiting the City of the Dead

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2- Cairo Pyramids Sound and Light Show

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Spotlighting the Great Sphinx

With lights, sound, and a little bit of action the history of ancient Egypt is told in several languages. The Great Sphinx comes alive as a storyteller at the Cairo Pyramids Sound and Light Show. Colored floodlights illuminate the awesome pyramids and the sphinx.

Recorded music, narrative and slide presentations comprise the show. Choose between theater-style seating and seats in a café where you can enjoy hot beverages. The nights are cold, dress appropriately.

You’ll want to check with the Cairo Pyramid Sound and Light Show before deciding on a performance. There are 3 shows per evening, each in a different language.

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1- Alabaster Mosque (Mohammad Ali Mosque)

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An alabaster fortress

The Alabaster Mosque, a massive structure built between 1830 and 1848, was the largest edifice built in the early 19th century. Its grand dome and towering minarets loom large in the skyline of the Citadel.

Named for the extravagant use of alabaster stone on both the inside and outside walls, this mosque can only be called magnificent.

The grandeur of the inside surpasses the outside with a large single chamber flooded by elaborate lighting. Mohammad Ali built this mosque as a monument to himself and it serves as his burial place. The Alabaster Mosque is an architectural break from tradition making this symbol of the city the least Egyptian looking monument in Cairo.

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Ramadan and the Three R’s – Restraint, Reflection and Renewal

Ramadan is the holy month for all Muslims and will be observed by millions of Muslims around the world. Starting at the observation of the 9th new moon in the Islamic Calender, the month is also called Ramadan.  This year Ramadan is expected to start on the 9th  or 10th of July and finish 29 or 30 days later, so around the 7th August 2013. Ramadan is one full lunar month from new moon to new moon, the cycles and the sighting of the new moon varies a little as it can be difficult to see as the moon is closer to the sun in the evening sky at this time of the lunar month.

Ramadan is a time for complete spiritual enlightenment and connection with God (Allah) and a time for restraint, reflection and renewal.

 Restraint

Fasting is one of the most important elements of the holy month. Most Muslims will not consume anything during the hours of daylight. That includes no food or drinks, water or cigarettes, also married persons should not have any physical intimacy during the daytime hours. It is also expected as part of fasting to observe the mind and not think bad thoughts and act graciously and kind to all people during this time, whilst continuing with normal life and work. This is very difficult to do at the best of times, but this year it will be especially hard for Muslims due to the summer timing.

Some Muslims are exempt from fasting, children and the sick and elderly, as well as pregnant women or those with young babies. The Koran (the Holy book of Islam) advises that these people should do the fasting when they are next able to do so at other times in the year, and make up the days they might miss.

Purity of thought is also an important part of the fasting process. Muslims are requested during Ramadan to practise listening to their inner self. To work hard to keep the mind free of negative thoughts, practising self control and restraint and to be good to people even through the difficult time of fasting.  Fasting in essence cleanses the inner soul and the body to free it from harm. Ramadan also encourages actions of generosity and charity (Zakat).

 Reflection

Most Muslims increase prayer during Ramadan and observe all 5 daily prayer times, reading of the Koran and reflecting on their lives and thoughts. Special evening prayers called Tarawih take place during the month of Ramadan reciting the entire Koran over the month. The power of fasting and practising restraint and to quiet the mind (this is similar to meditation) enables the participant to observe the mind more closely than during any other time of the year. This enables the individual to question previous actions in his or her life and seek guidance from God to find the higher purpose in current difficult situations.

This time of reflection on ones life and actions increases the connection of the person with Allah and enables the next step of renewal to occur.  It is also believed by Muslims that guidance from God is more likely to come during Ramadan and that revelations and miracles can also occur during this time.

 Renewal

Ramadan brings all Muslims closer together and it is an important time to forgive those who may have wronged you in the past and a time care for others. Meal times after sunset known as Iftar (the breaking the fast) is especially a social time during Ramadan.

Special foods for Ramadan and Iftar are prepared including Yameesh, which is a type of heavy drink with nuts, coconut, dried dates, apricots and maybe other dried fruits. These are specially prepared and soaked in milk and sugar and is eaten as the first thing to break the fast. It is said that the Prophet Mohamed (may peace be upon him) would break his fast by eating three dates. This remains symbolic to all Muslims and Yameesh signifies its importance.

Iftar brings big groups of friends and families together, sometimes very large groups to join in the breaking of the fast. It brings togetherness and sharing of their experiences, the night time brings everyone back to life in a sense of renewal and relief to the participants. There really is an increased sense of community during this time, as they share their stories of their fasting experiences and provide each other with moral support.

Most Muslims will eat again before the morning prayer time, this meal is called Sahor and will take place at around 2am in Egypt, this may also be fairly social with friends and families eating together before going to the morning prayers and starting again the fast for that day.

The process of restraint and reflection during the month of Ramadan will ultimately bring about a renewal process within the individual who has performed the month completely or as well as possible and dedicated him or herself fully to God, to the fasting and to the restraint process. Awareness of ones self and ones usual behaviour can enable the person to see his or her weaknesses and wrong doing. This then brings about a new perspective on themselves and a renewal of the relationship between the person and Allah.

The end of Ramadan is celebrated by the feast of Eid Al Fitr, a four day feast.  It starts at the first sighting of the new moon, this marks the end of the fasting period. This feast it is important for Muslims as it not only marks the end of the fasting and the Holy month but it is also a time for families, friends and charity. Good Muslims should remember the poor and they should distribute food to the poor people in their communities during this time. Families and friends also exchange gifts and will join in the festive atmosphere visiting each other homes for big social gatherings starting the first morning after the new moon.

The feast also celebrates on the new moon the renewal and strengthening of the participants connection with God. Its a fresh start for the body and mind of the people who endured the month of fasting.

 What visitors to Egypt can expect during Ramadan?

Life generally goes on as normal and it is business as usual. Most tourist resorts, cafes and bars will still be open as usual but here are the key things a visitor might notice.

Some small businesses including shops and cafes may close or open later than usual. Hours of opening may vary.

Expect services to be slower as businesses may not have as many staff as usual, at certain times  and especially around Iftar.

You may also find less taxi’s around than usual especially around Iftar.

People will generally be quieter and doing their best to observe the fast.

 

What visitors to Egypt can do to help support those fasting?

Muslims would never expect non-Muslims to fast during Ramadan. But there are a few things visitors to Egypt can do which is would be really appreciated during this time:

Be patient with people who may be fasting, they may be more tired than usual.

Don’t offer Muslims cigarettes, food or drinks during the hours of daytime.

ñ  Try to avoid striking up conversations with Muslims about  food, drink smoking etc (unless you are in a cafe/shop) and try not to speak about sexual relations or anything similar during the hours of daytime.

Try to avoid organising taxi’s or other business around the time of Iftar and early evening.

Say to the fasting Muslims that you meet ‘Ramadan Kareem’ as a sign of support. Ramadan Kareem means Ramadan is a gift.

If you can help and respect the people during the fasting times you might even be lucky enough to be invited to a join a delicious Iftar feast with your new friends.

Dahab Guide By Area

A guide to Dahab by area and information by each area of the town.  Dahab is a perfect place for a relaxing holiday and has some interesting places to explore and the good thing is Dahab is small enough that you can travel by foot, or by bicycle.

Assalah

Assalah is the area north of Eel Garden and runs along the beach almost up as far as the Canyon dive site and towards the back of Dahab up to the base of the mountains. All this area is known as Assalah, although some people call the apartment blocks at the back of Assalah. It is a fairly large area, some parts of it have been given other names to help people get around. Some people will say Assalah Big Mosque, or Assalah Beach, or Assalah Old Mubarak area…. It helps a bit. Many of the streets in Assalah still don’t have street names, although this is changing as the town is becoming more developed.

Asslah is the main residential area of Dahab and is home to a largely Egyptian and Bedouin population. However many expatriates from Europe and beyond also live in Dahab either permanently or for part of the year.

Assalah Square

This is a shopping area but also and area with a few restaurants and coffee shops. Although it is not really an area aimed at tourists many do visit Assalah square. It is the Egyptian quarter of Dahab, with that baladi  egyptian market feel about the area.

The shopping here is not touristic at all, it is mostly food shops, vegetables, home wares, mobile phone shops, DIY and electrical shops. The cafes here are also not tourist focused however tourists that decide to try some of these places to eat get a very pleasant surprise, the prices here are much cheaper than along the beach front. The area focuses on the locals living in Dahab, so good value food places and Dahab’s fast food equivalents.

It is interesting to sit and people watch here for a few hours, there is always something new and interesting to see in Assalah Square.

Eel Garden

The Eel Garden is just under 10 minutes walk north along the beach footpath from the Lighthouse. As well as being the place for the Dive and Snorkel site, the area around it is a mix of Residential and Hotels, it is also a very nice part of Dahab to enjoy. With a selection of some of Dahab’s best restaurants in this area it makes a quieter alternative to the main town centre of Dahab.

This area comes to life on a Friday afternoon when the Dahab Community Market (just at the end of the beach foot path, one minute walk north from the Eel Garden entry point) is held. It is a weekly market with local and tourist sellers with fresh cooked food, local art and crafts and new and second hand items.

Lighthouse

The lighthouse area of Dahab marks the start of the main town centre of Dahab and the Masbat area. The area between the Eel Garden and the Lighthouse also hosts some excellent places to stay and more great restaurants. The beach promenade makes it a great spot to stop by and enjoy before hitting the town centre.

The main lighthouse area is close to the dive and snorkel site entrance point. Which becomes a hub of activity in the day time. When experienced divers and beginners make use of this dive site it often becomes very busy so you need to keep your wits about you when you are in the water here.

This dive site always surprises divers and snorkelers. Considering how close it is to the town centre people often see here turtles, spotted rays and even dolphins. You never know what you will see diving or snorkeling here and sometimes it can be amazing. The reef here is also very popular for night dives.

There are several good restaurants fairly close to the dive site and some cafes have sun loungers next to the sea.

Masbat

Masbat officially starts at the Lighthouse and covered the area from there to the bridge. Masbat bay is the town centre of Dahab and its busiest commercial and touristic area. It is a fraction of the size of Naama Bay in Sharm El Sheikh and you can walk around the entire bay in about 10 minutes.

It is here you will find most of Dahab’s restaurants, several bars and cafes. There are also many tourist bazaars along this stretch of promande, many selling beautiful hand made Egyptian art and crafts, as well as the more cheesy items such as ‘Dive now work later’ t-shirts. This is the area of Dahab where you are most likely to be hassled by shop owners, safari companies and restaurants, all are fighting each other for business and some of them can be pushy. Just ignore them if you are not interested and carry on walking. Some of the locals refer to this area as ‘running the gauntlet’ or have other nicknames for this section of Dahab.

Hotels and camps are set back from the beach here and many do not have their own beach area’s.  Many of them are budget camps and popular with back packers.

The bridge is almost in the middle of the bay and was constructed to enable visitors to pass over any flood water from any rain storms. However when there is a major rain storm many areas of Dahab can become flooded, including the entire area before the bridge.

Many of the cafes and restaurants here offer high level of service but higher prices than usual. Many of them offer similar menu’s and it can be hard to differentiate one place from another. However some new places have opened in recent years offer some new flavours to this strip including Thai food and Chinese.

Mashraba

This is the area from the bridge south towards the Lagoona. The area continues along the beach promande but also behind the beach into the shopping area and onwards towards more residential areas of Dahab. There is a street mostly full of Bazaars, running from next to the police station and behind the beach. Some of these bazaar’s sell unusual things, although many of them have the same items at hugely different prices. So it is worth shopping around or haggling here.

There are some good restaurants in this area also, both on the beach and off the beach. There are many places to stay in this area, from Bedouin camps to three star hotels with swimming pools. All offering good value accommodation. Many are on the beach although some are also behind the road and slightly away from the beach.

Nabatean Port

One of the notable things to look out for in Mashraba is the ruins of the Nabatean port. This port dates back over 2000 years and was an important part of the trading route for the Nabateans who also built the wonderful Petra in Jordan. The port is not so impressive to look at  and at the moment little formal excavations have been made. But it proves the importance of Dahab as an historical area. No one knows what the Nabateans were transporting here. We hope archeologists will do further work here. The area is next to the beach and the beach foot path. It is a fairly sizable area and there are some signs explaining that it is a old port. It is not possible to entire the site at the moment.

Some hotels behind the port look at they they may also have been built on some of the archeological area, but at this current time no further work or research is being done here.

Walking further south along the beach foot path and passing more places to stay and places to eat you will eventually find yourself passing empty hotels, building sites and ghosts of former lovely hotels. After about 15  – 20 minutes walking you will finally reach the start of the lagoona area.

Lagoona

The lagoona is a naturally stunning sandy area. From above it looks like the boot shape of Italy in miniature. It is completely sandy and is one of the few areas of public beach in Dahab. Currently development here has been restricted but unfortunately things are starting to change.

The area stretches from the Islands, South towards the Napoleon Reef area. The sand then curves around creating a lovely bay, some of which is sandy and some is coral in shallow water on entry. The other side of the sandy spit is all sand and faces the hotels area of the Lagoona and Dahab Bay.

For the moment there are limited cafes on the sandy point although this is changing with one or two recently in development.

On the other side of the bay of the Lagoona is the hotels area, featuring several 3, 4 and 5 Star Hotel resorts and the majority of the wind surf centers in Dahab. It is possible to walk along the beach front although most hotels do not really like it, it is impossible for them to stop you. There are several beach front cafes and bars belonging to the hotels here.

The hotels area of the lagoona features really nice sandy beaches with easy access into the sea. This is why it is also a popular water sports area. You can also find banana boat, donuts and other water sport rides in this area of Dahab.

At the end of the hotels section is a public beach area called baby fish which is situated just before Dahab’s jetty/marina area. Which is not so impressive but does feature a few boats including the glass bottom boat which is popular with tourists.

Dahab City

This is a very unimpressive area for tourists. It is mainly just an area for administrative offices, such as the city council, head of the police office, the main Dahab post office and a few other government offices. There are a few shops but it is not impressive or worth visiting if you are a tourist.

The area is also partly residential, with several apartment blocks and small houses.

The bus station of Dahab is here, but other than that not so much of interest to the average visitor.

North Dahab  – The Canyon and Blue Hole

Dahab Guide By AreaA new area of Dahab has started to emerge here in recent years, several new hotels and resorts stretching along the coast from the North of the town of Dahab up to and past the Canyon dive site. There are also a few small scale residential projects along this stretch of road.

The road from the town to the Canyon is mostly tarmac but just after the canyon the road stops and the remainder of the way to the blue hole is driving on mostly sand.

Around the canyon and around the blue hole sites there are cafes. The blue hole itself has become very developed with a fair stretch of restaurants and even a few touristic shops. The Blue Hole becomes particularly busy between 11am – 2pm when it is often packed with tourists, many of them coming on day trips from Sharm El Sheikh.

For people staying in Dahab it is best to avoid the Blue Hole during this peak period in order to enjoy it the most and feel some peace and calm in the water.

Ras Abu Gallum

Ras Abu Gallum is a protected area, about 6 kilometers north of the Blue Hole. It is accessible by foot or by camel along a mostly coastal path that starts at the Blue Hole. It is a popular diving and snorkeling destination and is also a popular get away. It is one of the few places in South Sinai where you can stay without electric in a very basic hut on the beach and enjoy the simple but lovely Bedouin life style.

Ras Abu Gallum is mostly a Bedouin fishing village but also the region is host to some unique flora and fauna. North of the main village there is another beautiful area known as the Blue Lagoon which is very popular particularly in the summertime.

South of Dahab

South from the Lagoona a new tarmacked road heads towards the Three Pools area and Wadi Gnay Oasis. On the way there are a few more resort hotels and then the tarmac ends and it is back to sand for the last section towards either the three pools snorkeling and diving area or the Wadi Gnay oasis. Both areas are beautiful and well worth the visit whilst in Dahab.

South of the Three Pools is further sand trail to more southern dive sites including Golden Blocks and The Caves and then to Gab El Bint.

Dahab Activities

Dahab is packed with activities and things to do including a wide variety of water sports, treks, even yoga and dance. This is a guide to the main activities in Dahab.

Dahab has much more wind than other parts of Sinai, making it very popular for wind surfers and kite surfers. Free diving is also very popular in Dahab due to the reef drop offs which are close to the shoreline and easily accessible.

 

Dahab Activities:

Diving and Snorkeling

There are over 15 dive sites easily accessible in Dahab, all are close to the shore so boats are not required for diving in Dahab. The majority of the sites are also suitable for snorkelers.  Dahab is popular for people learning to dive as the shore entry makes it easy for beginners and for introduction dives.

 

The most beautiful and stunning of the Dahab dive sites are:

The Blue Hole and Eel Bells (North of Dahab centre 8 kilometers)

The Canyon (North of Dahab center 5 kilometers)

The Eel Garden (In the town of Dahab, North of Lighthouse 1 kilometer)

The Lighthouse (In the town centre)

The Islands (South of the town centre 1 kilometer)

Napoleon Reef (South of the Islands 9 Kilometer)

Moray Garden and The Three Pools (South of Dahab 8 Kilometers)

Golden Blocks (South of Dahab 9 kilometers)

The Caves (South of Dahab 15 kilometers)

Gab El Bint (South of Dahab about 15 kilometers), accessible by shore only at low tide,  otherwise accessible only by boat).

 

Currents and Wind

Whilst the dive sites are great for snorkeling and diving at most times of the year, care must be taken. The sites to be careful at and not to attempt to snorkel when there are strong winds and currents are The Canyon, The Eel Garden, The Islands and Napoleon Reef when there is strong winds or strong currents. Also less competent or experienced divers should also avoid these dive sites at these times. Some warning signs have been put up near the entrance points but they are often ignored and lives have been lost.  If  in doubt  you ask local hotel or restaurant owners who are well aware of the dangers and can advise if  they it is safe or not.

 

Wind Surfing

 

Wind Surfing is a popular as diving in Dahab. Almost all of the Wind Surf centres are based in the bay of the Lagoona, known as Dahab Bay. The area is suitable for beginners and experienced wind surfers. Dahab is becoming famous amongst wind surfers around the world due to the regular wind conditions particularly from Autumn to Spring. Dahab now hosts regular wind surf competitions attracting professional surfers from all over the world.

 

Kite Surfing

Kite surfing has started also to gain much popularity in Dahab in recent years. There are several kite surf schools and places to hire equipment. For beginners the options are restricted to the small bay at the lagoona, but it is enough of an area for beginners to practice. It has a soft sandy bottom so it is an ideal learning site.

The more experienced kite surfers basically have run of the coast line finding their favourite areas for kite surfing.

Note you must be very experienced at Kite Surfing to ensure you don’t fall on the coral reef. Some of the shallow reef areas can be very dangerous to beginners.

 

Free Diving

Dahab’s first Free Diving school opened in 2006 and this water sport has also become highly popular in Dahab. The depth of the reef drops and the easy access provide excellent conditions for experienced free divers.

Many competitions are held annually at the Blue Hole which drops to 112 meters. World records have been broken here and many professionals in the field live in Dahab, or are in Dahab for part of the year.

 

Yoga and Holistic Activities

Many people first visit Dahab to enjoy the quieter and more spiritual side of the area. Many people like to come and practice yoga here and there are many great locations on the beach or custom built yoga studio’s  with sea views around town. Classes are generally daily morning or evening and held at a variety of different hotels and venues.

If you are interested in a yoga holiday in Dahab you can contact us and we can provide more information.

Dance Classes

Dahab is rich in culture for its small size and there are several different types of Dance classes to be enjoyed. From ballet, to Oriental Dance to street dance, there are regular classes for anyone who loves to move to the  music.

 

Safari’s, Treks and Tours

Dahab ActivitiesDahab has long been one of the most popular places in South Sinai for organising desert trips, safaris, treks and tours. Due to the proximity of St Catherine and Mount Sinai, as well as the Coloured Canyon and some other amazing desert sites are less than one hours drive from Dahab.

It is possible to do some great mountain treks in Dahab, we recommend using an experienced local guide who knows the area well. From the higher mountains surrounding Dahab are some truly amazing views of the town. Well worth a couple of hours one afternoon or morning to admire the location and see the town from a birds eye view.

There are many trip and tour operators in Dahab, however many are not licensed or approved by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism. All visitors should request the license number from an operator before booking to ensure not only quality of service but also safety. Non licensed safari operators may not have insured vehicles for example.

Bedouina Tours and Travel has been operating in this region for many years and combining our Bedouin knowledge with our long running experience working with tourists in the region we can promise a desert experience or tour not to forget.

For more information about our safaris, treks and tours see our tours section of the website.

Dahab Bedouin Dinner

No trip to Dahab is complete without a delicious Bedouin dinner in the mountains. An evening to relax, admire the stars and enjoy the silence of the desert and the mountains.  Bedouina has its own desert camp which is a perfect place for a relaxing evening.

 

Horse Riding

Horse Riding into the valleys or along the beach to the Lagoona is possible. Their are well managed stables in Dahab that can organise horse riding by the hour. The price is 100le per hour with a reputable stable.

Camel Trek

A camel trek at Sunset to the Lagoona can be an unforgetable experience and a real feeling of being in the Middle East. Or we can organise for you the popular camel trek safari to Ras Abu Gallum. Check our day tours section for more information.

Learn Arabic

Anything is possible in Dahab, even Arabic language holidays next to the Red Sea. There are regular scheduled training courses throughout the year. Or it is possible to find a teacher when you arrive and start to learn.

It is a difficult language to grasp, so a few lessons and some good practice with the locals would help you a lot during your stay in South Sinai or Egypt.

 

Art and Crafts

There are several artists in Dahab, offering a variety of types of art work. There are regular art displays and exhibitions around the town at various times during the year. There are also several crafts people and artisans living in the town.

 

Childrens Activities

There are a number of day centres and activity centres for children. The 4 and 5 Star resort hotels all have childrens day centres.  Close to Assalah Square their is a childrens day center called Habiba and there are several more around the town. They all offer painting and play activities and are well managed and organised.

Close to the town centre of Dahab their is a new Childrens mini bungy jump called ‘Wild Thing’ which is open most days and provides a it of bounce and fun with amazing views for children 60 kilo’s and under.

Bus Station

Dahab bus station is located in the Dahab City area and it is also not so far from the Lagoona area. To get to most areas of Dahab a taxi is required from the bus station. Depending on your destination expect to pay around 5le for short journey and 10le to the town centre. Prices increase on passenger numbers. These prices are a guide for one person journeys only.

Taxi’s

Dahab has a large number of taxi’s thankfully (unlike in Nuweiba) however the majority of them are unmarked and unlicensed. The licensed taxi’s are white with orange edges but they are very few and far between. The next type of taxi is know as a double cabin, which are four door vehicles with a pick up style back section which is handy for luggage, these types of taxi’s  are OK also.

Finally you will also find jeep taxi’s and single cabin pick up taxi’s. Whilst these are mostly safe they are not recommended for tourists by the local authorities (only double cabins and licensed taxi’s are supposed to transport tourists in Dahab), however this is mostly ignored and the majority of the Dahab taxi’s are perfectly fine. They will usually beep when they are ready for customer or shout ‘taxi, taxi’ at you when they are passing. Sometimes they can be very annoying but you get used to them!

Taxi rates are not fixed in Dahab but generally for tourists for a short ride (5 minutes or less) 5le is appreciated. Then by average 1le per minute, so 10le for a 10 minute drive is usually fair and so on. However if you plan to make the driver stop and wait and other detours or shopping stops expect to pay more. If you are unsure of what a fair price should be or you don’t want an argument later agree a price before you step into the car.

The taxi’s also like extra money  if they have to drive on non tarmac roads (for example The Lagoona).