Acacia Dahab Hotel
5 Mashraba St., Dahab, Egypt
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St. Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai
English Breakfast 15 EGP + Tea 5 EGP
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Travel Tips for Dhahab
Pengiun Dive club
I stayed in Penguin Camp which has a dive club attached. The operators and Dive masters are very friendly. All divers who did not dive for 6 months has to go through a check out dive to ensure the safety. They also care the well-being of divers and disallowed me to go diving on the day when I planned to hike Mt Sinai after that mid-night.
I had two dives in Hurghada and two dives in Dabah, namely The islands and the Rick's Reef. Due to my time constraint, I was unable to dive in the famous sites - The Blue Hole and The Canyon. You can see more pics for the price list of the dives from Penguin dive center. They actually charged me EUR 18 per dive inclusive of equipment. I think it is a very good value. Again, it is unfortunate that I didnt have more time in Dabah to do more dives.
Di Zahav, Dhahab or Dahab...
Dahab is a natural Delta, created by the floodsands from Wadi Dahab. Corals grew on the reefs, and by doing so reinforced the waterline and constructed a solid ground. Over the millenia Dahab has grown to a beautiful oasis with a large lagoon with sandy beaches.
Dahab is already mentioned in the Hebrew bible as Di Zahav. Excavations in "El Mashraba" in 1987 revealed an nabatean harbour from the first century BCE. Dahab was already populated in Moses' times and was an important crossroad and port for the transport of people and trade of goods across the Gulf of Aqaba.
Until 1982 Dahab was part of Israel and mostly catered to young adults looking for some relaxation after their mandatory army service. A small community with people from all over the world lived in the "Bedouin Village", today called Masbat. The local bedouins lived in "Assalah", at the time off limits for "strangers" to settle down.
After the return of the Sinai from Israel to Egypt in April 1982 according to the Camp David treaty, the daily life in Dahab changed dramatically. All supplies had to be organised now from the distant capital of Cairo, some 600 Km away. The local Israeli community vanished and the bedouin village became a ghost town, kept alive only by a few pioneers, who stayed on.
Since the Camp David treaty, Dahab has become a popular tourist destination thanks to Egypt's endless investing into tourist facilities in the Sinai.