Wide offer of day tours, very good prices.
It seems to be directed to the Russian tourists mainly.
What to buy: - Mt Moses & St Catherine Monastery - don't expect to be provided torches during a hike to Mt Moses, better bring your own. Also, make sure to read about St Catherine Monastery before you go there as there is no individual tour guide for the group. There is additional fee to see the icons, which is a really interesting part. The bus they have is new and comfortable so you have a chance to take a nap before the night hike. The groups are very international (Norwegian, Spanish, Japanese, Polish)
- Blue Hole - in our case a red Jeep for 4 people picked up the 2 of us plus 2 other girls and after ~30-40 minute ride dropped at the Al Capone restaurant right next to the Blue Hole entrance (as far as I remember the EASY! entrance is in front of the Camel restaurant). The staff of the bar was very friendly, gave us plenty of suggestions about snorkeling in the area and even escorted to the Bells entrance. The pizza was 30 egyptian pounds ;) No toilet, only changing room!
What to pay: 18-20$ Mt Moses & St Catherine Monastery
10$ Blue Hole
The shop's owner, Mahmoud, will make a good price for anything you choose.
If you are lucky, you might be offered to try cold hibiscus tea or sweet nubian tea while shopping.
What's more, the interior design is really nice.
What to buy: hibiscus tea called carcade and nubian tea
spicies such as saffron, vanilla and other
pumice - white and black!
There are various shops along the main street in Dabah. They mostly sell similar stuff such as local arts, antiques, clothes, etc... During my time at Dabah, the business and shopers flow were few as it was only few days after the explosion took place on 25 April 2006. One of the pics here show the bomb site and neighbouring shops.
There are plenty of souvenir shops in Mashraba and Masbat were you can buy T-shirt, papyrus (banana leaves), small stone sphinxes etc. There are also a few grocery stores and one bigger supermarket. At Ghazala Supermarket the water was 1,5 pounds when it was 2 pounds in other shops. At the supermarket you will find a lot of food, sweets, and sanitary products.