Kawm ad Dahab Travel Guide

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Kawm ad Dahab Things to Do

  • Snorkelling, Scuba Diving Swimming

    being one of the maind destinations of the Egyptian Red Sea Riviera and having many good diving areas full of reefs and the infamous blue hole, Dahab is a swimmer's paradise and while hanging out at the Cornich of Masabat Bay, you would see lots of Tourists going on swimming and snorkelling and scuba diving along the bay and other areas of Dahab....

  • Dahab Beaches

    Dahab is well known as a backpacker paradise in the 1980's as it was once just a bedouin village but since the area has many wonderful dive sites and crystal clear waters and golden sand beaches, it became really popular that tourist sprouted in the 1990's and is one of the major resort towns in the Egyptian Red Sea Riviera and there are many dive...

  • Dahab Corniche

    the Dahab Corniche runs through the length of Masbat Bay, which is the main beach area of Dahab and the corniche stretches for about more than a kilometer in length from Eel Gerden to Mashraba and in between the corniche are tons of restaurants, bars, shisha bars, souvenir shops, convenience stores, hotels and inns. there are also stretches of...


Kawm ad Dahab Hotels

  • Dahab Paradise

    Blue Hole Road, Dahab, 01000, Egypt

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Iberotel Dahabeya

    We didn`t actually stay here but we here for lunch and had a good look around and people we spoke...

  • Tropitel Dahab Oasis

    Blue Hole Road, Dahab, Egypt

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Kawm ad Dahab Restaurants

  • Egyptian Cuisine and More

    The Ali Baba Restaurant, located at the middle of the budding Dahab Corniche facing Masabat Bay is one of the popular restaurats in Dahab and is #9 on Tripadvisor's list of Dahab Restaurant (Trip Advisor is a sister company of Virtual tourist). The Restaurant is part of the Ali Baba Hotel just across the street and this wonderful open air...

  • Hygienic but very boring pizza

    Not going to Egypt often and hearing about belly infections we wanted our first diner not spoiled by any disease so we went for a bite in the only restaurant that claims to furfill to the highest international hygiene standards HCCP at the boulevard of Dahab. Ali Baba : And it was very hygienic, they not only cleaned the table before we ate but...

  • Essentially Dahab

    Many of the restaurants in Dahab are quite similar: The food, decoration, atmosphere, seaside location etc. Ali Baba is not particularly different, just way better than the rest. The food taste better, the service is quicker, the cleanliness is impeccable, the extension over the sea make you feel you are dining on the Red Sea - plus you get all...


Kawm ad Dahab Nightlife

  • Pancakes at Midnight

    We found this fab little place, it was about 3 or 4 places towards Dahab from the Penguin. It had fairy lights and plenty of cats, most of the seating was arranged on cushions and rugs on the floor.They were open late, and never had a problem with us wandering in at midnight for choccie pancakes!

  • Restaurants and Bars

    There are lots of restaurants and bars along the waterfront here. Its just a case of choosing your favourites!I have a long list in my book back in the UK of good places we visited during our stay, until then this tip will be under construction!Do remember though that this is a predominantly Muslim Country and so not everywhere serves alcohol - if...

  • Strolling along the waterfront by night

    A walk along the waterfront once the sun had gone down was a nightly thing for us whilst we were here.Walking along, people watching and browsing the enormous range of menus on offer.Its well lit up all the way around the waterfront and there are plenty of people so it never felt scary.


Kawm ad Dahab Transportation

  • Tour Buses Stopover

    depending on the type of Tourists of which all use the big tour buses, if you are the secular tourists on a holiday to the Egyptian Riviera and came from eliat in Israel to the Taba Border Crossing or the Taba International Airport, then the drive to Dahab from taba is 2 1/2 hours and 140 kilometers south of Taba. If you are on a Christian...

  • Taxis

    Use the local taxis - mostly Chevvy pick ups or beat up jeeps but really really cheap. Haggle for a price before getting in - 5LE per person is a good rate for the drivers but very little regarding exchange rates

  • Bus from Nuwebia

    Buses leave from Nuwebia Bus Station (near the port entrance) to Dahab three times a day. They leave just after the following hours 8am, 10am and 4pm. The cost should be around 11LE. The camp I was staying at was about 10 miles north of Nuwebia, so I flagged the bus down from the side of the road.


Kawm ad Dahab Shopping

  • Shops in Dahab

    being a major tourist area in the Egyptian Red Sea Riviera, Dahab has lots of shops and souvenir stores lining the main boardwalk that sells everything that you need like snacks, first aid kits, cigarettes, liqour, beers, assorted souvenirs, bottled water and softdrinks and juices. most of the shops open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm eveyday. all the...

  • Corner store shopping

    At several points in Dahab, there are 'corner stores' that sell everything from soup to nuts. Most importantly, they sell WATER! Prices, however are usually the "How much do you want to pay??" game. I found that in general, the stores on the beach walk are much more expensive than those just off, on side roads. I found that the big 1.5L size...

  • Handicrafts

    You can find everything in Dahab and it is a lot cheaper than other places in Sinai.Check the jeweleryboxes, alabasterproducts, towels, t-shirts, waterpipes, etc......... Less than 1/2 the price asked


Kawm ad Dahab Local Customs

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    Cover up (at least a little!)

    by ct-bound Written Feb 24, 2005

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    Remember that Egypt is a very muslim country, and that 'modesty' is practiced by men and especially women. While I found 'dress codes' to be much more relaxed in beach towns like Dahab (compared to Cairo), if you are going to be walking along the boardwalk, into town, or to do some shopping, I recommend covering up. While some tourists do wander the streets in string bikinis, I don't recommend it.

    Personally, I felt fine in a bathing suit at the beach, but it was much more 'comfortable' to shop and walk the beach promenade in long sleeves and long pants or skirt. This doesn't mean you have to overheat - on the contrary, there are loads of lovely breezy Egyptian cotton shirts and beach pants for sale all over that are light and airy (and keep you from getting sunburned!).

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    • Backpacking
    • Budget Travel
    • Diving and Snorkeling

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Kawm ad Dahab Warnings and Dangers

  • Bomb Attacks

    On April 24, 2006 at about 19:15 local time, 3 bombs exploded in tourist areas in Dahab, killing 18 and wounding 60 people. These explosions follow other bombings elsewhere in the Sinai peninsula, in Sharm el-Sheikh and in Taba in the previous two years. According to the Reuters news agency the explosions took place at two restaurants (Aladdin and...

  • Mr.Spice

    During our shopping trip to Dahab we purchased some his and hers fragrence from a small shop called Mr.Spice when we got back home the fragrence in the bottles smelled nothing like the ones we wanted and had tried in the shop, so please do not go to this man he is a crook. His shop is located towards the entry to the town on the left as you come...

  • Dignity does matter?!

    It's not really a danger or warning. There are many sellers walking around when you are eating at lunch. They want to sell their hand-made strips to tourists. It's really okay to buy from them, I mean I will not cause any problem or danger. But the way they sell their things is just like begging in the street, and the one who sells it normally are...


Kawm ad Dahab Tourist Traps

  • St Catherine Monastary, enjoy it from...

    It takes a few hours by bus or car from Dahab (or even more from Sharm el Sheikh) to arrive to the monastary and it looks magificent on the outside. Big walled complex with an orthodox church, a mosk, library rebuild during Napoleon occupation, belltower (gift from Russian emperor). All situated at the foot of the the Mozes mountain. But only a...

  • My friend?! Do we know each other?!

    Well, when they call you my friend or say something like "Because you are my friend..." You should be aware. Because they have made things more expensive and then give you so-called discount!! If you think the price is not reasonable, you can try to LEAVE the shop and see how the owner reacts, or cut the price into half first. The price may be...

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Kawm ad Dahab What to Pack

  • It's a desert climate here

    Besides your shorts and tee shirts, you should also pack something warmer for the cooler nights as it does cool down, especially if you are planning a trip up to Mt Sinai.

  • Musts in Dahab.

    A good body lotion.Non rince hair conditioner.Loads of sun protection cream.The body lotion and hair conditioner to neutrilize the effects of the salt tap water and the sun protection cream speaks for itself. But Dahab is specially a place where you are at risk for sun burn because of the wind. The wind is very comfortable but it will make not...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Kawm ad Dahab Off The Beaten Path

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    Assalah, the local neighborhood

    by dancing_diva Written Jul 3, 2006

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    Staying in a hotel and near the beach doesn't allow you to see how the locals really live in town. If you get the chance- have someone that lives there take you around Assalah, or at least walk around there on your own. It was great seeing 2 camels parked outside of houses instead of cars, the goats scampering everywhere in the morning sunshine, and the Bedouins smoking sheesha in a strip mall parking lot and enjoying eachothers company. It is so far away from what most of us get to experience everyday.

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Kawm ad Dahab Sports & Outdoors

  • Dahab: First time Discover Red Sea Scuba...

    Photographs coming soon.Dahab's Penguin Hotel has a diving center associated with it. It has all types of diving but but the Discover Scuba Diving is a great deal for someone that never dived. It is only 35 Egyptians Pounds less 10% if you are staying at the Penguin Hotel. For 31 Egyptians Pounds (about $5.65 USD) you get an introductory dive.The...

  • Learning to Scuba Dive

    I completed my PADI Open water in Dahab. Arguably the best place in the world to learn to dive!I would recommend the dive centre where I trained - Sun Splash. And my instructor Hamada.

  • Emperor Divers to open up in Dahab !

    Egypt's number 1 dive centre operator, Emperor Divers, shall open from 1st April 2004 a brand new dive centre at the Swisscare La Reine Hotel Dahab !!! The centre has a full range of equipment that can be rented as well as guided dive tours and diving instruction.


Kawm ad Dahab Favorites

  • Best in Dahab

    * Dahab is world-renowned for its windsurfing. Reliable winds provide superb flat water conditions inside Dahab's sand spit. Beyond the sand spit, wavy conditions couple with strong winds to provide formidable conditions for keen windsurfers. * The SCUBA diving and snorkelling are very good, with many reefs immediately adjacent to waterfront...

  • How to barter in Dahab

    One of the great things- and (great annoyances) about Dahab is the numerous tourist shops and their owners vying for your attention to get you in their store. Shopping can be a lot of fun if you go in with the right attitude- and I'd like to offer some tips I've picked up...hopefully you will find these insights helpful.1. Have the right...

  • Cats and Dogs

    There are cats and dogs everywhere in Dahab!! Especially cats (must have something to do with that whole Cat-goddess thing from the old days)!They come out whenever you are at a restaurant and meow at you to feed them, hop up beside you, and will run away with your dinner if you're not careful ;)One nice thing is that these strays are all healthy...


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