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 Nelson) and at the Ghazala supermarket.
At about 19:15 local time on 24 April 2006 — a public holiday in celebration of Sham Al-Nasseim (Spring festival) — a series of bombs exploded in tourist areas of Dahab, a resort located on the Gulf of Aqaba coast of the Sinai Peninsula. Three separate explosions took place: one in or near the Nelson restaurant, one near the Aladdin café (both being on both sides of the bridge), and one near the Ghazala market. Casualties are estimated at 23 dead, including a 10 year old boy from Germany, and 160 wounded.
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 in.
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 5-to-8-year-old children. I was sad to see children act as if they were 20 something. In my opinion, it's not correct to buy the strips from them at the moment, tourists should buy them in other situation, like when they sell quite and dignified in the street instead of wlaking around you and begging you to buy.
It's more respectful for them...
Taxi Drivers !
Be very careful when you take a taxi around Dahab ! They will try to get as much money from you as possible !
Make sure you ask a local how much to go to certain places around Dahab or even out from Dahab, at least you have a rough idea of how much you will have to pay to the taxi driver...
- Budget Travel
Long for Sweet Water
Not a danger at all, but just to let you know - all the water on tap in Dahab (even at the fancy hotels) is salt water. Each place appears to just tap a well down into the ocean, and run it through the pipes.
The result is, your soap won't lather, you need extra, extra amounts of conditioning shampoo (guys -a bar of soap won't work anymore, just ask my husband!), and bring or buy moisturizing creme to slather on after you shower.
As wonderful as Dahab is; the place is an El Dorado for dozens of CATS! They are all over the beach and since about all the restaurants have a big beach terrace they can be a nuisance.
Because as soon as your diner is served your table will be visited by one cat after another and if you are not carefull they steal the food from your plate.
The first thing to do is: DON'T FEED THEM!! Before you know it your table will be taken over by the not invited "diner guests".
The second think to do is: Ask the waiter for a special kind of "cat gun". That is a bottle of water with a hole in the cap. As soon as a cat comes nearby spray some water in his/hers direction and he/she will go away.
I am a cat lover and have two lovely cats myself, but to much is to much! Spraying some water towards them is a kind way to keep them on a distance.
- Diving and Snorkeling
No sweet water!
Dahab is a wonderful place. But there is one thing that troubled me a bit. A tiny little bit!
There is no sweet water. Only salt water. The taps and showers give salt water!
It seems they pump up their water from underground wells that consist of salt water. The only sweet water comes in bottles mineral water.
The salt water will make your skin feel sticky after showering and your hair will feel not as soft as you are used to after washing it.
Not to mention brushing your teeth with salt water...... Although it seems good for the gums.
A good body lotion after showering helps, as well as a non rinse hair conditioner.
- Diving and Snorkeling