This pre-historic city was formerly a Bedouin fishing village. After the occurrence of the Six Day War, the Israelites took over the area, calling it by the Hebrew name of Di-Zahav. This is the name of a place mentioned in the Bible as one of the stations for their people at the time of the exodus from Egypt. In 1982, a peace treaty returned the territory to Egyptian rule. Soon, many international hotel chains and other such facilities led to its growth as a tourist destination. Its popular water activities draw in thousands of visitors a year seeking a thrill in a beautiful landscape that has been around for thousands of years.
Location: On the Southeast Coast of the Sinai Peninsula
This small town is located on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. It is currently divided into three large parts or districts with their own names. Masbat is in the north and houses the original Bedouin village of Asalah. The tourist part is called Mashraba, which holds most of the city's hotels. Medina is the famous beach district where many find the perfect conditions for sports such as wind surfing. The hot desert climate makes for pretty hot summers like in the rest of Egypt. Winter brings warm days with mild nights. Rain is rare with most of it falling in the month of March.
Culture: Yoga, Shopping, and Parties
Dahab is often known as a popular place to do "nothing". This is because the culture emphasizes relaxation and stress relief. Yoga is an increasingly popular way to do this. In fact, yoga on Mount Sinai draws in many as well as full moon retreats in the desert for the silence and space. Some of the hotels offer classes as well. While anywhere in Egypt, shopping is always a must-do since you can buy anything from rugs and lamps to jewelry and pipes. The Assalah shopping area offers cheap local fare, fruits, and vegetables. Locals here also know how to party. If you're looking for a place to dance the night away without it breaking the bank, try Dolphin Camp with a hip house club and inexpensive accommodations.
Activities: Activities on Land and Sea
Dahab is a hugely popular destination for diving and windsurfing due to its perfect conditions and reefs that are in good shape. There are 6 large windsurfing stations in the area and 270 of wind a year, and winter doesn't get cold enough to keep most from being able to enjoy it. If you're looking to dive, try the well preserved Ras Abu Galoum where reefs are in near perfect shape. When you get out of the water, the adventure doesn't have to stop. There is a ton of excursions in the desert to choose from. Safari tours offer sightseeing for all levels including deep desert trekking with experienced tour guides.