Dahab actually consists of two villages, the Bedouin village of Assalah is the southern
half and this is also where you will find Auski camp. In the north you can find the
business and administrative center of Dahab.
Historically, most visitors to Dahab have been backpackers traveling independently
and staying in the hostels in this area. There is an abundance of palm trees, shops,
campgrounds, hotels, bars and restaurants witch lie along the shore of Ghazala Bay.
Assalah has a distictly bohemian feel to it. It is very laid back and made for relaxing,
diving or snorkeling.
Dahab was so named after the beaches with golden sand witch is rare in the Sinaï.
It's people are sometimes called Dahabi witch means “Made of gold”. It is a little
piece of paradise with swaying palms, fine sand and wonderful snorkeling opportunities.
About 5 miles from town is the famous Blue Hole, for diving. Towards the Israeli
border is the Island of Coral, where the Crusaders built a fort. The remains can
still be seen.
Dahab was originally a Bedouin fishing village that today is world-renowned for its
windsurfing, because of the reliable winds that provide outstanding flat water conditions.
However, there are many reefs immediately adjacent to the waterfront hotels, so scuba
diving and snorkeling are also very popular sports.
One of the main attractions of Dahab are the unique on-the-ground restaurants, a
mixture of Hippie and Bedouin styles developed over several decades. Large cushions
and low tables are placed next to the sea, and decorated with colorful cloths. Most
of these restaurants have fish stalls in front, where one can pick the fish of one's
choice and have it prepared according to one's wishes. The menus are delicious, quite
affordable, but a bit above the price level of the average Egyptian restaurant. After
finishing one's food, one can lean back in the cushions and rest for as long as you