We love it in Dahab – and we want you to love it too. This page will give you an idea of what to expect and what you might, or might not need to bring.
Dahab is a vibrant community on the shores to the Red Sea. Originally a Bedouin fishing settlement, it has retained its local flavour.
Dahab offers lots of great restaurants (from Arabic to Chinese, Thai & Indian), shops, bars, music and other activities.
Dahab is exceptionally safe, with a very low crime rate, and the residents are very friendly.
GETTING TO DAHAB
Dahab is an hour drive away from Sharm El Sheikh International (SSH), our local airport, which has good connections to many European destinations. Please contact us to arrange airport transfers.
OUT & ABOUT IN DAHAB
You’ve probably read a bit about Dahab, so here are some extra tips, facts and opinions we’ve picked up along the way.
Dahab is a vibrant community on the shores on the Red Sea. Originally a Bedouin fishing settlement, it has retained its local flavour and staying here immerses you in a bustling Egyptian community. Now home to a population of local Bedouin, mainland Egyptians and many expats, you’ll definitely feel that you are in Egypt – unlike some of the larger Red Sea resorts, which were built solely for tourism.
Dahab offers a relaxed pace of life and lots of great restaurants (everything from Arabic to Chinese, Thai and Indian), shops, bars, music and other activities. You’ll be relieved to know that someone speaks English in most places.
SHOPS: WHAT YOU DO OR DON’T NEED TO BRING
The range of goods in our supermarkets, fresh fruit & veg shops, pharmacies and watersports shops may surprise you and we can help you get most of what you may be looking for, or might have forgotten. There’s no Marmite, brown sauce, pickle or pork products – but the Brazilian beef fillet won’t disappoint!
We even have a local bottle shop (and more in town) – the local beer is good and the wine and vodka aren’t bad. But pop into duty free for other spirits or a special bottle of champagne to celebrate your arrival. You can buy cigarettes here, though.
Pharmacies are well stocked and are generally fairly priced and helpful. Most medications do not need a prescription.
Many restaurants don’t take cards but there are plenty of ATMs and banks (remember that Friday and Saturday is the Egyptian weekend). Keep cash and payment cards in your safe.
There’s only three to five days of rain a year. You’ll need sun cream (available here but expensive) and a hat, as overcast days are rare, though there may be a few over winter and spring – mid-summer days can creep above 40°C.
At night, temperatures can drop below 10°C in the winter months, so it’s good to bring a couple of jumpers and trousers if you are visiting between late November and April. This average temperature guide will give you an idea of what to expect.
Visas are not needed unless you want to travel to Cairo or visit the wreck of the SS Thistlegorm. If you are, buy a visa when you arrive at the airport from the kiosk before immigration control. Contact us for full details.
Dahab is exceptionally safe, with a very low crime rate, and the overwhelming majority of residents are completely honest.
But, just as you would anywhere, be aware and keep your valuables locked in your apartment’s safe if you are going out. We recommend that you follow travel advice provided by your government.
There is an excellent dive doctor for any diving incidents and he runs a clinic in the evening for minor ailments. There is also a doctor who can come to the Red C. The numbers are in your apartment or villa’s mobile phone. Please inform us if you need a doctor.
Dahab has a good hospital and in Sharm there is the South Sinai Hospital. We can provide full contact details, if needed.
In touristic areas of Dahab (such as Lighthouse) you don’t need to be concerned about a code but relatively modest dress is recommended. Women should avoid very tight clothing and revealing necklines. Men should also avoid particularly revealing clothing as all Egyptians generally dress more modestly than in many parts of Europe. Dressing with modesty is a way of respecting the local culture.
You’ll definitely feel that you are in Egypt …
Dahab offers a relaxed pace of life …
We can help you get most of what you may be looking for …