Why Dahab is our Favourite Place in Egypt
The great pyramids of Giza, the maddening traffic, the koshary, and the streets buzzing with life- Just some of the reasons we love Egypt.
But Dahab is different.
It is free of the bustling polluted streets of Cairo, and free of stress.
You will find friendly bedouin children, the peaceful Sinai desert, the glowing moon reflecting off of the Red Sea, and a community including locals and expats working together to make Dahab a nicer place to live.
There are weekly garbage clean ups by the water, craft markets, yoga, and free meditation in the morning.
In Dahab you will experience incredible diving and snorkelling, wonderful fresh Egyptian food, and a plethora of bedouin style restaurants and cafes where you can lounge on blankets and pillows as the Egyptian world goes by.
Cody and I enjoy this place so much that we have even toyed with the idea of buying property here-but we’re not quite ready to commit to staying in one place just yet.
The one thing we want people to know about Dahab is that it’s safe.
Yes, and so is the rest of Egypt.
We feel for the people of Egypt as tourism there has withered, and the economy is crippled.
It’s true, there are many seaside towns that have the same kind of laid back vibe; but the community in Dahab really works together to make it a positive and happy place to live.
It is the one place where we see all of the people in the community working together and enjoying each others company.
It is a common sight to see bedouins and expats sitting and chatting over tea, Egyptian children playing with foreign children, and local women selling their Egyptian eggplant casseroles next to Russian women selling their homemade dishes.
It’s a lovely exchange that builds strength within the community.
When the sun goes down, we hear the haunting call to prayer beckoning from neighbourhood mosques, as we sit on a cafe floor with bedouin blankets and pillows sprawled out everywhere looking out into the darkness that is the Red Sea.
Being in the Sinai desert surrounded by mountains, a sea of stars, and the glowing moon is a kind of magic that we could never get sick of, and Dahab is a kind of magic we look forward to returning to.