Dahab

The word ‘Dahab’ means ‘gold’ in Arabic, and there are a few theories about the reasoning for the name. Due to its geographic location gold may have been washed down from the desert mountains and accumulated on the alluvial flood plain where the town was built. Other explanations include the color of the sandy beaches, the color of the sky just after sunset or the color of our rocky mountains.

According to local Bedouins, however, the name ‘Dahab’ has a different origin. When the Bedouin people came here they called it ‘Waqaat Thahaab’ which translates literally as ‘time goes’. This name derived from the fact that when you were there, you could easily lose track of time as the days would end up running together. The name was later shortened to ‘Thahaab’, but was misunderstood by travelers who thought they were saying Dahab.

Dahab Destinations

Dahab is a small town on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, approximately 80 km (50 mi) northeast of Sharm el-Sheikh. Formerly a Bedouin fishing village, Dahab is now considered to be one of Sinai's most treasured diving destinations.

Dahab attracts large numbers of tourists over the year. It is world-renowned for its windsurfing. Reliable winds provide superb flat-water conditions inside Dahab's sand spit. Further away from shore, wavy conditions coupled with strong winds provide formidable conditions for keen windsurfers. However, in recent years, the lagoon inside the sand spit has been overtaken by kite surfers, with two Russian-owned schools opening right on the beach. Scuba diving, free-diving and snorkeling are also popular activities with many reefs immediately adjacent to waterfront hotels. The nearby Blue Hole (nicknamed ‘The World's Most Dangerous Dive Site’) and Canyon are internationally famous dive spots.

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