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Not to be confused with Oued Ed-Dahab Province in Moroccan Western Sahara. Dahab
Dahab
(Egyptian Arabic: دهب‎, IPA: [ˈdæhæb], "gold") is a small town on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula
Sinai Peninsula
in Egypt, approximately 80 km (50 mi) northeast of Sharm el-Sheikh. Formerly a Bedouin
Bedouin
fishing village, Dahab
Dahab
is now considered to be one of Sinai's most treasured diving destinations. Following the Six Day War, Sinai was occupied by Israel
Israel
and Dahab
Dahab
became known as Di-Zahav (Hebrew: די זהב‎), after a place mentioned in the Bible
Bible
as one of the stations for the Israelites during the Exodus from Egypt. The Sinai Peninsula
Sinai Peninsula
was restored to Egyptian rule under the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty in 1982. The arrival of international hotel chains and the establishment of other ancillary facilities has since made the town a popular destination with tourists. Dahab
Dahab
is served by Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport. Masbat (within Dahab) is a popular diving destination, and there are many (50+) dive centers located within Dahab. Most of Dahab's diving spots are shore dives. Dahab
Dahab
can be divided into three major parts. Masbat, which includes the Bedouin
Bedouin
village Asalah, is in the north. South of Masbat is Mashraba, which is more touristic and has considerably more hotels. In the southwest is Medina which includes the Laguna area, famous for its excellent shallow-water windsurfing. The region of Asalah is quite developed and has many camps and hostels. Most people who have visited Dahab
Dahab
in the past were backpackers interested in diving and snorkeling in the Red Sea.

Contents

1 Tourism 2 Climate 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Tourism[edit]

Beach promenade on a winter day

Dahab
Dahab
attracts large numbers of tourists. 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 couple with strong winds to provide formidable conditions for keen windsurfers. However, in recent years, the lagoon inside the sand spit has been overtaken by kitesurfers, with two Russian-owned schools opening right on the beach. SCUBA diving, free-diving and snorkelling are also popular activities with many reefs immediately adjacent to waterfront hotels. The nearby Blue Hole (nicknamed "The World's Most Dangerous Diving Site") and Canyon are internationally famous dive spots. The increasing destruction of coral from reckless divers/dive centres diving is a pressing issue that is causing some worry, sparking the need to regulate dive centres more thoroughly. Land-based activities include camel riding, horse riding, cycling, mountain bikes trips, jeep and quad bike trips. Mount Sinai
Mount Sinai
is a two-hours drive, with Saint Catherine's Monastery
Saint Catherine's Monastery
being a popular tourist destination.

Windsurfing
Windsurfing
in lagoon

Historically, most visitors to Dahab
Dahab
have been backpackers travelling independently and staying in hostels, motels or guesthouses in the Masbat area. In recent years, development of hotels in the Medina area has facilitated the arrival of a wider range of tourists, many of whom visit Dahab
Dahab
specifically to partake in the surfing, windsurfing, diving, kite surfing, sailing, and other activities. The word Dahab
Dahab
is Egyptian Arabic for gold and is possibly a reference to the geographic locality; gold washed down from the desert mountains may have accumulated on the alluvial flood plain where the town was built. The name may also be a reference to the colour of the sands to the south of the town itself. Some locals attribute the name to the colour of the sky just after sunset. One local story concerning the town's name is that it stems from the floods that wash through the town every five or six years. Larger than average seasonal storms in the mountains cause a great rush of water to surge down to the sea, dragging with it great amounts of sand. During this time, the town is cut in two by the flood, and the bay is stirred up and the sands turn it a golden yellow. This typically lasts a few days, and has caused damage and loss of life in the past as people were unaware of the sudden onset and the force the water moves at. Today, locals are ready when they see the clouds over the mountains, and anyone lucky enough to witness it will remember it for a long time. According to the Bedouin
Bedouin
of the area, however the name "Dahab" has a different origin.[citation needed] When the Bedouin
Bedouin
people came there they called it "Waqaat Thahaab" (وقت ذهب) 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 begin to run together. The name was then shortened to "Thahaab" (ذهب), but was misunderstood by travelers who thought they were saying Dahab. Much of the coral in the reefs just offshore is slowly disappearing, due to inexperienced divers being taken out in big numbers. Another big problem is that in Masbat local restaurants are dumping sand and rock into the sea to extend the shoreline, again causing disruption to local coral reefs. Local Bedouin
Bedouin
children, sometimes encouraged by their families, come to beach cafes and restaurants to sell items such as woven bracelets to tourists.[1] The influx of female tourists on the beach, who typically dress in a more revealing fashion, introduces a culture unfamiliar to the region.[2] Climate[edit] Dahab
Dahab
has a hot desert climate (Köppen: BWh)[3] as the rest of Egypt. Weather on summer days is very hot and also quite hot at night. Winter days are warm and nights are mild. Dahab
Dahab
has a very dry climate and rain is rare, even during the winter months. The precipitation peaks in February.[3]

Climate data for Dahab

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Average high °C (°F) 21 (70) 22.4 (72.3) 25.3 (77.5) 28.7 (83.7) 32.2 (90) 34.7 (94.5) 35.5 (95.9) 35.8 (96.4) 33.5 (92.3) 30.5 (86.9) 26.5 (79.7) 22.2 (72) 29.03 (84.27)

Daily mean °C (°F) 15.6 (60.1) 16.7 (62.1) 19.6 (67.3) 22.9 (73.2) 26.1 (79) 29 (84) 30.2 (86.4) 30.4 (86.7) 28.4 (83.1) 25.1 (77.2) 21.1 (70) 16.8 (62.2) 23.49 (74.28)

Average low °C (°F) 10.2 (50.4) 11 (52) 14 (57) 17.1 (62.8) 20.1 (68.2) 23.4 (74.1) 24.9 (76.8) 25 (77) 23.4 (74.1) 19.8 (67.6) 15.7 (60.3) 11.5 (52.7) 18.01 (64.42)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 1 (0.04) 2 (0.08) 2 (0.08) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (0.04) 1 (0.04) 2 (0.08) 9 (0.36)

Average rainy days 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 8

Mean daily sunshine hours 8 9 9 10 11 13 13 12 11 10 9 8 10.3

Source #1: Climate-Data.org[3]

Source #2: Weather to Travel for rainy days and sunshine[4]

Dahab
Dahab
mean sea temperature[4]

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

22 °C (72 °F) 21 °C (70 °F) 21 °C (70 °F) 23 °C (73 °F) 25 °C (77 °F) 26 °C (79 °F) 28 °C (82 °F) 28 °C (82 °F) 28 °C (82 °F) 27 °C (81 °F) 25 °C (77 °F) 23 °C (73 °F)

See also[edit]

2006 Dahab
Dahab
bombings Red Sea
Red Sea
Riviera

References[edit]

^ Contested landscapes : movement, exile and place ; [World Archaeological Congress ... Cape Town, South Africa]. Oxford [u.a.]: Berg. 2001. p. 372. ISBN 1-85973-467-7.  first1= missing last1= in Authors list (help)CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) ^ Contested landscapes : movement, exile and place ; [World Archaeological Congress ... Cape Town, South Africa]. Oxford [u.a.]: Berg. 2001. ISBN 1-85973-467-7.  first1= missing last1= in Authors list (help)CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) ^ a b c "Climate: Dahab
Dahab
- Climate graph, Temperature graph, Climate table". climate-data.org. Retrieved 13 August 2013.  ^ a b " Dahab
Dahab
Climate and Weather Averages, Egypt". Weather to Travel. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dahab.

Dahab
Dahab
travel guide from Wikivoyage Dahab
Dahab
at the Open Directory Project

Coordinates: 28°29′35″N 34°30′17″E / 28.49306°N 34.50472°E / 28.49306; 34.50472

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