Dahab, the pearl of the gulf, is situated between Sinai’s mountainous landscape and the Red Sea’s prestigious shoreline. Dahab, which means “Gold”, is named for the town’s spectacular beaches, sandy coastline, and its peaceful atmosphere.
Dahab is globally recognized as a splendid setting for windsurfing, owing to its natural atmosphere of reliable winds and flat water conditions in its sand spit. With its magnificent dive sites , Dahab is the city which will bring you closer to the thrilling diving experience of your dreams.
Predominantly a Bedouin enclave at its heart, visiting Dahab will be taking you on a journey to discover the Bedouin’s fascinating traditions and lifestyle, in addition to a Bedouin dinner. This also makes it a preferred base for desert excursions into the interior deserts, as well as to the lofty heights of the nearby Mount Sinai. You can also discover the beauty of land and sea by visiting Abu Gallum National Park. Also on dry land, Wadi Gnai is a perfect spot for rock climbing enthusiasts, or simply a beautiful oasis in which to enjoy a pot of tea.
Dahab’s main city is Assala , the most developed conglomeration of campgrounds, hotels, shops, and bars that lie along the seashore. A few miles south of Dahab lies the beautiful adventurous spots of Qnai El Rayan and Qnai El Atshcan valleys.
With its charming combination of local Bedouin culture, magnificent landscape, gorgeous mountain and sea views, Dahab is considered an ocean-side refuge from the unrelenting heat of the desert.
Beaches in Dahab are pristine and plentiful. The reliable, strong and clean winds of Dahab also make it a very popular destination for windsurfers flocking to the sunshine in the winter months. On average, Dahab gets 300 days a year of wind above Force 4, so both Windsurfers and Dinghy sailors will appreciate the consistently breezy, yet sheltered bay.
The temperatures in the summer can reach as high as 40°C but the humidity is generally low. Most Dahab hotels usually have their own private beaches exclusively available to hotel guests. Hotels and resorts in Dahab also offer a large choice of relaxed watersports and sea related activities, from banana rides to snorkelling excursions, pedal boats, canoeing, catamarans, and glass-bottom boats. Some resorts offer also parasailing.
Abu Gallum National Park lies to the north of Dahab. It is a protected national park area, marking one of the areas of Sinai where visitors become awestruck by its unspoiled beauty. With no hotels, shops, loud music or big crowds, this 400 square kilometers protected area is a place where one can experience true rejuvenation and indulge in the charming blend of the sand and the sea. The park is home to a Bedouin settlement, and is a wonderful diving and snorkeling spot.
Mount Sinai consists of a group of peaks, often known as the Holy Mountains. However, it is also the biblical name of the peak on which Moses received the 10 Commandments. Mount Moses is considered to be where Prophet Mohammed's horse ascended to heaven, giving it religious significance to Islamic believers. The peak can be reached by climbing the steps leading up to the top, or by following a winding path that runs east from the monastery. The steps pass the Fountain of Moses.
St. Catherine Monastery situated approximately 1,570 feet above sea level at the foot of Mountain Moses, the center of a significantly valued pilgrimage, St. Catherine is considered one of the four most sacred monasteries in the Middle East. In 342 A.D., Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, formerly known as the Virgin, built a monastery at the site of the Burning Bush where it is believed that Moses received the 10 commandments. In the 6th century AD, Emperor Justinian I ordered the construction of the church of Transfiguration, in addition to a high enclosure wall with towers armed with Roman Soldiers to protect the monastery from Bedouins. Both the monastery and the church were later called St. Catherine. In the monastery lies a diversity of picturesque sights to visit; the enclosure wall surrounding the monastery was built from granite stones at an approximate height of 15 meters. On the northern side of the monastery rests the Great Church encompassing two aisles and a central nave. The nave ends with an altar near a reliquary of marble that contains the relics of St. Catherine. The monastery incorporates one of the most significant religious libraries in the world containing a massive number of rare historical manuscripts and decrees of various Caliphs and rulers. It also includes the Well of Moses north of the Great Church, in addition to the Burning Bush Well and St. Stephen’s Well to its south.
- As we visit some of the holiest places for the various religions, respectful, modest clothing, is required. This means you have to cover both your knees and shoulders, including men.
- Swiming gear is necessary, if you want to bath in the Death sea.
- During winter time ( November till April) warm clothing is necessary.
Trip includes: transfer from/to Taba meet and assist at south border, a licensed tour guide ( English speaking) , tourism bus or van according to no. of pax, dep taxes to Israel, Taxes border Taba, lunch.
Petra: Pick up from the hotel. Drive to Taba heights marina. Board our luxury Hydrofoil boat and sail to Aqaba. Meet and assist at Aqaba and drive to Petra. Panoramic view of Petra. A short visit to Moses spring enter Petra for about 4 hours followed by a buffet lunch at hotel. Drive back to Aquaba for a city tour. Board the ferry for the return to Taba hights Marina and back to Hotels. Including: Transportation in A/C Cars. Hydrofoil ferry boat - entrance fees to Petra - professional Licensed Guides throughout - horse ride in Petra - departure tax from Jordan and tips. Excluding drinks and reentry Visa to Egypt.