which means “gold” in Arabic, was named after
its glimmering sandy beaches that resemble gold dust.
It lies 85 km north of Sharm El Sheikh and was originally
a Bedouin village called Assalah. However, in recent years
it has grown to become one of the main Red Sea Riviera
resorts. Visitors love to relax in its excellent restaurants
and hotels or among the palm trees that surround its turquoise
and jeep treks are favoured excursions and are normally
led by a Bedouin guide. Easily reachable from Dahab are
the breathtaking Colour Canyon, St Katherine’s Monastery
and Mount Sinai. Part of the pleasure of such a day out
is a genuine Bedouin meal at the Ein Umm Ahmed or Ein
like all other Red Sea Riviera resorts, has accommodation
to meet every budget, from five, four and three star hotels
to the very economical tourist camps located in the original
Bedouin city of Assalah.
wide range of restaurants, discos, bars and nightclubs
complete the picture in this small but lively resort,
which also has a marvellous range of intriguing shops.