A small seaside town located on the Sinai Peninsula's south-eastern coast at approximately 80 km northeast of Sharm el-Sheikh, the "golden region" of Dahab once was a quaint Bedouin fishing village and has now become a popular tourist resort for holidaymakers interested in scuba diving and snorkelling in the Red Sea. More quaint and picturesque than Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada, Dahab is a fresh alternative to its counterparts, with a rugged mountain backdrop and an array of inexpensive hotels and campsites. This small beach resort has a sort of "hippie chic" that is hard to find anywhere else in Egypt.
Once quiet, remote and peaceful, the region has developed and transformed after attracting more and more travellers over the years. Today, large tourist crowds come to Dahab, especially holidaymakers looking for some watersports action. Dahab's sea conditions are idyllic for windsurfers, kite surfers and sailing enthusiasts, as reliable winds provide flat and calm waters while keen scuba divers, free-divers and snorkellers also find ideal conditions here to practice their favourite watersports. Land-based activities to enjoy here include camel and horseback riding as well as quad bike excursions. Another popular destination to visit from here is Mount Sinai, which can be reached after a two-hour ride from Dahab.
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