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Things To know

Getting to Dahab

By plane: The main airport is Sharm El Sheikh (SSH), which is approx. 1-1.5 hours away from Dahab. We organise transfers from the airport to Dahab. The next airport is Taba (TCP), which is around 2 hours away.

By Bus: There are about 4-5 buses per day from Cairo to Dahab (there is also a night bus), the journey takes around 9 hours.

If you arrive from the Taba border: the easiest is to take a taxi from there, it will take you about 2 hours (for approx. 400 LE).

 

We can Provide : Car for hire and Rental Service to transport you to and from Sharm El Sheikh airport.

 

Currency in Egypt:

 

The Currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound ( referred by LE - Livre Egyptienne) and it is divided into 100 piaster. In Arabic it is called Genaeh. . At present $1 dollar is equivalent to 7 Egyptian pounds and about LE 11 to £1 and about LE 9,4 to 1 EUR. All banks and some shops will change currency for you. Banks are open normally from 9 am – 2 pm .

 

Note: Most of the major credit/debit cards, such as American Express, MasterCard, Visa, all Euro cards and JCB, are widely accepted in various hotels and shops. If you want to use an ATM machine, they mostly accept Visa, MasterCard and Cirrus cards. If you can't find an ATM machine in your vicinity, you can still obtain cash if you go to any of the Misr Bank branches. Banks are unwillingly to accept $100 notes issued before 1992. If you wish to convert your currency, you can use $US, £UK or Euros, as they are accepted in many banks and other places.

 

TIP: Don't change your $, £ or Euro until you arrive in Egypt – the conversion rate is much better here!

 

Luggage and dive gear

Divers or surfers may well want to bring their own equipment with them. Please bear in mind that there is normally a 20 kg per person limit on luggage. Most airlines will push that up to 30 kg if you let them know in advance you’ll be traveling with sports equipment. So make sure you give them a call and also pack sports gear in a separate bag. Dive torches must have their bulbs removed.

You can buy most of your holiday accessories in Dahab, but there are some vital items you should make sure you don’t forget: Sun glasses, sun hat, sun cream, mosquito spray or cream (Off or Autan), warm clothing for the evenings. Short-sighted divers might like to take disposable daily contact lenses with them.

 

Average Temperatures (Air / Water in Celsius)

With an average of 2 days rain per year, little clouds, Dahab is almost sunny all year around, making it a great holiday destination to escape from the cold and grey. Temperature air / underwater

 

January21/22March26/21February23/21September36/26August39/26July39/26June38/23May31/22April31/21October33/25December22/23November27/24

Visa and documentation

You can buy your visa at the Egyptian embassy in your country before you leave, however it’s far easier to buy it on arrival at the airport, for this, you’ll be given a landing card on the plane It costs about 15 USD / 15 Euros – you simply go to the bank counter in the arrivals hall where you’ll be given two stamps to stick in your passport. Make sure that your passport is valid for at least another six months. The visa you’ll receive is ‘All Egypt’, allowing you to travel beyond Sinai if you want to explore the rest of the country.

 

If you’re planning to stay only in Dahab, you can get a „SINAI ONLY“ visa, which is normally free and you won’t need stamps for your passport. If you want a „SINAY ONLY“ visa, remember to write this on your landing card. Remember: this visa is valid for stays of max. 14 days, and if you change your mind and want to explore further afield, such as diving in Ras Mohamed or going on safari in Sinai, getting an ‘All Egypt’ visa once you’ve left the airport is very complicated and difficult (you might need to go to Israel!! to reenter Egypt with new visa).

Please also check the website of your government to see the latest entrance visa rules.

 

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance before leaving home. Particularly if you’re planning on diving or riding horses or camels, make sure your policy covers these activities. You can buy special diving insurance www.daneurope.org.

 

Vaccinations

There are no requirements for vaccinations when traveling to Egypt at the moment. However, it is advised that you’re vaccinated against polio, hepatitis A and tetanus and Rabies.

 

Advice for divers

Make sure you’re fit and healthy before diving. If you want to do a PADI dive course then you’ll need to fill out a PADI health check form. If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions you are advised to get medical approval before you dive, and bring this with you. If you would like a copy of the PADI Medical Statement  please click the link

 

Telephone and internet

The mobile network in Egypt now has very good coverage. Mobile phones work in most places. You can also make calls with phone cards from public phones and phone shops for about 1 Euro per minute. If you plan on staying longer in Dahab, it is worth getting an Egyptian call-by-call SIM card (Mobinil or Vodafone), this will save you a lot of money.

There are plenty of internet cafes – most are high speed DSL connections and cost 8 LE (approx. 0.80 GBP) per hour.

Numerous Beach-Cafes now also offer free WLAN.

 

Holes in the wall / ATMs

There are several holes in the wall in Dahab. You can take out money using Visa, Mastercard, Maestro as well as EC and Cirrus Cards, using your PIN number. Beware: the ATMs do not always work (slight exception: CIB Bank in Mashraba), so do not wait till the last minute to retrieve cash! If you would like to retrieve cash upon arrival in Egypt, there is an ATM at the SSH airport before the passport control.

 

Prices:

Dahab ist quite inexpensive for Western standards. Here some guidelines:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local culture

Please respect the local culture. Women should dress moderately when walking in the streets and men should not walk without shirt in the streets  – despite the rise in skimpy outfits due to the increase in tourism, the local Egyptians and Bedouins do find this offensive and you should avoid it as much as possible.

 

Safety

Petty crime rates are low here compared to European countries and the tourism police have a high presence in the town. Most of them speak English and are very willing to help in case of difficulty.

 

Health

Dahab has plenty of doctors, excellent dentists and physiotherapists as well as a hospital. There are several pharmacies and most hotels will have a doctor on call if necessary.

Divers should make sure they have specific diving insurance in case of accidents, which may require them to use the decompression chamber in Dahab. Divers can get an insurance at the local dive centers for the chamber DECO International Dahab.

Remember to drink at least 2-3 litres of water each day to avoid dehydration, and in the summer or if you are a diver even much much more!

 

Transport

In Dahab you can use any of the jeeps and pickups that act as taxis, and should charge you between LE 5 for most local journeys. If you want to take a bus to Sharm, Cairo or Nuweiba, then you need to take an East Delta bus from the station – it’s best to reserve tickets at the office, open 8 am – 10 pm, before traveling.

 

A few arabic phrases…

Learn the phrase "La Shukran" (No thank you!) and don't be afraid to say it to anyone who tries to sell you anything, or asks for "baksheesh". Believe it or not, it does work. Please do not say "Emshi" (as many tour books advise), this can be taken as an insult.

 

Greeting: salam aleikum     Answer: aleikum salam

Please: min faddlak            Thank you: Shukran

You are welcome: Afuan

Bye bye: ma’salaama          Yes: aiwa        No: la

 

Important phone numbers

Prefix Egypt: +20  Prefix Dahab: 069

 

Emergency

Police station   069-3640 215

Tourist police  069-3640 188

Hospital Dahab  069-3640 208

Doctors

Dr Ahmed Sadek  0122-3486 209

Dr Heikal  0100-1433 325

 

Dentist

Dr Adel Ramadan  0122-4515 998

 

Sharm el Sheikh

Emergency  069-3661 744 / 745

International Hospital  069-3660 20

Supermarket:

Water 1,5 liter = 3-5 LE           Cola can: 3 LE

Crisps/small snacks: 4-6 LE

Cigarettes: 8-20 LE

Restaurant:

Nescafe/Tea: 10 LE                   Fruit juices: 15-20 LE

Vegetarian meal: 20-30 LE       Meat: 60 LE

Fish: 70 LE

Taxi within Dahab:

5-10 LE (per Taxi, not per person!! Please don’t pay more, a lot of taxi drivers are spoiling prices by asking outrageous amounts)