Meaning ‘gold’ in Arabic – a reference to the area’s sandy coastline (despite the main tourist area having no golden sands to speak of) – Dahab is a great base from which to explore some of Egypt’s most spectacular diving and snorkelling. Predominantly a Bedouin enclave at its heart, Dahab is also the preferred base for organising guided trekking and camel excursions into the interior deserts, as well as to the lofty heights of Mt Sinai.
This is the one town in South Sinai where independent travelers are the rule rather than the exception and Dahab’s growth has not destroyed its budget-traveler roots. Reeled in by a fusion of hippy mellowness and resort chic (where cappuccino and sushi are as much a part of the action as cheap rooms and herds of goats fossicking in the back alleys), many travellers plan a few nights here and instead stay for weeks.
The currency here in Egypt is Egyptian pounds. All major currencies can be exchanged easily in banks and exchange offices, and travelers cheques are also widely accepted. You can also find numerous ATM machines to withdraw cash on all major credit cards. Money can be exchanged on arrival at the airport.
Please remember, It is much easier on arrival at Sharm el Sheikh to pay for the Visa with cash, so please remember to keep some with you on the flight. You can pay with any main currency.
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