General Information

Visa

 



If you stay shorter than 15 days in Dahab, then you don't need a visa. A "small" visa is enough and for free. It's called a ‘Sinai-only’ permit and you can get it at arrival, at the customs. With this permit you can travel between Sharm el Sheikh and Taba and visit the St. Catherine Monastery. If you want to do boat dives at Ras Mohammed National park or at the Thistlegorm, a safari or a visit to Cairo, then you need a visa for the whole of Egypt. This visa you can buy at the airport on arrival in one of the offices before the customs. It costs 15 dollars, but you can pay as well in Euro.

 

Weather


Dahab has a desert climate, this means hot, dry summers and cool winters. The summer is still a nice period due to the low humidity and the wind, which is almost every day blowing in Dahab. The best periods for a trip to Dahab are form March till May and from September till November. Keep in mind that in winter (December till February) temperatures are dropping down at night. Bring some warm clothes during this period!

 

Dahab

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

July

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Max

22.8

24.6

23.9

28.1

31.8

36.2

37.4

37.1

33.2

30.0

26.7

21.9

Min

12.2

12.5

12.2

16.7

23.0

25.0

26.0

25.8

25.1

21.2

17.6

14.7

Water

21

20

21

22

24

25

26

28

29

27

25

23

 

 

Health


If you follow some general recommendations, you can reduce the risk of getting traveller’s diseases: don't drink water from the tab, avoid ice cubes in your drinks and eat vegetables and fruits only after good cleaning. Diving and the dry heat take away a lot of body fluid, so drink at least 3 litres (and in summer even 5 litres) of water per day to prevent dehydration. The sun is very strong in Egypt, so protect your head and use sun cream! Vaccinations are not mandatory for travelling to Egypt, but DTP and Hepatitis are recommended. Dahab has good medical facilities: a Clinic, two recompression chambers, dentists and many pharmacies. The closest international hospital is in Sharm el Sheikh.

 

Money

 

There are several ATM's, as well as some Money Exchange offices in Dahab. Credit cards are in some places accepted, but in most of the restaurants and shops you can only pay cash. 

In Souvenir shops it’s usual to bargain (hard) about the price, it's part of the Arabic culture. So don't agree on the first price and come with a reasonable offer!