Dahab has beautiful weather all year round. On average Dahab has sunshine 350 days of the year. Even during the Winter months (December, January and February) the average daytime temperature is between 17 - 21 Celsius.
Here is a table of average temperatures throughout the year :
Currently, there are no requirements for vaccinations when travelling to Egypt. However, it is advised that you are up to date with your vaccinations against polio, hepatitis A and tetanus.
It is extremely important to drink lots of water whilst you are here in Dahab. You can very quickly become dehydrated without knowing and feel quite unwell. Dahab has several Doctor’s clinics, together with excellent Dentists and Physiotherapists.
There is a Specialised Hospital in Dahab which is very modern, clean and professional, and a Decompression Chamber. Divers can get an insurance at the local Dive Centres for the Chamber DECO International Dahab.
It is very simple to obtain your visa at the airport on arrival.
Most airlines will advise you to do this during your flight, as obtaining a visa once you have left the airport, can be quite difficult and time consuming during your holiday.
You will be given a landing card on the aircraft, which you take with you to the counter in the Arrivals lounge. The visa costs 25 USD/20 Euros, which consists of a stamp to stick in your passport. This visa is “All Egypt” allowing you to travel out of Sinai, should you wish to i.e. Cairo, Alexandria.
If you are sure that you will not want to travel out of Sinai during your stay, then you have no need to buy a visa, but you must write on your landing card ‘Sinai Only’. This visa is only valid for up to a maximum of 14 days duration.
Please note that your passport should be valid for at least six months, preferably twelve months.
Getting around in Dahab :
Getting around Dahab itself on foot is quite simple, the promenade runs along the seafront where all the usual amenities are located.
Bicycles are an excellent way of getting around and a very popular means of transport. There are many bicycle rental places in Dahab.
The local currency is the Egyptian Pound (LE) : EGP
Changing Currency :
There are several banks in Dahab, all of which will change currency.
Again, there are several ATMs in Dahab where you can obtain currency using Visa, Mastercard, Maestro and Bank Notes.
Taxies Shared taxis, in essence mini-buses, are a cheap way to travel locally.
Minibus rental from Nuweiba or Sharm-el-Sheikh costs approx. 250 EGP.
Shared taxis tend to conform to a timetable, so they become useful if you have missed the day's bus to the nearby places like Sharm el-Sheikh, or if you need to get into Dahab when arriving from the Aqaba ferry.
To get to Dahab from Eilat, if you don't have a car, take a taxi to the border, walk across and take a shared taxi on the other side.
Bus schedule Sharm el Sheikh to Dahab: is 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 14:30, 17:00, 20:30, 22:00 and 00:30
Buses connect Dahab with Sharm el-Sheikh (15-20 EGP – 1h 20mins), Cairo (75-100 EGP – 9h) and Suez daily.
Alternatively, Eilat and the Israel border at Taba are only around 2 hours away by taxi (300 EGP) or 2.5 hours by bus (30 EGP). If you take the bus to Taba, the bus will take you to the bus station. It is approximately 600 m walk to the border.
Useful Telephone Numbers
Prefix Egypt: +20 Prefix Dahab: 069
EMERGENCY: Dial 123 for Ambulance
Police Station: 069-3640-215 Tourist Police: 069-3640-188
Hospital Dahab: 069-3640-208
Dr Ahmed Sadek : 0122-3486-209
Dr Heikel: 0100-1433-325
Dr Adel Ramadan : 0122 4515 998
There are several Internet Cafes in Dahab with high speed DSL connections.
Nearly all of the beach restaurants/cafes have free WLAN, as do all hotels, camps etc.,
Mobiles also have a good coverage working efficiently in most places.
Local Culture :
Please respect the local culture. Women should dress moderately when walking in the streets and men are asked not to walk without a shirt in the streets.