On The Road to Dahab

No matter by what means you travel there, the road to Dahab, Egypt, deep in the country’s gorgeous south Sinai region, is memorable in its exotic desert beauty. Traveling overland to the Sinai from Israel, which I have done several times, is probably the most scenic way of arriving in the little Bedouin village that is Dahab.

On my journey here earlier this week, I traveled straight through without stopping, leaving northern Israel at 9:30 a.m. and arriving in Dahab approximately 12 hours later. When I walked across the border separating the two countries, although I had prearranged my two-hour journey from the Egyptian border town of Taba to Dahab with my favorite tour company in the world, King Safari Dahab, I still anticipated having to weed my way through a morass of eager taxi drivers to find my driver. I was happily shocked when a Bedouin man yelled my name before I ever reached the taxi area and held open the door of a minivan for me. Awesome job, King Safari Dahab!

The trip to Dahab was easy, but since darkness had fallen, I unfortunately couldn’t gaze at the unbelievable mountain scenery. Even more unfortunately, since I have taken this trip a few other times, I knew what I was missing.

Sinai Desert Mountain

The desert mountains of the south Sinai switch back and forth in appearance between soft curves and sharp jags, keeping you forever guessing as to what shape will greet your eye as you round the next curve in the road. Their unpredictable beauty is not the only appeal of the road to Dahab, though. I love Middle Eastern forts, many of them built by the Portuguese after they landed in the countries of the Persian Gulf centuries ago. I believe this structure in the Red Sea on the way to Dahab is a fort, although probably not Portuguese. Perhaps it is not only not Portuguese but also not a fort. It looks somewhat like a prison, doesn’t it?

Fort in the Red Sea in the South Sinai

Not far down the road south of this fort/prison lies this view, probably the most impressive, gorgeous sight I’ve seen in the Sinai. I could live right here.

A gorgeous little bay in the south Sinai

The shoreline of the Red Sea in the South Sinai is loaded with camps for travelers, places where you can stay in a straw hut for a while, free from the distractions of modern life, living simply and peacefully as people did hundreds of years ago. My minivan driver on one of my trips through the Sinai stopped at one of these camps, where I got to enjoy a simpler way of life for a while.

The Miami Beach camp in the south Sinai

At this little camp we had a drink very common in the Middle East but one that still is special to me – Arab coffee.

Three cups of Arab coffee with sugar

The road to Dahab, no matter how you slice it, is amazing, with the sights, the traditions and the personality of the southern Sinai making it one of my favorite journeys in the world.

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3 Comments Post a Comment
  1. This road is more beautiful than I expected it to be. I love the third photo especially, it looks like such a beautiful place.
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  2. Sabina says:

    Ayelet, I love that third photo too. It is an amazing trip!
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  3. Jodi says:

    I’d love to stay in a straw hut and disconnect for a while! Interesting post on the Middle Eastern coast!
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