Dahab (دهب) is a town in Egypt, located some 85 km (53 miles) north of Sharm el-Sheikh on the Gulf of Aqaba and 175 km south from Taba, near the southern tip of Sinai. It is a place that many have fallen in love with over the years, and return to time & time again.
Dahab was once an isolated coastal village inhabited only by the local Bedouin. As little as 30 years ago, there were fewer than 30 Bedouin families in Dahab. Like the Bedouin inland, they had a self-sustaining lifestyle but in Dahab this was based on fishing as well as traditional goat herds. During the summer, many inland Bedouin came to Dahab for fishing and to collect dates, and to enjoy life by the sea. To this day, favourite presents from Dahab (for the inland Bedouin) are dried fish & dates. Today's Dahab has evolved into an "alternative resort" - the home of independent & adventurous travellers, but also with some more upmarket resorts & hotels. Most of the latter are in the Laguna area or outlying. For some people, this mix is part of Dahab's charm ("everyone welcome"), others regard the mix up as a problem: Prices in Assalah are artificially increased which makes it less and less interesting for backpackers, though some locally-run camps still keep affordable. In contrast to that, many package tourists and families won't feel comfortable with the lacking conveniences and the all-handmade-look among the hippies. Note the grotesque, forever unfinished concrete structures as a sign of this mismanagment. Likewise for travellers who wish to stay long term, Caireens have discovered this as a moneymaking scheme and have the tendency to collect properties and rent them out on short term basis only for incredibly increased prices (think 5-700le per night). This has essentially destroyed the rental market in Dahab for both locals and tourists alike and it's nigh on impossible to find anything lower than 3000le per month these days for something that requires work.