History Of Dahab
Dahab started out as a simple, unimposing Bedouin village that was home to roughly 15,000 people. With its silence and clear waters, hippies found Dahab attractive in the 1960s, but its growth was stopped due to the war between Egypt and Israel. Development continued in 1982 when the area was granted back to Egypt.
By the 1990s, the hotels began to open and vacation seekers and tourists could begin visiting the area again. Dahab has been described as peaceful and allowing for co-existence among people of different nationalities ranging from the native Egyptians to Sudanese to British, Dutch, Russians and so on.
Despite this description, Dahab has had its share of the violence that is rampant in the peninsula area with about 23 people died in a bomb explosion that occurred in 2006.
Also, some of the locals feel left out of the windfall of income resulting from the boom in tourism in the area. With poverty still noticeable in the lives of some of the resident, it is believed that they are being marginalized by the authorities in the capital.
Due to the accentuation of modern information dissemination through social media, more people knew about Dahab through pictures and videos that were shared by tourists who had visited the town.
Also, the economic instability that accompanied the 2011 unrests which toppled Hosni Mubarak’s regime led to a decrease in the number of people traveling abroad for vacation. People then began to look within the country and Dahab came up as a veritable domestic tourist destination.