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Dahab receives 1495 tourists

Wednesday 22/November/2017 - 02:19 PM
Sada El Balad
Sada ElBalad-Yara Sameh

The city of Dahab received Wednesday, 1495 tourists of various nationalities, topped by Ukrainian tourists.

A source at the South Sinai Tourism Police announced that Dahab is considered to be the largest tourism destination for Russian tourists, where they have been coming to the city since November 1.

Noteworthy، Egypt’s tourism receipts almost tripled and worker remittances rose in the last three months of its fiscal year، marking another step in the country’s economic recovery from a crippling dollar shortage، according to Bloomberg.

Tourism revenue rose to $1.5 billion in the fourth quarter that ended June 30، from $510 million in the same period a year ago، according to initial central bank data that it shared with Bloomberg. Full-year receipts rose 16 percent to $4.4 billion. Remittances grew 9 percent to $4.8 billion in the fourth quarter، and rose 2 percent to $17.4 billion for the year.

Dahab attracts large numbers of tourists. It is world-renowned for its windsurfing. However، in recent years، the lagoon inside the sand spit has been overtaken by kitesurfers، SCUBA diving، free-diving and snorkelling are also popular activities with many reefs immediately adjacent to waterfront hotels.

Dahab is a small town on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt، approximately 80 km (50 mi) northeast of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Formerly a Bedouin fishing village، Dahab is now considered to be one of Sinai's most treasured diving destinations.

The arrival of international hotel chains and the establishment of other ancillary facilities has since made the town a popular destination with tourists.

Dahab is served by Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport. Masbat (within Dahab) is a popular diving destination، and there are many (50+) dive centers located within Dahab. Most of Dahab's diving spots are shore dives.

Dahab can be divided into three major parts. Masbat، which includes the Bedouin village Asalah، is in the north. South of Masbat is Mashraba، which is more touristic and has considerably more hotels. In the southwest is Medina which includes the Laguna area، famous for its excellent shallow-water windsurfing.

The region of Asalah is quite developed and has many camps and hostels. Most people who have visited Dahab in the past were backpackers interested in diving and snorkeling in the Red Sea.

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