National Geographic Picks Dahab as One of the Best Beaches in the Middle East
Along with eight other beaches from the Middle East and North Africa region, Dahab, Egypt has been featured in National Geographic’s “Best Beaches in the Middle East” list.
For decades now, Dahab has been gaining popularity with both tourists and locals alike. It is one of the most-visited destinations in Egypt during the winter and spring seasons, and right now, it is perhaps the most popular getaway for Egyptian youth.
Dahab has not been always on the bucket list for young travelers looking for a worry-free excursion. Around 50 years ago, it was a fishing village, but major investments and refurbishments have made it into the international tourist hub that it is today.
Dahab has some of the most beautiful and diverse wildlife in all of Egypt, especially in the Red Sea. The corals there are renowned for their diversity, and according to National Geographic, are considered to be among the “healthiest in the region”. The different species of reefs in Dahab are one of the most resilient to the adverse effects of climate change.
The city is also home to the Blue Hole, a 300-feet underwater depression that is extremely popular with divers from all over the world. The area is also a popular spot for coastal hiking.
Along the coastline of Dahab, there lies the beautiful Ras Abu Galum Natural Protectorate, hosting 165 plant species, 44 of which are native to the site, in addition to a number of desert animals. It is also home to one of the best snorkeling spots in all of Egypt with a myriad of fish species of different shapes, sizes, and hues nestled between vividly-colored corals.
In addition to Dahab, eight other beaches from the region made it to the list, these included Jordan’s Dead Sea Beach, Tyre Beach in Lebanon, Kite Beach and Saadiyat Beach in the UAE, Salalah Beach in Oman, Djerba in Tunisia, Oludeniz Beach in Turkey, and Nissi in Cyprus.