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Dahab

With enduring Bohemian quality, golden beaches and laid-back atmosphere, Dahab is an excellent holiday destination, particularly for backpackers and scuba divers. Dahab has both budget accommodation and fine hotels catering for the more luxury-seeking guest. It has a fiercely competitive array of seafront restaurants for open-air dining alongside the lapping waves.

Dahab lies on the deepest section of the Great Rift Valley that extends down through Africa, making for dramatic underwater scenery with steep drops, valleys and canyons. Most of the diving is accessed from the shore, reached by taking a pick-up truck to the beaches stretching in either direction of the town. Some of the superb dive and snorkelling sites nearby include the Blue Hole, one of the best in the Sinai region, and the Canyon, but only TEC-divers are allowed to dive the deeper sections of such formations.

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Language

Arabic is the official language although English and French are widely spoken, especially in the tourist areas.

Money

The unit of currency is the Egyptian Pound (EGP), which is divided into 100 piastres. Most credit cards are accepted in major hotels and restaurants. Visitors are advised to take travellers cheques in US Dollars or Pounds to avoid additional exchange rate charges. Banks are usually closed on Friday and Saturday, but private exchange bureaux, called 'Forex', are open daily and banks in major hotels are open 24 hours. Cairo branches of the Egyptian British Bank and Banque Misr now have ATMs available that accept Visa, MasterCard and Cirrus and are quite common in the main tourist areas.

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