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Have you been there recently? If so, that's quite worrying. I was there during the beginning of the revolution in Jan 2011 and again in Feb 2012 and didn't notice any unrest or lawlessness at all. OK I was only there for a short time but it seemed as quiet and calm and peaceful as ever.

Is anyone on here that's in Sinai now, who can confirm or deny these reports? I know there have been a couple of incidents reported in the news (kidnappings etc) but I thought those were in the north.
Hi was last in Dahab at the end of August 2012 and it was just as calm and peaceful as ever (in fact more so because of lack of tourists both foreign and domestic). Several friends have been there since and also encountered no problems either getting there (public bus and private car) or whilst being there. We also travelled further north to Nuweiba and found that practically deserted apart from people using the ferries, I assume because of the bad press about kidnappings. No problems there either and I have to say that I did feel sorry for the people who live and work there because of the empty hotels, lodgings etc.

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That's good to hear, and that was my understanding too. Mind you, given that I can't move out there for a few years who knows what the situation will be like by then!

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Our dive-colleagues and dive-tourists will always visit Dahab, come snow or shine, hell or high water.... It's still a popular location for vacations.

Only they use secure hotels and dive-lodges which value loyal customers. Wandering around on lone safaris is asking for trouble. It is our belief that many escaped prisoners, refuges and immigrants from previous arab extremist encounters feel Northern Sinai is a safe haven.

That's why the authorities are taking a tough stand there and why residents (national and dual-nationals) are taking it serious..... Don't be foolish, believe the news or become part of it.


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Have you been there recently? If so, that's quite worrying. I was there during the beginning of the revolution in Jan 2011 and again in Feb 2012 and didn't notice any unrest or lawlessness at all. OK I was only there for a short time but it seemed as quiet and calm and peaceful as ever.

Is anyone on here that's in Sinai now, who can confirm or deny these reports? I know there have been a couple of incidents reported in the news (kidnappings etc) but I thought those were in the north.




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The article states they were close to Dahab.....If you've spent any time in Dahab...you'll know the Bedouins 'rule' the place.
You probably already know the road from Sharm to Dahab......long, and often deserted!
I used to love it there.....wild horses wouldn't drag me there now...
Such a shame... it was a lovely place!
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Have you been there recently? If so, that's quite worrying. I was there during the beginning of the revolution in Jan 2011 and again in Feb 2012 and didn't notice any unrest or lawlessness at all. OK I was only there for a short time but it seemed as quiet and calm and peaceful as ever.

Is anyone on here that's in Sinai now, who can confirm or deny these reports? I know there have been a couple of incidents reported in the news (kidnappings etc) but I thought those were in the north.
Last time I was there was in Mid November. Most if not all tourists visit Dahab or similar resort type areas and not experience any of what I mentioned. Very few unlucky one do.
But that is completely different from living there and having daily contact with locals and having to venture out of the tourist/beach area. Maybe rent an apartment where you need to walk alone at night a mere couple of minutes and have a bunch of kids throw stones at you for fun. Or need a ride to and from work or need to buy groceries.......you know everyday normal living.
I have American, British and Australian friends who live their to this day. Quite happily too. I would rather kill myself to being anywhere in the vicinity of Egypt. Had I not lived there I would probably be still planning diving vacations there. It certainly one of the best dive destination in the world.
You will never know how you will like it until you live there.

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Our dive-colleagues and dive-tourists will always visit Dahab, come snow or shine, hell or high water.... It's still a popular location for vacations.

Only they use secure hotels and dive-lodges which value loyal customers. Wandering around on lone safaris is asking for trouble. It is our belief that many escaped prisoners, refuges and immigrants from previous arab extremist encounters feel Northern Sinai is a safe haven.

That's why the authorities are taking a tough stand there and why residents (national and dual-nationals) are taking it serious..... Don't be foolish, believe the news or become part of it.


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Forgive me if I appear a bit thick here. Can I breakdown your post as follows:

- some people still visit Egypt to dive.
-But because of the lack of security they use "secure hotels and dive lodges" to spend their vacation.
-They are advised not get out of those hotels and lodges or they would be asking for trouble.
-Escaped convicts, Extremists and Refugees are roaming around in northern Sinai.

The last part I don't quite understand. The authorities are taking a tough stand "there". Where? Do you mean at the "secure hotels"?
What are the residents taking seriously, the lack of security? What are they doing about it?
What news should we not believe, the lack of security?

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Hi All, I'm an Egyptian girl and would like to live in Dahab is it possible? is it safe for a girl to live alone there? are men there real ones? would they treat me and protect me like a sister? i'm suffering of an unbalanced situation and don't want to make it worst by facing any more issues i want to live in a place such DAHAB to relax and clear my mind and try to sort out my issues, please your clear serious advise is highly appreciated! Also would it possible if you can recommend a place where i can live? a studio is preferred.. also appreciating some advises on the cost of living and activities that can be done!

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I agree, Dahab is a lovely place.... my favourite corner of Egypt.
As far as working there goes, you'll have a huge problem. As you know already, it isn't a giant metropolis, but a smallish seaside town.
Your problem is,,, there are so many Egyptian web designers...far more than could ever find work. Starting a business of any kind just won't happen.... the Bedouins 'rule' the Sinai, and are very protective of their territory, in every way, especially as far as foreigners are concerned.
If you want to live in Dahab, go scuba diving and enjoy the sun....you're in the right place....
As far as work goes.....sorry!!
At one time, anybody could work illegally on a tourist visa in Egypt.....nowadays, they've really tightened, with big fines to employers....
Employers won't employ foreigners when an Egyptian can do the job...work permits for foreigners are expensive!
Also....as far as English copywriting goes.....how's your Egyptian Arabic??
Very nicely described everything! I think that's why previously someone mentioned that mamasue will be able to answer this post queries properly. You sure have great experience in living Dahab.

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