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I'm giving some serious thought to moving to Dahab having fallen in love with the place on holiday a few times! I can't move for a few years (just forward planning!) but would love to hear from expats living in Dahab, I'd especially like to hear about how easy it is to find work there. I run my own web design and copywriting business so there might be an opportunity there, but I'm happy doing anything .

Just really want to get in contact with people there now so I can start to build some relationships before I sort out the move!

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I'm giving some serious thought to moving to Dahab having fallen in love with the place on holiday a few times! I can't move for a few years (just forward planning!) but would love to hear from expats living in Dahab, I'd especially like to hear about how easy it is to find work there. I run my own web design and copywriting business so there might be an opportunity there, but I'm happy doing anything .

Just really want to get in contact with people there now so I can start to build some relationships before I sort out the move!

Hello and welcome to the forum....sorry can't help you with regards to Dahab but Mamasue will be able to answer some of your questions as she has spent some time there.Jobs for ex-pats not easy to find as you cannot take a job that an egyptian can do.

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Thanks, that's worth knowing! Would I be able to start a business/offer my own services?

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Thanks, that's worth knowing! Would I be able to start a business/offer my own services?
As i said before only if it is something and egyptian can not do...and rightly so

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As i said before only if it is something and egyptian can not do...and rightly so
Yep, that's fair enough .... so perhaps I could run an English language copywriting business!

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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??

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Hehe ok I get the picture .... looks like I shall have to do 6 months in UK working super hard and then spend my wages in Dahab for six months! Though presumably I could still carry on working for existing clients (in UK) - all I need is wifi - I'd far rather do my job over there, in a bar by the sea, than here in the UK where it's cold and (today) snowy!

How easy is it for expats to settle in? Do the Bedouin and Egyptians welcome them or is there some resentment?

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Egypt needs tourists to survive....I think Dahab needs tourists.... especially since the bombs in 2006, and the more recent kidnappings in the Sinai, tourists are staying away....
You'll probably be ok, they'll be nice to you....they want your money!
Apart from every second person trying to rip you off, you should be fine.
Sorry if this all sounds negative.... but.... been there, done that.
The tourism market has changed a lot over the last few years....when I first went to live in Egypt, it was mainly Brits and Germans.....
Nowadays, it's mainly Russians......lots of them!!
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I'm giving some serious thought to moving to Dahab having fallen in love with the place on holiday a few times! I can't move for a few years (just forward planning!) but would love to hear from expats living in Dahab, I'd especially like to hear about how easy it is to find work there. I run my own web design and copywriting business so there might be an opportunity there, but I'm happy doing anything .

Just really want to get in contact with people there now so I can start to build some relationships before I sort out the move!
Dahab used to be a great place for vacation and even living. It is now more nightmarish than Cairo is. It is, like the rest of Sinai, lawless. A gradual change after the revolution and the diminishing fear of the Police and government in general gave rise to gang mentality. Bedouins are the largest tof the gangs, then Saidis then the rest of Egyptians who can group themselves in large numbers when the need arise. The police is powerless and avoids confrontation. The army shows up briefly to and quickly disappears if it is not so major an incident that may threaten security. So let's say you get robbed or ripped off somehow and report it to the police, if the culprit is weak you may get a reaction from the police if he is part of one of the gangs they will not seriously investigate it. This happened with more serious crimes like rapes and kdnappings of Egyptians and foreigners alike.
Just imagine living somewhere where no law, reason, common sense, integrity, ethics or care for others exist.
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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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