Dahab Bedouin Festival
Dahab in Egypt is a popular tourist destination and Dahab means gold. But, as per the Bedouin residing here, Dahab hails a different origin. The word links its origin to another word meaning Time Goes. It means, when at Dahab any person loses the track of time and just indulges in the breathtaking beauty and activities this town has to offer. The local Bedouin people here sell souvenirs to tourists which are made by them.
The Dahab Bedouin Festival: the aim of organizing it
Dahab Bedouin festival is a world-famous event that is non-profit in nature. It’s a one week event where all earnings made are used for the ecological awareness programs to preserve the coral reefs and beauty of this town and around. The festival initially aims at promoting the Bedouin culture and tourism among people. The second objective is of preserving the natural beauty and environment of the place. The first of these Bedouin festivals was organized in May 2011 and since then the organizers have held monthly events to raise money that helps in keeping Dahab clean and green for all.
Know more about the festival
The area where the festival is held is a welcoming area and is a flood plain, where tea is served for free and where tourists can spend as much time as they wish, without spending any money in return. Bedouin people here offer genuine hospitality and it’s truly a hassle free experience. The activities you can indulge in are many, with much more to enjoy like the delicious food, market open all week and much more.
Dahab festival in 2014
This year, which saw the Dahab festival for third time, the festival was held for a week from 12th till the 18th of April 2014. The festival was an ideal way to know about the culture and communicate with the local Bedouin people living here. The event solely aimed at creating environmental awareness among people, while benefitting the entire community of this town.
This year the event was not held at the usual location, which is the Flood plain, due to the damages caused by the flood that occurred in March. The venue of the festival was at the entrance and exit of Mashraba, which is located on the Sheikh Ali Resort road in Dahab. The plan B surely worked without making tourists here feel any kind of disappointment due to the change in the venue.
The new theme which had been added to the festival this year was agro-tourism. And some every interesting excursions into the desert during the springtime were organized to help people enjoy thoroughly and more than the last year’s event.
What was different this year at the festival?
TAgro-tourism this year helped in promoting the other side of Sinai. Also, tourists visited Habiba organic farms, Plantations at Wadi Gheib and ate organically grown vegetables and chicken, which had all been produced locally. This could be experienced all during the week. Also, people could not just east, but buy organic food where the quality of products was truly exceptional and was sold at a very great price.
For the very first time at the festival one could experience diving with Bedouin, where the local Bedouin dive masters gave unique knowledge about the marine environment of Dahab and helped in encouraging diving with the locals. Also, to ensure Dahab stays clean and green, this year recycling art and non polluting plastic recycler was introduced. All this and much more were experienced only at the festival.
Also, there was an amazing performance by Circ Bonboni at the Ibis Styles Hotel and children activities at the Kinderhouse in Dahab. There were special healing centers named as waves of wellness, where tents were created for healers, yoga masters and masseurs in Dahab.
The one week Bedouin festival at Dahab was no less than a cultural retreat for every single visitor who came here from any place across the globe. All week people could buy organic food, freshly grown, Bedouin handicraft items, Medicinal Sinai plants and could witness the rich history of this town. Also, the specialties included the recycling art held for the first time, alongside scrumptious local cuisines cooked and served in Bedouin style with a special children area and free tea all along the days. For adventure lovers windsurfing with Bedouin was another special event at Dahab festival this year.
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