Alhamdulilah! About a village called Dahab

Often people ask about the spirit of Dahab, its not something that is easy to explain.  Dahab is not a big tourist resort, it is not full of multinational companies or multi-story hotels.  It is small and peaceful.

Many people have passed through Dahab, intending to leave and ending up making it home.  I was one of those people.  I first visited Dahab to complete my PADI Divemaster qualification, the first professional level in Scuba Diving.  I returned a year later to work my first season.  I met a boy.  

Ten years, marriage and two children later Residence Arabesque was born.

This is a wonderful short video by Michael Zomer which captures the spirit of Dahab so well.

 

14th International Ceramics Symposium – On now!

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Le Meridien Dahab hosts the 14th International Ceramics Symposium from 10 – 21 February 2014.
Featuring some wonderful visiting artists from all over the world.  Visit the hotel and view some of their work.

Curator:

Ossama Emam 
Participants:

Hisham Abed – Egypt ( Associate Curator ) 

Mosbeh Kamel – Egypt ( Associate Curator )

Mohsen Gouda – Egypt ( Filmmaker )

Satoru Hashino – Japan 
Raul Pereda – Spain 
Haitham Hedayah – Egypt
Sofia Beca – Portugal 
Lynda AbdelLatif – Tunisia 
Silke Decker – Germany 
Elina Titiana – Latvia 
Pilar Nadales – Spain 
Veysel Ozel – Turkey
Rabab Wahba – Egypt
Bettina Ammann – Switzerland 
Mohamed Farouk – Egypt 
Anna Kristjana – Denmark 
Mohamed Samir – Egypt 
Gamal Ibrahim – Egypt 

This year’s Guardian International Development Achievement Award winner, David Constantine is a friend and recent guest at Residence Arabesque

This year’s Guardian International Development Achievement Award winner, David Constantine, made his disability a strength when he set out to create wheelchairs suitable for use in the developing world.

David Constantine (right), winner of the Guardian International Development Achievement Award, inter

David Constantine (right), winner of the Guardian International Development Achievement Award, interviews Oscar Okello, a Ugandan user of one of his wheelchairs. Photograph: © D. Constantine, Motivation

David enjoyed a well earned holiday at Residence Arabesque this Autumn, road testing our accessibility for the wheelchair user as well as getting out and about in Dahab.  With his friends he enjoyed trips to St Katherines Monastery, the local Waadis and even tried his hand at scuba diving.  We look forward to offering all our future guests the opportunity to get out and about in Sinai and to try snorkelling and scuba diving regardless of their mobility needs.

Read here about the work of David’s amazing charity Motivation – Empowering disabled people throughout the world.