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.
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.
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, 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, 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.
New Residence Arabesque website is about to be launched