The sun is shining and summer is in full swing at Residence Arabesque. Our beautiful gardens are thanks to our lovely gardener Sobhy. Two years ago he helped us design and build our little oasis in the desert and with his care and attention to detail our gardens are now maturing and offer our guests the perfect place to relax Here are some of the colours you can expect when you are relaxing in the hammock or eating dinner on the terrace. Hibiscus and bougainvillea are two of the most prominent blooms in a desert garden, they come in a variety of colours and forms. We also have mature date palms, olive trees, acacias and jasmine. Our resident Egyptian tortoises (Testudo kleinmanni) wander freely among the plants and if you are lucky you may spot a gecko hunting insects in the evening.
Everyone loves a catchy tune and Pharrell Williams ‘Happy’ is no exception. This fabulous tune featuring the worlds first 24 hour music video has had us dancing around the kitchen for months and in recent weeks there has been a plethora of Happy videos being uploaded on the internet.
However the best always come to those that wait…. Happy – We are from Dahab, has in four days since being launched been watched over 61,000 times. With the Egyptian media catching on, ‘Happy’ Dahab style is looking to become a new internet sensation. For anyone that has been to Dahab this video will literally get the memories flooding back!
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 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.