Dangers & Annoyances
After the Dahab suicide bombing of April 2006 (which killed 23 people and injured dozens), the government pumped up security within Dahab, and the town hasn't been targeted since. Dahab's location, however, within the greater South Sinai region, does mean that many government travel advisories currently warn against all but essential travel here. Although the potential for a future terrorist attack can never be wholly ruled out, it's important to emphasise that since the 2011 revolution, Dahab has remained one of Egypt’s most relaxed destinations and, within the town itself, has experienced no problems.
Wi-fi is widely available and free at most hotels and many restaurants and cafes.
Dahab’s hippy roots and backpacker-friendly atmosphere often go hand in hand with drug use. At some point here, travellers will likely be offered marijuana or hashish (and possibly harder stuff), and may see people openly using drugs. Some misinformed travellers have the attitude that toking is legal – it’s not at all, and the penalty for being caught with drugs is harsh.