Shopping in Dahab
Great buys are the usual Egyptian suspects: water pipes, rugs, oriental lamps, shirts in different lengths with embroidery, backgammon games, silver jewelery, etc. Prices are geared for tourists, so haggling is a must, pay max. 50%-60% of the first price offered, anything else is a rip-off. If you are not sure about the price, go to the next shop, they all offer more or less the same things, and start bargaining again there.
Look out for Bedouin Handicrafts, some beautiful pieces are available. Hand embroidered and made in Dahab, St Catherines and El Arish by Bedouin women. Sheikh Salem House has a good selection of items as does some of the other Bedouin establishments in Dahab.
If your stay extends with or without intention your shopping behaviour will focus on the Ghazala Market where you can find anything you need to uptate your on-the-road-equipment from functional to convenient. For local fare and much cheaper fruit and veg, go to Assalah shopping area (5 min taxi, or walk to Eel Garden then head into town).
It is almost impossible to get rolling tobacco in Dahab, be prepared if you are not keen on factory made ones.
Dahab Community Market
Dahab Community Market is a weekly event for everyone, that is held every Friday afternoon at Sheikh Salem House, Eel Garden Area, Dahab. The market currently starts at 3PM and finishes between 7 - 8PM.
There are different sellers every week and regular sellers including hand made Bedouin and Egyptian Crafts, Jewelry, Clothes, 2nd Hand bargains, foods from around the world including home made Egyptian Food, delicious cakes and deserts
See the Dahab Community Market on facebook.