How it all began: Light & Sea

Sunrise, Dahab
Until 1982. Dahab was known only by Hippies and travelers. A small comunity of people from all over the world lived in the Bedouin village, today called Masbat. The local bedouins lived in Assalah, at the time off limits and tabu for strangers and foreigners.
Dahab , 1980
After the return of the Sinai peninsula from Israel to Egypt in April 1982, according to the Camp David treaty, the daily life in Dahab changed dramatically. All supplies had to be orginized now from the Cairo, some 600km away. The local hippie community had vanished and the bedouin village became a ghost town, kept alive only by the bedouins and a few travelers, that found the way to Dahab from the distant Cairo.
Nesima Resort
According to the regulations in the Camp David treaty, in 1987. the egyptian government started with the construction of the nonexistent infrastructure in South Sinai. A new power house in Dahab, built in 1989, supplied now electricity to the first houses, camps, coffee shops, supermarkets and restaurants. Also the first privately owned Dive shops like Inmo and Nesima started to operate in this time. 
Sea of candles
And the story I've heared from an old Dahabian, comes from the end of the 80s, in a time when there was still no electricity. Story says how Dahabians used to put candle with some sand in empty bottle to provide light for city at night. They also used to practice lightning the sea, on the same way, with a hundreds of floating candles. So I tried to imagine it:a calm sea and the breeze coming from the surrounding hills and seashore lighted with a lot of candles, floating on the water :) Something most romantic that I've ever heard!
Dahab beach
"Three Worlds, One Choice" as tourists called it, Dahab became  one of the most beautiful destinations in Egypt, with its unique atmosphere and pure crystal water and beautiful coral reefs. 
Masbat today
Over the past few years a new Bedouin village has come into existence, called Masbat now, complete with promenade, luxury hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, supermarkets, diving centers, pizzerias, banks, internet cafes, travel agencies, car rental and many more are now a very common thing in Dahab.
 Lodge restaurant, Auski camp
Still, from place to place, you might see a candle with sand in plastic bottle on the table, but only as a decoration and as a reminder of the good old days :)

Very grateful to Ihab Seif for the story about candles!

Also thankful to Peter Emch and his "Dahabian" website for not so known informations about Dahab and its people!

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