Monday 14th Of April

We will be updating the program as activities are confirmed. Here is what is confirmed so far:

Diving with Bedouin

9.00 – Intro dive. Discover diving with local Bedouin dive masters.

Excursion to Sinai’s organic farms

9.00 – We will be going to Habiba organic farm in Nuweiba. We will also stop to buy some organic chicken before heading to visit some plantations in the desert.

Waves of Wellness

10.00 – 11.00 Body Combat/Body Sculpt workshop with Maggi

11.00 – 12.00 Guided meditation “Sitting in the Power” with Daisy
14.00 – 16.30 Reiki with a channeled message taster treatments with Annet
14.00 – 16.30 Energy healing taster treatments with Paola

17.00 – 18.00 Oriental Dance Workshop with Dahiba

18.00 – Protection Flags with Ursula

18.00 – Bedouin dinner

20.00 – Discover Sinai discussion with Zoltan.

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Tuesday 15th of April

The program will be updated soon. Here is what we have confirmed for these times so far:

Diving with Bedouin

9.00 – Fun dive. If you have an open water certification, join local Bedouin guides and discover some amazing dive sites

11.00 – Bedouin tea under water! Dive at the lighthouse and see something very unusual…

Waves of Wellness

10.00 – 11.00 Self-healing workshop with Paola

11.00 – 11.30 Fun Dance with Thanchita
14.00 – 16.30 Tarot and Intuitive Readings taster sessions with Iris
14.00 – 16.30 Energy healing taster treatments with Paola
17.00 – 18.30 Introduction to Mediation with Momo

15.00 – Sandboarding

18h – Full moon dinner

 

Thursday 17th of April

The program will be updated soon. This is what is confirmed so far:

Diving with Bedouin

9.00 – Fun dive. Discover another dive site with a local Bedouin guide who will also give you a rich insight into the underwater world.

9.00 – Springtime desert excursion. Join us to visit some Bedouin who have settled temporarily in the deep desert to allow their goats and sheep. You will also see why they have chosen to move to these areas, after the late winter rains, there is an abundance of medicinal and other plants for the herds to graze on. Fresh goat’s milk, and tasty freshly prepared food and stunning views will be a small part of the program.

Waves of Wellness Activities for the Dahab Bedouin Festival

11.00 – 11.30 Fun Dance with Thanchita

14.00 – 16.30 Ayurvedic Facial massage taster treatments with Maggi
14.00 – 16.30 Sound and Body massage taster treatments with Vimala
14.00 – 16.30 Indian Head massage taster treatments with Susan
17.00 – 17.30 Crystal journey meditation with Iris

17.30 – 18.30 Introduction to Matrix Healing workshop with Daisy

18.00 – Desert dinner. Enjoy a delicious freshly prepared Bedouin meal under the stars and the light of the moon. This dinner can be combined with the day’s desert excursion for a long full day of desert and Bedouin experience.

 

 

Friday 18th of April

The program will be updated soon.

Diving with Bedouin

9.00 – Clean up dive. For our closing day of the festival, we find it relevant to do another clean up dive with the hope that many will keep up the momentum.

9.00 – Children’s activities with Dahab Kinderhouse

14.00 – Community market. Come and discover the various tastes, skills, art and variety of Dahab’s international community

17.00 – Circ Bonboni performance at Ibis Styles hotel

19.00 – Bonboni Fire Show

20.00 – Live Music.

Al Salam Aleikum

Dear Dahabians and Dahab lovers,
we are happy to confirm some additional events for the Dahab Bedouin Festival starting on the 12th of April and ending on the 18th. Like last year’s festival which took place from the 21st to the 28th of April, the Dahab Bedouin Festival will be integrating all communities of Dahab, Bedouin, Egyptians from outside of Sinai and foreigners. Circ Bonboni will be doing an open air performance in the Ibis Styles Hotel on friday the 18th at 17h. There will also be a workshop by Habiba Organic Farm promoting organic farming and agro-tourism.
We are also repeating the community market, the reiki/massage/healing tent, live Bedouin music, music jams, children’s activities, water sports, desert adventure and much more.
The rest of the program will be very similar to the previous years and we are still welcoming any ideas, participation or contributions. Some events will be put up onto the official program soon, however there will be open spaces at the site that be used at any time, for late participants as well.
Another very positive information is that the festival will have the support of Dahab’s Rowad Dahab NGO which has similar  objectives of sustainable tourism and beneficial projects for Dahab.
The festival is open to everyone, we have some simple guidelines that we stick to:
– this is a non profit festival. This means that the festival itself cannot make a profit, however participants will have the choice of offering their project for free or for a fee. Participants have the right to make a profit.
– all projects, events or workshops must not have any short or long term negative impact on the natural, social or cultural environment.
So if you love Dahab, if you would like to give some love to Dahab and if you can, we welcome you again to contact us on bedouinfestival@gmail.com or come and meet us at Sheikh Salem House in the arisha on the beach between 15h and 18h on wednesday the 19th of February.
Best regards to all,

the Dahab Bedouin Festival team.

Live Bedouin Music

Alia and the children on the swing

The Festival

We are happy to announce the dates for the Dahab Bedouin Festival, from the 12th to the 18th of April 2014.

This year we would like to see even more involvement from as many people as possible. As usual, our program is flexible and we will do our best to make everyone happy.

So, if you would like to perform, sell, work, sing, dance, relax, help or just be at the festival, please contact us at bedouinfestival@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you there…

REMINDER!!!!!

This is a NON-profit festival. If you want to make money, you are on the wrong site…

A big thank you!

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We would like to thank everyone who was involved in any way with the Dahab Bedouin Festival that ended on the 27th of April. You are many, so please forgive us if we have left anyone out, please let us know if this is the case so we can make sure that everyone is mentioned.

Firstly, we would like to thank our main sponsor, Nirvana hotel, restaurant and dive center. You believed in us and our vision of Dahab and eco-tourism, you also knew the importance of supporting any project promoting Bedouin. Thank you very much for also organising the diving events, a great dinner and party and winning the Raft Race by a long run…having been the only center to have actually showed up! Champions beyond any doubt!

Thank you to Ghazala Hotel for being the first to sponsor the festival and to Nura’s Tsige and Katrin Bialas for sponsorship and helping in organising some of the events.

Thank you to all businesses and people who supported us, Salem of Sinai Bedouin Safari, Pegassus Emirates, Bedouina Tours, Dahab Net and Golden Star. Thank you to Club Red and Omar Nagati for being so helpful and patient.

Thank you to Daniela Hotel for massive support and organising the football tournament for local children on Sinai Liberation day.

Thank you to Ahmed and Bamboo Home Furniture for helping out for the 3rd year in a row and decorating the festival site, the kids all loved the swing. Thank you Ralph’s Bakery for providing brunch to the organisers and workers at the festival, this was very very appreciated. And tasty.

Thank you to Sindbad and Marine Garden for sending your guests to the festival and lending us some equipment. Thank you to Mohamed Suliman for also helping during the Bedouin Law discussion.

Thank you to Chilax Hands of Dahab Market and Sheikh Salem House Community Market for taking part in the final day market. Thank you to Nicole, Ly, Dahiba, Barbara and many others for attending 500 meetings before this festival, just for the good of Dahab. Thank you Esther for your support and patience.

Thank you to the Artists of Dahab, Anja, Barbara, Yvon and Ursula for expressing your talent at the festival. (Please tell us who the others are) Thank you Noah for coming everyday to paint and do artwork with kids.

Thank you Iris, Annette, Elisabeth, Maggie, Mille, Vera, Paola and all who were involved in the readings, the Open Reiki Share Group and massage tasters. Please also send me the names that need to be added to this list. It was so nice and easy to collaborate with you, like a flowing river…

Thank you to Alfie and Isabella the clowns from Austria, please come back!

Thank you to the Kinderhouse, Elke, Miriam, Sonja, Ursula, Noura, Hamida, Aisha and Manal for a 3rd year of support and help with the childen’s activities.

Thank you to Habiba and Nadim for your support as usual.

Thank you to Regula and Circ Bonboni for the great demonstration in Ibis Styles Hotel, for the children’s activities and the memorable flashmob which is still ringing in many ears.

Thank you Gary for the poster and Libby for the initial programme formatting.

Thank you to Dahab Charta for helping in the clean up.

Thank you to Atewi and Mohamed from St Katherine’s with the Bedouin Handicrafts and staying a whole week at the festival.

Thank you to Ahmed Saleh, Selime and Mohamed Abu Eid for coming down from St Katherine’s and contributing to the programme.

Thank you to the musicians and soundmen, Adel, Boris, Fred, Salaam, Faraaj, Eid Abu Awda, Adham and all the others who participated. Thank you to Abd Allah and Saber for helping with the generator.

Thank you to Gamal the electrician for helping throughout the week. Thank you to the Dahab City Council for helping any way they could, thank you to Said Abdel Sadek the mayor for his support. Thank you also the the chief of security of South Sinai and the Governor of South Sinai for insisting on visiting the festival and your support.

Thank you to Gomaa Abu Sueri and 3 Islands Cafe for organising the eclipse party at the lagoona.

Thank you to Alia Om Sina for helping out and performing with such enthusiasm.

Thank you Marsha for an inspired and inflamed fire show…WOW!

Thank you to Hamed for guiding the trips for some very happy guests.

Thank you to Ahmed Bashbishi, Khaled Faraaj, Mohamed, Faraj, Abdel Rahman, Abdallah, Mohamed, Abd El Rady and all those who helped set up, pull down and serve during the festival.

A very big thank you to the Abu Awda Safari, Sabaah and Eid for taking part in the organisation of the festival for the 3rd year.

A very big thank you to Mundi of Nomad Safari for helping organise the festival despite not feeling too well. Thank you to Michelle too…

Thank you to Mohamed Abu Musa of Space Camp for being a pillar of the festival for 3 years now, always 100% reliable.

Thank you to Mourad for incredible support and time given to this festival. Thank you for the great pics and footage.

Thank you to Maruan of Sinai Safari for making it all happen.

Thank you to all those who came to the festival and those who gave us the thumbs up and thanks. We would have difficulty expressing our appreciation.

A very special thank you to the general manager, our guide and hero, Salah Abu Musa of Sinai Safari. When everyone was ready to give up out of exhaustion and pessimism, you showed us how to be brave and work hard with a “white heart”. You deserve the most credit for this festival, the rest of the organisers bow down to you.

Thank you to the universal force of life which made wonders and smoothened the path. Al Hamd l’Allah!

Last, but not least, thank you to Ruby. You are our greatest gift. We met you in the strangest of circumstances, you were knocked down by a camel during the race…but you became our biggest supporter. We should also thank the camel for bringing you closer to us, this is priceless.

There are only a few dozens of “thank you”s in this post, although we feel there should be thousands. We know that there some people who have been forgotten out of human brain limitation, not lack of appreciation, please remind us…

Here are a few pics, please click on to our flickr site for a bigger collection.

A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL, we look forward to our next event in sha Allah,

The Dahab Bedouin Festival Team

Alia and the children on the swing

Alia and the children on the swing

Karate Kids

Karate Kids

Fire coming out of her eyes

Fire coming out of her eyes

A beautiful gathering of people

A beautiful gathering of people

Partial Lunar Eclipse

Partial Lunar Eclipse

Live Bedouin Music

Live Bedouin Music

Space 7 - Bright side of the moon...

Space 7 – Bright side of the moon…

Salah: Everything is gonna be alright! Welcome and see you soon!

Salah: Everything is gonna be alright! Welcome and see you soon!

 

 

Space Camp

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Space Camp is located only 10 minutes away from the center of Dahab. It is the perfect location to come and enjoy a delicious freshly prepared Bedouin dinner and admire the stars or moon. There are a couple of huts, tent and sleeping areas where our guests can experience sleeping out in the desert. An ideal location for a celebration, a tasty meal or simply enjoying the wonders of the desert.

Contact: Mohamed Musa (002) 0100 260 5535

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Abu Awda Camp Ras Abu Galloum

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Welcome to Ras Abu Galloum National Parc. The Abu Awda family have been accomodating guests in this beautiful location for over 15 years. Situated in the northern side of Al D’Heila, the southern section of the parc, right in front of the famous dive and snorkelling site. Small huts line the beach where you can relax in the shade or take cover from the wind. Fresh meals prepared for breakfast lunch and dinner, with Bedouin tea served all day.

If you would like to experience a relaxing and back to the basics holiday, we invite you to stay at the Abu Awda Camp where you can also book a camel safari into the mountains or along the coast from 1 to 7 days.

Contact: Sabbah Awda 0100 268 3355

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