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Dahab Clean-up

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Dahab Clean-up

In response to peoples comments about the rubbish accumulated in and around Dahab and the various dive sites, please read below:- .........

Dahab clean-up

Sunday, 23 May 2010

CDWS member centres organised a series of underwater and beach clean-ups throughout Dahab in May to mark the launch of an environmental campaign against dropping litter. The week-long event also saw a team of freedivers from Italy, led by record-breaking diver Gianluca Genoni, collecting many discarded plastic bottles and other items of rubbish around the world famous Blue Hole dive site.

The freedivers, sponsored by dive manufacturer Mares, were supported by members of CDWS and the National Parks of South Sinai in the Blue Hole clean-up. Signs donated by Beyond Limits, a Red Sea based Mares distributor, were also placed around the Blue Hole. Aimed at raising awareness, the signs – translated into languages such as English, Russian, French, German and Italian - instruct visitors not to leave any rubbish at the site and to dispose of any items responsibly.

With the support of CDWS and National Parks of South Sinai, volunteers from dive centres elsewhere collected many tonnes of rubbish in and around dive sites covering the length of Dahab. Member centres who participated in clean-up between 8 and 16 May included Orca Dive Club, Sinai Divers, Nesima Resort, Poseidon Divers, Extra Divers and Reef 2000.

A spokesperson from CDWS said: ‘It was noted that workes and staff from coffee shops situated around the Blue Hole site also took part voluntarily in the beach clean-up, which indicates the success of the awareness part of the campaign. We would like to also thank the Dahab officials who supported the event.’

Speaking at the clean-up day at the Blue Hole, Gianluca Genoni, said: ‘We came last year in May for a photo-shoot and saw all this garbage around. We love this place very much, so we decided to ask Mares, our sponsors, to join and support a clean-up here for the beginning of this season of training.’

Genoni has set many freediving world records and currently holds the world record for static apnea with a staggering 18 minutes 3 seconds.


I thought the above article would be of interest to people that have been to Dahab and seen the rubbish and for the people that are going. We can all do our bit environmentally and if we, as holiday makers act responsible and make sure we do not leave rubbish around, Dahab can remain a destination that we would like to return to. There are some on this web site that do not want to return - purely based on the rubbish situation. I am sure the rubbish has arrived alongside the tourist - we have a lot to answer for. Together, lets look after the little town of Dahab.

Happy Hols!


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Thanks for posting this. Very interesting to us we are going to Dahab this summer with our 2 children.

I have been to a few "third world" countries over the years and I have to say the thing I always notice is the rubbish heaps all over the place. I don't know if it's the lack of infrastructure or people's reluctance to throw anything away just in case but I don't think you can necessarily blame the tourists. If anything, tourism encourages areas to keep clean and tidy as tourists will go elsewhere. I think it was the prospect of losing tourists (and their money) that encouraged the local people to join in with the clear up.

Long may it last!

Thanks again.


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I would agree that it isn't always the tourists who are responsible for the litter. I found the touristy bit of Dahab to be ok. In that the promenade by the sea was clean and tidy. However when I arrived by taxi in the morning and drove through the non-tourist residential area, I was shocked by how run down and filthy it was. Rubbish bags lying out in the street and goats and camels had ripped open the bags and were eating the rubbish. On holiday I like to venture away from the touristy areas and see the local areas but In Dahab they were just disgusting.

I don't think it was the tourists who were responsible here as the residents areas were the dirtiest.

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