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While many people visit the Red Sea on holiday from Europe, others might visit this region as part of a bigger trip around Egypt. My first visit was in 2008 with G Adventures and my Egypt and Jordan tour included a few nights in the Red Sea – it was magical! I was so happy I got the chance to spend 3 full weeks here in Dahab in 2013!

Dahab is a budget traveler’s scuba diving paradise just an hour north of Sharm El Sheik in Egypt. Unlike mainland Egypt, the Red Sea resort areas accept slightly different clothing guidelines for tourists.


What to Wear for Red Sea Holidays: Sharm el Sheikh and Dahab


As mentioned in other posts about how to dress in Egypt, the Red Sea resort towns are more laid-back in their attitude towards a foreigner’s way of dressing.

While it’s not required to cover your shoulders, collar bone, and knees as it may be encouraged in other parts of Egypt; the effort is always appreciated by locals and can also help you ward off unwanted attention.

In fact, one local gentleman saw me wearing my circle scarf wrapped around my shoulders over my maxi dress. He came up to me and said “Thank you. While you don’t have to dress like the local women I appreciate that you respect my culture enough to try.”

You may find that many other travelers in this area do not adhere to local customs and again, the clothing guidelines in the Red Sea Resort areas are more relaxed. Ultimately, it is up to you how you feel most comfortable.

A few ideas about what to wear in Dahab


Beach Time


Tunic + Bikini


Day Time (on beach)



Short Sleeve


¾ Sleeve




Night Time


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Sun Dress or Maxi Dress + Scarf



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Lightweight TrousersTank Scarf

TRAVEL FASHION TIP: Always carry a lightweight scarf that you can drape around your collar bone and shoulders as needed.


 What are your tips on dressing for Red Sea holidays?


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