Over the past 30 years the Sinai has become a tourist destination due to it's natural settings, rich coralreefs and biblical history. Large numbers of Egyptians have moved to the area to work in tourism while at the same time development has robbed native bedouin of their grazing lands and fishing grounds. Bedouin have lived in Dahab for over 800 years . Government policies and a desire for improved standards of living led most bedouin to become settled citizens rather than stateless nomadic herders. They often lead semi nomadic lives living half the year in houses in Dahab and the oher half living in tents in the desert.

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