Al Dakhla Oasis Travel Guide

General Information About Al Dakhla Oasis

Dakhla Oasis, one of Egypt’s mot remote oases, is a splendid refugee that is surrounded by a wall of colorful rock formations and fertile cultivated areas scattered between sand dunes within the area, offering natural magnificent scenery.

If you are interested in ancient history, then visiting Mut , Dakhla’s largest city, is a must. Another attractive site to visit is Al Qasr , the Oasis’s second main city. Dakhla is also the home to many ancient remains including the amazing Deir El Haggar  and the memorable Muzawaka Tombs .

If exploration is what you seek, then you can’t miss visiting Dakhla’s numerous thrilling villages  that are waiting to be discovered. Dakhla is also abundant with charming natural springs, one of which is Ain Al Qasr springs , In addition to several lakes, and fish ponds .

The enchanting blend of the desert’s mystery and the Bedouin’s simplicity makes safari trips another god bet here.

Being a lush region that is brimming with green gardens, orchards, and diverse wildlife against a mountainous backdrop, the Dakhla Oasis is the perfect gateway for a vacation of unlimited relaxation.

Historic Al Dakhla Oasis

The Roman temple at Deir el-Hagar can be reached by skirting vast stretches of drifting dunes that often overrun the road.  Dedicated to the Theban Triad of Amun-Re, Mut and Khonsu, the temple also honours Seth, who was the principal god of the Oasis and is depicted with a falcon’s head and a man’s body.  In ancient times this was the lone Roman period temple south of the cultivated area of the Al Dakhla Oasis with the ancient name of Setweh, translated as “the place of coming home”. Erected during the reign of the Emperor Nero (54-67 AD), and decorated during the time of Vespasian (69-79 AD), Titus (79-81 AD) and Domitian (81-96 AD), other Roman rulers made small contributions to the temple.   There are cartouches of several Roman emperors on the temple walls along with more recent graffiti as almost every traveller who came to Al Dakhla in the 19th century etched their names on its walls.   Nearby are the Old Kingdom necropolis of Qila el-Dabba at Balat, the relief-decorated Roman tomb of Kitnes at Bashendi and newly opened archaeological sites in the Bahariya Oasis that include a  temple dedicated to Alexander the Great and  mummies from the recently discovered “Valley of the Golden Mummies”.

Sol Y Mar Mut Inn Al Dakhla Oasis, Egypt

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Al Dakhla Oasis Tours

Al Dakhla Oasis Attractions

Al Qasr Village

It is an Old Covered City, with its oil press, school, courthouse, and dwelling chambers, and a mosque that dates back to the Ayyubid period. It has a three-story wooden minaret (twenty-one meters high), and wooden lintels decorated with inscriptions from the Koran at the entrances.

Bir El Gabal

Considered to be one of the most beautiful springs in all the Western Desert

Deir El Haggar

A pharaonic Roman finery temple, most unique for the twelve pillars demonstrating the twelve months of the year, which was followed in all the orthodox churches throughout time (St. Catherine Monastery). This pharaonic-roman temple was dedicated to the god Amun Ra’a and the goddess Mut.

El Muzawaka Tombs

Very impressive set of Roman tombs with a lot of colorful inscriptions.

Al Dakhla Oasis Holidays

Off the Beaten Path - 7 Nights Farafra Oasis, Cairo, Bahariya Oasis, Al Dakhla Oasis, Al Kharga Oasis, Luxor

8 Days / 7 Nights

A trip that will take you to wondrous places, starting off from Cairo, to Bahariya, the White desert and Farafra, Dakhla, Kharga, Baris & Luxor. A 7 night adventure, off the beaten path.


Scuba Diving in Al Dakhla Oasis, the Red Sea

Sharm El Sheikh lies at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula in the Red Sea. It offers a variety of dive sites from reefs and walls to wrecks. The climate is hot, the water is warm and clear, and the reefs are covered in life. Diving is readily available everywhere and there are nearly fifty dive Centers in the region. More Europeans learn to dive here than anywhere else in the world and diving is ideal for beginners. Whatever your experience, dive Centers require you to do one local dive before they will take you on a boat trip in order to give you an opportunity to orient yourself to Red Sea diving.

Shopping and Leisure in Al Dakhla Oasis

For those who love to shop, Sharm El-Sheikh provides ample opportunities to indulge in retail therapy. Sharm El Sheikh is famous for producing jewellery, leather goods and rugs. Expect to haggle when shopping in Sharm El Sheikh! It is all part of the experience and the shop owners will be shocked if you don’t try to negotiate! The majority of shops and shopping centres are based in Naama Bay but Sharm Old Market is great for hunting out bargains. If you want real value for money you should go south-west to Dahab which is less busy and less commercialised than Sharm.

There is more to Sharm El-Sheikh than beaches, sea and shopping of course. It’s a well developed area that feels “European” with refined hotels, facilities and amenities. Sharm el Sheikh has a fantastic range of restaurants, bars and cafes to visit as well as the hotels own all inclusive menus. The market area in Old Sharm is popular for its abundance of seafood restaurants and cheap prices. For those wanting a romantic evening, head to the” On Deck” restaurant in the Iberotel Lido hotel in Naama Bay where you can dine on a pontoon overlooking the water. The Il Mercato promenade, often called “Les Champs Elysee” of Sinai close to the Iberotel IL Mercato Hotel offers a varied selection of excellent cafes and restaurants.

There’s even an 18-hole Championship golf course in Jolie Ville Golf Resort, located only five kilometres from the main hotels in Sharm el Sheikh which is open to non guests. It includes a driving range and artificial lakes and is a perfect escape for those who love the game.

Al Dakhla Oasis Nightlife


Pacha is situated in the of Naama bay , and is the premier party place in Sharm El Sheikh that embodies the essence of the Pacha spirit with a twist of mystical Arabia added for pure indulgence.

Little Buddha

Little Buddha is located in the heart of Naama Bay , and being one of the hottest venues in Sharm El Sheikh, it provides its clientele with the finest dining experience, an eclectic atmosphere, sublime surroundings, and the latest sounds from around the globe.

Hard Rock Cafe

When in Egypt, knock the Sinai sand from your sandals and settle into the Hard Rock Cafe Sharm El Sheikh for a tall cool drink to quench your parched throat. The restaurant's huge guitar and sky dome act as an oasis beckoning every desert denizen to a good time. It provides a fascinating atmosphere and mouthwatering dishes.

Camel Bar

It is a two-storey restaurant/bar that offers both indoor and outdoor areas. The lower floor is an ideal venue for those willing to indulge in a drink along with lively music, while the top floor overlooks Naama Bay and offers a more relaxing atmosphere with number of sumptuous international dishes and shisha.