Originally, a Dahabiya comes from the Arabic word that means a golden boat, where Pharaohs used to sail the Nile in Ancient Egypt as means of transportation. Later on it evolved to be a royal getaway for aristocrats to cruise the Nile in modern times. They used to rent Dahabiyyas floating on water around the 1920s and 1930s. Now spending a vacation cruising the Nile on a Dahabiya gives an old classic feel of ancient times, and it is for those who are seeking precious time to relax and enjoy family holiday.
Unlike a Nile cruise, which is powered by motor engines and gas fuel while consumes a lot of energy, they can’t help but upset the environment. A Dahabiya salutes nature toward being a more sustainable toward the environment as a transportation vessel. It is just a bigger sailboat than the Felucca, which moves according to wind speed. A soft air breeze can take the boat anywhere, or in some cases, a motored boat tractor had to drag our Dahabiya a few meters away from the boat just to get us in control of our route. Also I’ve talked to the operational manager who stated that the motor boat was there not only to drag us to increase speed, but it provided maintenance in case of anything that needed to be fixed on board. Moreover, Amoura was inclusively prepared having two generators for electricity and water circulation all through in cabins and on deck.
Usually a Nile cruise is bound by a set plan to fit many different schedules and huge ports with huge numbers of guests on board. Passengers exceed hundreds. They are considered to be floating hotels while sometimes, in my opinion, luxury kills the purpose of what you should be enjoying most, engaging with the whispers of nature!
The closer to nature you get, the more yourself you become, without a doubt. The Dahabiya we sailed on was ‘one in a million’ of all our travel experiences that we’ve ever had. Amoura’s simplicity and warmth made home floating for us in an amazing way. We sailed along spectacular scenes gazing sunrises and sunsets everyday. We didn’t put ourselves to bed until everything else said goodnight. It was the coziest place to ever be at. Beautiful landscape, green cultivated lands, animals, birds and villagers greeting us from the banks of the Nile passed us by all the way.
Amoura has six comfortable cabins and one amazing suite with a spacious half-circle terrace Nile view, makes an overall space for fourteen guests, in addition to the sailing and serving hospitality crew of ten. Our cabins and our beds were always kept clean and tidy. The chef cooked and baked everything from natural and healthy ingredients. We ate more vegitables and fruits on our journey.
The spontaneity of our Dahabiya narrowed down the ‘planning mode’ of everyday. Being indecisive about everything was just the finest thing a person would ever wish for on a vacation. That mood was a perfect blend of nature and cultural experience, trying out traditional food, listening to old Egyptian music, while getting entertained by the crew’s amazing singing, dancing on the beats of Nubian culture at nights. Our meals were scheduled to be served in agreement with every guest on board to eat together on one table up on the deck. Amoura is more of an Eco and culture reflection, which will end up mingling people around despite of any national or lingual diversity transforming guests into this one amazing travel community, which really didn’t make farewell any easier.
Frankly Amoura Dahabiya considers anyone who really wants to get away for a time of peacefulness and serenity. It is the one spot to finish reading a book, even writing one, and most likely clearing the buzz off of your mind.The smiles on people’s faces and beautiful weather, without a hitch, made it utter complete joy.
Where I come from, is characterized by the most bizarre chaotic traffic ever seen in the world, a city that never sleeps which is already known for its dangerous driving survival methods to have broken the record in the whole wide world, down the streets of Cairo. That made me most eligible for such an escape. It's a trip that healed my busy mind and restored my soul into place.
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