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Accessible rental accommodation in Dahab, South Sinai, Egypt. Reply
When my father suffered an SCI and our lives all changed we designed and built Residence Arabesque to continue enjoying family holidays in a very special place.

Residence Arabesque is a small compound of two one-bedroom apartments and one three-bedroom villa in the centre of Dahab only a couple of hundred metres back from the Red Sea. When we are not using Residence Arabesque for family holidays we offer luxury accessible holiday rental accommodation. We can accommodate groups or 2-11 persons.

Garden Apartment Arabesque is designed specifically for the manual and power wheelchair user. It comprises of a large twin a/c bedroom which can also be arranged as a large double bed. There is a wheel in wet-room style shower and an imported UK self-propelling shower chair available for rent if needed. There are handrails in the shower and next to the toilet. The sink is free hanging from the wall allowing minimum knee clearance. The kitchen sink has also been raised and designed to allow the user to wheel underneath it. The kitchen work surfaces have been lowered and designed for easy access. The large open plan dining and living area provides plenty of turning space and a sofa bed in the living room can sleep additional family members or a personal carer. The whole of the Residence has been built 1 meter lower than standard so there is only a minimal slope from street level to the ground level of the garden and property. The garden is fully accessible with tiled pathways and raised beds which make enjoying the garden ideal for those in a seated position. The dining area leads through double doors to the covered domed terrace. When large family groups or groups of friends rent Villa Arabesque and Garden Apartment Arabesque together the dividing wall between the gardens of both properties is removed and the whole outside area becomes one the external terraces link and allow the wheelchair user to fully access all the garden and ground floor of the Villa.

Dahab and Egypt in general is not the most disabled accessible holiday destination. Roads are bumpy and lots of places are not easily accessible however what Dahab lacks in obvious accessibility it makes up for in attitude. In a manual wheelchair for example, if a user is unable to easily access a beachside restaurant, without needing to ask there will always be offers of help from staff and passers-by to lift your chair down a couple of steps. If you cannot access a shop because of a high curb or a step without asking the shop keeper will come out and serve you in the street. I am not suggesting that Dahab is the ideal holiday destination for everyone but for those looking for a little more adventure or who have always dreamed of snorkelling in the Red Sea then Dahab could well be for you!

We are proud to work closely with an excellent British owned dive centre that is very experienced at offering scuba diving to those that need a little more help in the water, or for the less inclined a guided snorkelling trip with an experienced instructor that can offer all the additional help you will need. We have also helped previous guests fulfil dreams of visiting Mount Sinai and St Katharines Monastery and we regularly organise Bedouin dinners in the mountains nothing is impossible and we will endeavour to organise for our guests any trip or activity that Dahab has to offer for the able bodied visitor.

For further information please have a look at our website and bookmark us for future reference. Do not hesitate to email with any questions about what we can offer or Dahab in general.

http://residencearabesque.com/

Many thanks
Sophie

arabesque

14/07/2014
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