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 Dahabeeyahs - the "Golden Boats"

Did you ever hear the word Dahabeeyah? Probably not, because it almost fell into oblivion. Even so in the Arabic language the word includes a luxurious style of the Nile cruises. Translated it simply means "golden boat". Because the boats of the kings and the nobility have been painted in golden colour they have been called Dahabeeyah - golden boat. With this kind of boats Thomas Cook, the English pioneer in tourism, started his cruise business on the Nile. Unknowingly some people call the nowadays small number of these lovingly preserved boats large Falukas

 

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