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A Traditional Egyptian Sailboat

Sail the Nile as it was truly meant to be sailed-under the unfurled canvas sails of a traditional Egyptian sailboat know as a Dahabiyya.

Hadeel DahabiyyaDahabiyya are beautifully crafted sailboats which were a very popular means of Nile travel amongst the wealthy and aristocrats in the good old day's .In more recent times, Dahabiyyas have experienced a revival in popularity crafted sailboat of yesteryear with all the modern comforts and luxuries of today's world.

A wonderful alternative to today's large Nile cruise boats, A Dahabiyya conjures up memories of a bygone area on the Nile, a river steeped in mystery and romance, and rich in the history of ancient Egypt. It offers the opportunity to experience the Nile under sail, enjoying the peace, serenity and romanticism that only a sailboat can provide.

Our Dahabiyya is named "Hadeel" which, in Arabic, means the gentle cooing of pigeon's .It is also used as a term to express affection, friendship, peace, and harmony with everything and everyone around.

Launched in Oct.2007 (and at the time of print), the Hadeel is the newest Dahabiyya on the Nile, and is beautifully fitted out in traditional colonial style combined with elegant modern furnishings.

Hadeel DahabiyyaMeasuring 45m long x7.5m wide, the Hadeel has only 8 beautifully appointed cabins (3.2mx4.25m in size), each with its own ensuite, including shower, hand basin, toilet and hairdryer. Each cabin is also equipped with a private safety deposit box and reverse cycle air conditioning .Other facilities on board include a stylish lounge, a dining room and Jacuzzi. All public areas are also air conditioned. The spacious and partially shaded top desk offers guests the opportunity to recline on comfortable deck chairs enjoying the Nile vistas, sunbathing, dining, or watching the breathtaking Nile sunsets.

The Hadeel is staffed by an experienced crew of 10 who will ensure your every need is catered for .As passenger numbers are limited to only16, we can offer our guests a much more personalized level of service than that experience on the large Nile boats All meals are included, and our on board chef is highly skilled at preparing both international and Egyptian cuisine. Should we experience calm conditions, a small motor vessel is hand to tow the Hadeel until the winds increase.

The Hadeel is available for charter by small groups of up to 16 people, or guests can choose to join one of the set departures. Set cruise itineraries include all the spectacular historic sites along the Nile between Luxor & Aswan , including the Valley of the Kings ,Karnak Temple , the Temple of Hours at Edfu, Kom Ombo Temple and the Temple of Phiale in Aswan .The Hadeel moors at private mooring facilities on the Nile banks, thus further ensuring the exclusivity of your experience .

A Nile Cruise on the Dahabiyya Hadeel promises to be a truly unique and memorable experience.

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