Abu Dabbab Bay

Al Bahr al Ahmar / Marsa Alam  >  Egypt

Being located in the Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort, you'll have a great opportunity to find good coastal species and migrants here.

Added* by Piet Grasmaijer
Most recent update 30 January 2023
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The area around Abu Dabbab Bay is part of the Egyptian desert, bordering the coast of the Red Sea. There are two hotels here: the Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort and the Malikia Resort Abu Dabab. The hotel gardens are great for migrants during both spring and autumn migrations and the garden can be full of surprises. Anything can appear here, such as Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, Spotted Flycatcher and Common Chiffchaff. Common (local) species that occur here are Laughing Dove, Rock Dove, Brown-necked Raven and Hoopoe. Osprey has been breeding here for years in a telephone mast on the Hilton property.

The coastline is great for waders. Greater Sand Plover can be spotted near the shoreline. Other common species are Black-winged Stilt, Sanderling and Ruddy Turnstone. Western Reef-Heron often forages near the shoreline for fish. Common Kingfisher often sits on the rocks, just like Isabelline Wheatear.



This area can be accessed from the Al Qusair - Marsa Alam Road (nr.65) in several places. The hotel gardens are only accessible when staying at the hotel.

Terrain and Habitat

Plain , Desert , Beach , Sea


Hilly , Sandy , Rocky , Dusty , No shadow

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Autumn migration , Spring migration


Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Boat

Birdwatching hide / platform



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