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Welcome to the website of BEDAWI!
We are a responsible and community-based local tour operator in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt since 2007. To explore our website, is a journey in itself. Welcome to our world... Marhab!
Our mission is to reduce poverty amongst the indigenous Bedouin people through facilitating and promoting responsible and community-based travel with little capital investment in local developments, in order to yield higher levels of employment and increase the share of tourism income to our local and poor communities.
Our vision is to strenghten the position of the Bedouin people of Sinai in the tourism sector in order to provide work and generate income for them while preserving their cultural heritage.
As our guest you will have the opportunity to experience the famous hospitality of the Bedouin people and to learn from their vast and profound knowledge of the seas, the land and life in Sinai.
We take social, cultural and environmental aspects into account and we avoid mass tourism as we don't want to destroy what is so close to our hearts.
BEDAWI has witnessed too often that development aid for the Bedouin people of Sinai did not end up to benefit the real target. The Bedouins have seen these projects and their well-meaning, ever changing staff pass by with promises but they hardly ever got anything out of it so they lost faith in such projects.
BEDAWI is not a charity or a project but a regular business offering normal hard work, based on partnerships, through which we want to improve the quality of life in our local communities and preserve the cultural heritage of the Bedouin people, which is fading fast in our modern world.
By choosing to travel with BEDAWI you help us to help others as our profit goes to sustainable developments in our local communites based on our vision.
The Bedouin people of the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt are recognized as indigenous people:
"Indigenous people around the world have sought recognition of their identities, their ways of life and their right to traditional lands, territories and natural resources; yet throughout history, their rights have been violated."
"Indigenous people are arguably among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people in the world today."
"The international community now recognizes that special measures are required to protect the rights of the world's indigenous people."
Source:United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues