Happy Face-Happy Art
Khaled is a well known face in Dahab. He has been here since the 1990’s; long before the beach promenade, all the restaurants along the shore, the paved roads, and at a time when you would probably see more camels than cars in Dahab. He is the former caretaker of my favourite cat Nesaja, or nuss-nuss (Arabic: half-half) as her face has one black part and one ginger. Nesaja has now “adopted” me as he moved locations. He is one of the people you get in a good mood to meet, just exchanging “Good morning”, “Good afternoon”, chatting about Dahab life or looking at his beautiful paintings. I can’t remember how many I have already bought. The Coachhouse has a diverse selection of them, and I love giving them away as presents. Show him a photograph of your favourite pet or animal, landscape, anything, and he will paint it for you, in the most beautiful and unique way. You will find him in his shop, Happy Art, in Masbat, usually in the afternoon or evenings.