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  • Cairo

    Cairo

    Cairo

    The captial of Egypt and the largest city in Africa, the name means "the victorious city". As the region's principal commercial, administrative, and tourist centre.
  • Alexandria

    Alexandria

    Alexandria

    Egypt's second largest city (3.5 million people), its largest seaport and the country's window onto the Mediterranean Sea. No city in Egypt has history as rich as that of Alexandria which witnessed so many historic events and legends!
  • Luxor

    Luxor

    Luxor

    Luxor hosts one third of the whole monuments and antiquities of the world. Therefore, it is considered one of the most important tourism spots in Egypt and maybe in the whole world.
  • Aswan

    Aswan

    Aswan

    Aswan is the 3rd largest city in Egypt and the biggest in Upper Egypt. Aswan was the ancient Egyptians' gateway to Africa. Today Aswan is major stop for may Nile cruise ships depart from Luxor to Aswan everyday.
  • Sharm Elsheikh

    Sharm Elsheikh

    Sharm El Sheikh

    Sharm is the the jewel of Egyptian tourism industry now. The city offer some of the finest places for diving and snorkeling in the world, it offers great value for money if compared with many diving spots in the world.
  • Hurhgada

    Hurhgada

    Hurghada

    Hurghada today is a world centre for sea sports such as diving, snorkelling, sailing, windsurfing, and deep-sea fishing. The unique offshore underwater gardens are justifiably famous amongst divers

Entertainment and night life in Cairo

Most of the tourists who come to Egypt have no owrries of where they are going to spend their mornings, as they would be spending the morning exploring the numerous monuments that Cairo, Luxcor , aswan , and Alexandria host.

If they are in Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Dahab, Marsa Alam, or Ras Suder, they most probably would be spending their mornings on the beach . However, the question that most tourists ask is "what is there to do in Egypt at night?" "What kind of activities can one do in Egypt other than visiting monuments and enjoying the sea?"

Most people think that the range of entertainment activities in Egypt, especially outside Cairo, is quite limited. However, this is practically not true. There are many activities for tourists to enjoy in Egypt at night and there are many cities outside Cairo that offer a wide variety of night spots like Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada. We will try through this article to shade some light on the night activities that Egypt offers to its tourists

Belly Dancing:

Belly dancing or oriental dancing is among the performances that tourists should see in Egypt. Some guidebooks say that if a tourist does not watch a belly dancer during his stay in Egypt, than he hasn't visited Egypt. belly

The art of belly dancing goes back to the time of the Pharos. There are drawings on many of the temples and tombs of the Pharos that clarified the important part belly dancers played in ancient Egyptian rituals and celebrations. Their movement and their poses are very similar to modern Egyptian belly dancing

However, modern-day belly dancing owes more to the European experience of Egypt in the 18th and the 19th centuries. The sensual movements of the Egyptian belly dancers who blended folk, gypsy, and Ottoman dances inspired the imagination of Europeans. This was largely due to their description that dancing was associated with prostitution, but this certainly is not true. Belly dancing is considered an art and there are even many schools around Egypt and even around the world that teaches belly dancing.

Maybe one of the most interesting aspects of belly dancing is the outfit which traditionally consists of squeezed bras, beaded hip bands, veils and flimsy skirts. These outfits are sold in many tourist shops especially in Khan El Khalili and many other places.

Many hotels around Egypt offer very entertaining belly dancing shows to their tourists. Usually the show consists of one or two dancers who perform a number of dances and changing their outfits before the beginning of every dance. In many places tourists are encouraged to participate in the dances and sometimes they have belly dancing competitions as well.

Recommneded places to to go :

Auberge du Nil : Royal Nile Towers Hotel, Kornish El Nile Cairo Tel: 02 -2362 1717 belly dancing
Haroun Al Rashid Club: Semeraimis Hotel Tel: 02 27957171 belly dancing
Palmyra : down town Cairo Tel: 02 25743306 belly dancing

Whirling dervishes Show:

Although many tourists who come to Egypt enjoy watching whirling dervishes' shows, little of them know the origin of this popular dance. Egypt whirling dervishes are members of the Mawalaya sect of Sufis, followers of a semi-mystical branch of Islam. Sufis were originally associated with poorness and self-denial and wore rough woolen clothes next to their skin and from the word "wool" or "Suof" in Arabic the Sufis name was derived.

The whirling dervishes, so called because of their ritual spinning dances, offer a rare glimpse of this otherwise underground phenomenon. The whirling dervishes perform marvelous shows. Dancers with brightly colored outfits turn like springing tops while a line of musicians create a hypnotic pulse, tossing their heads jerkily from side to side.

A lot of hotels and cultural centers offer whirling dervishes performances among their oriental show. However, the best place to watch whirling dervishes is in Al Ghuri complex located at the back of Al Azhar Street (tel: 02- 25100823)

Read here more about the Al Ghuri theatre complex, and tanoura dance shows

Cairo Dinner Cruises:

One of the most interesting night activities especially in Cairo is to ride a Nile dinner cruise at night. Riding in the river Nile has its own magical beauty and many of the boats that offer dinner cruises provide their passengers with tasty food and a wonderful entertainment show that usually contains belly dancing, whirling dervishes, and sometimes oriental or western live music.

Here is a list of the most famous Nile dinner cruises in Cairo:

Boat name  address Telephone: Sailing Schedule
Nile Maxim
This Nile cruse offers a tasty open buffet and a remarkable oriental show
Address: In front of the Marriott Hotel in Zamalek, as it is operated by the hotel. Telephone: 02/7388888  7 30 PM and 9 30 PM and the cruise takes 2 hours more or less
The Pharaohs
Maybe this is one of the most famous dinner cruises in Cairo because of its Pharonic theme and the delicious dishes they offer
Address: 138 El Nile St. Giza Telephone:
02-57 01 000
 7 PM and the main is at 8 PM with two boats and the cruise takes 2 hours in the part of the Nile around Giza and Zamalek
Nile Crystal
One of the best dinner cruises in Cairo with a distinctive oriental show. I have been there last winter and I really enjoyed my time with my family
Address: In the beginning of the Maadi Road of Kornish El Nile Telephone: 02/3190009
Time of Cruises: 8-9 PM with a more than 2 hours cruise
Nile Peking
The most unique Nile cruise in Cairo with its special Chinese food and its calm romantic attitude.
They offer all sorts of dishes
Address: Kornish El Nile St, Old-Cairo, After El Malek El Saleh Bridge Telephone: 02/51 70 839 Time of Cruises: 5 PM 8 PM, The cruise takes around 1-1/2 to 2 hours

Bars and Discos:
Despite being predominantly Islamic, there are many bars in Egypt beyond these in hotels. In Alexandria, there is the Cap d'or, a very stylish bar. In Cairo most of the night spots are in the neighborhoods of Zamalek, Mohandeseen, and downtown. Bars like Deals, L'Ambergine, Le Tabasco, and bull's eye usually host a lot of wealthy young Egyptians and these places offer a huge variety of drinks and cocktails.

Cities like Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada are packed with night spots and discos. You can know more details about parties that are taking place from magazines like Sinai Today or Red Sea Today, but don't worry, there is action that is going on every single night of the week.
Cities like Luxor and Aswan have their nightspots as well. Luxor has many bars scattered all around the East bank of the Nile. There is a variety of bars that range in cost and style. There isn't a single city or town in Egypt that hosts tourists and does not have a bar.

Deals: Al Sayed Al Bakri street, Zamalek Tel: 02 2763 0502
L'Ambergine: Al Sayed Al Bakri street, Zamalek Tel: 02 2738 0080
Bull's Eye: 32 Jedda Street, Mohandesein Tel: 02 37616888
Cap d'or: 4 Adib Street, Alexandria Tel: 03 487 5177
Le Tabasco: 8 Amman Square, Doqqi Tel: 02 3336 5583

Egypt Casinos:

Many of Egypt's five-star hotels have casinos that are open for non Egyptians only. (Passports must be shown at the door) All games are conducted in US dollars or other major foreign currencies. The dress code of these casinos is smart casual. Hotels with casinos include Semiramis intercontinental, the Marriott in Cairo, Nile Hilton, and Al Salamlek Hotel and Sheraton Al Montazah in Alexandria. However there are many other examples like Hilton Taba, many hotels in Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada.
Al Salamlek Hotel: Montazah Palace, Alexandria Tel: 03 574 7999
Marriott Cairo: Zamalek Tel: 02 2735 8888
Sémiramis Intercontinental: Kornish El Nile, Cairo, Tel: 02 2795 7171

Sound and light shows:

Every major monument in Egypt feels compelled to present a sound and light show. These shows usually begin after sunset. It involves the monument being illuminated by colored lights while recorded voices narrate the story of the monument and its history. The sound and light shows are quite enjoyable and they include shows at the pyramids of Giza, the Temple of Kanak in Luxor, Philae and Abu Simble in Aswan. The shows are presented with numerous languages that include English, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, French, and Arabic.

Sound and lights contact phone number:
33863469(+202) - 33852880(+202) - 33847823(+202)

PYRAMIDS SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW TIMETABLE

Day

Extra Show

1st Show

2nd Show

3rd Show

Saturday

N/A

English

Spanish

Italian

Sunday

N/A

English

German

Russian

Monday

N/A

English

French

Spanish

Tuesday

N/A

English

Italian

French

Wednesday

N/A

English

German

Spanish

Thursday

N/A

English

French

Arabic

Friday

N/A

English

French

Italian

Show in winter
From 01/10 to 30/04

N/A

1830

1930

2030

Show in summer
From 01/05 to 30/09

N/A

2030

2200

2300

All languages available via headphones offer translation:
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Polish, Arabic.
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Opera and Ballet in Cairo:

There are many performances that take place in the new Opera house in Cairo specially with visiting companies and troops who come to Cairo to present their art. There are also some attractive performances in the Gomhyrya theatre.

The Egyptian ministry of Culture mounts a grand production of Aida, the opera written in honor of the opening of the Suez Canal. Previous performances have been held in the temples of Hatshepsut and Karnack in Luxor while the most recent venue for this opera performance was the pyramids of Giza.

Cairo Opera House:
 Al Tahrir Street in Zamalek Tel: 02 2739 8114
cairo opera house
Gomhoreya Theatre:
12 Gomohoreya Street Tel : 02 23907707
Gomhoreya_Theatre

 

Children entertainment:

The Pharonic village in Giza provides quality time for all members of the family especially the children. The village is an ancient Egyptian theme park situated on the on the west bank of the Nile in Cairo, 10 kilometers away from the city center. Visitors ride in small boats through the reed of beds viewing scenes of Pharonic daily life recreated by costumed actors. The park also boasts a replica temple and some interesting museums dedicated to the Egyptian former presidents Gamal Abdel Al Nasser and Anwar Al Sadat.
The Cairo Puppet theatre located in the Opera square downtown presents traditional puppet shows like Sinbad and Ali Baba.
In some cities around Egypt many amusement parks have been built like Dream Park to the North of Cairo. There is also Aqua Park located 32 kilometers to the east of Cairo and offers water chutes, a wave pool, and a nice play ground.

Pharonic Village:
 3 Al Baher Al A'zam street Tel: 02 25718675
pharaonic village
Aqua Park:
Ismailia Street Tel: 02 2477 0088
dream land
Dream Park:
 6th of October City Tel : 02 8400561
dream land
Cairo Puppet Theatre:
Al Azbakeya Gardens Tel: 02 25910954
pubbet

 

Tourists who visit this site also visit the following sites:

Pyramids of Giza
The pyramids of Giza one of seven ancient wonders of the world.
Sakkara
Saqqara is one of the most extensive archaeological sites in Egypt! I
Citadle of Saladin
the The Citadel was fortified by the Salah al-Din to protect cairo from the Crusaders.
The Hanging Church
known as Al-Muallaka (the hanging) because it was built on the ruins of two towers of Babylon