Events

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  • Oriol Calvo at the Lemon Tree & Co.
    Oriol Calvo at the Lemon Tree & Co.
    Aug 28 10:30 pm to Aug 29 4:00 am - The Lemon Tree & Co.
    Marassi's the Lemon Tree & Co. hosts a huge night full of spirit-lifting sets along the North Coast with Pacha Ibiza resident DJ, Oriol Calvo....
  • Back 2 Basics: Beach Bang 2014 at Marassi
    Back 2 Basics: Beach Bang 2014 at Marassi
    Aug 28 10:00 pm to Aug 29 6:00 am - Marassi Beach Clubhouse, North Coast
    Back 2 Basics returns to Sahel for one hell of a party, as this year’s Beach Bang hosts one of the best in Egypt, Mohasseb, Turkish...
  • Munkee Bizness & Screwdriver at Cairo Jazz Club
    Munkee Bizness & Screwdriver at Cairo Jazz Club
    Aug 28 9:00 pm to Aug 29 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Munkee Bizness kick things of at CJC with their knee-knocking brand of swing and rock, before the Energizer Bunnies of local music, Screwdriver,...
  • Molten Amber at Alchemy
    Molten Amber at Alchemy
    Aug 28 8:00 pm to Aug 29 3:00 am - Alchemy
    Alchemy celebrates the real reason behind the prowess of the Gaelic culture, whiskey, for another edition of Molten Amber. For reservations,...
  • Safinar at Tabla
    Safinar at Tabla
    Aug 28 10:00 pm to Aug 29 4:00 am - Tabla
    Spice things up with a quintessential Oriental night at Sahel's Tabla with belly dancing diva, Safinar, taking to the stage. For reservations,...
Fri 29
  • DJ Carlos at Rio Beach Club
    DJ Carlos at Rio Beach Club
    Aug 29 12:00 pm to Aug 29 8:00 pm - Rio Beach Club, Marina 6, North Coast
    Join Nile FM's DJ Carlos as he spins the very best of house music this Friday at Marina Gate 6's Rio Beach Club. Entrance is 100LE. For...
  • Mystic Escape Ft. Aly Goede at the Lemon Tree & Co.
    Mystic Escape Ft. Aly Goede at the Lemon Tree & Co.
    Aug 29 10:00 pm to Aug 30 3:00 am - The Lemon Tree & Co.
    The Marassi branch of the Lemon Tree & Co. are bringing Aly Goede to Sahel for a huge night of music. For reservations, call 0115 666 995/6.
  • Boardwalk Beach Party at Sahl Hasheesh
    Boardwalk Beach Party at Sahl Hasheesh
    Aug 29 3:00 pm to Aug 29 9:00 pm - Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada
    Event Republic is taking over the gorgeous shores of Red Sea haven, Sahl Hasheesh, every Friday this summer for a day party like no other –...
  • 'The Big Cook Off' at Tipsy Teapot
    'The Big Cook Off' at Tipsy Teapot
    Aug 29 2:00 pm to Aug 29 7:00 pm - The Tipsy Teapot
    If you think your a chef star in the making , head over to Maadi's Tipsy Teapot and go head-to-head with other chefs for 'The Big Cook Off'. For...
  • DJ Hussein Fahmy & DJ Miesh at Cairo Jazz Club
    DJ Hussein Fahmy & DJ Miesh at Cairo Jazz Club
    Aug 29 10:00 pm to Aug 30 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    DJ Hussein Fahmy heats things up at CJC, before DJ Miesh hits the decks for a night of house. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are...
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  • Eleonora Iannotta at Cairo Jazz Club
    Eleonora Iannotta at Cairo Jazz Club
    Aug 31 9:00 pm to Sep 01 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Start your week off with some sultry Latin jazz with Italian singer, Eleonora Iannotta, as she takes to the CJC stage. Reservations at Cairo...
  • Summer Festival 2014: Sehr El Sharq at Cairo Opera House
    Summer Festival 2014: Sehr El Sharq at Cairo Opera House
    Aug 31 8:00 pm to Aug 31 11:00 pm - Cairo Opera House
    Led by Belal El Sheikh, Sehr El Sharq literally translates to 'magic of the East'. The name says it all; you'll be mesmerised by this talented ...
  • Art at Alchemy: Hadean Exhibition
    Art at Alchemy: Hadean Exhibition
    Aug 10 12:00 pm to Sep 06 2:00 am - Alchemy
    Catch the talented Marwan El Gamal's latest art exhibition, 'Hadean', combining pop culture, mainstream films and media propaganda into colourful...
  • Taxi Band at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Taxi Band at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Aug 31 8:30 pm to Aug 31 10:00 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Catch local group, Taxi Band, as they perform their unique blend of jazz amd rock in El Sawy Culturewheel's Wisdom Hall. Tickets are 20LE. For...
  • The Summer Collection of Safarkhan 2014 at Safarkhan Gallery
    The Summer Collection of Safarkhan 2014 at Safarkhan Gallery
    Jul 10 8:30 pm to Sep 30 10:30 pm - Safar Khan Art Gallery
    Safarkhan presents the 2014 Summer collection, showcasing the works of young, contemporary talents. The exhibition will run till the 30th of...
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Highlights

Restaurants

Tabali: Egyptian Street Food at Balady-Chic Restaurant in New Cairo

Tabali: Egyptian Street Food at Balady-Chic Restaurant in New Cairo

We, Cairenes, definitely love ourselves some foul, falafel and hawawshi. Sushi and burgers may come and go and tastes for international foods may vary, but when it comes to some traditional Egyptian cuisine, none can resist. Tabali is the latest addition to restaurants aiming to serve gourmet Egyptian street food. We coincidentally stumbled upon this newly-opened eatery in New Cairo and were lured in by its creative design and colourful outlook. With bright blue and perky green decorations garnishing its doors, Tabali sure looked appealing. The restaurant offers both outdoor and indoor seating. The outdoor seating was, despite its size, way too sunny, especially in the summer.  Thus, we occupied one of only two tables available indoors. The restaurant manager, also working the cashier, was cheerful and quite helpful as he handed us our menus and explained the restaurant's specialties. Our first glance at the menu confirmed the Déjà vu we experienced earlier as we set eyes on the interior design of the restaurant, specifically the pickle jars display area and the chalk boards with food items scribbled on them. The menu boasted different types of foul, falafel and egg dishes. A modest selection of salads is also offered, with the Beetroot and Rocca salads seeming the most interesting. No-fuss cheese sandwiches/platters were listed as well, alongside an assortment of fresh juices and fresh fruit salads. For those looking for heftier dishes, three rather ordinary pasta dishes were available; basically béchamel and spaghetti Bolognese hybrids. Some hard-core Egyptian beef and chicken liver, as well as hawawshi are available. The dessert section was rather stereotypical, with rice pudding and Nutella, creamy halawa, molasses and jam sandwiches being pretty much its constituents. We settled for an Original Falafel sandwich (3.50LE), an Eggplant Falafel sandwich (6.95LE), Hawawshi (14.95LE), a platter of four falafel pieces (4.95LE) and a Baba Ghanough salad (11.95LE). For refreshments, we ordered Lemon Mint juice (12 LE) and Sugar Cane juice (10 LE). Disappointingly, the service was slow and rather staggered; the first two platters of food arrived before the drinks, for example. Thankfully, the food itself was rather satisfactory. Both sandwiches were filled to the brim with large falafel pieces and salad. The individual falafel pieces were light, crisp and not at all oily. The Hawawshi was similarly crisp, non-oily and generous in well-marinated ground beef. The Baba Ghanough was the one item, however, that left a questionable impression; it was too runny, drizzled with way too much olive oil and lacked the distinct smoky eggplant flavour. The drinks, however, were amazing, to say the least. The Lemon Mint juice was zesty, refreshing and had that delightful lemony tinge to it and the Sugar Cane juice was energising and surprisingly not overpoweringly sweet. All in all, it'd be a stretch to say that Tabali offers a unique dining experience. Poor service aside, we did end up enjoying the revitalising drinks, while the food itself was decent, if unspectacular. The place was also easy on our wallets, and despite charging a little more for traditionally cheap food options, it was well worth it for the superior quality.

Shopping

The Party Station: Gifts, Decorations & Party Accessories in New Cairo's Downtown Katameya Mall

The Party Station: Gifts, Decorations & Party Accessories in New Cairo's Downtown Katameya Mall

Who doesn't love a good party? We live for those moments of utter joy, right? Whether it's birthdays, graduations, matrimonies or baby showers, decorations and gifts will always adorn these festivities. The Party Station seemed to be a hub of all things festive, so we decided to stop by one of their branches. Located in the ever-growing Downtown Katameya Mall in New Cairo, The Party Station offers locals the chance to wow their guests at special occasions with some serious goodies. From the exterior, the shop looks packed with colourful products; from the multi-coloured logo to the huge balloon stand by the door, the shop looked like the epitome of jolly cheer. Upon entrance, our eyes had quickly landed on the display of house-warming gifts; from glitzy photo frames to pretty candles to clocks and coasters, the shop offers a small yet adequate collection of house accessories. We were particularly fond of the quaint ceramic wall tiles with motivational and heart-warming quotes engraved on them (60LE-140LE). As we moved around, we couldn't help but notice the relatively large section for wedding-related gifts. Have a bachelor party to go to? Grab the future groom a "Groom to Be" cravat.  Going out with the girls to celebrate the bride's last days before the big day? Grab her a bridal tiara or an attachable "Bride to Be" badge (20LE). The shop also offers the traditional party hats, helium balloons (45LE-100LE), greeting cards (30LE-35LE) and glistening garlands.  We also spotted a chocolate and roses bouquet (250 LE). A major annoyance we faced whilst strolling around the shop was the fact that not all products were marked with their prices, causing us to constantly call on the staff to inquire about their cost. Moreover, we found some of the products to be quite overpriced for their rather average quality; a good example of this being the chocolate and roses bouquet which only featured local chocolates and just a couple of white flowers yet was still relatively costly. All in all, The Party Station is definitely a nice addition to the expanding shopping scene in New Cairo. Sure, some products may be irrationally pricey, but for the most part, we found a lot of pretty affordable items. The huge array of products offered by the surprisingly small store is sure to fit a lot of tastes and a diverse range of occasions. offers products for all kinds of occasions, leaving nothing and no one out

Cafés

Rendez-Vous: Classy Cafe in Downtown Cairo's Ramses Hilton Center

Rendez-Vous: Classy Cafe in Downtown Cairo's Ramses Hilton Center

Located on the first floor of the Ramses Hilton Center, Rendez-Vous, an elegant open area café simply oozes with class.  It has become exceedingly popular amongst higher class guests, including many Internationals which arrive from the Ramses Hilton right across the street. Equipped with a large flat screen television, air-conditioning and a thrilling 360 degree view of Ramses Hilton Center's shops. Divided into two areas, the main area was for food and the far side for shisha and a small zalabya vendor. The two aromas mixed together quite nicely. Upon seating ourselves we were presented with two stylish brown leather menus, a large one for the food and smaller one for the drinks.  The drinks menu specializes in mostly alcoholic beverages; a mixture of aperitifs, cocktails and beers, with one Heineken costing (39LE). We ordered one Pina Colada at (71LE) which tasted identical to any Pina Colada served at a bar, one Cappuccino at (23LE), which although quite strong, the staff had carefully drizzled the word 'Welcome' in chocolate sauce on its frothy surface – which we found a nice touch.  Finally, we decided to try one of Rendez-Vous's mocktails. Similar to a cocktail minus the alcohol, we opted for one Raspberry Mojito (32LE). Sweet with the thick consistency of a fruit smoothie, and mixed with the strong bitterness of lemon juice and soda water, the Mojito was refreshing.   Also available in the menu are soft drinks, but at excruciatingly high prices reaching 26LE for a can of coke. The food served here is well presented and divided into salads, desserts, an Egyptian corner and an Italian corner, from which we decided to try the Vegetarian Pizza at (42LE), a decent price for a whole pizza which was crispy and brown around the edges with a moist cheesy centre topped with a generous layer of colourful vegetables including broccoli, peppers and mushrooms – a real burst of vegetable flavour. We also opted for one serving of koshary from the Egyptian corner. Served on a white circular plate and moulded into a delicate mountain of pasta, rice, lentils and onions. Although presented nicely, the flavour was pretty much the same as any koshary vendor on the street. The only difference is here it's more expensive. The waiter who served us was an absolute delight too with exceptional protocol, a smart uniform and spoke both English and Arabic.  Being situated in a mall is perfect for those who wish to engage in a little shopping or go the cinema on the top floor.

Nightlife

Wahawi Ramadan Lounge: Chilled Ramadan Sohour by the Nile in Zamalek

Wahawi Ramadan Lounge: Chilled Ramadan Sohour by the Nile in Zamalek

Cairo isn't a city that takes special occasions lightly and there are few bigger occasions in Egypt than Ramadan. But despite the hullabaloo of it all, Wahawi Ramadan Lounge brings a much-needed serenity to proceedings. Following its success last year, the Ramadan kheima – which sits pretty along the Nile on the breezy rooftop of Le Pacha 1901 in Zamalek – has once again emerged as a perfect alternative to the big, brash rationales of the traditional Ramadan tents. Attracting a much younger crowd than many of the other Ramadan tents around the city, Wahawi doesn't rely on the gimmickry of nostalgia and the increasingly elusive pursuit of a 'quintessential Ramadan experience'. Instead, Wahawi keeps things unfussy and laidback – because there's nothing worse than being force-fed the sounds of an unenthusiastic takht group, as can be found at this time of the year across the city. The setup and decor plays as big a part as any other element; use of the traditional khayameya print is kept to tasteful touches here and there, the music is subtle and the dimmed lighting is perfect – it really is the little things that count. Similarly to last year's setup, tables with couches for large parties line the edges of the space, with small, more intimate tables taking up the centre. Each seating arrangement is appropriately positioned to give patrons a pleasing type of seclusion and cosiness without sacrificing its overall amiable hustle. Each of the larger tables is afforded a flat screen TV – with World Cup matches being shown – and a Playstation console, as well as a range of different board and card games. In terms of the food, frequenters of Le Pacha will be pleased to find the venue's usual selection of dishes with the addition of a few extras across both Egyptian and Lebanese cuisines. On a breezy evening, our party of four headed to Wahawi and we left with bulging bellies and pleased palates. Of the cold mezze options, the cheese with zaatar (24LE) was excellent, while the cheese-stuffed safayeh (30.90LE) – a Lebanese version of dumplings – were equally as delicious. Beyond the picking-dishes, if you will, there are also full blown meals more suitable for fetar – which Wahawi also offers. And, of course, what Ramadan kheima would be complete without shisha, which is served and attended to alertly by staff. Yes, Ramadan is big, loud and gaudy; but Wahawi streamlines the sohour experience, making it a great place to unwind.

Arts & Culture

Cairo Opera House's 2014 Summer Festival

Cairo Opera House's 2014 Summer Festival

Grand by name, grand by nature; Cairo Opera House is one of the few places in Cairo that immerses you in its history and class - they don't do things by the half over there. With Ramadan done and dusted, the Zamalek-located venue are preparing for a month-long, nationwide Summer Festival beginning on Tuesday 5th of August. The festival, which will run till September 5th, will take place at Cairo Opera House's Open Air Theatre, as well as Alexandria Opera House and Damanhour Opera House and will feature some of the best local talent around. Things kick off at the Open Air Theatre on Tuesday with talented violinist, Rasha Yehia, before contemporary Egyptian band, Al Leil We Al Mawal, take to the stage on Wednesday . On Thursday, the immensly talented Dina El Wadidi takes the spotlight for the first time in a while, while Dina Abdel Hamid and Ghassan El Yusuf celebrate classic Oriental instrument, the Oud, with a special evening on Friday. The festival's first week is rounded off by seasoned musician, Mounir Nasr El Din, and his group, Sweet Sound Band.  The rest of the festival is a veritable smogasbord of musical variety, with particular highlights including Adham Roshdy's group, the Wave Jazz Band, on Tuesday 12th of August, jazz musician, Ahmed Rabie, on Wednesday 13th of August, marimba player, Nesma Abdel Aziz - and band - on  Tuesday 19th of August and legendary jazz pioneer, Yehia Khalil, on Tuesday 26th of August. Stay tuned to the Cairo 360 events calendar for details on all the Summer Festival concerts. For more information, call 02-2739-0188 or 02-2739-0299.

Health & Fitness

Mohammed Al Sagheer: Beauty Giant's Newest Branch at Le Meridien Cairo International Airport

Mohammed Al Sagheer: Beauty Giant's Newest Branch at Le Meridien Cairo International Airport

While some might consider beauty and grooming to be secondary in priority in light of daily errands and strenuous rhythm of life in Cairo, the crowded waiting areas of the hair salons spread across the capital paint an entirely different picture. Considered by many to be the first high-end hairdresser in Egypt, famed franchise, Mohamed Al Sagheer, has added to their growing legacy with a new hair salon at Le Meridien Cairo International Airport. Inside, the hotel provides a relaxing atmosphere of contemporary elegance and helps alleviate those hair-cut jitters women – especially the ones living in Cairo – are all too familiar with. Walking in the salon, we noticed the extensive range of TIGI products on display before we were greeted by a smartly dressed receptionist. Requesting a cut and brushing (210 LE) the receptionist called one of the assistants over to begin tending to our hair. The assistant lead us to the washing station and proceeded with a luxurious scalp massage using shampoo and conditioner. The water was kept at a tolerable temperature throughout the wash and the basin was comfortable enough to lean back against – two things we have complained about during visits to other salons. After the wash, we were lead to the main floor where we sat and awaited our assigned hairdresser. This gave us ample time to soak in the mellow atmosphere and the golden-era swing music playing in the background. Though the interior of the salon speaks volumes about the success of the name, some minor décor options left us rather confused – namely the mirrors placed at an awkward angle in front of us on the main floor. We didn't wait long before our selected hair stylist introduced himself and studied the picture we had brought in to copy. After a brief consultation to adapt the hair cut to something that we both could agree on, he got to work with the scissors. Perfectly content with how meticulous our hairdresser was during the cut, we were happy to wait the hour it took for him to finally be pleased enough with the bangs and length to begin the brushing. The brushing was the typical experience of a blow-dry and straightening and wasn't anything to comment on. A quick spray with hair spray and we were done. While our hair cut ended up as looking more of an interpretation rather than adaptation of the photo we brought in, the cut was professionally executed and satisfied our expectations. This in itself is a hard task to achieve in a country where quality and reputation do not usually intersect.

Sights & Travel

Naama Bay: Sharm El Sheikh's Vibrant Hub

Naama Bay: Sharm El Sheikh's Vibrant Hub

Naama Bay is one of Sharm El Sheikh's oldest and grandest attractions and a must see for all those visiting Sharm this year. This delightful place lies between the Airport and the Old City and is located right next to the marina. Many of the bars and restaurants are situated right on the beach, providing a beautiful scenic view whilst offering an exotic food menu - including fresh seafood caught from the Red Sea - and refreshing beverages.  Focusing purely on entertainment, shopping and all the daily needs of tourists, this long audacious street is filled with lively entertainment all night long and will not fail to give your eyes a treat. While shops and food outlets are open during the day, it's the night time when the street really comes alive - ideal for the young and adventurous! From the moment you arrive at Naama Bay prepare to be greeted by an overwhelming energy. The daring street glitters with colourful, dazzling lights as local party music fills the air. A simple walk will leave you with the most difficult decision: What to explore first? Bedouin-style cafes are all in range here, providing a place where visitors can enjoy shisha and drinks amongst the dancing and singing. International restaurants are also plentiful including some of the more famous chains like McDonalds, KFC and Pizza Hut. For the trendy nightclub goers, Hard Rock Café, Pacha and Little Budda are all located in Naama Bay. For those who don't enjoy the party scene so much but still enjoy a drink then Zaza is ideal. Zaza is a must visit, an oriental café/bar providing comfortable couch like seating all facing the stage in which shows are performed including belly dancing, fire spinning and live music. This delectable bar serves both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Keep in mind though, most places charge a 10-15% service charge that isn't always listed on the menu.  It is not only food and drink that are amongst the pleasures here. Naama Bay has countless bazaars ideal for purchasing unique gifts and special souvenirs though be prepared for serious bartering and never accept the first price given. Carrefour is located at the beginning of the street, providing an excellent groceries and daily essentials option that's barter free. Scattered throughout the area are smaller kiosks and newsstands that sell cigarettes, drinks and snacks. There's also a shopping mall filled with jewellery stores, clothes shops and other merchandise. Ice cream parlours are plentiful too, which will be much appreciated in the heat. Naama Bay touches on almost all your needs with oriental and international outlets, travel agents and currency exchange bureaus all within a five-minute radius. However, this striking portal is not without it's cons. You will without a doubt experience frequent hassle from the locals beckoning you to drink in their cafés and buy from their shops. This can seem a little overwhelming if you are alone, especially for females. It's advisable to go with another person and try not to trust everyone. Naama Bay is a very noisy street filled with constant deafening music so if you wish to have a conversation with someone you will probably have to wait until you are inside one of its outlets. Despite this, Naama Bay remains a large and diverse party open all night long in which everyone is invited to, but be aware - it's not for everyone.

City Life

Cairo 360 Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Cairo 360 Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

The Cairo 360 team has today taken on the ALS Bucket Challenge and we've challenged a few of our good friends to follow suit. A group of our bravest souls were on hand to make a donation and contribute to an online craze that has seen people from across the world dump buckets of ice and water over themselves in the name of good fun and charity. The viral phenomenon has been taken part in by a range of celebrities including everyone from Justin Bieber, to Bill Gates, with American non-profit organisation, the ALS Foundation, receiving donations. Founded in 1985, the foundation works at raising awareness and research money for sufferers of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – aka Lou Gehrig's disease. Click here to watch the video.  For more information about ALS, click here.
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Win! Fetar for Two at Kempinski Nile Hotel's Blue Restaurant
Win! Fetar for Two at Kempinski Nile Hotel's Blue Restaurant