Events

Fri 31
  • Cirque Du Freak at Cairo Jazz Club
    Cirque Du Freak at Cairo Jazz Club
    Oct 31 10:00 pm to Nov 01 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    CJC are throwing a Halloween party and 'normal looking' people are not invited! Music comes courtesy of DJ Tahawy and DJ Ouzo. Reservations at...
  • BOO! at the Temple
    BOO! at the Temple
    Oct 31 10:00 pm to Nov 01 3:00 am - The Temple, Nile Pharaoh Boat, Giza Corniche
    Nile Pharaoh’s the Temple welcomes stellar line-up of DJs for Halloween party, BOO! Devilish duo, ToyBoys, kick things off, before Greek DJ,...
  • Wicked at Amici Zamalek
    Wicked at Amici Zamalek
    Oct 31 10:00 pm to Nov 01 3:00 am - Amici
    Amici Zamalek are gearing up for another Halloween shindig, as DJs Bibo S and Arrest, play back-to-back. For more information and...
  • All Hallow's Eve at Alchemy
    All Hallow's Eve at Alchemy
    Oct 31 8:00 pm to Nov 01 2:00 am - Alchemy
    The already slightly creepy Alchemy is dialing things up a notch for Halloween with All Hallow’s Eve, where DJ Special K is in charge of the...
  • Sharmoofers at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Sharmoofers at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Oct 31 7:00 pm to Oct 31 10:00 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Having taken Cairo by storm with their unique fusion of comedy and music, Sharmoofers, take to the stage of El Sawy Culturewheel's River Hall....
Sat 01
  • Karakeeb at Cairo Jazz Club
    Karakeeb at Cairo Jazz Club
    Nov 01 9:00 pm to Nov 02 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Taking a humorous and satirical take on music, local band, Karakeeb, perform at CJC. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended;
  • The Arab Music Festival & Conference: Opening Ceremony at Cairo Opera House
    The Arab Music Festival & Conference: Opening Ceremony at Cairo Opera House
    Nov 01 8:00 pm to Nov 01 11:00 pm - Cairo Opera House
    The first night of the 2014 Arab Music Festival & Conference sees key speakers introduce the nine-day musical extravaganza, before twelve...
  • Irie Révoltés at VENT
    Irie Révoltés at VENT
    Nov 01 10:00 pm to Nov 02 2:00 am - VENT
    In collaboration with Goethe-Institut, Downtown bar/art-space, VENT, welcome sibling duo, Irie Révoltés, whose fusion of...
  • Aya Metwalli at Balcon Lounge
    Aya Metwalli at Balcon Lounge
    Nov 01 8:00 pm to Nov 01 10:00 pm - Balcon Lounge
    Heliopolis' Balcon Lounge welcomes back the beautifully haunting vocals of Aya Metwalli. Tickets are 30LE. For more information and reservations,...
  • Salsa Night at El Mojito
    Salsa Night at El Mojito
    Nov 01 9:00 pm to Nov 02 1:00 am - El Mojito
    Get your dancing shoes on and make your way over to Conrad Cairo's El Mojito for another red-hot Salsa Night. For reservations, call...
Sun 02
  • Playlist Sundays with Mada Masr at VENT
    Playlist Sundays with Mada Masr at VENT
    Nov 02 7:00 pm to Nov 03 3:00 am - VENT
    Join VENT every Sunday, as Mada Masr hosts a new artist every week to curate a custom playlist featuring a range of music. This week's...
  • Basheer at After Eight
    Basheer at After Eight
    Nov 02 10:00 pm to Nov 03 3:00 am - After Eight
    Sundays wouldn't be Sundays without Basheer performing at After Eight and the unique singer is back at the Downtown bar for a night of...
  • Karaoke Night at Amici Zamalek
    Karaoke Night at Amici Zamalek
    Nov 02 8:00 pm to Nov 03 2:00 am - Amici
    Now a staple of Cairo's eclectic nightlife, Amici invites all to enjoy a night of Japan's greatest export, karaoke. For more information and...
  • Artist Talk: Qarm Qart at Mashrabia Gallery
    Artist Talk: Qarm Qart at Mashrabia Gallery
    Nov 02 7:00 pm to Nov 02 9:00 pm - Mashrabia Gallery
    With his exhibition, RESTART, currently showing at Mashrabia Gallery, Qarm Qart will be speaking to historian, Margot Badran, about his latest...
  • Karaoke Night at Johnny's Zamalek
    Karaoke Night at Johnny's Zamalek
    Nov 02 7:00 pm to Nov 03 2:00 am - Johnny
    It takes a little Dutch courage to go up and sing in front of an entire crowd and luckily, at Le Pacha 1901, Johnny's will provide all the...
Mon 03
  • ToyBoys at Cairo Jazz Club
    ToyBoys at Cairo Jazz Club
    Nov 03 10:30 pm to Nov 04 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Back after a hiatus of sorts, ToyBoys at CJC for a night of nu disco and tech house. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended;...
  • El Ghouri Tannoura Dance Group at Wikalet El Ghouri
    El Ghouri Tannoura Dance Group at Wikalet El Ghouri
    Nov 03 9:00 pm to Nov 03 11:00 pm - Wikalet El Ghouri
    Head over to Wikalet El Ghouri in El Hussein for some magical music combined with traditional dance performed by El Ghouri Tannoura Dance Group...
  • Karaoke Night at Amici Heliopolis
    Karaoke Night at Amici Heliopolis
    Nov 03 7:00 pm to Nov 04 2:00 am - Amici
    Now a staple of Cairo's eclectic nightlife, Amici invites all to enjoy a night of Japan's greatest export, karaoke. For more information and...
  • El Raseef Book Fair at Beit El Raseef
    El Raseef Book Fair at Beit El Raseef
    Nov 01 11:00 am to Nov 10 11:00 pm - Beit El Raseef
    Maadi's Beit El Raseef welcomes Cairo's bookworms for its second annual book fair, with over 20,ooo books on sale for between 1LE and 20LE.
  • Sobhy Guirguis Exhibition at Karim Francis Gallery
    Sobhy Guirguis Exhibition at Karim Francis Gallery
    Nov 02 12:00 pm to Nov 16 8:00 pm - Karim Francis Gallery
    The Karim Francis Gallery's new Zamalek venue hosts an exhibition bringing together the work of the late sculptor, Sobhy Guirguis. The gallery is...
Tue 04
  • Jammin' Tuesday: Machine Eat Man at Cairo Jazz Club
    Jammin' Tuesday: Machine Eat Man at Cairo Jazz Club
    Nov 04 10:00 pm to Nov 05 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Tonight, live music at CJC is an electronic affair with experimental band, Machine Eat Man. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended;...
  • Diva's Night at Stage One
    Diva's Night at Stage One
    Nov 04 5:00 pm to Nov 05 2:00 am - Stage One
    Conrad Cairo's enduring bar, Stage One, welcomes the city's femme fatales for Diva's Night, where ladies get free cocktails between 5PM and 2AM....
  • Tango Night at El Mojito
    Tango Night at El Mojito
    Nov 04 9:00 pm to Nov 05 3:00 am - El Mojito
    Conrad Cairo's rooftop lounge, El Mojito, invites Cairo's dancers to indulge in a little Tango. For reservations, call 010-01117275.
  • Karaoke Night at Johnny's West
    Karaoke Night at Johnny's West
    Nov 04 7:00 pm to Nov 05 2:00 am - Johnny
    It takes a little Dutch courage to go up and sing in front of an entire crowd and luckily, at Le Pacha 1901 West, Johnny's will provide all the...
  • El Raseef Book Fair at Beit El Raseef
    El Raseef Book Fair at Beit El Raseef
    Nov 01 11:00 am to Nov 10 11:00 pm - Beit El Raseef
    Maadi's Beit El Raseef welcomes Cairo's bookworms for its second annual book fair, with over 20,ooo books on sale for between 1LE and 20LE.
Wed 05
  • Dancestock 2014: DBMM & Gawdat at Cairo Jazz Club
    Dancestock 2014: DBMM & Gawdat at Cairo Jazz Club
    Nov 05 10:00 pm to Nov 06 2:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    The first week of this year's Dancestock sees CJC welcome local duo, Aguizi & Fahim, and Swiss indie and disco-house threesome, DBMM....
  • El Ghouri Tannoura Dance Group at Wikalet El Ghouri
    El Ghouri Tannoura Dance Group at Wikalet El Ghouri
    Nov 05 9:00 pm to Nov 05 11:00 pm - Wikalet El Ghouri
    Head over to Wikalet El Ghouri in El Hussein for some magical music combined with traditional dance performed by El Ghouri Tannoura Dance Group...
  • Karaoke Night at Bellini Cocktail Lounge
    Karaoke Night at Bellini Cocktail Lounge
    Nov 05 8:00 pm to Nov 06 3:00 am - Bellini Cocktail Lounge
    Every Wednesday, the InterContinental Semiramis' Bellini invites you to grab the mic - and the spotlight - for a night of karaoke, with the added...
  • El Raseef Book Fair at Beit El Raseef
    El Raseef Book Fair at Beit El Raseef
    Nov 01 11:00 am to Nov 10 11:00 pm - Beit El Raseef
    Maadi's Beit El Raseef welcomes Cairo's bookworms for its second annual book fair, with over 20,ooo books on sale for between 1LE and 20LE.
  • Sobhy Guirguis Exhibition at Karim Francis Gallery
    Sobhy Guirguis Exhibition at Karim Francis Gallery
    Nov 02 12:00 pm to Nov 16 8:00 pm - Karim Francis Gallery
    The Karim Francis Gallery's new Zamalek venue hosts an exhibition bringing together the work of the late sculptor, Sobhy Guirguis. The gallery is...
Thu 06
  • Karaoke Night at Vintage Bar & Lounge
    Karaoke Night at Vintage Bar & Lounge
    Nov 06 9:00 pm to Nov 07 3:00 am - Vintage Bar & Lounge
    Renaissance Cairo Mirage City Hotel's new nightlife hotspot, Vintage, welcomes karaoke lovers for a night of unabashed fun. For reservations,...
  • El Raseef Book Fair at Beit El Raseef
    El Raseef Book Fair at Beit El Raseef
    Nov 01 11:00 am to Nov 10 11:00 pm - Beit El Raseef
    Maadi's Beit El Raseef welcomes Cairo's bookworms for its second annual book fair, with over 20,ooo books on sale for between 1LE and 20LE.
  • Sobhy Guirguis Exhibition at Karim Francis Gallery
    Sobhy Guirguis Exhibition at Karim Francis Gallery
    Nov 02 12:00 pm to Nov 16 8:00 pm - Karim Francis Gallery
    The Karim Francis Gallery's new Zamalek venue hosts an exhibition bringing together the work of the late sculptor, Sobhy Guirguis. The gallery is...
  • RESTART by Qarm Qart at Mashrabia Gallery
    RESTART by Qarm Qart at Mashrabia Gallery
    Oct 20 11:00 am to Nov 13 8:00 pm - Mashrabia Gallery
    Mashrabia Gallery hosts Qarm Qart's latest work, RESTART; an exhibition through which the enigmatic artist redefines and questions reality as we...
  • 'El-Touni: A Design Retrospective' at Sharja Art Gallery
    'El-Touni: A Design Retrospective' at Sharja Art Gallery
    Oct 19 6:00 pm to Nov 13 10:00 pm - Sharjah Art Gallery
    As the first on a series of projects that aim to trace the history of design in the Middle East, AUC New Cairo's hosts an eclectic exhibition that...

Highlights

Restaurants

La Rosa: Simple, No-Frills Restaurant in Maadi that Focuses on the Food

La Rosa: Simple, No-Frills Restaurant in Maadi that Focuses on the Food

Sometimes you just need wholesome, dependable food – and there's little you can depend on, when it comes to dining in Cairo. It doesn't matter which cuisine, just one that you know you love and can have repeatedly. For this reviewer, that happens to be Italian, and while this is a cuisine we've discussed at length as the single most badly executed in Egypt, there are a few gems out there who get it. One of these is a small diner on Road 231 in Degla Maadi called La Rosa. With a very casual atmosphere and framed photos of Italy combined with wine bottles covered in wax to set the décor, La Rosa is laidback and puts the focus on the food. The lighting is dim and when there's music, it's suitably low, only lingering in the background. A waiter will greet you at the door when you walk in and set menus at the table for you. The prices at La Rosa vary greatly. On one side of the spectrum, you have very affordable pizza and pasta (27LE40LE), though on the other end, the main courses range between 75LE and 95LE. We decided on the Pizza Funghi (32LE) as well as Tortellini (34LE) and Farfalle la Rosa (35LE). From previous experience we knew the Tortellini isn't as filling as the other dishes and would serve better as an appetiser. As per custom at La Rosa, a complimentary Bruschetta appetiser is served before the food. The soft in the centre, crunchy around the edges bread worked very well with the topping of seasoned and diced tomatoes. The pizza at La Rosa is one of our favourites across Egypt for two reasons. The crust is the perfect thinness, crunchiness and doesn't flap – and they don't charge you 60LE for it. Our Funghi Pizza was exactly that; the tomato sauce was delicious, the cheese wasn't overpowering and the fresh mushrooms were the cherry on top of a very delicious cake. Unfortunately, the pasta didn't hold up as well. The Tortellini, one of the hardest to execute because of a specific folding technique to the pasta, came undone on our plate. While the ricotta cheese and spinach stuffing was flavourful and seasoned well, the cream sauce was a bit in terms of combining with the other flavours. With the Farfalle la Rosa, consisting of pasta with pink sauce and cooked smoked salmon, was perfectly cooked and tasted fresh. The salmon wasn't as plentiful as we had hoped, but delicious nonetheless. While we may remember La Rosa as slightly better than what we experienced, at least in the pasta department, the pizzas were still up to standard and the restaurant prioritises the quality of the food over the shallow pizzazz that so many other restaurants seem to want to rely on.

Health & Fitness

EL FIT Fitness Challenge: Egypt's Biggest, Baddest Fitness Event Returns for Season Two

EL FIT Fitness Challenge: Egypt's Biggest, Baddest Fitness Event Returns for Season Two

Now more than ever, Egypt has begun to embrace the idea of healthy living – something that, just fifteen years ago or so, seemed ridiculous. We can sit here all day and hypothesize as to why; greater accessibility to healthy foods and health-conscious restaurants rapidly increasing in numbers is an obvious one that Cairo 360 is all too familiar with. But a possibly bigger reason is the number of health groups and initiatives outside the usual confines of a gym – one of which is the EL FIT Fitness Challenge, powered by Reebok, which is set to return for its second season. Fuelled by a cocktail of greater awareness of health and a seemingly newfound yearning for competitiveness, the EL FIT Fitness Challenge is already a huge date on every fitness freak's calendar. People often talk about the average Cairene's love of sport, but for the majority of those, that love rarely breaks through the TV screen. What EL FIT has done is utilise the new wave of healthy-living and added a very heavy dose of fun. This edition of the challenge has expanded with a new qualification system across six categories, opening up the competition to even more athletes; male open ( 16-34 year olds), female open (16+ year olds), male masters 1 (35-45 year olds) and male masters 2 (45+ year olds), as well as male teams and mixed teams. The challenges range across everything from deadlifting, to med ball runs, to the dreaded '10 Motions' challenge, so this certainly isn't for the weak of heart.   After the qualification rounds in October, the entrees will be sieved down to the absolute best few, who will then go on to the finals in November. Said finals will stretch over two days, with a special fitness expo and a host of mini-challenges also awaiting attendees and athletes. With over 1000 athletes expected to register, and a further 4000 expected to attend the finals this is set to be one of the biggest fitness events Egypt has ever seen. Stay tuned for more details and coverage on Cairo 360 – in the meantime, check out the official EL FIT Facebook page and, if you're feeling brave, maybe even register.

Cafés

Kahve: Cozy Cafe in Sheikh Zayed

Kahve: Cozy Cafe in Sheikh Zayed

At first glance, some Cairo cafes seem to have it all; good atmosphere, design, location and overall outlook. Then, when you actually decide to give them a go, you end up with unprecedented disappointment. Located in a quiet street in the Sheikh Zayed, Kahve grabs attention with its Turkish name and seemingly chilled atmosphere. The place is adequately-sized, with both outdoor and indoor seating available, and despite being full at the time of our visit, it still retained a relaxing ambiance; perfect for reading a book by yourself, or going on a casual date. We asked a waiter if there were any tables available and he, right away, began arranging one for us. Our menus were laid in front of us and we began our search for something to order. The menu's not huge in terms of variety, but it'll do in a pinch. Kahve offers hot beverages (15.50LE-21LE), mostly coffee-based, of which the Nutella Turkish Coffee (16.50LE) was the most striking. Some cold shakes, cocktails and smoothies were also offered (19LE-29.75LE). As for food, we spotted some savoury items including basic sandwiches, croissants with fillings (11.50LE), pizza and crepes (25.75LE). Some desserts are also offered, including chocolate fondant (29.75LE), waffles (15.75 LE), tarts, muffins, cookies and donuts. The final item on the menu was the shisha, of course, which comes in all sorts of flavours and varieties (20LE-30LE). The true beginning of the end came with us placing our order.  Our waiter, quite surprisingly, did not recognise several items on the menu. He then proceeded to deny our request for Salami pizza claiming that the only pizza toppings available were Hotdog, mushrooms and cheese. Quite baffled, and slightly annoyed, we opted for a Hotdog Pizza and a Cheese Lover's Pizza (27.75LE each), green tea, water and the Chocolate Lover's dessert (30LE). A whopping forty-five minutes later, our table was just as empty as it had been when we first arrived.  Our pizzas and Chocolate Lovers dessert only arrived after we had asked for them three times, and our green tea and water came after we had to remind the waiter that we had, in fact, asked for them two times.  The pizzas were quite small in size, thin, crisp and laden with cheese; totally delicious, but not particularly filling. The same, however, cannot be said for the dessert, as it lacked an adequate amount of ice cream and chocolate sauce, had none of the nuts it claimed to have on the menu, and the brownie itself tasted quite stale. All in all, it's a shame Kahve, with its lovely setting, fell so badly in the service department. Sure the pizzas were scrumptious, but they sure weren't worth the wait.  The Chocolate Lovers dessert was a total disaster and our waiter completely forgetting our order was quite a nuisance.

Arts & Culture

Lost Art: Artist Leaves Paintings in Cairo Streets as Part of Interactive Project

Lost Art: Artist Leaves Paintings in Cairo Streets as Part of Interactive Project

If you put a painting up on the wall of a museum, does that necessarily make it art? American artist Leslie McAllister wants people to explore that question in her latest project, Lost Art. McAllister takes pieces of trash from the street and takes the 'rubbish' home to prepare it so it can be painted on. She then returns to the same place after a week or so and paints the scene. The finished painting then comes home with her again to dry and about a week later she goes back again to leave the painting behind. Finders, keepers: whoever finds the painting is free to take it home and do whatever they want with it. "I want to challenge the notion that something must be art and it's must be good because it is in a gallery or a museum" she explains. "I want people to decide for themselves whether something is art and not have galleries or museums decide that for them. If they like my painting, they can take it with them, if they don't they're free to leave it behind." The project is also somewhat of a personal challenge for McAllister. "I'm a bit of a hoarder; I have trouble parting with possessions. So I guess you could say in a way this is therapeutic", she laughs. McAllister started her project in Paris, France, where she lives. "The gallery-scene here is a very exclusive – a closed community that is hard to get into. If you know the right people you'll get to exhibit your art, but if your art is great and you don't have those connections it's very hard to be noticed. By leaving my paintings in the street I turn the public space into a gallery." The artist explains Lost Art could also be seen as the opposite of the Found Art movement, where artists put everyday objects in an art-setting so those objects themselves become 'art- like Marcel Duchamp famously did with a toilet. "I take art and put it out on the street; they took everyday objects and put them in a museum." When McAllister came to Egypt for a 3-month artist residenct at art centre, Artellewa, she was keen to continue her project. The first place she picked to do a Lost Art piece in Cairo was the iconic Tahrir square. "It seemed like the perfect place to start because of its obvious relevance. Pretty much everybody told me not to go though, because I would get in trouble with the police or people would harass me. So I decided to go early on a Friday morning and thankfully it was totally fine. A few people came up to me wanting to take a picture with me, but that was it. I sat on the grass in the middle of the roundabout looking towards the museum. It was a lovely morning and a great experience." McAllister leaves a small note on the back of the painting with the title of the painting - Lost Art #? - her website address and a message briefly explaining the concept. She also asked to please let her know if somebody finds one of her artworks. "So far only three people have contacted me saying they found a painting. I guess some people are afraid to contact me once they find a piece because they are afraid I might charge them money or something." If you're interested to hear McAllister talk about her Lost Art project and would like to see her paint a piece in real life, she is giving a workshop on the subject at Artellewwa, Wednesday 8th at noon.  Photo courtesy of Leslie McAllister.

Shopping

The Trend: Online Outlet Specialising in Handmade Flower Crowns & Headbands in Cairo

The Trend: Online Outlet Specialising in Handmade Flower Crowns & Headbands in Cairo

You've seen them at music festivals, beaches and worn by celebrities. Just about every hipster and pseudo-gypsy-styling gal has them by the bunch and Cairo has never exactly been immune to trends and fads; flower crowns and headbands are what's in right now and one local retailer is taking full advantage of it. The Trend is a local brand offering those very headbands we've seen floating around Tumblr. We came by the brand's Instagram account, which is where you can view all their designs. Though there's still a certain type of stigma surrounding online shopping in Cairo, it has emerged as a great platform and outlet for local brands and designers who have to compete in the face of the increasing number of high-street brands such as H&M, et al. The Trend, in particular, has kept things simple with its Instagram page, making the shopping 'experience' much easier than one would imagin. From amongst a pool of many different designs (ranging between 20LE-80LE), we opted for three; a red flower crown (35 LE) and two normal white and pale-pink floral headbands (20LE each). You can also order some floral bracelets, as well as custom-made floral headbands and crowns for special occasions including engagements, bridal showers, weddings, photo-shoots and the like. For an additional 25LE, you can get your order delivered right to your doorstep within a pretty short time from placing it. Ours was neatly placed in a plastic bag and to say they looked absolutely beautiful is an understatement. Both headbands were delicate and pretty and work well for both beach and city-appropriate outfits. The flower crown, however, was beyond our expectations; its crimson colour was just perfect and could work for the winter as well. Unfortunately for Cairo's more experimental fashion horses, we live in a country where fashion statements are mostly accompanied by tons of unneeded glitter and tacky embellishments, the already scarce headbands available in stores come with either or both of these features. The Trend bucks this, well, trend, with subtle designs that sell for very decent prices.

Sights & Travel

The Cairo Tower: Still the Best View of Egypt's Capital

The Cairo Tower: Still the Best View of Egypt's Capital

With quiet streets overflowing with refreshing greenery, fine restaurants, cafes and bars, Zamalek is one of Egypt's most attractive districts and home to one of Cairo's top monumental attractions - the Cairo Tower.  Just north of the Museum of Modern Art, the Cairo Tower has been the tallest structure in Egypt and North Africa for approximately fifty years, surpassed on the continent only by Hillbrow Tower in South Africa. With sixteen floors in total, the tower stands at an amazing 187 meters. Some people today say that it has become one of Cairo's most famous landmarks after the Pyramids of Giza and many famous figures - presidents, politicians and movie-stars including Katherine Hepburn - have marvelled at a truly unique view of Cairo. Designed by Egyptian architect, Naoun Chebib, the tower was built using ganite, between the years 1954 to 1961.  Granite is also the same material used by ancient Egyptians which is symbolic in its own way as is its unique structure and fantastical form. That lotus plant-like structure that we see when we look up into the sky is of no accident; it is in fact symbolic to the ancient Egyptians as this was the very plant used to make papyrus.  Something that not many people are aware of when it comes to the Cairo Tower is where the financial support originated from and in fact it was the Government of the United States of America.  $6,000,000 were issued as a personal gift to Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser in an attempt to gain his favour, but he in turn transferred these funds to the Egyptian government for the purpose of building the Cairo Tower. Once inside, after paying an entry fee of 20LE for Egyptians and 70LE for non-Egyptians, the view from the top is absolutely breathtaking in both daylight and night time when Cairo is lit up in all its glory.  In fact, if timed right, you can witness a romantic, radiant sunset that can be quite an enchanting experience and quite possibly the best time to be stood above the city.  At the very peak of the tower are two restaurants, one being the famous rotating restaurant where guests can sit by the window and enjoy a meal whilst gazing upon the city of Cairo, though the prices are a little steep considering the tower already requires an entry fee.  A Shrimp Cocktail starter costs a staggering 90LE. It takes an average of seventy minutes for the restaurant to complete one full rotation and moves at an almost unnoticeable speed.  It is even possible to see the Pyramids from on a clear day. Opening times are from 8AM until midnight during the winter months and from 9AM until 1AM in the summer time, making it accessible all day and late into the night.  The entrance to the tower can get quite busy considering there is only one small elevator which holds a total of eight people. Once inside though it takes no time to get to the top.

City Life

Win! Two-Night Stay at Conrad Cairo Hotel!

Win! Two-Night Stay at Conrad Cairo Hotel!

Here's something to chew on: the Conrad Cairo Hotel is the capital's best kept secret. Sitting pretty on the Downtown Corniche with a stunning view of the Nile, the luxury hotel is home to some of the best facilities of its kind as well as some of the best restaurants in the city – see Oak Grill, a personal favourite of our very picky managing editor. The Cairo 360 team has been lucky enough to indulge the pleasures of the hotel many a time – although we wouldn't mind enjoying it a few more times – and the good people at the Conrad are spreading the love. What? The Conrad Cairo Hotel is giving one lucky Cairo 360 reader a complimentary two night stay for two and a 25% discount at Kamala!Where? We've been through this – Conrad Cairo Hotel, Corniche, Nile! Take in the view, guys – it's quite something. Why? Because life in Cairo isn't easy and it's about time you let someone treat you. How do I get my hands on it? It's easy – answer this easy question: How many restaurants and lounges are there at the Conrad Cairo Hotel? (Hey, you…the hotel's official Facebook page might help) Now what? Send your answers to freestuff@cairo360.com, with your full name, contact details and 'Conrad Competition' in the subject lines. The competition ends at midnight on Monday 24th of November 2014; so hurry up and send your answers in! Terms and Conditions apply.

Music

The Kooks: Listen

The Kooks: Listen

Divisive British indie-rock band, the Kooks, are  is back at it with their fourth studio album, Listen. The band's previous album, Junk of the Heart, was ill-received by both fans and critics, and the pressure has very much been on. 'Around Town' opens the album with a ridiculously upbeat, retro tone that you will almost certainly find your feet tapping away to; a quite surprising start that signals an even more surprising pattern for the rest of the album. Though the distinctively different sound is explicit, the band still manages to retain a degree of familiarity, as to not alienate fans. Said retro vibe is very much present throughout the rest of the album, with 'Forgive & Forget' following through with a 70s/80s influence. 'West Side' comes along and changes up the sound of the album to something a bit mellower with a sleeker beat, allowing Luke Pritchard's utterly distinctive vocals to shine. Just as you start to settle get into the nostalgic influences, 'See Me Now' slaps you out of that comfort, with Pritchard's vocals taking a more melancholic tone as he laments about adolescent mistakes to his late father; a touchingly soulful tribute. It Was London, however, sets the album back on the same track and the influences of yesteryear colour the track with the electric guitar dominating its sound, fuelled by political muses as it narrates riots and mayhem. Saying 'Bad Habit' is catchy would be an understatement; it's a typically infesting Kooks sing-along that is likely to follow you for days - whether you like it or not. The catchy tunes continue from here, with 'Down and Electric Heart', while 'Sunrise' sees Pritchard seductively makes an entrance chanting "I want you, to show me the way to your heart." The album closes off with 'Sweet Emotion' - the album's closest encounter with romance whose piano solo provides a fitting finale. While this is far from being a revolutionary album, Listen does signal the Kooks' return to form for fans, offering a clean-cut, freshly rejuvenated twist on their usual sound. Detractors, however, will find plenty to pick at.
Vote

Loading...

Win! Two-Night Stay at Conrad Cairo Hotel!
Win! Two-Night Stay at Conrad Cairo Hotel!