Events

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  • Ellie of London at Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Ellie of London at Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Aug 21 9:00 pm to Aug 22 2:00 am - Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Inspired by classical jazz standards, Ellie of London brings her sultry vocal talents to the Fairmont Nile City's luxurious Saigon Restaurant...
  • Shiver at Alchemy
    Shiver at Alchemy
    Aug 21 9:00 pm to Aug 22 3:00 am - Alchemy
    Majestic Dokki nightspot, Alchemy, once again invites patrons to enjoy an evening of warm celebration - a celebration of vodka infused ...
  • Glass Onion at Cairo Jazz Club
    Glass Onion at Cairo Jazz Club
    Aug 21 9:00 pm to Aug 22 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Cairo's one and only Beatles tribute band, Glass Onion, work their way through the classics at CJC. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are...
  • 'Best Of' 48 Hour Film Project Film Screening at Darb 1718
    'Best Of' 48 Hour Film Project Film Screening at Darb 1718
    Aug 21 8:00 pm to Aug 21 11:00 pm - Darb 1718
    Having taken Egypt's film community by storm in recent years, the 48 Hour Film Project is set to kick off again this September. Just to whet your...
  • Le Cabaret at the Lemon Tree & Co.
    Le Cabaret at the Lemon Tree & Co.
    Aug 21 10:00 pm to Aug 22 4:00 am - The Lemon Tree & Co.
    The Lemon Tree & Co’s increasingly popular Sahel branch in Marassi is getting hot and steamy this weekend, with a spectacular burlesque...
Fri 22
  • Boardwalk Beach Party at Sahl Hasheesh
    Boardwalk Beach Party at Sahl Hasheesh
    Aug 22 3:00 pm to Aug 22 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 –...
  • DJ Special K + Aguizi & Fahim at Cairo Jazz Club
    DJ Special K + Aguizi & Fahim at Cairo Jazz Club
    Aug 22 10:00 pm to Aug 23 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    DJ Special K kicks things off at CJC, before popular DJ duo, Aguizi & Fahim, unleash their electric indie and nu-disco house sets....
  • Ellie of London at Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Ellie of London at Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Aug 22 9:00 pm to Aug 23 2:00 am - Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Inspired by classical jazz standards, Ellie of London brings her sultry vocal talents to the Fairmont Nile City's luxurious Saigon Restaurant...
  • Summer Grooves Ft. Amr Hosny at La Bodega
    Summer Grooves Ft. Amr Hosny at La Bodega
    Aug 22 10:00 pm to Aug 23 4:00 am - La Bodega
    Catch the Godfather of Egyptian DJs, Amr Hosny, every Friday at La Bodega in Marassi, Sahel. For reservations, call 0102 7761614.
  • DJ Feedo at O Bar
    DJ Feedo at O Bar
    Aug 22 9:00 pm to Aug 23 3:00 am - O Bar
    Head over to O Bar and catch Cairo's one and only r&b and hip hop master, DJ Feedo. For reservations, call 01286188880.
Sat 23
  • Salalem at Cairo Jazz Club
    Salalem at Cairo Jazz Club
    Aug 23 9:00 pm to Aug 24 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Tonight, local favourites, Salalem, bring their unique brand of Oriental pop rock to the CJC stage. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are...
  • 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...
  • 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

IKEA Restaurant: Wholesome Scandinavian Dishes at Cairo Festival City's Biggest Attraction

IKEA Restaurant: Wholesome Scandinavian Dishes at Cairo Festival City's Biggest Attraction

People have raved about IKEA's Restaurant for years. With the Swedish home furnishing giant having landed in Cairo at the end of last year, you can be sure they brought along their restaurant which occupies an entire floor at their venue in Cairo Festival City. IKEA's food market is known for offering Swedish (or Scandinavian) food and groceries including meatballs and salmon. The meatballs in gravy with mashed potatoes might be their most famous dish so we decided to stop by since we were in the area. Relatively easy to get to from the inside, we took a set of escalators up to the restaurant which is spaced out like a cafeteria. The concept is interesting; customers take a tray and are served what they want from the buffet. When you're done, you pay at the cashier. Later you can deposit you're tray in allocated areas. The idea takes from the same corporate attributes that IKEA employ to reduce end user cost. So we proceeded to the buffet and opted for the 15 piece portion of Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes and gravy (35LE) and Herbed Grilled Chicken with Basmati Rice (39LE). We also tested out the Salmon Cake (12LE) and that's what we dug into first. Basically, it's a ball of mashed potatoes stuffed with cooked salmon and covered in a layer of fried breading. The cake is hot on the inside and has a nice mix of textures between the tender salmon, creamy potatoes and slight crunch of breading. While the meat balls were tasty, especially with the gravy, we couldn't help but feel they were a little stale. It might the fact that we knew they were frozen and sent over from Sweden. The mashed potatoes were creamy and similarly complimented nicely by the gravy. The Grilled Chicken, made with rosemary in the marinade, had a strong herby aroma and, along with its sauce, created a good harmony with the Basmati Rice, which has a herby flavour of its own. All in all, a pleasant experience that definitely beats having to go hungry while shopping. Would we ever go there specifically for the restaurant? Unlikely; it's too far out and there's all of Cairo Festival City behind you with countless other restaurants. But for what it is - a decent and relatively cheap meal - it definitely works.

Shopping

Bagua: Whimsical & Colourful Home Accessories in Zamalek

Bagua: Whimsical & Colourful Home Accessories in Zamalek

Home décor in Egypt has, traditionally, been equated to a few key elements – think gilded chairs and couches, gigantic dining table, et al. As with all things of aesthetic value, this has changed dramatically in recent years and there's a much more pluralized vision of what a home can be – home décor has changed from a way to please yourself than to please others. Because in Egypt, hell hath no fury like an unimpressed and judgmental guest scorned. New in Zamalek, Bagua's philosophy, if you will, is all about giving you peace of mind – through furniture and décor.  Located on the quiet Ahmed Heshmat Street, the shop is rather small and packed with pieces. Despite this, though, there's a certain sense of serenity and playfulness to the space – the kind you'll want to take home with you. The first thing that caught our attention was a tall, ovular mirror with wooden framing and stand, painted in a deep turquoise colour selling for 1600LE. There's also a collection of classic-looking chairs in various sizes and designs that have been reupholstered with a modern, bohemian spirit, some of which have matching seat cushions (190LE). Several high shelves hold a selection of decorative lampshades; some made of terracotta, others made of glass. Unfortunately, they're rather glum in colour and lampshades need to be purchased separately. There is also a range of pitchers and jugs, in a similar vein of design, which sell for around 100LE. Other items of note included dinner plates designed with antique motifs. At first glance, one would assume that they're mad of porcelain. On second inspection however, we realised that they were made of controversial material, melamine. Stocked in a range of different sizes, the plates retail between 60LE and 150LE. Bagua houses plenty of great items that would be perfect gifts, but when it comes to essentials of the home, you're unlikely to find anything that doesn't make a statement – that of course suits some more than others. One thing that can't be denied is that the new shop offers some truly unique pieces – how innovative Bagua is when compared to so many other emerging shabby-chic home accessory shops in Cairo? That's for your discerning eyes to decide.

Cafés

Red Mango: US Frozen Yoghurt Chain Comes to Citystars

Red Mango: US Frozen Yoghurt Chain Comes to Citystars

Frozen yoghurt; the one refreshing, relatively healthy but madly over-priced snack we all have a love-hate relationship with. We're always up for an icy cup of this delicious treat and so when American franchise, Red Mango, came to town, we rushed to get a taste. Located in the Mosaique Dining Zone, the shop is somewhat secluded from Citystars' usual hustle and bustle. The whole design and colour scheme of the place is definitely different from the usual bright, multi-coloured ones other frozen yoghurt stores have. The seating area's quite adequate, boasting a few tables, and the store was generally not crowded. Upon finding out that this was our first visit, the staff kindly informed us about all the items on the surprisingly big menu. Red Mango not only offers frozen yoghurt, but also fro-yo smoothies, parfaits, fresh fruit juices, organic coffees, frappes, and sweet and savoury waffles. Most items on the menu are low-fat and low in calories, making it perfect for health-conscious foodies. The staff didn't stop there; they also offered us samples of all frozen yoghurt flavours. Disappointingly, though, Red Mango only offers six  flavours in Egypt, despite it offering upwards of twenty different flavours in the US. The original flavour tasted predictably bland, and quite honestly unappealing. The Pomegranate, Strawberry and Green Apple flavours all tasted extremely similar and pretty dull for our taste buds. However, the Mango flavour was delightfully sweet and the strongest of the fruit flavours. We finally settled on a Vanilla Madagascar with four toppings (32LE); mangoes, cherries, granola and crushed almonds. Other topping choices include everything from cereal, walnuts, crushed Oreos, and M&Ms to refreshing kiwi, cherries, mangoes, watermelon and grapes. The Vanilla Madagascar flavour was a simple, yet rather luscious, concoction. Made with a mixture of vanilla yoghurt and cinnamon, which complimented each other greatly, it was a refreshing and delicious new flavour that we recommend you try. As for the toppings, the mangos were fresh and tasty, while the granola was toasted to a lovely crisp. The slivered almonds, however, were tasteless, but the real shocker was the un-pitted cherries, which left us with unwanted seeds in our mouths and aching teeth. All in all, the Red Mango presents an adequate frozen yoghurt experience - neither wow-ing nor hugely disappointing us. At best, it was average. This is mainly caused by the fact that only one flavour out of the six stood out. There's also the fact that for just a small cup of frozen dairy, you end up paying a lot.

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.

Music

Coldplay: Ghost Stories

Coldplay: Ghost Stories

"I think of you...I haven't slept"; the opening lyrics to Coldplay's sixth studio album Ghost Stories. The opening track, Always in My Head, leaves little to the imagination when it comes to Chris Martin's heartache. Released just two months after the band's lead singer split, or "consciously uncoupled", with his wife Gwyneth Paltrow, it is no coincidence that the album's bursting with such despair-filled lyrics. The album's cover adds an element of creativity to it. At first glance, you see two angel wings etched over a gloomy, star-filled sky. Take a second look at it after listening to the melancholic track-list and you find yourself seeing a heart equally broken into two.  Magic, the album's single, follows through with a humble yet achingly beautiful and consistent drum beat under Martin's smooth vocals making this tune calm and soothing to the mind. The same band that, almost 14 years ago, released the ever-loved 'Yellow' crooning that the "stars shine" for their beloved, now describe them as "a sky full of stars" in the second single of the album. 'A Sky Full of Stars' is a , peculiur, collaboration with Swedish DJ, Avicii, and is possibly the only track on the album that enticed us to move a few joints along with its hyper-electric tunes.  The equally gleeful music video features a rather happy Chris Martin casually strolling through streets, strumming his guitar and carrying his drum set on his back as passer-by's cheer him on. 'True Love' presents perhaps the most sob-worthy lyrics as Martin wilfully pleads "Just tell me you love me... if you don't, then lie to me" along the chilled-out, mellow background beat.  The same tone is set for pretty much most of the album with Another's Arms, Oceans and Midnight all hosting the same theme of a shattered love.  The songs' slow, relaxed melodies offer quite the paradox when compared to Mylo Xyloto, the band's fifth album's  feet-stomping, head-bobbing tunes; the likes of Paradise and Hurts Like Heaven. 'O', the final song on the sorrow-ridden album sent a chill down our spines as it sounded like a ballad straight out of a Bon Iver album. Martin's high-pitched yet soft extended wails quickly reminded us of an old favourite; Bon Iver's I Can't Make You Love Me. Ghost Stories, with its gothic tones and aching lyrics definitely, at times, made us flinch. The album's chilled out vibe, however, make it quite perfect for listening to whilst calmingly lying on the beach, taking a lonesome walk or simply being in the mood for something a little more mellow.

Film

The Expendables 3: Mindless New Addition to Testosterone-Fuelled Action Series

The Expendables 3: Mindless New Addition to Testosterone-Fuelled Action Series

Expanding further on its already wobbly and tedious premise, the third installment of the Sylvester Stallone-led testosterone-filled franchise is exactly what you would expect it to be; loud, senseless and utterly brainless. Directed by Patrick Hughes, The Expendables 3 opens with Barney Ross (Stallone) and his dependable crew of rowdy mercenaries, Lee Christmas (Statham), Gunner (Lundgren), Toll Road (Couture)  and Ceaser (Crews), rescuing and breaking Doctor Death – a.k.a "Doc" – (Snipes) out of prison. After a series of unnecessary explosions, the team decides to take a quick trip to Somalia and take part in a CIA-operated mission to eliminate a black market arms dealer from the scene. However, the mission proves tricky when the group is confronted by Stonebanks (Gibson); a backbiting businessman - and an ex-member of the crew - who holds personal ties with Barney. The team ends up taking a huge and an unexpected blow and, after almost losing one of his members, Barney promises to track down Stonebanks – with the help of CIA Agent Drummer (Ford) – and seek revenge. Wanting to keep his dear friends out of line of fire, Barney and recruitment specialist, Bonaparte (Grammer), begin putting together a much-younger team of mercenaries, which include the tech savvy, Thorn (Powell), no-nonsense tomboy, Luna (Rousey), weapons expert, Mars (Ortiz) and Smilee (Lutz). Not wanting to miss out on the action, Trench (Schwarzenegger) also joins the team. Their mission? Find Stonebanks and, if circumstances allow, bring him back alive. Let's be honest; the novelty of watching this peculiar but impressive assembly of 80's and 90's action superstars - all thrown together in one massive concoction of muscle, guns and testosterone – has worn off. While the first two films offered a bit more appeal – mainly thanks to the cast's obvious sense of self-awareness at their very own absurd existence - The Expendables 3 chooses to go in another direction. Taking itself a little too seriously this time, it seems like the boys are running on fumes; the witty one-liners have been replaced by one too many explosions,  the action scenes feel erratic, shaky and incoherent, the pacing is rather clumsy and the predictability levels have reached their all-time high. The addition of Gibson and Banderas is probably the best aspect of the entire film; Gibson shows what real acting looks like and Banderas – as the unemployed warrior looking for a kill – infuses the story with the much-needed energy. As for the rest, it's the same old story - old being the operative word – though there is still enough to keep fans happy.
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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