New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and as always, most Cairenes are scrambling in a blind panic as they try and figure out who, where and what. It’s the biggest day of the year for Cairo’s venues and there’s no shortage of things to do and money to spend in this, the celebration of all non-celebrations.
We begin at the Fairmont Nile City’s O Bar, where 'This is London' welcomes British electro-house duo, Bodyrox, who head a line-up that also includes Nile FM’s DJ Carlos as well as George N. That’s not all though; in honour of its special guest, O Bar will be transformed to a London theme and the Fairmont is offering special room-rates for guests. Elsewhere, Heliopolis nightclub, Roof Bar, host special New Year's Eve performances by Lebanese pop diva, Nicole Saba, and flamboyant Egyptian singer, Hakim, while DJ Khaled provides the rest.
At Amici Heliopolis, Cairenes can celebrate with a degree of elegance at Glamorous NYE, where DJ Mokay provides the music. Meanwhile, the Zamalek branch of Amici’s NYE 2013 promises a special guest DJ to keep the special open-bar event going.
At Cairo Jazz Club, DJ Ramy rolls out his funky, retro house mixes for a special New Year’s Eve edition of Studio CJC, while Almaz hosts a night of dinner and partying where DJ Fadl is charged with the music. Tamarai sees the year out in style with Asian-inspired night, Discreet,while Mohandiseen’s Berytus Pub has DJ Moro and DJ Medhat providing the music as the clock ticks down.
The rock of Maadi nightlife, Pub 55, rings in the New Year with an oriental night and after-hours club Bamboo has a line-up of DJs to help celebrate along the Nile at 'New Year's Blowout', as does Otium’s (Opium) open-bar, New Year’s Eve party, where DJ Feedo and friends are joined my US hip-hop group, the Republic.
Downtown Cairo nightclub, Arabesque, gets in on the act with DJ Nader Nelson is in the DJ booth, while Eureka brings the celebrations to New Cairo with a special set menu, karaoke and a spectacular fireworks show.
Deals is embracing 2013 in the biggest ways, with special events at all their branches, the highlight of which is at Deals 2 in Mohandiseen, where DJ Ahmed Fahmy and a special surprise Oriental performance are on the line-up.
Cairo Expats are always game for a party, and the fun-loving group have organised a special night at the Solitaire Boat in Zamalek. Meanwhile, the Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers is having special events at all of its venues, including lobby-bar, Fuze, and Lebanese restaurant, Al Dabké. At Cairo’s other top hotels, Jazz Bar at the Kempinski Nile is hosting a special party, while the Semiramis Intercontinental's Rithmo has DJ Zizo behind the decks.
Away from the party scene, Shababeek Cultural Center is bringing you a night of live music including U23, Maghna Khana, Oriental West Band and trance DJ, Suxsav. Cairo Symphony Orchestra will be lead by Ahmed El Saedi and will feature soprano soloist, Nicoleta Radu, for a special New Year’s Eve performance, while El Sawy Culturewheel welcomes Iraqi musician, Naseer Shamma, to the stage for a special gig.
This is just a snapshot of the New Year’s events in Cairo; take a peek at the Cairo 360 events calendar for more. Or just stay home and get an early night.