With the very generous Egyptian national holiday calendar gifting us another long holiday, you'd be forgiven for packing up and leaving the capital for one of the country's se-adjacent getaway destinations. But whether by choice or by force, there are many that will be trapped in the confines of Cairo for the coming week.
It isn't all doom and gloom though, with the city's top hotels laying out some very special promotions for the whole family to enjoy.
Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers is offering one free night when booking a two night stay, with rates as low as 999LE. On Eid itself, a clown show, face painting, sack races and loads of other fun activities are sure to keep the kids occupied whilst parents feast at the poolside brunch (225LE/person).
At their sister hotel, Fairmont Nile City, Cairenes can celebrate Eid with a full program of promotions and special discounts running for the entire week. Enjoy a relaxing massage for 50% off the original price, live music throughout the entire day, free parking for one car, and even a possible room upgrade. On the second day of Eid, indulge in brunch at one of their exclusive restaurants for only 250LE per person. To take advantage of all that the Fairmont Nile City has to offer, a room package at the cost of 950LE per night - for a minimum of three nights - is readily available or a bed and breakfast rate for 750LE per night.
Meanwhile, the Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah offers a 'book one get one free' package for families at their luxurious room suites. Just over the river, the InterContinental Semiramis is also offering some amazing deals; spend the night in one of their picturesque Nile-view rooms, have dinner at Pane Vino and wake up to a lavish breakfast buffet, all for 789LE. For 456LE, day-use customers are invited to lounge by the pool with a light lunch, and enjoy exclusive access to their InterFitness Health Club. For an intimate dinner, InterContinental's authentic Italian restaurant Pane Vino is offering a three course meal for only 123LE per person.
Booking a double room for 800LE at the Radisson Blu in Heliopolis grants you the amenities of: drinks upon arrival, a generous fruit basket, complementary tea and coffee services to your room, as well as tickets to Gero Land for every family member and free transportation to the amusement park. To further cater for children, the Radisson's Eid festivities include a wide range of fun activities, including magic shows, face painting a fabulous giveaway and more.
The lavish Dusit Thani Lake View Cairo has a slew of Eid celebrations and activities geared towards entertaining children and countless surprises will be revealed as the week progresses. Double rooms are marked down to 1,700LE per night, with late check out to ensure that all festivities can be enjoyed to their fullest.
For people who find themselves making last minute vacation plans, Cairo is ripe with activities and generous deals set to keep your schedule full – especially as there will be no traffic to speak of.