Now that Ramadan is coming to an end, we’re all thinking of what to do in Eid in Egypt. While some of us will head out to El Gouna and Sharm for partying, or to Dahab or Nuweiba for a relaxed weekend, many of us will be staying in Cairo. Got nothing planned? Here are some suggestions:
Entertainment: On Thursday September 9th, Mohammed El Sawa will perform contemporary Egyptian songs at the Sawy Culturewheel, while Friday September 10th marks the return of life to the Cairo Jazz Club with DJ KZ spinning an uplifting set of house beats to get you in the Eid mood. Masters at Funk will keep the upbeat pace going on Saturday, September 11th with an all-night set at the Cairo Jazz Club, while the popular and funky Black Theama will perform alternative Egyptian songs at the Sawy Culturewheel at 9PM.
The CJC will take it down a notch on Sunday, September 12th with Michelle Rounds' chilled jazz and soulful reggae. Across the Nile, Mohamed Adaweya (yes, he’s the son of Egypt’s most notorious shaabi singer Ahmed Adaweya) will perform a selection of his latest releases as well as his earlier hits.
Hit the Gym: Many of us have gained our fair share of weight during Ramadan and don’t know what to do about it. Although we’ve been trying to find time for the gym during Ramadan, deep inside we know how much of a failure that has been. If you can’t bring yourself to work up a sweat, try swimming a few laps at one of the best swimming pools in Cairo.
Eat Your Hearts Out: Fine, so we said hit the gym, but that doesn’t mean you should miss out on the glorious sweets surrounding you this Eid. A few places that must be checked out for sweets are Abdel Rahim Koueider, Salé Sucré, Al Samadi, Mandarine Koueider and, last but not least, La Poire.
Spoil Yourself: It’s about time we all start going back to our hectic lives. If going back in time sounds appealing to you, then you should definitely head out to the Giza desert on September 12th. You’ll be spending the day living like Bedouin ancestors did, riding camels or horses, putting your tent up, and searching for primary life essentials in order to survive. For more information, check out Eid Bedouin Day.
So if for any reason you are staying in Cairo during Eid, take advantage of the empty streets and sunny weather, and enjoy yourself.