Get your party shoes on Cairo; this Christmas and New Year’s Eve are full of fun parties, extravagant galas and celebrations to remember. If you’ve had your turkey dinner at home or gone for a Christmas dinner at any of Cairo’s top restaurants, you’re probably sick of the eating and ready for the dancing!
It all kicks off this Thursday, December 24th at Katameya Heights, where Electrum Records presents Christmas in Vegas, featuring vocalist Abigail Bailey alongside DJs Samba and Fahmy. The party starts at 9:30PM and tickets are sold in advance, so call 0185760119 to book your ticket now. As far as we know, all tickets are sold out but go ahead and try your luck anyway.
Over at Arabella in Fifth Settlement, Tazkarty.net brings you Jingle Bombs, a Christmas party featuring DJ Wendel Kos, DJ Misty of Electrum records and up-and-coming talent, DJ Batawi. The line-up follows with DJ Nadim and DJs MoF &B. Tickets can be reserved via Tazkary.net or their reservation line at 02 33810154. Admission costs 600LE for a couple, 300LE for single women only, i.e. if you’re a man and alone, good luck getting in. VIP tables and lounges cost 1000LE for a couple, 500LE for single women.
Getting into the Christmas spirit will be easy at the Cairo Jazz Club on Saturday, December 26th, where The Sleigh Bells Ring charity event will feature the always smooth tunes of the Riff Band and a special Christmas menu. All proceeds will go towards the SOS Children’s Village charity foundation.
Newly opened cocktail bar Amici also brings you a Christmas Tale night. Head to Zamalek for an excellent drink and some classic Christmas tunes performed by Shady Noor, while DJ Migo will have you dancing afterwards.
After a few days’ rest, bring out the big guns, because December 31st is packed with parties!
Kitkat: Over at the Swiss Club in Kit Kat, enjoy the club’s New Year's Eve Party featuring four DJs in two separate areas: the lounge area will feature DJ Pete Farmer of RedSea Dance Radio and DJ Kriss, while the villa will feature DJ Manga and DJ Tony. Dress code is smart casual, presale admission 100LE including one drink or 150LE at the door. For tickets, call 012 5380088 or 019 4929727.
Heliopolis: For a Lebanese twist to New Year’s Eve celebrations, the Lebanese Club in Maryland, Heliopolis will host a New Year’s Eve Party featuring three DJs and a dance act, including DJ Adam and DJ Hanz. Presale tickets cost 100LE or 150LE at the door. For more information, call 012 538008.
Fresh off his Masquerade party there, Byganz and the Fairmont Heliopolis have teamed up again to bring you Hollywood, the theme of his New Year’s Eve Party. Entertainment includes Vocalist Luca G. from Pacha Classics, DJ Samba, Toyboys as well as a surprise guest. Dress code is Hollywood star and music will include your favourite Hollywood musicals. Tickets cost 1200LE and include free bouchon, a gourmet buffet and access to an open bar that includes Black Label, Smirnoff, Martini’s and other classy cocktails. Call 02 22677740 for tickets or check out their site.
Zamalek/Gezira: If you prefer celebrating the end of 2010 on the Nile with a view of the fireworks in the sky, check out the Nile Yacht New Year’s Eve Party at the Sphinx Deck in Gezira next to the Al Galaa Bridge. Featuring DJ Moro, DJ Sugar and DJ Tacky, the party will include a Nile cruise, a turkey dinner and one drink for 130LE per person. For reservations, call 0125380088.
The Hotel Sofitel Cairo Gezirah plans to end 2010 with a New Year’s Eve at Buddha Bar, featuring DJ Johnny Lilejinberg. Regular tickets cost 460LE and include two drinks, while VIP tickets cost 720LE with open bar access until 1AM. If you’re feeling extra special, you can opt for the VVIP tickets for 980LE, which include a five-course gala dinner and access to the open bar until 1AM. Tables can be reserved for any section but must have a minimum of five people, and include one bottle of Jack Daniels or Absolut Vodka. Book your ticket on tazkarty.net now.
In Zamalek, Insomnia presents Masquerade: New Year’s Eve at Omar El Khayyam Boat at Le Pacha 1901. Dress code is elegant formal, masks will be provided and bouchon is free. DJ Fiko will be entertaining the crowd with retro classics. Tickets are limited and cost 500LE.To reserve, call 012 7477564.
Giza: For a more subdued elegant night out, the Four Seasons First Residence will host Platinum Night, featuring an extravagant five-course dinner, a DJ and a live band for 1300LE per person. Call 0 35671600 for reservations.
New Year’s Eve at Indigo, First Mall promises to be an intimate affair, with a four-course set menu, live DJ entertainment and free bouchon for 850LE per person. Dinner will include drinks as well as a seafood and beef meals. Doors open at 9:00Pm and close at 3:00AM. Tickets can be purchased on tazkarty.net
Next door, La Gourmandise in First Mall will host White Inferno, a party featuring DJ Amr Hosny from 10PM till 4AM. Tickets cost 1500LE and include a five-course dinner at Maison Blanche, followed by drinks and dancing at La Gourmandise. For information call 0108523949.
The Sheraton Cairo Hotel will host its own New Year’s Eve celebration with a dinner and live entertainment by Hanadi and Saad El Soghayar for 650LE. Free bouchon is included in your ticket. Call 33369800 for reservations.
Garden City: The Grand Hyatt Cairo’s Grand Marquise boat will take off for a cruise at 10PM. Enjoy dinner and two singers as well as a belly dancer for 735LE per person. Details remain vague, so call 0223651234 for more information.
Over at the Kempinski Nile Hotel, you can enjoy a rich Turkish meal at Osmanly accompanied by traditional Turkish meal, followed by complimentary access to the Jazz Bar’s after-party. Dinner includes soft drinks and coffee and costs 695LE per person. Floor 10’s Jazz Bar promises a lavish after-party with live DJ entertainment. Floor 10’s dining space offers a lavish seven-course dinner of rich Russian cuisine, followed by a selection of vodka cocktails for 999LE per person. The celebrations continue on New Year’s Day with an early brunch at Blue and Osmanly, where you can cure your sleep deprivation and swollen feet by munching on caviar, marinated salmon and lobster apple salad for 195LE.
Manial: The Nile Lilly boat promises an unforgettable night at its New Year's Eve party, taking place inside its restaurant El Mundo and its deck restaurant Sky Lounge. The night will feature live music by the band Karma, as well as electro-beats by DJ Mohamed El Gowhary. The dress code is smart casual and tickets cost 280LE. Call their hotline 19412 for reservations and more information.
Katameya/ Fifth Settlement: Katameya Heights’ Clubhouse and terrace will host a New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at 9:30PM. The event promises special performances all the way from London and Spain. Although details are vague, organisers claim that a modern orchestra will play until the countdown to midnight, after which a local DJ will spin throughout the night. Offering a premium bar and a Moet champagne toast, tickets will cost 1500LE for a high table that fits six to ten people, and include Absolut, Chivas or Black Label in addition to the Moet. Lounges that fit up to 15 people will cost 2500LE, and include the same drink options. Individual tickets cost 700LE. The party’s capacity will not exceed 500 people.
Corniche El Nile: The Cairo Conrad Hotel will host a New Year’s Eve dinner and show, including several acts such as Dina the Belly dancer, Nicole Saba, Saad El Soghayar and Wael Gassar. Tickets cost between 1000LE and 2500LE (tax exclusive).
The Fairmont Nile City continues the subdued celebrations with a buffet dinner for 288LE per person, followed by a New Year's Day brunch for 198LE and 255LE per person.
Last but not least, the people at Tamarai are back with another extravagant New Year’s Eve gala called Discreet 2011, where the dress code is gowns and tuxedos. A four-course dinner will be served at 10PM, the party itself starts at 10:30PM, and party ticket holders will have access to an open bar, appetisers and the outdoor terrace. Entertainment includes NYC vocalist Kathy Brown, Vitor Oliviera from Portugal, and a surprise belly dancing performance. For more information and reservations, call 012 2999 865. Please note that buying a ticket doesn’t automatically mean you have a table reserved for you; tables are sold separately and there is a limited number available.
There you have it, Cairo; all of the best parties this season to keep you merry and spirited! Just remember to drive responsibly, and if you don’t; please order a taxi cab in advance. Have a merry Christmas and a safe New Year!