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Cairo Weekend Guide: Ramadan 2012!

Cairo Weekend Guide: Ramadan 2012!
    written by
    Cairo 360

    Here we go again. As the first days of
    Ramadan, Cairo will be a veritable ghost-town this weekend, as families come
    together for the first fetar of the month. But fear not, there’s still plenty
    to keep you busy on the streets of Cairo.

    Thursday sees one last night of
    inhibition-losing fun as popular Egyptian indie-pop band, Salalem, is back for
    their weekly performance at Downtown Cairo’s After Eight. Elsewhere, Pose at
    Opium invites Nile FM’s DJ Feedo for a night of the best hip-hop and r&b,
    while Cairo Jazz Club offers the lure of a night filled with funky, hard
    driving house music courtesy of DJ Misty & DJ Hafez. Over at the Fairmont Nile
    City, O Bar signs off with Pop the Tempo; a evening of the best mainstream pop
    music with DJ Moody.

    As one of the only active venues during
    Ramadan, El Sawy Culturewheel will host the sounds of Egyptian Folk
    band Magna Khan tonight, as well as an evening of laughs with an English-language stand-up
    comedy night
    .

    What of the rest of the weekend? Well as
    per Egyptian tradition, there is an astounding selection of sixty or so Ramadan
    soap operas that are set to launch. So, in salutation of this seemingly epic
    boom in the Egyptian television industry, Cairo 360’s resident TV addict has
    put together a little something on the twenty five most interesting and
    ridiculous shows
    set to hit your screens.

    We also have a guide to the all the city’s
    Ramadan tents
    , where you can escape the monotony of said soap operas by
    enjoying a quintessential fetar or sohour experience.

    Like many Cairenes, we worry what all of
    this late-night cramming will do to our gorgeous bodies and so hitting the gym
    pre- or post- fetar might go some way to alleviating midnight-eaters-guilt.

    Alternatively, why not soak up the Ramadan
    spirit and the hubbub at Khan El Khalili, where you can grab yourself an
    authentic seven-foot fanous – when in Rome.

    Of course there’s always that most Egyptian
    of all body-poisoning traditions: shisha! There’s no shortage of specialist
    shisha caf
    és on the streets of Cairo. It’s the perfect way to take the edge off
    of a hard day’s fasting.

    Well there you go Cairo. Keep tuned for reviews
    of all the fetar and sohour options in the city, as we bring you the good, the
    bad and the weird throughout the next four weeks.

    Ramadan Kareem!

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