Cairo's best parties and activities to ring in the new year

Lamia Hassan , Tuesday 29 Dec 2015

Stuck in Cairo this New Year's Eve? Fear not, the city has a lot to offer this New Year's Eve

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Stuck in Cairo this New Year's Eve? Fear not, the city has a lot to offer to you this New Year's Eve. ‎

From live performances, fancy masquerade parties, and artsy celebrations to cozy semi-private ‎parties and city walks, Ahram Online puts together a guide of where to go if you are spending ‎New Year's Eve in the capital. ‎

The Classics

You can never go wrong with choosing a classic celebration for New Year's Eve. Egypt and the Middle East's ‎top singers and performers are taking Cairo by storm this year with promising parties in almost all ‎every corner of the city, but with a large selection of performances, including Tamer Hosny and Amr Diab, it's hard to choose just one.

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Amr Diab will be performing his famous songs from the 80s until today at the Four Seasons Hotel Nile Plaza to ‎close the year.

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Ticket prices range from LE 2200 to 3800, with ‎tickets including a five-star dinner at the hotel. The party starts at 10PM. ‎
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Tickets are sold at Nay booth at the Four Seasons everyday from 12 PM to 12 AM. You can also ‎reach them at 0100 3032810‎.

Four Seasons Nile Plaza
‎1089 Corniche El Nile, Cairo ‎

Not far from Garden City, Tamer Hosny will be rocking the Marriott Hotel in Zamalek and ‎putting the beats on with his lively songs. ‎

Tickets prices for the party are LE1800.‎
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For ticket inquiries and more information about the party, the organisers can be reached at 0100 ‎‎6170063 or 0100 6017117.‎

Marriott Zamalek Hotel
‎16 Saray El Gezira Street, Cairo ‎

If you are looking for other performances, Royal Maxim Kempinski in New Cairo ‎promises a night of surprises at its Soiree party. You can't miss a live performance ‎by Cairo's famous Maya Maghraby dancing to the beats of Ramy DJunkie and a surprise award ‎winning percussionist. The event organisers are also flying a Spanish fortune-teller to town ‎to advise you on your resolutions and predict your future. ‎

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The party welcomes its guests starting at 9PM. When buying the ticket, the guests can enjoy a special ‎rate for a double room at the hotel for LE 1500 and a brunch the next day for LE 300 per person. ‎

To buy your ticket and ask about the prices email [email protected]

Royal Maxim Kempinski
First Settlement, Eastern Ring Road, Cairo ‎
‎02 23899000‎

A Balle Masque

Rounding off the year on a high, Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis promises an exceptional fun-filled night of ‎mystery and intrigue at its Midnight Masquerade Party. ‎
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The party kicks off at 10 PM, with tickets at LE 500 and LE 600. If you are thinking ‎of staying over night, the hotel is offering a special rate of LE 600 per person for the party's guests.

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Bring your mask and your imagination to join revelers of all ages in partying the night away.‎

For more information and reservations, you can call +2 02 26965656‎

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo
Abdel Hamid Badawy Street, Heliopolis

A Night With A View

What could be better than bidding farewell to 2015 while getting lost in the city lights and exquisite ‎view at Cairo's chic new venue, Loft 21?‎

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You can watch Cairo from the 19th floor while enjoying the venue's music, open bar, and ‎selection of grills and bar bites as you indulge in The Loft Experience.‎

For reservation, call 0100 4986811‎

Loft 21- Cairo Capital Club
‎9 Rostom Street, Garden City‎

Away from the Busy City

If you are looking for a cozy party away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Party of the ‎Cairenes at Seasons Country Club is your destination. Trying to keep it as small and friendly as ‎possible, the event's organizer Kim El Narsh is keeping it to a maximum of 200 people only. ‎

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Tucked away in a quiet backstreet on Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road, ‎the organisers promise a very cozy ambiance, more like a semi-private party. ‎

You get to enjoy the music of two of Cairo's amazing local DJs with an open bar and an ‎excellent collection of hot and cold finger food served all night long. You also get to enjoy a ‎customized seating arrangement tailored to your desires. ‎

Tickets for the party are for LE800 including all of the above.‎

With a short drive to the club, you will get to enjoy a different kind of celebration away from ‎Cairo's busy night life.‎

Seasons Country Club
KM 18 Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road, Giza ‎
‎02 38387389‎

Party of the Puppets

If you are looking into spending a classic night without paying a fortune, you can still enjoy the end of the year to the tunes and songs of the King Mohamed Munir by the puppets of El Sakia Puppet Theatre.

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The Sawy Culture Wheel are putting a line up of the King's best songs to play on New Year's Eve.

If you want to enjoy good music and a quirky and fun-filled performance by the puppets, you destination is The Sawy Culture Wheel.

You can buy your ticket at the venue itself or book it online through http://culturewheel.e7gezly.com/ara/events/events/view/1118/1472?referer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.culturewheel.com#booking

El Sawy Culture Wheel

26 of July Street, Zamalek

Keeping It Artsy

Looking for something artsy and different than the usual parties? Room, in the heart of ‎Garden City, will be rocking New Year's Eve with an exceptional night of jamming, drumming, ‎dancing, and documenting the resolutions of a year that is yet to come. ‎

With a lot to offer on its plate, Room is starting the night early at 6 PM, inviting all its guests to ‎bring along an instrument they would like to play around with during the jam session. Finishing ‎the jam session, the guests will move into the drum circle and get to enjoy the beats of the ‎drums from 7:30 to around 9 PM.‎

Starting from 8:30, you can jump off your seats and dance the night away to the beats of the drums ‎or the great music selection until 1 AM. ‎

But the night doesn't just end with dancing. Room is offering a secret booth, where guests can ‎record a video or take a photo of themselves while divulging their new year's resolutions. ‎Room will be collecting all of it in a video and share it with them again in exactly one year. Getting ‎to see it for the first time on December 31, 2016, you will get to reflect on last year and see how ‎your resolutions went for that year.‎

The entry fee to the party is LE 50.‎

Room Art Space & Cafe
‎10 Etehaad Al Mohamin Street, Garden City‎
‎0100 0681539‎

Your Own Kind Of Party

If you are not a fan of big parties, you can have your own New Year's Eve ‎experience as you watch all the action from outside.‎

Get ready to take to the city streets as you watch different celebrations and fireworks ‎across the city. 

Put your comfortable shoes on, hit the road at around 10 PM and watch how the different ‎neighborhoods bid farewell to the year. ‎

Start off at Cairo's bustling Khan El Khalili neighborhood watching the vendors as they sell the ‎party hats and balloons to nearby gatherers who are waiting to celebrate the beginning of the new ‎year in their own way. Take a walk around the busy area as you move on Azhar Street heading ‎towards Downtown.

Different than Khan El Khalili, the heart of the city has a lot more to offer and ‎different celebrations at its cheap and cozy old bars, adding a different flavor to the celebration. ‎From its big squares to the its main streets, Downtown offers a very unique celebration and is home to many of the city's expats who are also celebrating a new year in their very own way.‎

Prepare to walk to your last destination and end your walk at Zamalek, passing by Kasr El Nil ‎Bridge, where couples and families stand to watch the fireworks and buy balloons and hats for their ‎children. If you want to go the extra mile and get an exquisite view of Cairo and watch all the ‎celebrations from far way, you can hit the Cairo Tower at midnight to watch the city go mad on New ‎Year's Eve.‎

Whether you will enjoy the entire long walk or take a cab, the experience won't cost you more than ‎the transportation fees and the Cairo Tower ticket, while you hop from one neighborhood to another ‎watching how each neighborhood celebrates.‎
 

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