As Egypt is a Muslim country, it does not celebrate New Year’s Eve on December 31. However, as Cairo is a tourist Mecca, western bars and restaurants – especially hotels and restaurants – will.
KitKat’s Swiss Club books an impressive line-up of DJs without the fancy dress code of some of the other clubs.
The large public gardens by Sakkara and Mariottia are other popular venues for the holiday. Often booked out by events companies, DJs, performers, full bars and other forms of entertainment are available here at a price.
Traveling outside of Cairo for the night to one of the nearby resorts would basically guarantee you a celebration. Sharm, Hurghada and Dahab are all geared toward foreign tourists’ and year after year there are terrific New Year’s Eve events in Cairo.
Both the Fairmont and Maryland Heliopolis offer parties as well. These can be great options as they are of the costume party variety, so bring your favorite mask. Luckily, they are also all-inclusive affairs providing both food and drinks for the evening.
Cairo’s First Mall houses a number of clubs that will offer entertainment. Indigo and La Gourmandise are the top bill for partying into the wee hours of the morning.
For a little more out of the ordinary, jump on a two or three night tour to a Bedouin desert party.
Yet another option is to hop aboard a cruise ship. Many will have holiday celebrations that include dinner and champagne on a romantic voyage down the Nile. One such option is the five-star Grand Hyatt Cairo’s Grand Marquise boat.
- Contributed by John Reality