So, this is a little weird.
It’s Cairo Gossip’s first post without our dear friend, Fishie. But this is not the time for sadness – as Cairo Gossip moves into a new era, we can’t help but feel excited for what the next few months has in store. This is a time for celebration, and what better way to mark the occasion with the glory of the imminent weekend.
With the majority of bars and clubs closed for Ramadan, most have spent the first part of the holy month between dining table and couch, but there’s still a few ways to have fun – this is Cairo, after all.
Karaoke Night @ Arasya - Thursday 18 July
Karaoke and Ramadan? Who thought that was good idea? Are we expected to sing Ramadan mosalsal themes? We’ll have to wait and see, but either way, we’re definitely singing Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On at the bow of the boat a la Mr Di Caprio.
Mawaweel 2013 @ Darb 1718 - Friday 19 July
Mawaweel returns for 2013 and brings with it some of Cairo’s best musicians and artists to help fill the temporary void that the city’s nightlife leaves. The first of the weekly events sees the likes of Uss w Laz2 perform. But that’s not all – theatre, art and a bazaar are just as exciting.
Saad El Saghir @ Roof Bar - Friday 19 July (CANCELLED)
There’s certainly nothing saghir about this guy. As shaabi music royalty, Saad Al Saghir knows how to get a crowd going – we’re not sure how guests at the Gabriel Hotel will take this rather peculiar booking.
Nostalgia Night @ Bikya, Maadi - Saturday 20 July
Is fawazeer still a thing? If not, why? There’s a lot of crap on Egyptian TV these days, none more so than during Ramadan. The genii at Bikya in Maadi, however, are resurrecting all our Ramadan favourites, with a night of old-school fawazeer – including Fatouta. Outstanding.
Don’t forget, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the weekend in true Ramadan style, with the hoards of kheimas that have taken over Cairo, including Event Republic’s Wahawi at Le Pacha 1901 in Zamalek, Tamarai’s Ramadana and many more.
Have fun, be good and dance like nobody’s watching. But there’s always someone watching – including us. So watch out.