answers all your questions about Egypt. Ask him your question here.
I am a bit confused -- last
year there seemed to be a lot more places to go out to at night
during Ramadan -- do you know what's going on this year with all
Good question, my boy. This year, many of the smaller players
have indeed bowed out of the competition, mainly because last year,
there was just too much competition, and a lot of the smaller tents
actually lost money.
Most big tents feature the standard
fare of sheesha, singers and an overpriced sohour (pre-dawn meal).
Actually, al-Zaieem has noticed that a lot of the tents are playing
up the fact that prices are a little more reasonable this year,
since, overall, the economy is pretty down, and people aren't going
out as much.
Another constant in many of the tents is singer
Shaaban Abdel-Rehim... Ramadan is always a big month for this guy --
in fact, his rise to fame was as a result of appearing on many a TV
program last Ramadan, and doing the tent cricuit every night til the
I have also noticed the standard articles
complaining about how these tents generally don't go well with the
relgious spirit of the month, as well as a whole page in Akhbar Al-Youm's Shabab wa banat kids section which was dedicated to the
hazards of smoking sheesha and the annoying minimum charge of most
In any case, it's certainly up to you.
is a list of some of the tents that have been advertising heavily in
the papers this year:
The "environmentally friendly"
Where: Cairo Opera House
What: No sheesha, two
veteran performers, Samir Sabry and Mohamed El-Ezaby, and a choral
How Much: Suhour, LE25, Iftar, LE35
Where: Nile corniche near Maadi
What: Cinematic theme
How Much: Suhour LE17, Iftar LE35
Khan el-Khalili replica at the beginning of the Alexandria desert
What: Heavy entertainment program -- Magd El-Qasim, Faisal
Khorshid, Bahaa Sultan, Hama Helal are among the performers.
Much: Thursday Sohour LE75, LE100 (grill), all other days -- LE 35,
Where: Sheraton Heliopolis
What: Sponsored by Showtime, with
DJ and karioke
How Much: LE35 on weekdays, LE45 weekends
Where: 6 October
What: Amusement park with rides for kids and adults
Much: LE15 from 9pm to 3am
Phone: 011 400887
Where: Sheraton Royal Gardens in Giza
Safaa Abul Soud will actually be filming her program from here every
How Much: Wednesday LE60, Thursday LE45
Where: Dandy Grand mall on the
Alexandria desert road
What: Live singers like Bahaa Sultan and
How Much: Wed-Fri, LE65, other days, LE38
Okay, happy tenting!
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