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Friday, 1 April 2022

There are a ton of places to break your fast

Out and about in Ramadan: There’s no shame in spending your Ramadan curled up on the couch watching shows with family (as plenty of us here at EnterpriseHQ are planning to do). But if you’re looking for a little more excitement, there’s no shortage of events and entertainment scheduled for the holy month. Here are some of your options so far. As more Ramadan events are announced, be sure to check out the Out And About section in EnterprisePM to stay up to date.

First up: Ramadan tents offering iftar and sohour. Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski’s Si Omar Ramadan tent was extremely popular last year, as was the Wust El Balad Ramadan tent at the Nile Ritz-Carlton, held in the hotel’s spacious garden overlooking the Egyptian Museum. Layalina tent at ZED Park in Sheikh Zayed City is sure to present a month-long lineup of fan favorite singers and entertainers. For more tents, check out this article from El Shai.

This is a new one… spend iftar at Wadi Degla Protectorate. The coming holy month seems likely to offer just the right weather for outdoor picnics — and what better place to do it than at Wadi Degla’s tranquil reserve. If you want to break your fast with a little bit of adventure, Sahara Survival School is holding a survival course and iftar on 15 April.

Other places to catch iftar:

  • Villa Belle Époque in Maadi is inviting hungry fasters to Iftar at their Ramadan Garden, accompanied by live performances. The boutique hotel is offering a set menu on weekdays, and an open buffet on weekends. They’re also serving sohour later on in the night.
  • Karma Cafe is hosting a Ramadan tent experience at their branch in New Cairo’s Emerald Plaza mall.
  • The newly revamped National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat holds fitars during Ramadan under its “Mawlay experience”.

Head to the Cairo Opera. Ballets, operas, and orchestra performances are lined up throughout the month. Notable performances include the Cairo Symphony Orchestra on 9 April, the Heritage Arab Music Ensemble on 10 April, and the Alexandria Opera House String Orchestra on 17 April. Starting from 11 April, the opera will host Ramadan Nights performances featuring spiritual and religious music.

Ramadan à la française: The Institut français d'Égypte is getting into the Ramadan spirit with its ongoing ASWAT program. The series of gatherings and performances with academics and musicians focuses on the connections between Egyptian music culture and spirituality.

The Amir Taz Palace usually features Islamic song recitations and folklore dances during Ramadan nights. One of the most well-known Mamluk Palaces, the Amir Taz forms the main entrance to Medieval Cairo.

The Courtyard Maadi is bringing the nostalgic vibes this Ramadan, with events and decor evoking classic movies and beloved Egyptian actors.

Standup comedian Aly Kandil will perform two sets in Ramadan at the Sawy Culturewheel on 8 and 9 April.

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