The Cairo entertainment scene is not as many people would imagine. The choices available are immense and range from dance performances to theater shows and from dining out to gambling at one of the city’s many casinos. On a night out, locals will often meet for a coffee and a chat before the feasting, drinking and dancing begins. Tourist needs are fully catered to and you are guaranteed to enjoy yourself, no matter what you decide to do.
When the sun goes down, Cairo becomes a hub of activity; it is even busier at night than it is during the day. The music and dancing carries on until the wee hours, and although some places close their shutters at about 04:00 in the morning, many places are open 24 hours. If you really want to experience the nightlife in Cairo, Wednesday and Thursday nights are the busiest of the week. There are many types of bars found throughout Cairo, all of which lose and gain popularity on a monthly basis. There are 12 casinos in Cairo, most of which are located inside the big hotels. They serve both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks.
Belly dancing is Egypt’s national dance. Casinos, hotels and theaters all put on belly dancing shows, which are very popular with the locals and tourists alike. You can also find concerts of classical Arab music and watch dervishes perform their whirling dances in ancient surroundings. Cairo has its own opera company that arranges performances throughout the year. The Jazz Club in the center of the city is the best place to see live music, with a selection of both western and Arabian music.
The Opera House hosts many performances from groups such as: Cairo Opera Company, Cairo Opera Ballet Company, Cairo Symphony orchestra and the National Arab Music Ensemble. Events are advertised in local newspapers. International music, ballet and opera groups perform here throughout the year, with ticket prices being a fraction of what you would pay in the UK.