New Year's Day (1 January), Coptic Christmas (7 January), Eid al-Adha
- the Great Feast (February), First Sunday in Lent (February), Ras as-Sana
- Islamic New Year's Day (March), Sinai Liberation Day (25 April), Easter
(March/April), Sham an-Nessim - Smell of the Breeze (March/April), May
Day (1 May), Moulid an-Nabi - birthday of Mohammed (May/June), Revolution
Day (23 July), Feast of the Assumption (15 August), National Day (6 October),
Ramadan (Oct/Nov), Eid al-Fitr (Nov/Dec).
American Research Center
Cairo's American Research Center (ARC) has long hosted Wednesday evening
lectures by academics, mostly in the field of Egyptology and Egyptian,
Islamic and Coptic history. You may also find slots...
Experimental Theatre Festival
This festival, now in its 16th edition, sees new experimental theatre
troupes taking over downtown venues in Cairo, offering an opportunity
for Egypt-based artists to exchange ideas and see new...
The Pyramids at Giza
The only one of the Seven Wonders of the World still left standing, the
three pyramids of Giza, part of the necropolis of Memphis, are a sight
which dwarfs even the proudest of modern buildings....
Aida at Giza
The Pyramids at Giza
What could be more spectacular than a production of Verdi's Aida staged
in front of the Giza Pyramid, just outside Cairo? Sometimes annual (but
not in 2004) the Cairo Opera House gives...
Moulid of Sayyida Zeinab
The patron saint of Cairo is Sayyida (or Sayeda) Zeinab, granddaughter
of the Prophet Mohammed (daughter of Aly Ibn Abu Taleb). Once a year,
up to a million faithful gather around the mosque which...
Wonders of Egypt: The Sphinx at Giza
The Pyramids at Giza
The enigmatic Sphinx has strong claims to being the most famous (and possibly
the oldest) surviving structure in the whole of Egypt. The majestic beast
is carved from one vast block of limestone....
Ibn Tulun Mosque
The Ibn Tulan mosque is the one of the oldest in the city, built in 879AD
by the son of a Turkish slave who later rose through the ranks of the
Baghdad Caliphate to become Governor of Egypt. It has...
Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
This vast bazaar of over 900 shops, usually referred to simply as "the
Khan", dates back to the 14th century. Originally built as a caravansarai
in 1382 by the Emir Djaharks el-Khalili, it is...
The Townhouse Gallery
Daily; not Thu
The Townhouse Gallery is a space for independent arts, aimed at promoting
contemporary Arab arts both within the region and internationally.
Cairo International Film Festival
Nov - Dec
Cairo's screens once again welcome the Cairo International Film Festival,
which has been going strong since its inception in 1976.
Museum of Islamic Art
This museum is currently closed for renovation. Cairo's Islamic Art Museum
is a treasure trove of antiquities dating back to the dawn of Islam in
the 7th century AD and continuing through to...
Though the day itself falls in January, Christmas is enjoyed in the traditional
Coptic quarter of the Egyptian capital throughout the months of December
Sound and Light Shows at the Pyramids of Giza
The sound and light shows at the Pyramids of Giza happen every night and
bring alive the amazing history of these 5000 year-old monuments to the
dead Pharoahs of Ancient Egypt.
Although an incredible amount of Ancient Egyptian remains appear to have
migrated across the world, appropriated on somewhat dubious credentials
by the nations who funded the vast sweep of digs in...
Dr Ragab's Pharaonic Village
The Pharaonic Village on Jacob's Island offers a theme park-style guide
to ancient Egypt. Visitors are taken on a motorised barge through a network
of canals, or left to wander among the numerous...
More than an archive of Coptic history, the Coptic Museum offers a case
study in the formative years of a major religion that grew, intermingled,
and sometimes borrowed from that of an ancient...
Islamic Ceramic Museum
Housed in the Gezira Art Center complex, the Islamic Ceramic Museum displays
over 300 objects dating from the 10th to the 19th centuries.
The Gezira Art Center
Daily; not Mon
In addition to housing the Museum of Islamic Ceramics, the Gezira Art
Center in Cairo's fashionable Zamalek area includes four galleries for
rotating exhibits, a gallery for temporary exhibits, a...
Abdeen Palace Museum
Daily; not Fri
The impressive Abdeen palace complex, now a museum, houses every conceivable
means of killing an enemy, as well as plenty of medals.