This New Year’s Eve may be the first you’ll spend in the comfort of your home with a good movie and a box of pizza. But if you’re up for the trek out into partyland, there are a number of options.
The Zamalek bar and restaurant La Bodega has been celebrating New Year’s almost every year since their opening in 2000. You might want to consider this venue for next year, however, as the La Bodega New Year’s party (food and open bar for LE650) is already fully booked. Your only hope now, is if there are cancellations.
Head out to Katameya’s Dusit Thani for another popular New Year’s Eve party. Dusit’s “Diamond’s Glow Party” is priced at LE772.
Concerts at the Opera House
Due to the great success of his last event on December 4, Egyptian guitarist Emad Hamdy is hosting a New Year’s Eve concert at the Cairo Opera House, Small Hall, this Tuesday, at 8 pm. He and his band will be playing, performing and singing to rumba, salsa, tango, merengue and gypsy tunes, as well as Christmas carols.
Nile Yacht Party
For LE300 (LE250 had you booked earlier) take a little cruise along the Nile from the Cairo Sheraton from 10 pm–4 am. The ticket price includes dinner and open bar. Your host for the New Year’s Eve cruise is the Cairo Expat Group.
Maadi Armada Boat
The floating restaurant Armada Boat is throwing a “Maadi New Year’s Eve” party. If you’re a woman, and you show up between 7:30 and 9 pm, you’ll be let in for free. Otherwise, you’re paying approximately LE200 to get in. There is no open bar and bouchon is priced at LE150. Check the Armada Boat event page, although pre-booking doesn’t seem to be necessary.
Renaissance Mirage City
The Renaissance Mirage City party advertises free beer, vodka, wine, soft drinks and bouchon for ticket holders. Tickets cost LE650 and can be reserved by calling the numbers on its event page.
Alchemy/Cairo Jazz Club
The management of Cairo’s Jazz Club now runs Alchemy in Mohandiseen, the restaurant that replaced Amman Square’s Tabasco Pub. You can dine at Alchemy with a set menu for its “A Golden Age” New Year’s Eve party and get into the Cairo Jazz Club before 2 am for their annual New Year’s Eve party. Cairo Jazz Club’s theme this year is “A New Dawn.”
New Year’s Eve Bollywood Style
Set at Pyramid Hills, 19 km from Cairo on the Desert Road to Alexandria, a non-alcoholic Bollywood party is another way to bring in 2014. Your LE200 ticket will get you Indian cuisine and a show featuring a strong man, a sword show and a snake girl. You will also get your fill of Indian dancing with tunes spun by a number of Indian DJs. The party begins at 7 pm and lasts until 2 am.
Gouna’s “Great Gatsby Party”
If you’re planning to bring in the New Year in the Red Sea resort of Gouna, and want to party the night away, the “Great Gatsby Party” is the way to go. Hosted in a massive, elaborate tent in the new up-and-coming Ancient Sands compound in Gouna, the event is open bar and tickets cost LE1,000. The Rihanna Hotel is offering bed-and-breakfast rooms: double room for LE460 per person per night and single room for LE560 per night for those who have purchased party tickets. The dress code is glitz and glam from the 1920s.
Gouna’s “Bring Back the Night” Party
Event management company “1984” is also hosting a party in Gouna for New Year’s at the downtown Arena Inn Hotel. With DJ Sharam Jey and local artist Ashibah on its set list, the event is guaranteed to be entertaining. The party tickets are LE750. Special room rates for “Bring Back the Night” include LE810 a night for bed and breakfast at the newly renovated Hotel Club Paradisio el Gouna.
Dahab New Year’s Eve Trip
If you’ve got more time to commit, consider vacationing from Monday to Thursday and start the year watching the sunrise from the peak of Mount Sinai in the Sinai Peninsula. The cost is LE690 for three nights at the Tropitel Dahab Oasis Hotel, and includes full board, transportation and snorkeling gear for a trip to the popular diving destination Blue Hole.