Cairo by night The nigths of Cairo - when the magic of the East blends with the arts of the West - offer visitors a world of excitement, thrills and diverse entertainment. Among the most remarkable outings is the Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids. Theater houses and cinemas offer a variety of national and international plays and the latest Arab and foreign films. The casinos and famous night-clubs provide a wide range of entertainment including oriental belly dancing, folklore and international shows.


Shopping Centres in and around Cairo appeal to most visitors. Egyptian products are so varied and meet various tastes and different levels of income. These centers or souks (markets) provide quality which rivals international standards. Among the most attractive centres are the following:

Comprising an array of shops dating to the 14th century AD, Khan Khalili is renowned for its indigenous character and the magnificent variety of gold and silver works, embroidered clothing, leather goods and ivory-inlaid woodwork in addition to the many other attractive handicraft.


Kerdasa is famed for its embroidered cotton and silk dresses (galabeyas) as well as other hand-made products.

Haraneya is the main center for hand-made carpets.

Shopping centers are also available in some major hotels and in the center and outskirts of town. These sell silk, cotton and wool textiles as well as leather goods including shoes and bags. In addition to the private sector boutiques, there are public sector stores such as Gategno, Sednaoui, Omar Effendi, Chemla, Cicurel, Benzion, Dawoud Addes and Hannaux.