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From Dusk Till Dawn: A Guide to Ramadan Tents & Experiences for 2024

Savour the Ramadan experience at these 14 festive destinations.

Layla Raik

Every year, around the time we start getting bombarded with the “Let’s have iftar together sometime!” text messages from people we actually want to have iftar with, we find ourselves at a loss. Takeout is a high-risk game when everyone is trying to eat at the exact same minute, our leftovers deserve a break, and the final option - cooking our own food - is hardly a possibility for most of us. Those of us who are lucky enough to not have curfews can instead go out for suhoor with their eyes half open.

There’s a loophole in the system, though: Ramadan tents. Unlike overwhelmed restaurants that struggle to fit in the hoards of iftar orders coming in at the same time, Ramadan-tailored experiences dive into battle minutes before Maghrib and still manage to feed everyone. Plus, with music, live shows and an overall commitment to the festive spirit of the holy month, these designated experiences are a lot more fun…

Shahrazad | Le Meridien Cairo Airport

Le Meridien’s opulent Ramadan tent, Shahrazad, has us wishing Ramadan was a thousand and one-nights-long.

El Malahy | District 5, New Cairo

Looking for something to distract you from thoughts of fried chicken during the fasting day? Head to El Malahy, and you can enjoy their Iftar and Suhoor packages when the Athaan sounds.

Mawlay | Abdeen Palace, Qubba Palace, Tahra Palace, Cairo & Haramlek Palace, Alexandria

Transforming our Iftar and Suhoor outings into a regal excursion, local cultural culinary curator Mawlay is taking over some of the most majestic and gorgeous historic locations in Egypt, from Abdeen Palace, Qubba Palace and Tahra Palace in Cairo, to Alexandria’s Haramlek Palace for the first time.

Sawa | Salah Al-Din Citadel, Cairo

This year, Sawa is taking over yet another cultural monument, the Salah Al-Din Citadel, powered by none other than Le Pacha’s Carlo’s.

Layalina | Baron Palace, Heliopolis & Zed Park, Sheikh Zayed

Whether at their open space Zed venue or amid the eerie allure of their Baron Palace venue, Layalina rolls out a rich schedule of performances that cover nearly every night of Ramadan.

Taghmisa | Arabella Country Club, New Cairo

Spinning traditional oriental dishes a few degrees into the unconventional, Taghmisa brings a quirky edge to Suhoor we didn’t know we needed, featuring forest-berry-infused qeshta platters.

Upper Deck Lounge | Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza

The all-new Upper Deck Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza offers the coziness of Ramadan nights at its truest. As visitors sink into comfy L-shaped sofas outfitted with individual TV lounge units, streaming the Ramadan show they’re keeping up with, they are serenaded with set Iftar and Suhoor menus prepared by the hotel’s most skilled artisans.

Upper Deck Lounge | Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza

Cairo’s starry sky needs no additional illumination but, for the sake of the holy month, we’ll spare a few Fawanees. The experience provides us with a warm sense of belonging every year, and this year, they’re bringing the experience to Sofitel Cairo by the Nile.

Hekayetna Helwa | Hyde Out, New Cairo

In its second edition, Hekayetna Helwa arrives clad in a bright-coloured, vibrantly-lit tent, prepared to wake up hungry Suhoor-seekers with their eyes half closed.

Majaz | 6th of October City

Last year, Majaz partied it up in the suburbs of 6th of October City. This year, they’re back for more.

Al Mashrafeya | Grand Egyptian Museum, Giza

This year, the GEM experience is brought to you by Al Mashrafeya, a Nights-at-the-Museum-inspired experience channeling the allure of the museum in a stunning spread of traditional culinary delights.

Wanasa | The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, Old Cairo

Wanasa is all about company, ensuring that your conversations keep flowing over platters of shakshuka and falafel all the way until Fajr. Their daughter tent, Turath, is more heritage-oriented in the same venue, which makes it more youth-suited.

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