Egypt is filled with locations both historic and intriguing in their design and location, including citadels, temples and abundant sand dunes. Though creating some controversy many of these historic and unique locations have hosted lavish parties, retreats and prominent events. While some believe these venues should be left as is others feel that these locations can be used to host events like no other.
Located on the opposite side of the city of Luxor on Kings Valley Rd, Egypt’s Hatshepsut Temple is considered to be one of the greatest ancient Egyptian landmarks. The temple was built more than 3,500 years ago by the ancient Egyptians and is known as the ‘holiest of holy places.’ Built by Queen Hatshepsut, who aimed to elevate her image and immortalize her name. This Feb. 13, 2023 Swiss DJ duo Adriatique are set to perform a mystical show with incredible visuals accompanied by extravagant melodies in the heart of the temple.
Pyramids of Giza
The Pyramids of Giza need no introduction and have hosted some major events throughout the years, from the latest Dior fashion show to legendary Dutch DJ Armin Van Burren, American Alternative Rock Band Maroon 5, and American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Salah El Din Citadel
Located in Cairo’s Al Abageyah, the Salah El Din Citadel hosts annually the Salah El Din International Festival of Music where big names like Dina El Wedidi, Ali El Haggar, and Medhat Saleh perform. Apart from this musical festival, the citadel is a top historical site for both international and local tourists as they can visit the Mosque of Muhammad Ali and learn more about the ancient Islamic era.
Cairo Opera House
The Cairo Opera House, located in Zamalek, is one of the most well-known venues for different types of concerts. The venue hosts a number of musicals and one of the most popular ones is ‘Nutcracker’ which takes place on New Year’s Eve, recently the Cairo Opera House hosted the International Cairo Film Festival. The venue also hosts a number of concerts for renowned Arab artists like the legendary Egyptian composer Omar Khairat who had multiple concerts there. Moreover, the venue is a place to teach various types of arts and musical instruments for those looking to up their artistic skills.
Siwa, which is around 850 kilometers northeast of Cairo, hosts a lot of incredible festivals, and if you’re lucky enough to have the opportunity to go, you’re in for a treat. For instance, the Siyaha Festival, also known as the Festival of Forgiveness, is regarded as Siwa’s most significant festival. During the Oct. full moon, villagers congregate on Mount Dakrur for Siyaha, also known as Asihaite in the regional Berber language, lasting three days. Another event is the non-traditional Siwan Art Project, which happens every two to three years. The festival features large-scale art projects such as the launch of thousands of kits, or, the “Ship of Siwa” which is always launched on one of the local lakes.
Though controversy occurs regarding the use of some of the historic venues and the need to perserve them others have stated that this is important to promote these places and attract tourists from all over the world by combining an exciting event at a prominent venue.