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New Year’s Eve guide: Countdown in style

New Year’s Eve preparations are underway everywhere, and if you haven't made plans yet for your celebration, we have a few suggestions for places where you can welcome 2012 in style.     

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the soft music of celebrated Iraqi musician Nasseer Shama, who will perform live at El Sawy Culture Wheel in Zamalek. Doors open at 9 pm and tickets are LE65. Make sure to reserve ahead of time. Tel: 02 2736-6178 or 012-440-0100.

Cairo Jazz Club is throwing a beach-themed party where you can dance in 2012 to the music of DJs Tito and Ali Bahgat. The entrance fee is LE 350, which includes a light dinner and open bar. The party runs from 10 pm until 4 am. Address: 197 26th July Street, Agouza. Tel:  02 3345-9939 or 016-880-4764.

If you want to incorporate a bit of culture into your New Year's Eve, the Egyptian folk dance troupe El Ghouri Tannoura is performing at Wekalet al-Ghouri Arts Center from 8 pm until 10 pm. Address: Mohamed Abdo Street, Al-Hussein. Tel: 02 2510-7146.

The Fairmont Heliopolis Hotel will hold its annual New Year's Eve concert featuring superstar Mohamed Fouad along with Amal Maher, Mostafa Kamel, folk singer Amina, and belly dancer Dina. Ticket prices range from LE850 to LE1750 and include a fixed menu dinner and taxes. Seats are priced in accordance with their proximity to the stage. The concert runs from 10:30 pm until 5 am. Tel: 010-502-2022.

Enjoy a breathtaking Nile River view at the Grand Nile Tower hotel (formerly the Grand Hyatt) boat “Marquise.” Boarding starts at 10 pm and the part goes until 2 am. The event includes an open buffet, soft drinks and entertainment including a dance performance, belly dancer and a singer. Tickets are LE450 per person. Tel: 02 2365-1234.

The Semiramis InterContinental hotel will host a concert featuring Essam Karika, Diab, Yousra and belly dancer Dina. Tickets range from LE1500 to LE2000 and include dinner, services and taxes. Prices depend on the seat location. The event will run from 11 pm until 5 am. Tel: 02 2797-1818.

“Fiesto Nano” is a New Year’s Eve party on Le Pacha boat. Guests will bid farewell to 2011 and celebrate the New Year by dancing to the music of DJ Khaled Hussein. The party offers a special dinner menu in addition to free corkage and free soft drinks. Doors open at 10 pm. Tickets are LE600. Tel: 010-0378-8900 or 010-0315-1515.

If you want to party among the Four Seasons hotel's swanky setting, a LE2400 package includes a one-night stay at the hotel for a couple with late check-out at 3 pm the next day. It also includes a dinner at one of the hotel’s impressive restaurants including the Italian, Thai or Lebanese venues. You can also enjoy the ultimate clubbing experience at Club 35. Tel: 011-967-2222.

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