Wikala al-Ghouri Cairo Reviews
Sufi Dance Feb 15, 2011
The Sufi dancing show in Wikala al-Ghouri is a riot of dizzying colour, as dancers in multicoloured skirts spin and dance their way around the stage, all the while accompanied by hypnotic drum beats and other traditional Arabic instruments. The dancers are very skilfull, able to manipulate their skirts into shapes such as a cradled baby! The incredible thing is how, after the performance, they walk off in a straight line as if nothing has happened.
Although the Sufi dancing performance is undeniably touristy, it is not at all cheesy, and is one of the best in Egypt. Best of all, it's free. The performance begins at 8.30 pm and lasts around one-and-a-half hours. Only 250 tickets are available, and the staff are very strict on this, so it's best to arrive when the doors open at 6.30 pm to ensure you get in.
The venue for the Sufi dancing performances is the Wikala al-Ghouri, which is just behind al-Azhar Mosque, and pretty much opposite Khan al-Khalili. If you get lost, everyone in the area knows where it is and will be able to help you out.
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