Come to Egypt for the 33rd Cairo International Film Festival!

- Melanie Zieba,

ciff-logoOnce again Cairo is ready to celebrate the fine art of Cinema from November 10 – 20th 2009 during its annual Cairo International Film Festival!

As one of the oldest film festivals in the Middle East, Cairo is proud to help support and enhance the Egyptian, Arab, and African film industry. The Cairo Film Fest has devoted a special section titled “The Black Pearl” which will feature films from all over Africa. The goal is to show the world the multifaceted nature of Africa, breaking down the stereotypes which are often associated with the continent, and showcasing the art that has originated and sprouted form this part of the world.

This year, the Cairo International Film Festival will be held at its new location, Pavillion 133- International Village stand G19  – Parais Rivera, which is right in the heart of Cairo. And while you’re there, make sure to stay in some of the best hotels in Cairo!


Mena House Oberoi, Cairo:
Sitting in the shadow of the Great Pyramids, the Mena House Oberoi, Cairo has enchanted guests for over 140 years surrounded by 40 acres of jasmine scented gardens. Its grand history is reflected in every aspect of this luxury resort showcasing exquisite antiques, handcrafted furniture and rich textiles. Be sure to experience their delicious Egyptian cuisine which is sure to be a perfect end to a perfect day in this exciting city.


Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence:
Surrounded by ancient gardens with views of the Great Pyramids in the distance, the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence is at the center of the prestigious new First Residence shopping and residential complex. And as the largest hotel in the city, it is a gracious sanctuary of superb hospitality and service.


Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza:
Located on the legendary Corniche along the river bank, the Four Season Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza is the epitome of luxury. Offering sweeping views of both the Nile and the Citadel, this location has been referred to the “ground zero for grandees”. And after a long day of film be sure to indulge in their all natural spa treatments or dine on a fantastic meal of Pacific Rim fusion flavors overlooking the Nile.

And when the festival is over, why not explore Egypt and discover another beautiful location this great country has to offer:

Adrere Amellal:


Get ready for one of the most perfect escapes imaginable. Build on the side of a majestic white mountain in Siwa, the Adrere Amellal is a beautiful eco-friendly lodge where its local Berbers will take care of your every need.


Housed in a natural building made out of salt-brick and mud with no electricity makes this a true escape from the modern world. Each one of the hand built rooms are unique and blend naturally into the surrounding landscape. All the furniture and crafts has been created and pay tribute to local artists while spaces are lit up only by natural beeswax candles and the starry desert sky.


Meals at the Adrere Amellal are absolutely extraordinary with most of the food is grown organically on the property grounds or from local venders. And to help create mystery and romance, food is served at a different location every day.


Come and immerse yourself in silence and enjoy the oasis of Siwia and as Benedict Allen of Harpers once said “At night it is so quiet that you begin to hear the stars”. This is will truly be an experience like no other.

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