Cultural Vibes

Egyptian Culture: Sunset Shisha

What we love about the Egyptian culture is hospitality you will never feel in anywhere else. It’s when you pass an evening in funny and congenial company with your preferred flavor of shisha. That’s what most of visitors said when asking about their experience there.

For example, shisha is a massive part of Egyptian culture; what is it exactly? Shisha is a Middle Eastern way of smoking tobacco through a bowl attached to a tube or hose. It has dining flavors such as strawberry, mango, pineapple, blueberry, peach, and more.

What You Need to Know About Egyptian Culture?

If you think all Middle Eastern countries have the same experiences, you are wrong! Egyptian culture is so different from any other place in this region. But we will love being here because Egypt balances a traditional lifestyle with a modern vibe. For example, the majority of Egyptians are Muslims, and as an Egyptian, I always see that Egyptian Islam is different from another. It’s blended with our unique character and identity. 

For example, we say “inshallah,” which means “if Allah wills,” in every situation – when we plan to do something, expect something to happen, or even when we try to ignore something and postpone doing it. Interesting, right?

Also, Egyptian Islam sets the principles of social life, such as family gatherings and how to deal with your old parents. And if you can make it in Ramadan, you will have unbelievable experiences; just make sure to find a local guide in Egypt. You will see a mix of cultural and regional ceremonies, from prayers to iftar, shoor, and fascinating desserts. 

So, back to the shisha, let’s explore more about this unique experience.

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The Story Behind Shisha

Shisha, also known as hookah, has a rich history that can be traced back to ancient Persia.

The art of smoking flavored tobacco through a water pipe has been an integral part of Middle Eastern and South Asian cultures since its inception. There are controversial anecdotes around the origins of shisha.

Some states said that it can be dated back to the 16th century during the Safavid Dynasty in Iran.

It was initially used by elite individuals as a symbol of status and luxury, with beautifully crafted hookahs made from precious materials like gold and silver. Over time, shisha spread throughout the region, becoming a popular social activity among both men and women. As trade routes expanded in the 18th century, so did the popularity of shisha.

Other traced back the originate of shisha and found out it invented for the first time in the north of India, specifically Rajasthan and Gujarat.

The first Shisha was created from the coconut instead of the glass bowl.

Experience Sunset Shisha

Indulging in a sunset shisha session in the Middle East is an experience like no other. As the glowing sun slowly sets on the horizon, immerse yourself in a world of rich flavors, aromatic smoke, and captivating ambiance. Smoking shisha has been deeply rooted in Middle Eastern culture for centuries, where people chill out with their preferred flavors after a long day.Picture this: you find yourself seated comfortably on plush cushions at an outdoor terrace overlooking stunning landscapes, chatting with funny people or bustling city skylines. With every inhale, you savor the tantalizing blend of fruity tobacco flavors that dance across your taste buds. The rhythmic bubbling sound of water inside the ornate glass base creates a mesmerizing soundtrack to your evening.

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