At the Alf Leila Wa Leila hotel property, “Fantasia 1001,” which refers to The Thousand and One Nights — or the Arabian Nights — is a celebration of Egyptian culture, color and dance with a variety of entertainment and dinner theater shows. Serving local food and drink, the many acts tell the history and folklore of Egypt through live music, a sound and light show, belly dancing and a pharaonic horse show that includes acrobatics and horsemanship. Each show tells the life of ancient Egypt and its pharaohs, the tribal history of the Bedouins, and other customs and traditions of the many regions of Egypt.
The shows are set in the largest theater of the area, with a seating capacity of 2,500. Other highlights include traditional Egyptian architecture including a large fountain and a performance of tanoura, an Egyptian folk dance in Sufi festivals. The whirling dance is unique to Egypt, performed by Sufi men in long, colorful skirts.
The Fantasia 1001 show takes place at the Alf Leila Wa Leila hotel, which is about a 15-minute drive from the airport and a 25-minute drive from downtown Hurghada. Shows begin around 10pm.