On the black market, they reported, a bottle of Smirnoff vodka can cost 1,500 riyals (£250) compared with 100 riyals (£16) for the locally-made vodka.
Admission was controlled through a strict guest list.
“The scene resembled a nightclub anywhere outside the kingdom: plentiful alcohol, young couples dancing, a DJ at the turntables and everyone in costume.” The dispatch said the bar featured a top shelf of well-known brands of liquor, the original contents reportedly replaced with sadiqi.
More than 150 Saudi men and women, most in their 20s and 30s, were at the party.
The patronage of royalty meant the feared religious police kept a distance.
The lifetime spent together creates an intense bond of loyalty” [note: gay relations between Saudi’s and their servants are a common observation in the UK] The cable claimed it was easy for would-be partygoers to find a patron out of more than 10,000 princes in the kingdom.