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UNDERGROUND PARTY SCENE IN JEDDAH: SAUDI YOUTH FROLIC UNDER "PRINCELY PROTECTION"- Wikileaks




Classified By: Consul General Martin R. Quinn for reasons 1.4 (b) and ( d) 1.
(C) Summary: Behind the facade of Wahabi conservatism in the streets, the underground nightlife for Jeddah's elite youth is thriving and throbbing. The full range of worldly temptations and vices are available -- alcohol, drugs, sex -- but strictly behind closed doors. This freedom to indulge carnal pursuits is possible merely because the religious police keep their distance when parties include the presence or patronage of a Saudi royal and his circle of loyal attendants, such as a Halloween event attended by ConGenOffs on October 29. Over the past few years, the increased conservatism of Saudi Arabia's external society has pushed the nightlife and party scene in Jeddah even further underground. End summary. Elite party like the rest of the world, --------------------------------------- just underground -----------------

2. (C) Along with over 150 young Saudis (men and women mostly in their 20's and early 30's), ConGenOffs accepted invitations to an underground Halloween party at Prince Faisal al Thunayan's (protect) residence in Jeddah on October 29. Inside the gates, past the Nigerian security guards and after the abaya coat-check, the scene resembled a nightclub anywhere outside the Kingdom: plentiful alcohol, young couples dancing, a DJ at the turntables, and everyone in costume. Funding for the party came from a corporate sponsor, Kizz-Me, a U.S.-based energy-drink company that now distributes out of Saudi Arabia, as well as from the princely host himself. Royalty, attended by "khawi," keep religious police at bay --------------------------------------------- -------------

3. (C) Religious police/CPVPV (Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice) were nowhere to be seen and while admission was controlled through a strictly-enforced guest list, the partygoers were otherwise not shy about publicizing the affair. According to a young Saudi from a prominent Jeddah merchant family, the Saudis try to throw parties at princes' houses or with princes in attendance, which serves as sufficient deterrent to interference by the CPVPV. There are over 10,000 princes in the Kingdom, albeit at various levels and gradations -- "Royal Highnesses" ("Saheb Al Sumou Al Maliki") signified by direct descent from King Abdulaziz, and mere "Highnesses" ("Saheb Al Sumou") from less direct branches of the Al Saud ruling family. Our host that evening, "His Highness" Faisal al Thunayan (protect), traces his roots to Thunayan, a brother of Mohammad, Amir of Diriyyah and Nejd (1725-65), King Abdullah's direct ancestor, six generations back. Although Prince Faisal is considered a second-tier "Cadet" prince, not in line for the throne, he still enjoys the perks of a mansion, luxury car, lifetime stipend, and security entourage. (Note: Most of the prince's security forces were young Nigerian men. It is common practice for Saudi princes to grow up with hired bodyguards from Nigeria or other African nations who are of similar age and who remain with the prince well into adulthood. They are called "khawi," derived from the Arabic word "akh," meaning "brother." The lifetime spent together creates an intense bond of loyalty. End note.) Availability of black market alcohol, prostitutes, and drugs --------------------------------------------- ---------------
4. (C) Alcohol, though strictly prohibited by Saudi law and custom, was plentiful at the party's well-stocked bar, well-patronized by Halloween revellers. The hired Filipino bartenders served a cocktail punch using "sadiqi," a locally-made "moonshine." While top-shelf liquor bottles were on display throughout the bar area, the original contents were reportedly already consumed and replaced by sadiqi. On the black market, a bottle of Smirnoff can cost 1,500 riyals when available, compared to 100 riyals for the locally-made vodka. It was also learned through word-of-mouth that a number of the guests were in fact "working girls," not uncommon for such parties.
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Additionally, though not witnessed directly at this event, cocaine and hashish use is common in these social circles and has been seen on other occasions.

5. (C) Comment: Saudi youth get to enjoy relative social freedom and indulge fleshly pursuits, but only behind closed doors -- and only the rich. Parties of this nature and scale are believed to be a relatively recent phenomenon in Jeddah. One contact, a young Saudi male, explained that up to a few years ago, the only weekend activity was "dating" inside the homes of the affluent in small groups. It is not uncommon in Jeddah for the more lavish private residences to include elaborate basement bars, discos, entertainment centers and clubs. As one high society Saudi remarked, "The increased conservatism of our society over these past years has only moved social interaction to the inside of people's homes."
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Disclaimer:
This thread is not posted with the intention of hurting anybody's religious sentiments, it merely aims at pointing out at the hypocritic world that we live in.

On one side we have a hypocritical "freedom of speech" in west and on other side we have such wild parties coming to light from conservative societies, rules and regulations 're made only for the common man or so I feel.
 
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The problem is they do it underground, while many others get lashes and life term imprisonment for using/ keeping drugs and alcohol etc. Either it should be legalized or banned for ALL.

Paisa hai tho saab ho jata hai. Jo lashes kha rahe hai wo garib hai unhe apni auukaat ke andaar masti karni chiye :P Fact of life :P
 

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The problem is they do it underground, while many others get lashes and life term imprisonment for using/ keeping drugs and alcohol etc. Either it should be legalized or banned for ALL.

A lot of poor Pakistanis are beheaded even in this year in the name of drug carrying.

On topic :Two most importants pilgrim centers are in Saudi Arabia . Al Saud Royal Family is the custodian of two centres.And princes in that family are like these.Damn weird.
 

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A lot of poor Pakistanis are beheaded even in this year in the name of drug carrying.

On topic :Two most importants pilgrim centers are in Saudi Arabia . Al Saud Royal Family is the custodian of two centres.And princes in that family are like these.Damn weird.

A lot of Mallu are lashed and deported for fermenting alcohol.

OnTopic: this is society's death.
 

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UNDERGROUND PARTY SCENE IN JEDDAH: SAUDI YOUTH FROLIC UNDER "PRINCELY PROTECTION"- Wikileaks




Classified By: Consul General Martin R. Quinn for reasons 1.4 (b) and ( d) 1.
(C) Summary: Behind the facade of Wahabi conservatism in the streets, the underground nightlife for Jeddah's elite youth is thriving and throbbing. The full range of worldly temptations and vices are available -- alcohol, drugs, sex -- but strictly behind closed doors. This freedom to indulge carnal pursuits is possible merely because the religious police keep their distance when parties include the presence or patronage of a Saudi royal and his circle of loyal attendants, such as a Halloween event attended by ConGenOffs on October 29. Over the past few years, the increased conservatism of Saudi Arabia's external society has pushed the nightlife and party scene in Jeddah even further underground. End summary. Elite party like the rest of the world, --------------------------------------- just underground -----------------

2. (C) Along with over 150 young Saudis (men and women mostly in their 20's and early 30's), ConGenOffs accepted invitations to an underground Halloween party at Prince Faisal al Thunayan's (protect) residence in Jeddah on October 29. Inside the gates, past the Nigerian security guards and after the abaya coat-check, the scene resembled a nightclub anywhere outside the Kingdom: plentiful alcohol, young couples dancing, a DJ at the turntables, and everyone in costume. Funding for the party came from a corporate sponsor, Kizz-Me, a U.S.-based energy-drink company that now distributes out of Saudi Arabia, as well as from the princely host himself. Royalty, attended by "khawi," keep religious police at bay --------------------------------------------- -------------

3. (C) Religious police/CPVPV (Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice) were nowhere to be seen and while admission was controlled through a strictly-enforced guest list, the partygoers were otherwise not shy about publicizing the affair. According to a young Saudi from a prominent Jeddah merchant family, the Saudis try to throw parties at princes' houses or with princes in attendance, which serves as sufficient deterrent to interference by the CPVPV. There are over 10,000 princes in the Kingdom, albeit at various levels and gradations -- "Royal Highnesses" ("Saheb Al Sumou Al Maliki") signified by direct descent from King Abdulaziz, and mere "Highnesses" ("Saheb Al Sumou") from less direct branches of the Al Saud ruling family. Our host that evening, "His Highness" Faisal al Thunayan (protect), traces his roots to Thunayan, a brother of Mohammad, Amir of Diriyyah and Nejd (1725-65), King Abdullah's direct ancestor, six generations back. Although Prince Faisal is considered a second-tier "Cadet" prince, not in line for the throne, he still enjoys the perks of a mansion, luxury car, lifetime stipend, and security entourage. (Note: Most of the prince's security forces were young Nigerian men. It is common practice for Saudi princes to grow up with hired bodyguards from Nigeria or other African nations who are of similar age and who remain with the prince well into adulthood. They are called "khawi," derived from the Arabic word "akh," meaning "brother." The lifetime spent together creates an intense bond of loyalty. End note.) Availability of black market alcohol, prostitutes, and drugs --------------------------------------------- ---------------
4. (C) Alcohol, though strictly prohibited by Saudi law and custom, was plentiful at the party's well-stocked bar, well-patronized by Halloween revellers. The hired Filipino bartenders served a cocktail punch using "sadiqi," a locally-made "moonshine." While top-shelf liquor bottles were on display throughout the bar area, the original contents were reportedly already consumed and replaced by sadiqi. On the black market, a bottle of Smirnoff can cost 1,500 riyals when available, compared to 100 riyals for the locally-made vodka. It was also learned through word-of-mouth that a number of the guests were in fact "working girls," not uncommon for such parties.
JEDDAH 00000443 002.2 OF 002
Additionally, though not witnessed directly at this event, cocaine and hashish use is common in these social circles and has been seen on other occasions.

5. (C) Comment: Saudi youth get to enjoy relative social freedom and indulge fleshly pursuits, but only behind closed doors -- and only the rich. Parties of this nature and scale are believed to be a relatively recent phenomenon in Jeddah. One contact, a young Saudi male, explained that up to a few years ago, the only weekend activity was "dating" inside the homes of the affluent in small groups. It is not uncommon in Jeddah for the more lavish private residences to include elaborate basement bars, discos, entertainment centers and clubs. As one high society Saudi remarked, "The increased conservatism of our society over these past years has only moved social interaction to the inside of people's homes."
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Disclaimer:
This thread is not posted with the intention of hurting anybody's religious sentiments, it merely aims at pointing out at the hypocritic world that we live in.

On one side we have a hypocritical "freedom of speech" in west and on other side we have such wild parties coming to light from conservative societies, rules and regulations 're made only for the common man or so I feel.

Thodi Party to banti hai :partay::partay:
 

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