Monaco’s Sass Café recreated in dramatic setting of Saudi Arabian desert

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Sass Café’s indominable style has been transported to the magical Saudi Arabian oasis of AlUla, where guests can enjoy a fine dining menu cooked nomad-style above an open flame and a glitzy décor juxtaposed with the stark desert landscape.  

The ancient oasis town of AIUla dates back millennia, with archaeological finds suggesting it was inhabited as long ago as 5,000BCE. Situated in the north-western part of the country, it is known for being an important heritage and archaeological site, with one of the big attractions being the ‘Elephant Rock’, an imposing 52-metre-high rock formation.

AlUla is in its infancy when it comes to modern tourism – the French government signed a 10-year collaborative deal in 2018 with Saudi Arabia to develop the region – but it certainly knows how to provide quality hospitality.  

Now this traditional desert locale is adding a very glamourous vibe to its exquisite setting with the launch of a new address straight out of Monaco: the legendary nightclub and restaurant called Sass Café.  


Aside from the visual attributes of the luxe hotspot, Sass has also imported its “signature sense of style and flamboyance” to AlUla with a menu featuring a blend of Mediterranean and South American cuisines that come together with a dash of live, open-fire cooking. 

Starters include taste temptations such as a burnt orange salad with quinoa, granola and parmesan, the iconic truffle pizza also served up in the Principality’s original address, and pasta dishes hailing from Southern Italy, like a tagliatelle al limone 

Mains cooked on the open flames include a black cod dish with yuzo miso sauce and baby broccoli, and a “butcher’s selection of the day” adorned with a chimichurri sauce and fire roasted potatoes.  

Desserts are indulgent: a smoked banana with dulce de leche and light cream; date ice cream; and a smoked pineapple sorbet.  

A live DJ accompanies the vibrant atmosphere of the place, which is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 8pm to 2am.   

Reservations are not required, but are recommended. For more information on the pop-up, click here.  


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Photo via Sass Café