Awna Restaurant and Tea Lounge

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Awna Restaurant and Tea Lounge

An immersive experience, Awna is a journey of wonder and delight amidst the dramatic sandstone outcrops and intricate ancient tombs of Hegra, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Awna represents human connection, the joy of togetherness and a celebration of the ancient traditions of the spice route. 

A Contemporary Culinary Experience, Inspired by Ancient Hegra
Hegra was once the heart of the Incense Road, connecting the ancient world through the trade of the luxury commodities of its time - and as a result, brought civilisations together, creating cultural fusions that continue to shape our modern world. Set at the epicentre of this chapter of history, Awna presents dishes inspired by the essence of Hegra. An exceptional roster of era-defining culinary masters will deliver dishes in dialogue with the legacy of this spectacular and storied landscape.

The Concept
Awna is a journey of discovery into local flavours, the culture of the Incense Road and the heritage of previous civilisations. Tasting menus are inspired by the love of banqueting so enjoyed by the Nabataeans, curating the culinary journey into a more traditional seated affair, keeping with fine dining of the modern era. In the Tea Lounge, recline, relax and enjoy the spirit of Nabataean banqueting with our small plates.


The Chefs

The guest Chefs working with Jehanno have an incredible wealth of experience in some of the most famous kitchens in the world and 50 years of Michelin-star experience. The industry-renowned visitors this season are executive pastry Chef David Girard, Oxeye founder Sven Hansen Britt, Kae Shibata, former Ritz Pastry Chef and founder of Cartografie, supplier of Chocolates to London’s finest Michelin Starred restaurants, Carter’s of Moseley Chef Brad Carter, and celebrated Icelandic Chef Aggi Sverrisson.

Executive Chef

Anthony Jehanno

Executive Chef Anthony Jehanno has built a successful career in the culinary arts through sheer talent and a passion for cooking since the age of 16. Having worked in fine dining establishments from France to London to New York, Chef Jehanno was named Talented Young Chef of 2016 and won his first Michelin Star in 2017.

Visiting Chefs

Executive Pastry Chef David Girard

Sven Hansen Britt

Brad Carter

Aggi Sverrisson

Kae Shibata

Restaurant Details

Hours of Operation & Location

Location: Awna is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hegra
Service Options:
• Tea Lounge at Sunset
• Michelin Star 4-Course Tasting Menu
• Michelin Star 6- Course Tasting Menu
• Michelin Star 9- Course Tasting Menu

Hours: 5:00 pm - 1:00 am*

*Last operating day will be 23 March

Key Information
  • Reservations are required.
  • Parking is complimentary at the Hegra Visitor Centre. After parking and checking reservations, guests will take a 7-minute ride through Hegra in an open-top vintage Land Rover to arrive at the restaurant.
  • Children of all ages are welcome.
  • Vegan and vegetarian options available.
Reservations are available through WhatsApp or MyTable.


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