AlUla, home to Hegra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the oldest cities in the Arabian Peninsula, has now welcomed its first signature fine-dining restaurant.

English Chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton, who owns and runs three-Michelin-star restaurants across the world, has opened Maraya Social, located on the rooftop of the destination’s iconic mirrored building with 360-degree views of stunning rock-strewn valleys and canyons of the Ashar Valley.

Atherton said he was so impressed by the natural beauty, history and culture of AlUla that he “jumped at the chance” to open one of the first permanent fine-dining venues in the destination.

“The beauty of the Ashar Valley, the native produce and the iconic Maraya architecture are all the ingredients we need for what is sure to be a sought-after destination dining experience”, he added.

The menu, designed to share and create a social environment for diners, features seasonal fruits, vegetables and locally produced ingredients and features a selection of sharing plates, served with high-quality mocktails.