Dubai, UAE (February 22, 2021) – Time Out Market, the world’s first food and cultural Market rooted in editorial curation, announces Sandy El Hayek has joined the company as General Manager of Time Out Market Dubai in Souk Al Bahar.
Sandy brings a wealth of experience and industry expertise to the position and will play a critical role in the successful launch and business growth of Time Out Market Dubai. The Market will be the largest food hall in the UAE and fully licensed with a curated mix of Dubai’s famed homegrown culinary and cultural concepts. Sandy will manage 17 award winning chefs and restaurateurs, three bars and cultural and entertainment spaces spanning 43,000 sq ft, including a 3,000 sq ft wraparound terrace overlooking the Dubai Fountain and the Burj Khalifa. Sandy will report to Didier Souillat, CEO of Time Out Market.
Sandy’s career spans over 15 years in hospitality across Sweden and UAE, including eight years in Dubai. Sandy is also a certified wine sommelier. Most recently, Sandy served as the F&B Operations Manager for Nakheel Group, launching Depachika Food Hall on Palm Jumeirah and the Food District at The Pointe. Prior to that, she held senior management positions within award-winning dining and retail concepts including La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie in Downtown Dubai and Galeries Lafayette, amongst others.
Sandy El Hayek, General Manager of Time Out Market Dubai, said: “I look forward to working with Didier and the wider Time Out team as we prepare the launch of Time Out Market Dubai this year. Having worked within Dubai’s hospitality sector for over eight years, I can confidently say this concept is unlike anything this city’s food scene has ever seen before, and I am proud to be part of the team bringing the Market to life in Dubai. I look forward to welcoming guests to Time Out Market Dubai very soon.”
Didier Souillat, CEO of Time Out Market, said: “Time Out Market Dubai will create a vibrant reflection of Dubai’s thriving culinary scene, offering diners the best food and cultural concepts that the city has to offer. We needed an exceptional General Manager to oversee operations at the Market, and we are confident that Sandy’s experience and passion for this project will make Time Out Market Dubai a great success.”
Time Out Market Dubai, the first to launch in the Middle East, will open in partnership with Emaar Malls in early 2021.
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Time Out Market brings the best of the city under one roof: its best chefs, drinks and cultural experiences. The world’s first food and cultural market based wholly on editorial curation, Time Out Market captures decades of local knowledge, independent reviews and expert opinions. Everything that is being offered in Time Out Market must have been tested and tasted and finally selected by independent Time Out journalists.
The first Time Out Market opened in 2014 in a historic market hall in Lisbon and quickly turned into a huge success with 4.1 million visitors in 2019. This unique format, which is all about making high-quality fine food affordable and accessible, is now coming to other great cities around the world as the company is rolling out Time Out Market globally. Time Out Market Miami opened in May 2019, followed in the same month by Time Out Market New York, in June 2019 by Time Out Market Boston and in November 2019 by Time Out Market Montréal and Time Out Market Chicago. Also in the pipeline are Dubai, London, Porto and Prague (the sites in Montréal, Dubai and Prague are the Group’s first management agreements) – all featuring the cities’ best and most celebrated chefs, restaurateurs, drinks and cultural experiences.