The best job in the world
Do you dream of waking up in Rio de Janeiro, exploring the sights of Sydney, and sampling the food of Singapore? If you do, then join Emirates as cabin crew and see the world as part of your career.
Many of our cabin crew describe the role as “the best job in the world”, not only because they deliver award-winning service at 38,000 feet, but also for the unique lifestyle that comes with the job:
Non-stop new adventures
With Emirates serving over 150 cities across 85 countries, every day is a new opportunity to experience somewhere new.
The world’s largest airline
Represent a leading airline brand as you wear our iconic uniform and travel the world on our Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 aircraft.
The best job in the world
Live in Dubai
All Emirates cabin crew live in the exciting city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This means you’ll earn a tax-free salary, have your accommodation provided by Emirates and have plenty of opportunity to sample this unique, vibrant & multicultural city.
Friends for life
Our cabin crew community is over 20,000 strong and you’ll make friends for life from every corner of the globe, from the very first day of training.
Continue to travel the world in your free time - with concessional tickets on Emirates and other airlines, as well as special perks with many other hotel/travel providers.
Who we are looking for
To be considered for Emirates cabin crew you’ll need to be:
- Fluent in written and spoken English (additional languages are an advantage)
- A natural team player with a personality that shines
- At least 160cm tall and able to reach 212cm high
- Able to meet the UAE’s employment visa requirements
- At least 1 year of hospitality or customer service experience
- A minimum of high school (Grade 12) education
- No visible tattoos while in Emirates cabin crew uniform
Upcoming recruitment events
We’re travelling around the world to find the best candidates for our cabin crew team. Don’t see your city? Apply online and we’ll inform you when we are visiting nearby.
Walk into any of our Open Days happening all over the world. You don’t have to submit your application before you attend. Candidates are advised to read the requirements and arrive at the Open Day venue by the start time to register.
Candidates are required to complete an application online to be shortlisted to attend for our invitation-only recruitment events.
Recruitment event dress code
Our 7-step cabin crew training process
Our new recruits undergo an intense seven and a half weeks of training in the highest standards of safety and service delivery in our state-of-the-art facility in Dubai. Learn more about the training journey.
Duration: 8 days
Induction week will provide information to assist and support you during your transition into your new environment, within Dubai and throughout your training.
Duration: 13 days
Safety & Emergency Procedure Training will provide you with the skills and knowledge to ensure our aircraft and passengers remain safe at all times. The Training covers Aircraft equipment, fire-fighting, in-flight emergencies and evacuation.
Duration: 5 days
Group Medical training will equip you to be able to confidently manage any medical incident on-board. You’ll cover topics such as CPR, bleeding, burns, emergency childbirth and a variety of medical conditions.
Duration: 2 days
Security Training will provide you with guidelines, skills and techniques to prevent and manage acts of unlawful interference , such as unruly behavior, hijacking and sabotage, as well as addressing personal security concerns.
Duration: 1 day
Image and uniform training will give you the skills and knowledge to project a professional image in line with the Emirates brand, You will cover uniform standards, skincare, make-up, hair care, nail care and a healthy lifestyle.
Duration: 1 day
Are you ready to shine? Emirates is one of the biggest stars in the sky. Only you can make it the brightest.
Duration: 14 days
14 days Service Training, up to 4 months On the Job learning and development and 3 days Service Assessments to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to deliver ‘World’s Best In-Flight Experience’
Pay and benefits
Travelling becomes more than part of your job, it becomes your lifestyle; and our concessional travel tickets make it easier to explore new cities outside of your layovers. That’s just one of the incredible rewards we offer you, here’s what you can look forward to
Starting Salary & Flying Pay
* These are approximate numbers for Grade II (Economy Class)
- Basic salary AED 4,430 / month
- Flying Pay AED 63.75 / hour
based on avg. 80-100 hours / month
- Average Total Pay AED 10,170 / month
(~USD 2,770, EUR 2,710 or GBP 2,280)
- Basic salary AED 4,430 / month
Meal allowances for night stops are credited to the salary in arrears the following month. Hotel accommodation as well as transport to and from the airport is provided by the company.
Staff travel benefits on Emirates Airline can be availed as per the Staff Travel Manual. Staff travel benefits on other airlines can be availed as per inter-airline agreements/policies.
Furnished accommodation is provided free of charge, including utilities -water, electricity. TV, Internet and telephone bills are not included. There are more than 50 buildings in various locations throughout Dubai that you can be placed in. Two/three colleagues (same gender) share a two/three bedroom apartment and each have their own bedroom but share the kitchen and the living area. Two people may have to share a second bathroom in some three-bedroom apartments.
Once probationary period is complete you may request to move to another apartment pending availability. Due to varying rosters of occupants and to ensure security, there are no visitors allowed past 01:00 unless they are Emirates (EK) crew. You may have two family members visit at the same time and stay in your accommodation twice a year for a maximum of 30 days each visit.
Transportation is provided by the company to/from work and to/from Training College.
Provided by the company free of charge, incl. dry-cleaning in designated outlets in Dubai.
Leave & Leave Travel
30 calendar days leave per year. One firm free annual leave ticket is provided to your country of origin. The ticket can be changed to any EK destination after 3 years of service.
Frequently asked questions
What are the opportunities for Cabin Crew in Emirates?Being based in Dubai, Emirates offers its Cabin Crew an international lifestyle, an attractive tax-free salary, free quality accommodation and the opportunity to work with an award-winning multicultural team. Salaries for Cabin Crew are competitive and packages of attractive travel benefits and excellent professional development opportunities are available.
Do you need previous experience as Cabin Crew?Previous experience in a customer service role would be of benefit but previous cabin crew experience is not required.
What does Emirates look for in Cabin Crew?We look for a positive attitude, confidence, flexibility, maturity, a friendly disposition, and importantly a genuine passion to help others and to provide quality service. As the job can be physically demanding, we also look for those with resilience and a determination to continually perform well.
If selected to join Emirates as Cabin Crew what medical tests are required?Prior to joining, you will be required to complete a self-declaration medical form. If additional information is required, you may have to visit your Doctor. A visit to the Dentist is also required to complete the dental form. Any costs incurred as part of your medical requirements will be borne by you. Once you join us, additional medicals will be conducted by The Emirates Group. These are required for residence visa and also to comply with GCAA requirements.
How long is the contract and is it binding?In accordance with current Dubai Government regulations, the contract is a three-year non-binding one, renewable with agreement by Emirates management and crew member. There is a probationary period of six months commencing from the date of joining.
What are the career development opportunities within Emirates?Staff have first opportunity to apply for a vacant position as most of these are advertised internally before being advertised to outside applicants. Candidates interested in applying for any internal vacancy should meet the following requirements:
- Completion of one year in your current role (position/department).
- The minimum qualifications and experience required for the advertised position.
- The support of your line manager.
What are promotions based on?Cabin Crew promotions are based on assessment of performance.
Is this a rewarding career path and why?Working with Emirates will give you endless opportunities: to meet and work with people from over 120 nationalities; to increase your skills and rapidly advance your career. Currently, high performing Cabin Crew have been able to attain the position of Flight Purser within five years and many have also become trainers in cabin service. Many people in middle and upper management joined the airline as Cabin Crew and now work in other departments. Opportunities abound: waiting for you to pursue them, based on performance of course!
When do you get a roster? How many days off do you get in a month?Cabin Crew have a monthly roster and have approximately eight days off per month in Dubai.
Are you allocated flights as soon as you join training?You are given a roster on the day of your graduation at the end of your training. Initially, you will fly as supernumerary so that your performance can be observed and feedback obtained in order to identify any further training needs prior to your first operational flight.
What is involved in the training? Where does it take place?All Cabin Crew recruits go through an initial seven-and-a-half week training course in Dubai, conducted in English at a purpose-built crew training centre that is part of the Emirates Aviation College. Training includes the practical and theoretical aspects of safety, first aid and inflight service on the various aircraft operated by Emirates. The trainees on each course are normally a rich cultural mix. There are regular assessments with stringent pass marks for each module. Hence a high standard of performance and dedication is required.
What is the probationary period for company employment?For all positions, the probationary period is six months from the date of joining the company.
Do you get paid/compensated and are you provided with company accommodation while training?Your basic salary is calculated from the first day of joining. Company accommodation is also provided upon your arrival in Dubai.
Do I pay tax on my salary?The salary you receive from Emirates is tax free.
What is profit share?If the company achieves its profit target, employees receive a profit share payment. The company’s financial year runs from 1st April to 31st March the following year. The company announces its results – and any profit share to be made - in April for the financial year just ended. The profit share is paid in May. The amount varies from year to year and has ranged from two to 14 weeks of basic salary.
To qualify for the full profit share, you must have been employed for the complete period, 1st April to 31st March. If you joined after the 31st March but before 30th September, you would be entitled to a pro rata amount. If you joined after 30th September, you will have to wait until the next profit share.
What is the Exchange Rate Protection scheme?UAE-based expatriate employees, irrespective of nationality, grade or position, are covered by the Exchange Rate Protection (ERP) scheme, unless they are from the USA or any country where the currency is fixed against the US dollar.
The ERP scheme is intended to provide reasonable protection if you are adversely affected by exchange rate fluctuations in the currency of your home country or the place of your permanent residence. Your ERP currency will be given as per the country of your Annual Leave Destination, and once your ERP is determined it can never be changed. Under the ERP Scheme, 50 per cent of the net basic salary received each month is protected up to a maximum of 15 per cent.
Does Emirates offer a pension scheme?Emirates provides a non-contributory end of service benefit (EOSB) (a lump sum of money assessed according to salary scale) on completion of the term of your contract.
What is the pay structure/allowance?Your pay is made up of three components: a fixed basic salary, an hourly pay for operated flights and an overseas allowance.
Pay Scale for Grade II (entry level): Basic monthly salary, tax free in the UAE - AED 4,430 (1 US$=approx AED 3.673).
Flying pay on an hourly basis - AED 63.75 paid between chocks off and chocks on. Flying pay is paid in the month following accrual.
Meal allowances are paid in the currency of the country in which a night stop is made. The company provides free transport to and from the airport and hotel accommodation.
How often & how soon can I go home?All employees are on probation for the first six months of their service. They are, therefore, eligible for leave after the probation period. We fly to over 120 destinations and you could be rostered to your home country, based on operational requirements.
How much leave will I be entitled to?Cabin Crew are entitled to 30 calendar days’ leave per year based on availability of leave slots. One firm annual leave ticket is provided free of charge to your country of origin. After three years of service this may be taken to any destination on the Emirates network.
What is the annual leave policy of the company?All full-time employees are entitled to paid annual leave. The number of working hours of annual leave provided per calendar year is related to your job grade and is specified in your contract of employment.
When may I apply for concessional travel?You will be eligible for staff travel concessions, including standby and confirmed tickets, from your date of joining.
Does Emirates provide any insurance cover?All Cabin Crew are insured on a 24-hour worldwide basis under life insurance and personal accident insurance policies. The company’s policy on insurance is detailed in The Emirates Group Employee Handbook, which is issued to every employee upon joining the company.
Is health care provided?Emirates provides all Cabin Crew with a comprehensive package for medical and dental services at the designated Emirates Clinics.
Can my family come to visit and stay with me in company accommodation?Family members can stay in your apartment in accordance with the Emirates accommodation regulations.
What is accommodation like and is it expensive?Emirates provides shared furnished air conditioned accommodation free of charge. There are more than 50 buildings in various locations throughout Dubai that you could be placed in. Each apartment block has leisure facilities. Two/three colleagues (same gender) share a two/three bedroom apartment and each have their own bedroom but share the kitchen and the living area. Two people may have to share a second bathroom in some three-bedroom apartments.
Do I need to open a UAE bank account?Yes, because your salary is paid monthly in UAE dirhams.
What is the procedure for obtaining a UAE driving licence?Obtaining a UAE driving licence and the costs involved are your responsibility. There many countries which have an agreement with the UAE whereby you can convert your existing driving licence to a UAE driving licence. If you are unable to convert your existing driving licence into a UAE driving licence, then you will have to undergo driving tests conducted by Dubai Police. There are many private driving schools in Dubai and you can register with one of them for driving lessons.
Do you need another language? What is the predominantly spoken language?In Dubai, Arabic and English are widely spoken. Candidates need fluency in spoken and written English. Fluency in another language is an advantage. There are a number of language institutions in Dubai if you wish to learn another language.
What is Dubai like as a lifestyle destination?From a country that relied on pearl diving, Dubai has now developed into an international tourism and regional business hub. It is a modern cosmopolitan city where people of many cultures and religious backgrounds live and work in harmony. Dubai offers many advantages and prides itself on being one of the most exciting cities in the world. Dubai is a city of contrast, a land where the old and the new, traditional and modern, east and west blend seamlessly to produce a fascinating, mysterious, exciting place with a distinct personality all of its own. There is an endless variety of superb restaurants and sports and leisure facilities catering for all tastes.
Can different genders share accommodation?The UAE is an Islamic country. Men and women cannot share accommodation unless they are married.