Join the largest operator of Airbus A380 and Boeing 777

Fly one of the world’s most modern fleet of 255+ wide-bodied aircraft to more than 150 destinations around the globe

Important information: due to the impact of COVID-19, our Direct Entry Captain, Accelerated Command and First Officer roles are currently on hold.

Our roles

Learn more about requirements and benefits each role offers

Direct Entry Captains

Direct Entry Captains

Are you a technically proficient commander with experience on a modern wide body aircraft who aims to deliver excellence?

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Accelerated Command

Accelerated Command

For motivated Captains who would like the opportunity to fly a modern wide body aircraft worldwide

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First Officers

First Officers

We welcome ambitious pilots who would like to join our dynamic team

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National Cadet Pilot Programme

National Cadet Pilot Programme

Is it your ambition to become a pilot?

Learn more

Direct Entry Captains

Important information: due to the impact of COVID-19, our Direct Entry Captain, Accelerated Command and First Officer roles are currently on hold.

Requirements

To become one of our A380 or B777 Captains, you will need a minimum of 7000 hrs total flying time multi- crew, multi- engine (only time in the operating seat of a turboprop and/or turbojet aircraft can be counted; not simulator time).

On top of this you will need to have:

Airbus A380
Minimum of 3000 hrs command time on multi-crew, multi-engine commercial jet aircraft with MTOW of 50 tonnes or more
Most recent 1500 hours to be command on Airbus FBW wide-body, long-haul (A330/A340/A350/A380)
Previous experience must include A380 command
Flown at least 150 hrs in command within the last 12 months at time of joining
A valid ICAO ATPL with an unrestricted class one medical certificate issued by the same authority
Fluency in English, equivalent to ICAO English level 5 or above
Boeing 777
Minimum of 3000 hrs command time on multi-crew, multi-engine commercial jet aircraft with MTOW of 50 tonnes or more
Most recent 1000 hours to be command on Boeing wide-body, long-haul (B767/747/777/787) within the past 3 years
Flown at least 150 hrs in command within the last 12 months at time of joining
A valid ICAO ATPL with an unrestricted class one medical certificate issued by the same authority
Fluency in English, equivalent to ICAO English level 5 or above

Roster, Hours & Routes

Emirates Passenger - A380 and B777 SkyCargo Freighter - B777

Contract type

Open-ended

Open-ended

Roster Pattern

Full monthly roster with minimum 8 days off

28 days on with 13 days off

Annual Hours

800 - 900

500 - 600

Routes

  • 24-hour operation

  • Mix of turnarounds, long haul and ultra long haul

  • Trips are single or multi sector and can be 1-9 days in duration

  • Layover periods are generally 24-48 hours

  • Days off are in Dubai

  • 24-hour operation

  • Mix of long haul and ultra long haul

  • Trips are single or multi sector and are generally 5+ days in duration

  • Layover periods can be 1-5 days

  • Days off can be scheduled at outstation or Dubai

Pay & Benefits

Emirates Passenger - A380 and B777 SkyCargo Freighter - B777

Basic salary + flying pay

per month

AED 43,013 (~ USD 11,710)

based on avg. 85 hrs / month

AED 34,812 (~USD 9,477)

based on avg. 50 hrs / month

Accommodation Options

per month

A). Company Provided Accommodation with Utilities
or
B). Accommodation Allowance of AED 16,075 (~USD 4,376)

Available for local recruits currently in privately purchased or rental accommodation or employees who purchase property in Dubai

A). Company Provided Accommodation with Utilities
or
B). Accommodation Allowance of AED 12,500 (~USD 3,403)

Available for local recruits currently in privately purchased or rental accommodation or employees who purchase property in Dubai

Education Allowance

(Dubai based or overseas education)

Primary AED 47,500 (~USD 12,932)
Secondary AED 72,500 (~USD 19,738)

Provided for families with up to 3 children aged 4-19 (all numbers are per year / per child and are subject to benefits policy)

Primary AED 47,500 (~USD 12,932)
Secondary AED 72,500 (~USD 19,738)

Provided for families with up to 3 children aged 4-19 (all numbers are per year / per child and are subject to benefits policy)

Productivity pay

AED 700 (~ USD 190)

for each block hour above monthly target

AED 700 (~USD 190)

for each block hour above monthly target

Annual Leave

42 calendar days

12 calendar days

Additional Benefits

  • Provident Fund or End of Service Benefits

  • Pick up and drop off to and from duty

    (from your home in Dubai to the airport)

  • Platinum discount card

    (significant discounts across leisure, retail and service providers)

  • Eligibility for an annual profit share

  • Company uniform & dry cleaning in Dubai

  • Provident Fund or End of Service Benefits

  • Pick up and drop off to and from duty

    (from your home in Dubai to the airport)

  • Platinum discount card

    (significant discounts across leisure, retail and service providers)

  • Eligibility for an annual profit share

  • Company uniform & dry cleaning in Dubai

Additional coverage

  • Life and accident insurance

  • Medical and dental coverage

  • Loss of licence insurance

  • Life and accident insurance

  • Medical and dental coverage

  • Loss of licence insurance

Confirmed Annual Leave Ticket

Provided to you and your dependants

Business class upgradable to First class

Provided to you and your dependants

Business class upgradable to First class

Staff Travel

Economy / Business / First class eligibility

Economy / Business / First class eligibility

Accelerated Command

Important information: due to the impact of COVID-19, our Direct Entry Captain, Accelerated Command and First Officer roles are currently on hold.

This is a unique opportunity for you to join as a B777 or A380 First Officer on an enhanced salary package with an accelerated command upgrade scenario.

Requirements

To qualify for this opportunity, you will need to have a minimum of 7000 hours on multi-crew, multi-engine aircraft.

On top of this you will need to have:

Minimum of 3000 hrs command time on multi-crew, multi-engine commercial jet aircraft with MTOW of 50 tonnes or more
A valid ICAO ATPL with an unrestricted class one medical certificate issued by the same authority
Currently type rated as a commander on an aircraft such as B737, A320 or larger
Fluency in English, equivalent to ICAO English level 5 or above
Flown at least 150 hrs in command within the last 12 months at time of joining

Roster, Hours & Routes

Emirates Passenger - A380 & B777 SkyCargo Freighter - B777

Contract type

Open-ended

Open-ended

Roster Pattern

Full monthly roster with minimum 8 days off

28 days on with 13 days off

Average Annual Hours

800 - 900

500 - 600

Routes

  • 24-hour operation

  • Mix of turnarounds, long haul and ultra long haul

  • Trips are single or multi sector and can be 1-9 days in duration

  • Layover periods are generally 24-48 hours

  • Days off are in Dubai

  • 24-hour operation

  • Mix of long haul and ultra long haul

  • Trips are single or multi sector and are generally 5+ days in duration

  • Layover periods can be 1-5 days

  • Days off can be scheduled at outstation or Dubai

Pay & Benefits

Emirates Passenger - A380 & B777 SkyCargo Freighter - B777

Basic salary + flying pay

per month

AED 35,313 (~ USD 9,614)

based on avg. 85 hrs / month

AED 28,732 (~USD 7,822)

based on avg. 50 hrs / month

Accommodation Options

per month

A). Company Provided Accommodation with Utilities
or
B). Accommodation Allowance of AED 14,325 (~USD 3,900)

Available for local recruits currently in privately purchased or rental accommodation or employees who purchase property in Dubai

A). Company Provided Accommodation with Utilities
or
B). Accommodation Allowance of AED 11,000 (~USD 2,994)

Available for local recruits currently in privately purchased or rental accommodation or employees who purchase property in Dubai

Education Allowance

(Dubai based or overseas education)

Primary AED 47,500 (~USD 12,932)
Secondary AED 72,500 (~USD 19,738)

Provided for families with up to 3 children aged 4-19 (all numbers are per year / per child and are subject to benefits policy)

Primary AED 47,500 (~USD 12,932)
Secondary AED 72,500 (~USD 19,738)

Provided for families with up to 3 children aged 4-19 (all numbers are per year / per child and are subject to benefits policy)

Productivity pay

AED 495 (~ USD 134)

for each block hour above monthly target

AED 495 (~ USD 134)

for each block hour above monthly target

Annual Leave

42 calendar days

12 calendar days

Additional Benefits

  • Provident Fund or End of Service Benefits

  • Pick up and drop off to and from duty

    (from your home in Dubai to the airport)

  • Platinum discount card

    (significant discounts across leisure, retail and service providers)

  • Eligibility for an annual profit share

  • Company uniform & dry cleaning in Dubai

  • Provident Fund or End of Service Benefits

  • Pick up and drop off to and from duty

    (from your home in Dubai to the airport)

  • Platinum discount card

    (significant discounts across leisure, retail and service providers)

  • Eligibility for an annual profit share

  • Company uniform & dry cleaning in Dubai

Additional coverage

  • Life and accident insurance

  • Medical and dental coverage

  • Loss of licence insurance

  • Life and accident insurance

  • Medical and dental coverage

  • Loss of licence insurance

Confirmed Annual Leave Ticket

Provided to you and your dependants

Economy class upgradable to Business class

Provided to you and your dependants

Economy class upgradable to Business class

Staff Travel

Economy / Business class eligibility

Economy / Business class eligibility

First Officers

Important information: due to the impact of COVID-19, our Direct Entry Captain, Accelerated Command and First Officer roles are currently on hold.

Requirements

To qualify for this opportunity, you will need experience on multi-engine, multi-crew aircraft with:

Minimum of 2000 hrs on MTOW ≥ 20T OR Minimum of 3000 hrs on MTOW between 10T & 20T
A valid ICAO ATPL with an unrestricted class one medical certificate issued by the same authority
English language fluency to ICAO English level 4 or above
Flown at least 150 hrs within the last 12 months at time of joining on an aircraft with MTOW ≥ 10T

Roster, Hours & Routes

Emirates Passenger - A380 & B777 SkyCargo Freighter - B777

Contract type

Open-ended

Open-ended

Roster Pattern

Full monthly roster with minimum 8 days off

28 days on with 13 days off

Average Annual Hours

800 - 900

500 - 600

Routes

  • 24-hour operation

  • Mix of turnarounds, long haul and ultra long haul

  • Trips are single or multi sector and can be 1-9 days in duration

  • Layover periods are generally 24-48 hours

  • Days off are in Dubai

  • 24-hour operation

  • Mix of long haul and ultra long haul

  • Trips are single or multi sector and are generally 5+ days in duration

  • Layover periods can be 1-5 days

  • Days off can be scheduled at outstation or Dubai

Pay & Benefits

Emirates Passenger - A380 & B777 SkyCargo Freighter - B777

Basic salary + flying pay

per month

AED 30,358 (~ USD 8,265)

based on avg. 85 hrs / month

AED 24,522 (~USD 6,676)

based on avg. 50 hrs / month

Accommodation Options

per month

A). Company Provided Accommodation with Utilities
or
B). Accommodation Allowance of AED 14,325 (~USD 3,900)

Available for local recruits currently in privately purchased or rental accommodation or employees who purchase property in Dubai

p class="entity_1">A). Company Provided Accommodation with Utilities
or
B). Accommodation Allowance of AED 11,000 (~USD 2,994)

Available for local recruits currently in privately purchased or rental accommodation or employees who purchase property in Dubai

Education Allowance

(Dubai based or overseas education)

Primary AED 47,500 (~USD 12,932)
Secondary AED 72,500 (~USD 19,738)

Provided for families with up to 3 children aged 4-19 (all numbers are per year / per child and are subject to benefits policy)

Primary AED 47,500 (~USD 12,932)
Secondary AED 72,500 (~USD 19,738)

Provided for families with up to 3 children aged 4-19 (all numbers are per year / per child and are subject to benefits policy)

Productivity pay

AED 495 (~ USD 134)

for each block hour above monthly target

AED 495 (~USD 134)

for each block hour above monthly target

Annual Leave

42 calendar days

12 calendar days

Additional Benefits

  • Provident Fund or End of Service Benefits

  • Pick up and drop off to and from duty

    (from your home in Dubai to the airport)

  • Platinum discount card

    (significant discounts across leisure, retail and service providers)

  • Eligibility for an annual profit share

  • Company uniform & dry cleaning in Dubai

  • Provident Fund or End of Service Benefits

  • Pick up and drop off to and from duty

    (from your home in Dubai to the airport)

  • Platinum discount card

    (significant discounts across leisure, retail and service providers)

  • Eligibility for an annual profit share

  • Company uniform & dry cleaning in Dubai

Additional coverage

  • Life and accident insurance

  • Medical and dental coverage

  • Loss of licence insurance

  • Life and accident insurance

  • Medical and dental coverage

  • Loss of licence insurance

Confirmed Annual Leave Ticket

Provided to you and your dependants

Economy class upgradable to Business class

Provided to you and your dependants

Economy class upgradable to Business class

Staff Travel

Economy / Business class eligibility

Economy / Business class eligibility

Progression

Progression

You have many career options available to you.

Join us as a First Officer, and you’ll have the opportunity to become a Captain faster than you could with other long-haul carriers.


First Officers can progress to Synthetic Flight Instructors or CRM Instructors.

As a Captain you can advance your career in roles such as:

  • Training Captain
  • Type Rating Instructor or Examiner
  • Flight Operations Audit Captain
  • Management Pilot
  • Recruitment Pilot

Recruitment process

Know what to expect in your recruitment journey as you progress through the selection stages.

Our Dubai based selection process is held over three days.

  • Online Personality Questionnaire Online

    Upon confirmation to attend the Selection Programme in Dubai, you will receive an email with a link to complete an online personality questionnaire. This will tell us more about you and how you work with others in different situations.

  • Group Assessment & SIM Assessment Dubai

    Following a group exercise to assess your team interaction, you will progress to a Simulator Brief and assessment. This will evaluate your basic flying skills, flight deck management and airmanship.

  • Advanced Compass Test Dubai

    Computerized Pilot Aptitude Screening System (COMPASS) consists of 6 tests which have been developed to assess some of the key aptitude area for pilots

  • Cognitive Ability test, Interview & Emirates medical examinations Dubai
    • The cognitive ability test is designed to assess your logic and reasoning skills.
    • During a panel interview you will be assessed on key pilot competencies.
    • You’ll have a medical health check at our Emirates clinic.
  • Accommodation & school tour, Psychometrics & GCAA medical Dubai
    • The Accommodation & School Tour starts with a HR Brief and a detailed overview of the pilot benefits and the joining process.
    • The psychometric test will tell us a bit more about how you respond in various situations.
    • GCAA Medical includes an eye test and x-ray which is required by the Dubai Health authority for all expat residents.
Training

Training

After an induction week, you’ll begin your Type Rating course. It will cover areas like Aircraft Systems, TCAS, ETOPS, ILS/PRM, RNAV and RVSM.

Then, the Fixed base IPT and full-flight simulator will lead up to your license and skills test. Final simulator sessions will qualify you for Low Visibility Ops and Zero Flight Time.

Line training begins after that - starting with an observation flight, and then between 12 - 30 training sectors (depending on your previous experience), mostly to places you haven’t flown to before.

The last step is a final line check, and you’ll be a fully-qualified commercial pilot with Emirates.

Frequently asked questions

  • Where does Emirates hold the interviews and how long does the assessment process take?
    The selection process is held over three days in Dubai. You would also need to allow for a day’s travel either side.

    From time to time we hold simulator assessments at different locations around the world. If this happens, we’ll advertise it in the Upcoming Events section of our career’s page.
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  • Do I have to pay to travel to Dubai for my interview?
    We provide you and your spouse with a return Economy Class ticket (upgradable to Business Class) to Dubai from your nearest destination in the Emirates network.
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  • Do I have to provide certified logbooks for assessment?
    Yes, you must provide complete certified logbook records when you’re invited for the assessment. This can either be a stamp in your logbook from your fleet manager or chief pilot verifying your hours flown, or a stamped original letter from the fleet department of your airline or authority.
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  • If my application is shortlisted, is it possible to defer my assessment?
    You can email Pilot Recruitment at pilotrecdxb@emirates.com if you want your application to be considered at a later date. However, if you’ve accepted your scheduled assessment and you’ve declined with less than a week’s notice, your application may be closed subject to the specific circumstances.
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  • If I am not successful in the assessment, can I reapply?
    We’ll email you the details of when you can reapply. That could be anything from six to 24 months’ time following your assessment.
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  • Does Emirates recruit direct entry captains?
    Yes, based on operational requirements we recruit direct entry captains (DECs) on both the A380 and Boeing 777 fleet.
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  • What is accelerated command?
    Accelerated command is an opportunity to fast track to command with Emirates. You will need to operate the right-hand seat for a minimum of 700 stick hours and complete two Pilot Proficiency Checks (PPC’s). Assuming you meet the standards and display the required level of performance, you will then be eligible for accelerated command via an assessment process and an upgrade course.
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  • When can I expect to be upgraded to captain?

    Our company criteria is:

    • Minimum 6,000 hours total time
    • Minimum 2,500 hours actual time in an operating seat (stick time) must have been completed on the Emirates aircraft type you plan to upgrade 
    • Minimum four years in Emirates
    • Possession of a valid UAE ATPL
    • Minimum of 6 PPCs successfully completed on any Emirates fleet
    • The minimum age to commence the command course is 30
    • Freighter only: At least six months’ relevant operation (cargo) including one PPC immediately prior to your command course
    • Note: Total Time is defined as flying as P1 and/or P2, excluding single and multi-engine piston.
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  • If I am selected and have a bond with my current airline, will Emirates pay the remainder of the bond?
    No, you will need to pay.
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  • What is the duration of the contract of employment?
    Unless stated otherwise, the contract of employment is permanent and open (no fixed duration).
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  • What is the probation period?
    The probation period is six months from your date of joining.
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  • How does the Emirates training bond apply?
    The bond for first officers and captains is USD 42,000. Flight crew on the passenger fleet will be bonded for a period of 42 months.
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  • If I am selected, how is my fleet type decided?
    While we take into account your past experience and preference, this won’t always determine the fleet type. Allocation is based solely on our operational requirements.
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  • Can I change fleets?
    Yes, you can ask or volunteer for transfer, but only when our operational requirements deem it necessary. The transfer will be based on seniority.
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  • How does the rostering system work?
    The rostering system is a rotating cycle, so each group becomes the top priority for bidding every five months.

    Within the groups there is a seniority list. However, you have a stronger chance of getting the duties you ask for when you are in the top most group. Bid preferences include: destination, regions, days off, pairing length and check-in time among others.

    A reserve month (where no duties are scheduled) is usually rostered for each group approximately every 10 months for a duration of 35 days, which will be allocated to the bottom bid groups.
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  • How long are the flight duties and sectors in Emirates?
    The sectors range from 50 minutes to 17 hours.
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  • How long is a layover duty?
    Layover trips generally range from 24 hours to 72 hours. The maximum time away from base is nine days.
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  • How are stopover allowances paid?
    Stopover allowances apply at all layover locations and are normally paid in cash in the local currency.
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  • How many days off will I get in a month?
    All crew members have a minimum of seven days off in any consecutive 28 days, and at least eight days off in each consecutive 30 day period, averaged over three such periods. These figures will be allotted in relation to periods of leave.
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  • Is it possible to leave Dubai when I have days off?
    Yes, you can leave Dubai when you have days off. Fill in the Away From Base form on the crew portal so we know your location, and give a contact number and address.
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  • How much leave will I be entitled to and how do I apply for it?
    You will be entitled to 42 days leave a year. During the course of the calendar year under UAE law you must be granted a minimum of 30 days annual leave. Leave is allocated by a bidding system through the Flight Crew Portal. The allocation depends on when you last took leave and on your fleet seniority.
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  • Am I entitled to take any leave during the probation period (first six months)?
    No, only after your first six months. However, special cases will be considered.
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  • If my family remains in my home country, is it possible for me to commute?
    No, we don’t provide this option for flight crew. All our pilots are based in Dubai.
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  • Do I pay tax on my salary?
    Your salary is tax free in Dubai. Please check the income taxation laws in your home country in case you’re eligible to pay tax.
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  • When do we get pay rises? Are annual increments guaranteed?
    The company reviews salaries every year and may award pilots an incremental rise in salary or a percentage increase, subject to satisfactory performance. However this payment is not contractual.
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  • What is the Provident Scheme and the End of Service Benefit (EOSB)

    Provident Scheme

    The company has established a Provident Scheme set up under a Trust and governed by Isle of Man law. It is administered by the Trustees in accordance with the rules of the scheme. The company will automatically enrol you after six months. 

    The fund is managed by a provident scheme officer. If you want to change the investments (based on fluctuations in the stock market) you can make changes up to six times a year free of charge. You get two free consultations a year and you can monitor your accounts online.

    As a condition of your employment, you will be required to take part in the Provident Scheme, subject to the scheme rules and qualifying period. The vesting periods (the amount of time you must have worked at Emirates before you fully own the shares) are set out in the scheme rules: 75% of the A account (company contribution) after five years of scheme membership, 100% of the A account at seven years of scheme membership. 

    Monthly contributions are 5% from you, 12% of your basic salary for the first 10 years of service and 15% thereafter.

    End-of-Service Benefit

    You will be guaranteed a minimum End-of-Service payment of 21 days’ basic salary a year for the first five years of service, then 30 days’ basic salary a year for each year of service thereafter. 

    You will receive either your Provident Scheme A account or the End of Service Benefit (EOSB), whichever has the higher value, but not both. 

    All GCC nationals will be enrolled in their respective pension schemes. 

    Upon termination of employment you will be entitled to the following benefits:

    Less than five years’ service: You receive the Provident Scheme benefit accumulated on your contributions as an employee only, plus your End of Service Benefit calculated at 21 days’ basic salary for every year of service.

    Over five years’ service and less than seven years’ service: You receive the Provident Scheme benefit accumulated on your contributions as an employee, plus: 

    75% of the A account value (the company’s contribution) at five years of scheme membership or your End of Service Benefit (whichever is higher). This is calculated at 21 days’ basic salary a year for the first five years of service, then 30 days’ basic salary a year for each year of service thereafter.

    More than seven years’ service: You receive the Provident Scheme benefit accumulated on your contribution as an employee, plus:

    100% of the A account value (the company’s contribution) at seven years of scheme membership or your End of Service Benefit, calculated at 21 days’ basic salary a year for the first five years of service, then 30 days’ basic salary a year for each year of service thereafter.

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  • How does the profit share work?
    If the company reaches its profit target, employees receive a profit share payment in May. The amount varies from year to year and has ranged from two to 14 weeks of basic salary.

    You must be employed for the complete period from 1 April – 31 March to be eligible for the full profit share payment. If you join after the 31 March and before 30 September you are entitled to a pro rata amount.

    If you join after 30 September you will have to wait until the end of the next financial year to be eligible for the profit share.
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  • What is the Exchange Rate Protection scheme?
    Expatriate pilots, irrespective of nationality, grade or position, are covered by the Exchange Rate Protection (ERP) scheme (except for the USA as the dirham is tied to the dollar).

    The ERP scheme provides reasonable protection if you are adversely affected by exchange rate fluctuations to the currency of your home country. Under the ERP Scheme, 50% of the net basic salary you receive each month is protected.
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  • Do I need to open a UAE bank account?
    Yes, as your salary is paid monthly in local currency.
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  • Do I get transportation allowance?
    No, the company provides free pick up and drop off to and from duty from your home in Dubai to the airport.
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  • Do Emirates provide medical and dental benefits to the employee and their dependant family?
    We cover you and your dependant family members in the UAE and worldwide as a benefit of your employment.

    You are covered free of charge, and you pay a nominal monthly amount to cover your spouse and children.
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  • Is there a pre-joining medical check for families?
    Your dependants will need to attend an initial dental check upon joining to assess any pre-existing conditions. But otherwise, your dependants (husband or wife, and children below the age of 19) will be automatically registered in the scheme. You need to submit a declaration of health for each dependant, plus the birth certificates of your children and your marriage certificate.
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  • How can I find out whether a pre-existing condition is covered by the medical scheme?
    The final decision is taken by our chief medical officer and we’ll let you know before you join. As with all insurance companies, there is an exclusion list and a pre-existing condition is normally excluded for the first six months of employment. You can discuss any concerns during the assessment process.
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  • If I fail my pre-employment medical at the assessment stage, will I be told the reason?
    This is at the discretion of the company.
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  • Why are the HIV, hepatitis B and TB tests required?
    This is a mandatory government formality to secure a residence visa.
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  • What if I am sick for more than 15 days?
    If you are absent due to sickness, accident or industrial injury, your absence must be supported by a medical certificate issued by a company doctor. Full basic salary will be paid for up to 52 weeks (this applies after you complete your initial six months’ of employment).
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  • Am I covered by Emirates for loss of licence?

    Yes, full details can be found in the Employee Handbook on joining the company. The company insures all flight crew according to your age against permanent loss of licence arising from an accident or sickness

    All ages up to 61 years: three basic annual salaries
    Age 62: two basic annual salaries
    Age 63: one basic annual salary
    Ages 64 and above: no cover

    Basic annual salary is a sum of your monthly basic salaries, excluding all allowances. If the loss of licence is due to a pre-existing condition, it is not covered by this insurance. There are various private schemes available that you can arrange, or you may want to continue with existing insurance cover you have in your own country.

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  • Can you explain the staff travel benefits?

    You’re eligible to apply for ID50 firm tickets for you and your family from your date of joining. ID90 ticket eligibility starts three months after you join. 

    Your spouse and children up to age 21 (or 23 if they’re in full time education) are entitled to unlimited concessional tickets.

    You also have 10 Special Tickets a year for your extended family and friends, which become available six months after you join.

    Contractually you and your immediate family are entitled to one confirmed return annual leave ticket free of charge.

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  • Where will I live in Dubai?
    Your accommodation in Dubai depends on the availability when you join. You can highlight a preference prior to joining.
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  • What are my accommodation entitlements as a first officer?
    As a single or married first officer with or without children, you are entitled to either a furnished or unfurnished company villa. The Emirates Group has various properties across different areas of Dubai. Allocations are based on space availability.
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  • What are my accommodation entitlements as a captain?
    As a captain you are entitled to either a furnished or unfurnished three or four bedroom company villa. The Emirates Group has various properties across different areas of Dubai. Allocations are based on space availability.
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  • What should I expect to find in my company accommodation when I arrive?
    If you choose furnished accommodation, we provide living, dining and bedroom furniture, as well as curtains and lamps. The cost of the furniture (which is valued at AED 45,000) is written off over a period of five years in standard monthly amounts. If you decide to leave the company within five years, you will be liable to pay the remaining amount (you can’t return the furniture to pay the rest off). If you choose, you can also get a starter pack of linen, kitchen items and crockery. This can be provided for approx. AED 3300. We will provide you with an inventory list outlining what is included in the starter pack prior to joining. If you have chosen unfurnished accommodation, you will be given the furnishing allowance of 45,000 AED and you may buy furniture or use this money to bring your own furniture to Dubai.
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  • Can I bring my pets from home?
    Let us know in advance if you’re planning to bring a pet with you. Some apartment landlords don’t allow pets. However, you can make a special request before you join for pet-friendly accommodation and we’ll check if there’s availability. You need to make sure they have a government health certificate and the original vaccination certificate from your country of origin. Then you’ll need to apply for an import permit that lasts for a month. Then you can start the shipping procedure.
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  • Can I decorate the walls of my villa or apartment?
    Yes, you can decorate the interior as long as you leave the accommodation in its original condition when you leave. Otherwise there are charges to redecorate.
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  • Can I opt out of company accommodation and take the allowance for my own accommodation?
    The accommodation allowance is only for locally recruited candidates who already live in privately purchased or rented accommodation in Dubai.
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  • Who pays my utility bills?
    If you’re living in company accommodation, we pay the cost of electricity, water supply and municipality taxes. Local calls to land lines are free of charge and we will provide a telephone allowance.
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  • Can I share accommodation with my partner if we are not married?
    According to UAE law, you are not allowed to live in the same accommodation with a person from the opposite sex if you are not married.
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  • Can my friends and relatives stay at my company accommodation when they visit Dubai?
    Yes they can. This is your place. If you live in an apartment, you need to notify the building security so they know who your friends and relatives are.
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  • Does Emirates insure my possessions in the house or must I do that?
    No, we don’t provide insurance for the house or your personal belongings. However, you can use the same insurance company Emirates uses to get the best insurance deal.
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  • When can my family join me in Dubai?
    It’s better for them to arrive once you have your residence visa and you have arranged their residence visa. It can take up to two weeks for your visa, and up to 10 working days to process theirs. We’ll give you a joining ticket to fly your family to Dubai once their visas have been approved.

    If you travel with your family at the start of your contract, you’ll need to cover their expenses including flights, visit visas and for changing their visit visa into a residence one.
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  • Who pays for the visas for my spouse and children?
    Once your family’s residence visa has been approved and processed, we cover the cost and issue you with tickets to fly your family (for up to three children) to Dubai.

    If you travel with your family at the start of your contract, you’ll need to cover their expenses including travel and visit visas. There’s also a cost for changing a visit visa into a residence visa, and your family may need to leave the country while the new one is processed.
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  • Can my spouse work in Dubai?
    Yes. There are no visa restrictions on your husband or wife working in Dubai.
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  • Do I get an education allowance for my children?

    Yes, we offer an education support allowance for up to three children aged between 4 and 19 who are in full time education either in Dubai or overseas:

     

    Primary school: up to AED 47,500 per child *

    Secondary school: up to AED 72,500 per child* 

    *Allowances are subject to company policy

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  • Does the education allowance for our children cover all costs?
    We contribute towards the tuition and transport fees for up to three children aged 4 to 19. You can choose a school, but some schools may cost more than the allowance covers.
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  • Is there a waiting list for schools?
    Yes, for some schools there is a waiting list and in some cases the list is quite long. Many schools offer Emirates families priority enrolment.

    We’ll give you a list of school contacts in Dubai before you join and you can make the arrangements.
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  • Is there a school bus or do we have to drive our children to school?
    Most schools provide transport. The costs can be covered by the education support allowance.
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  • Can I also get the education allowance if my children study overseas?
    For overseas education, we cover tuition fees up to the overall allowance limit, including school boarding. Other fees for things like books, transport, taxes and admission fees aren’t covered.
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  • Can my children start school halfway through the year?
    Yes, if the school allows it. However, children can’t start school after 30 April as the school year ends in June.
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  • Is there an Emirates club I can join? If so, how much does it cost?

    All our employees in the UAE can get an Emirates Platinum Card, which is a discount card you can use at over 600 shops, attractions, restaurants and more around Dubai. There’s an annual fee of AED 300, paid in monthly instalments deducted from your salary. You can also get one extra card for free for a registered dependant. 

    There is also a Premium Club Membership that costs around AED 140 a month. This gives you and your family access to fitness and leisure facilities at selected clubs in Dubai.  

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  • Is it easy to hire a home assistant?
    Yes, you can hire domestic help through an agency. This employee will be under your sponsorship and you need to pay the fees. You can complete their visa forms and submit the documents to the Emirates Service Centre and the team will help you with the process.
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  • How do I get a liquor licence?

    Check the MMI website for the documents you need:

    http://www.mmidubai.com/retail/#retail_licence

    You can get a salary certificate letter from the Employee Service Centre, 2nd floor Atrium level at Emirates Group Headquarters, or use the employee service machines. Then visit a liquor store to submit your application and documents. 

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  • Can I convert my driver’s licence to a UAE licence, or do I have to take a test?

    Licences issued by most European, North American, Australasian and GCC countries can be converted without a test. Otherwise you will need to take one. Please refer to https://www.rta.ae/wps/portal/rta/ae/home/rta-services/ for further information.

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