Emirates Airlines is one of the most, if not the most, luxurious airliners in the world. The beautiful aircrafts provide cocktail bars, humongous seats, and the world's only in-flight shower spa! It is extravagance at its finest, and definitely the way to fly long distances if you have to. This affluent airline also boasts the record for the most passengers on a regularly-scheduled passenger flight with its shiny new 615-seat A380 jet, the latest addition to its fancy fleet.
So it makes sense that the best of the best should also be operated by the best of the best. The customers who fork over the money to fly in such style are cared for and served by flight attendants who are literally hand-picked to do so by the Emirate's global recruiters. These recruiters are tasked with painstakingly detailed and explicit hiring criteria. They extensively interview around 200,000 candidates a year from all around the globe, and select a lucky 5,000 to work for and represent their company.
The glamorous job is not easy to acquire, nor is it an easy job to perform. Flight attendants must work very hard, and at least for this airline, they must look great doing so ("unofficially", they do hire at least somewhat on looks). There is a rigorous training program, the requirement of moving to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (so for almost all of them, leaving their home country and everyone they know and love), and many strict regulations that must be adhered to. In return, the cabin crew is on the adventure of a lifetime, certainly appeal enough for many. But there is more- much, much more. The perks of the Emirates Airlines' cabin crew is unlike those of any other airline on the planet. Here are 11 of them.
11 Free Housing in Dubai
10 They Always Look & Feel Gorgeous
Appearance is another requirement, but I also see it as a bonus to the job. When you look better, you also feel better. And Emirates flight attendants are taught a strict beauty regimen that they must adhere to even when not at work. This is because the airline takes great pride in its image, and the flight attendants say that one of the most exciting parts about their training is the moment they receive their uniform. The khaki-colored outfits, head piece, and bright red lipstick have become iconic of the Middle East's largest airline.
9 The Local Perks
Emirates Group employees receive a card that entitles them to generous discounts at over 100 dining, retail, hotel, and leisure outlets in Dubai and the rest of the U.A.E. There is also the FACE (Flight Attendant Club of Emirates) card that provides members with free social and sporting events, beach and gym access, and complimentary food and drink at several locations in Dubai. This is good, because one flight attendant said in an interview that all there is to do in Dubai (or on a layover, for that matter) is party!
8 A Jet-Setting Lifestyle
This one is obvious, but perhaps the best of all! It takes a certain kind of person to appreciate this lifestyle, but for that person, the travel alone is almost pay enough. These global citizens are "on the road" roughly half of each month, and thus have ample opportunity (more opportunity than anyone else in the world, I'd say) to see all four corners of the globe. And they take advantage of that, even after a long-haul flight when they are likely exhausted. But if they are too tired to explore whatever city they land in, they can always go back to the lavish hotel that is paid for by the airline, so a comfy bed and a good night's sleep are never far away.
7 Friends From All Over the World
Emirates Airlines employs people from 130 countries around the world (there are only approximately 195- the exact number is up for debate because of the status of places like Taiwan) and makes a concerted effort to create a community within Dubai for these employees to meet and socialize with one another. That is very nice as they have all left their home countries and everyone they know and love. The newbies kind of fall into a sort of commonality and thus have support, friends, and people to turn to should they need anything.
6 Posh Working Environment
5 Whisked To and From Work in Private Cars
4 It's Great Birth Control!
3 A Kick-Ass Training Program
2 A Flexible Schedule
1 The Extras
And finally, a staple in any job, the benefits. They are pretty sweet. Besides the obvious insurance kind of stuff, and the free furnished housing we already talked about, there is more. First, a fixed monthly cash payment. Their base salary is tax-free. They receive a minimum of 30 days paid leave annually, as well as one free ticket a year to their country of origin. They receive (in addition to the FACE card) 50% off local restaurants and health clubs. There are reduced entry fees into thousands of clubs around the world, and of course, that "professional allowance" (for things like hair and nails) I mentioned before. All in all, even though their cash payment is less than what most other airlines offer, Emirates more than makes up for that in other perks, especially to a person who is a born wanderer.
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