Emirates Recruiting Cabin Crew In United States

Emirates Recruiting Cabin Crew In United States

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Emirates is known for having cabin crew from all over the world — it’s part of the fun of flying with the airline. Last month I wrote about how the airline had three recruitment events in the United States.

In the coming week, the airline has another three recruitment events in different cities in the United States. So if any OMAAT readers have dreamed of being cabin crew with Emirates, this is your chance. 😉

Want to become Emirates cabin crew?

Emirates will be having three recruitment events for cabin crew in the United States, in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston, as follows:

  • September 23, 2022 starting at 9:00AM ET in New York at the Sheraton Times Square
  • September 25, 2022 starting at 9:00AM ET in Philadelphia at the Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse
  • September 27, 2022 starting at 9:00AM ET in Boston at the Westin Boston Seaport

The airline has recruitment events all over the world, though we don’t see them in the United States too often. All cabin crew are based in Dubai, so this would involve moving there. These are “open days,” meaning you can just show up — you don’t need to be invited for an interview.

What are the requirements to be an Emirates cabin crew?

  • You have to be fluent in written and spoken English; knowing a second language is an advantage
  • You need to be at least 160cm tall, and need to be able to reach 212cm high
  • You need to be able to meet the UAE’s employment visa requirements
  • You need at least one year of hospitality or customer service experience
  • You need a minimum of a high school education
  • You can’t have visible tattoos while in Emirates cabin crew uniform

What’s cabin crew pay like at Emirates? In addition to housing in Dubai and health insurance being paid for, as well as transport to & from the airport, uniforms, dry cleaning, etc., the airline claims that starting pay is roughly ~$2,770 per month, or ~$33,000 per year. That’s probably a bit on the high side, and doesn’t factor in leave, etc. That’s also tax-free.

Emirates cabin crew pay

Contracts at Emirates are three years and non-binding, and can be renewed beyond that. There’s also a probationary period of six months from joining date, where you can be fired pretty easily.

Emirates is recruiting cabin crew in the United States

What I find interesting about Emirates cabin crew recruitment

I enjoy how Emirates has cabin crew from 160 countries, as it makes it all the more interesting to fly with the airline. I also think it’s worth considering how the economics of Emirates’ cabin crew pay impact the different ways that people approach this job.

For some people considering working for Emirates, it’s not just a dream job to travel around the world, but it’s also really good pay. If you’re coming from Kenya, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Thailand, etc., making $30,000+ per year is an exceptionally good salary, especially without even needing an education beyond high school.

Keep in mind that when you stay longer and get promoted, you make more. You’ll find many Emirates cabin crew who have been at the airline for 20+ years, because this is more than they could ever realistically make in their home country. Some are grateful for their life in Dubai, though some of the super senior crews do seem a bit complacent.

When you have people coming from countries like the United States, United Kingdom, etc., the pay is still potentially quite good, though more often than not you’ll find that people aren’t looking to work at Emirates for the money. They’re looking to travel, they’re looking to expand their horizons, they’re looking to party, and they’re looking to post cool pictures to Instagram.

For example, you’ll almost never find a purser or first class flight attendant from the United States, because usually it’s an adventure of a few years, and then they return home. There’s no doubt that can be a really cool experience for many. It’s certainly more glamorous to be Emirates cabin crew than to work for a US airline.

However, just as they have layovers all over the world, Emirates cabin crew also do some pretty brutal overnight direct turns. So while they might be posting beautiful pictures from the beaches of Mauritius, the Seychelles, and Phuket, they’re suffering through some tough flights as well.

Emirates crews from the US don’t tend to stay in Dubai all that long

Bottom line

In the coming week, Emirates will be having three recruitment events in the United States. While the airline recruits from all over the world, it’s not that often we see recruitment events in the United States, so it’s pretty noteworthy. If you’ve ever dreamed of being an Emirates cabin crew and the airline is coming to a city near you, this is your chance!

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  1. Jess Guest

    Hello everyone. I am from the US, born and raised in Memphis, and have been a flight attendant with Emirates since 2010. Dubai is my home now. Shoot me any questions you might have. I am reading A LOT of misinformation on here.

  2. Precious Mary Tula Guest

    I live in Florida I’m more near Tampa international airport may be an hour away so those other locations I wouldn’t be able to apply but would love to work for your airline all my blessings to everyone ✨✨✨ Dubai very beautiful country

  3. Steven E Guest

    Well 75% are already excluded, FLUENT in both English spoken and written -first question - Can you show me where Dubai is on a map

  4. Hobbs Guest

    High school diploma. $2700 a month. No tax. No rent. Three year contract. Emirates should set up in front of US Armed Forces recruiting stations because they’ve got the military beat.

    1. Jeffrey Guest

      Yeah, they are bunch of imposing and intimidating Imperial royal guards guarding the sheik aren't they???

  5. D3kingg Guest

    I always wanted to be the catering truck driver to the planes or ferry planes to and from hangars. ATC I would be the GOAT better than Kennedy Steve but the FAA has some rule that you have to be 32 years old or younger. I run a tight ship if I instructed a plane to do something they would do it or deal with me upon arrival.

    1. D3kingg Guest

      $30,000 dollars !?? In only a year ? I cleared negative $7,000 last year. Sign me up.

  6. Crosscourt Guest

    Interesting trying to recruit US cabin crew. If any existing cabin crew from a US carrier applied, they wouldn't survive the rules.

  7. Joey Diamond

    This is exciting! I would have applied if I were still in my early 20s. In addition to the $33k pay, don’t they also get a meal allowance pay for the locations they work at?

  8. Anon lawyer Guest

    The tax-free benefit hardly matters at such a low salary. Because federal income tax is progressive, a single person with no kids making $33k per year in the US pays a bit over $2,000 per year in federal income tax, and about the same in FICA (Social Security) taxes. So the tax-free benefit to living in the UAE really doesn't matter that much because Emirates' wages are so low. (This is why barely any of...

    The tax-free benefit hardly matters at such a low salary. Because federal income tax is progressive, a single person with no kids making $33k per year in the US pays a bit over $2,000 per year in federal income tax, and about the same in FICA (Social Security) taxes. So the tax-free benefit to living in the UAE really doesn't matter that much because Emirates' wages are so low. (This is why barely any of their flight attendants come from higher income places like the US, Canada, western Europe, etc.) Even in California, a high-tax state, a single childless person making $33k a year would owe a bit over $500 in state income tax.

  9. Brian G. Member

    "If you’re coming from Kenya, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Thailand, etc., making $30,000+ per year is an exceptionally good salary, especially without even needing an education beyond high school."

    I'm pretty sure 99% of cabin crew from those countries have university degrees. Still a good salary for them.

  10. SAS Guest

    I would have LOVED to fly Emirates as a cabin crew, if I could. It was my dream job when I was in my 20s.

  11. globetrotter Guest

    "If you’re coming from Kenya, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Thailand, etc., making $30,000+ per year is an exceptionally good salary, especially without even needing an education beyond high school. "

    Hmmm. What about US Congress members/ law makers? There is no qualification for the job. Their annual salary is an average of $175K plus office staff and travel domestically and internationally. They have the power to write laws that serve their own interests rather national...

    "If you’re coming from Kenya, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Thailand, etc., making $30,000+ per year is an exceptionally good salary, especially without even needing an education beyond high school. "

    Hmmm. What about US Congress members/ law makers? There is no qualification for the job. Their annual salary is an average of $175K plus office staff and travel domestically and internationally. They have the power to write laws that serve their own interests rather national interests. Laws that require knowledge in history, law and issue specific policy which the majority of them lack.

  12. globetrotter Guest

    All previous commentators missed a major point: The most important question in a job interview is how much you will take home rather than how much a job will pay. If the pay package overseas includes fully furnished and inclusive housing (utilities and TV), medical/ dental and prescription coverage, and annual free return ticket home, no taxes in UAE, then it is the best job you can get for a young, single and unattached individuals....

    All previous commentators missed a major point: The most important question in a job interview is how much you will take home rather than how much a job will pay. If the pay package overseas includes fully furnished and inclusive housing (utilities and TV), medical/ dental and prescription coverage, and annual free return ticket home, no taxes in UAE, then it is the best job you can get for a young, single and unattached individuals. One year work there is equivalent to three to four year work in the states, depends on your spending habits/ patterns. You can accummulate much more savings by working there for 5 years and have 20% down payment for a house in reasonable housing market, excluding SF/ NYC/ LA etc... 30K USD per year is probably for recruitment in US only. They probable have different pay scales to recruit for different positions in different countries. They can breach the contract offer and pay minuscule financial damage to you and forget about the lawsuit as you will have no case. You must leave the country before the work permit and exit visa expire as you do not want to risk rotting in jail. Living and working overseas and mingling with the locals will definitely broaden your horizon compare to those who do not leave their community and country.

  13. Jeffrey Guest

    So he likes those fat old ladies and hats on the plane? Isn’t it????

  14. WBW Guest

    You mention salary, but what about sick pay and leave, health insurance, retirement, 401k, and life insurance? Are any of these benefits included, and what are the specifics? How do these forms of compensation compare with the US carriers? You mention salary only, so much else is included in a compensation package. I assume you would not accrue social security benefits working for Emirates should you plan to retire in the USA. Many things to consider.

    1. Trey Guest

      I'd say at a minimum there's 0% tax, free healthcare and free accommodations (according to the ad). Those 3 things will probably 'save' you $24-28k per year, when comparing to, say, a 50k/yr FA salary in US. I'm sure they have pay time off, sick pay, and life insurance. 401k and SS are US specific, so negative there and it's probably unlikely that any pension would transfer to the US upon leaving the job.

    2. GLCTraveler Member

      All employees get an "End of Service" payment, which is a % payment of salary, living, etc, which is a somewhat substitute for 401k / SS contributions. The same goes for KSA.

  15. Faiza Guest

    Hello
    I am interested for work cabin Crew... kindly advise me how can I apply and join your team.
    [email protected]
    Thanks

    1. JK Guest

      Thank you for your interest! We will be contacting you shortly, so by all means please just sit tight and wait.

  16. Roman Guest

    Unlike U.S. airlines weight, age, looks and attitude are still part of employment criteria with many foreign airlines. Would be interesting to see who shows up.

    1. Pam Thicket Guest

      Yes. Probably not a lot of Americans with nice figures and good attitudes.

  17. Mark Guest

    Yay! You too can work in a near-totalitarian state for a company that pays like shit and treats you like a slave.

    1. AT Guest

      Dubai has its problems but calling it a near totalitarian state is hyperbole-- it is extremely modern, relatively (by Middle East standards) liberal, high quality of life, extremely safe and secure. Yes terrible weather much of the year and some restrictions. But I can think of several less desirable places to live in.

    2. Yiannis Guest

      …..like the United States these days?

    3. George Guest

      What percentage of the population in UAE enjoys modernity and high quality of living? Going to guess all of the “guest workers” from S and SE Asia might have something to say about those words!

  18. AT Guest

    33,000 USD a year is not nothing but it seems low for a high-stress profession, even accounting for free housing.
    If you're living in the US, it would be fully taxable as income, since you're a resident. If you moved to Dubai, and aren't a US resident, then you'd have no Federal tax since the first 100K (or may be a tad higher) is not taxed.

    1. Lieflat19 Member

      $2800/month tax free with housing and medical insurance provided is better than a lot of Americans have it now. Say you make $5,000/month after taxes. half of that is gone for rent in a 1 bedroom apartment right off the bat. Yes Dubai is expensive but crew actually do quite well there. The salary isn't that bad. More than what a lot of US crew make their first 5 years or so

    2. jman4l Guest

      This isn’t tax free for US citizens. US citizens are taxes worldwide on their income-this is very different than the rest of the world.

  19. polarbear Member

    I've heard that part of the test is being able to say in at least 3 languages "due to the short duration of the flight we will not be offering any service but do ring your call button if you want a credit card application"

  20. Robert Guest

    If I were 30 years younger I'd jump at this...

  21. BC Guest

    Friend got hired at Emirates in 2009 at a recruiting event in LA. She liked it at the start but absolutely hated living in Dubai. She spent enough time back home to make it palatable but got a job offer she couldn't refuse in 2018 and left.

  22. MT Guest

    The pay will not be tax free for US citizens, who are taxed on global income. And if you are from California, it takes 18 months to "lose" California residency for tax purposes.

    1. Never In Doubt Guest

      This entire comment is wrong.

      Earlier comments covered US taxation.

      State taxation is more complicated than I’m willing to write in a reply to a chucklehead, but that’s not how CA residency works either.

    2. Cam Member

      you have no idea what you're talking about. you only pay tax on amounts over 112k/year.

    3. Sosongblue Guest

      HT,

      Look up the Foreign Earned Income Exemption before you comment!

    4. GLCTraveler Member

      Oppppps, better do your homework next time @MT!!

  23. John Guest

    Do we really want that typical American flight attendant "I'm here for your 'safety', not your comfort" attitude on foreign carriers too?
    NO! NO! NO! Keep that huffy attitude stateside where it belongs. I'd rather encounter friendly and polite cabin crew from....basically anywhere else.

    1. AT Guest

      This is not Sophie's choice, and I've always wondered why it has to be one versus the other? Why can't safety and comfort go hand in hahnd.

    2. Stuart Guest

      Because safety is an illusion, they don’t have to do anything. Comfort involves work, and U.S. flight attendants are, for the most part, lazy.

  24. D3kingg Guest

    I want to be the first class secret shopper to ensure everyone is giving up to par service.

  25. ScottS New Member

    It's not tax free as an American. I've worked abroad as an expat 6 of the last 8 years. Mr. IRS comes a knocking every year regardless.

    1. Megan Guest

      Then you make more than the foreign earned income exclusion amount. Flight crew earning $30k isnt.

    2. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ ScottS -- As noted in the comments section already, there's an exception for the first $100K+ earned.

    3. Never In Doubt Guest

      Wrong.

      Earned (salary) income from foreign sources when you are a resident of that country is excluded from US taxation up to a threshold ($112,000 in 2022).

      Try Googling "IRS Foreign Earned Income Exclusion"

    4. Tim Dunn Diamond

      If you file the foreign earned income exclusion, it does affect your ability to vote in local and state elections and obtain other local and state services.
      The bottom line is that people need to carefully investigate what living outside of the country means esp. from a financial standpoint.

    5. Lieflat19 Member

      wtf cares about voting in elections. they are rigged anyways...

    6. Pam Thicket Guest

      No it doesn't. You can vote in the state of your US driver's license. You don't need "local and state services" when you have top-notch healthcare as part of your employment contract in Dubai.

    7. GLCTraveler Member

      @ScottS, I suggest you and @MT study up together next time on a topic before commenting!!! ;-)

    8. ScottS New Member

      I know I pay taxes every year because all the things my company pays for (rent, utilities, car, cell phone, home leave, etc) is considered income. So yes, I do make more than the foreign earned income. I’m also still paid by a US company, so that’s likely a differentiator between the two. My fault

  26. Patrick Guest

    160 countries? Are you sure about that?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Patrick -- I mean, I can't personally vouch for that, but it's what the airline claims, and I believe it. With the exception of countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar, I've met cabin crew on Emirates from just about everywhere.

    2. Jeffrey Guest

      Hey Ben, just curious, why is that you will almost never find a purser or first class flight attendant from the United States on Emirates to begin with?

    3. JB Guest

      Because most Americans are only taking this job for a short term gig (a few years). The pay as you get higher up isn't as competitive as U.S. airlines and so they don't have as big of a financial incentive to stay in Dubai. They can move back to the U.S. and go into another career or join a U.S. airline and live at home and make more money (while providing less service).

  27. Ryan Guest

    American citizens are taxed on their worldwide income by the US government... so while the income might be 'tax free' in Dubai, it would still be taxable by the US government. So it's not really tax free for Americans...

    1. DWT Guest

      There’s a threshold that you don’t have to pay US taxes on income below the threshold; and $30k is definitely below

    2. Megan Guest

      Foreign earned income exclusion is 112,000 USD in 2022.

    3. Never In Doubt Guest

      Correct.

      The 2022 foreign earned income exclusion amount is $112,000.

  28. Trey Guest

    FAs in the US making $55,000 a year here may balk at that starting pay but they gotta remember once based in UAE, it's tax free, cheap gasoline, free accommodations and healthcare that could easily add up to $30k/yr. That's in addition to all the glamour, travel perks, etc..

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AT Guest

Dubai has its problems but calling it a near totalitarian state is hyperbole-- it is extremely modern, relatively (by Middle East standards) liberal, high quality of life, extremely safe and secure. Yes terrible weather much of the year and some restrictions. But I can think of several less desirable places to live in.

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Never In Doubt Guest

Wrong. Earned (salary) income from foreign sources when you are a resident of that country is excluded from US taxation up to a threshold ($112,000 in 2022). Try Googling "IRS Foreign Earned Income Exclusion"

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Ben Schlappig OMAAT

@ ScottS -- As noted in the comments section already, there's an exception for the first $100K+ earned.

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