Working at 38,000 feet is one way to do this, as Emirates launches a new recruitment drive in Ireland.

The Dubai-based airline, which already employs around 200 Irish cabin crew, is holding several open days in Cork, Dublin and Galway as it looks to staff an airline in post-pandemic growth mode.

Applicants must be at least 5 feet 3 inches (160 cm) tall, know how to swim, and have at least one year of customer service experience, among other requirements.

While Ryanair and Air Lingus Although they have been on a similar hiring spree, Emirates offers eye-catching benefits for applicants struggling with accommodation and cost of living challenges in Ireland.

Their salaries are tax-free: an average of around AED 10,388 (€2,635) per month, or approximately €31,620 per year. Successful recruits also receive their own room, rent-free, in a Dubai apartment.

A bar on board an Emirates A380

Emirates cabin crew applicants must:

  • Be 21 years old or older (no maximum age indicated)
  • Be fluent in spoken and written English.
  • Be at least 160 cm tall and be able to reach 212 cm tall (in the overhead compartments)
  • Be able to meet UAE work visa requirements.
  • Have one year of experience in hospitality or customer service.
  • Have no visible tattoos while in uniform.
  • Be “a natural team player with a personality that shines”

Emirates flies twice daily between Dublin and Dubai and has more than 20,000 cabin crew. Its fleet of A380s and Boeing 777s serve more than 130 destinations from its hub in the United Arab Emirates.

An Emirates Airbus A380

Successful applicants begin their careers with eight weeks of training in Dubai, ranging from safety procedures to customer service and emergency medical training for situations ranging from CPR to “emergency childbirth.”

Candidates will also be required to demonstrate their swimming ability during training. “All students will perform a ditching scenario” (the term for an emergency landing on water), she says.

Although working with the airline may mean experiencing a 7.5-hour flight from home, crew get 30 calendar days of vacation a year “and are provided with a free firm annual leave ticket to their home country,” he says.

“In addition to free airline tickets for annual leave, all cabin crew enjoy deeply discounted airline tickets for themselves, their dependents and their wider family and friends, so they can travel, explore and experience new cultures and the world together,” says Kilkenny cabin crew member Éabha Sloyan. .

Ms Sloyan (pictured above), a NUIG graduate, has traveled to Bali, Rio and Tokyo since landing her “dream job”. Her sister Doireann is currently training with Emirates in Dubai.

The dress code for Emirates open days. Source:

Recruitment days are walk-in events and no pre-registration is required. However, there is a “business attire” dress code that stipulates that male applicants must be clean shaven and female applicants must wear “full makeup” and heels.

It is also recommended that candidates read the role requirements before attending.

The open days are as follows:

  • November 8: Metropole Hotel, Cork
  • November 27: The Hilton, Charlemont Place, Dublin
  • November 29: Maldron Sandy Road, Galway
  • November 16: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin
  • December 18: Maldron Sandy Road, Galway
  • December 20: Metropole Hotel, Cork

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