I’m Rachel, an English girl who lived in Austria for 6 years before moving to Dubai. I currently work as cabin crew for a well known international airline that flies all over the world. I love travelling, exploring new places and trying new food!
I hope you enjoy reading about my experiences and travels! 🙂
Hey Rachel! 4th generation Texan here, and a retired airline guy. Glad you’ve been rostered back to the “MetroMess” as we call it! Not sure where your rodeo was the last time you were here, but the Stockyards area in Ft. Worth is always a LOT of fun, with real Western shops catering to real Western cowboys! Grapevine, the suburb bordering DFW Airport on the north, has a cool little and extremely walkable little downtown area. If you want Mexican, Esparzas just off of Main St. in Grapevine is INCREDIBLE (but beware the margaritas!). Ft. Worth also has some GREAT museums, such as the MOMA, the American Museum of Western Art, and the Kimbell. If you’re into theme parks, Six Flags Over Texas is celebrating its 60th birthday this year and is always a lot of fun. Lots of great coasters! The Dallas side of the area is much more about money: making it, spending it, showing it off. Dallas is home to the original Neiman-Marcus, the sole remaining department store downtown, and is worth a visit–if you do, plan to try and lunch at the Zodiac Room. If you have any more questions just shoot me an email! Safe travels and blue skies! –Bill
Thanks so much for all of the great tips Bill! The last time I was there we drove to Fort Worth and had a look around the Stockyards and all of the Western shops, and ate some Texan barbecue as well! I will have to check out Grapevine next time, it’s not too far from our hotel I think. Rachel
I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now and you inspired me to apply for Emirates 🙂 And thanks to you, I will be moving to Dubai in a couple months to join the company as a cabin crew!
I have one question, I would like to start my own blog to share my experiences with friends and family but I’m not sure if I have to contact HR or media relations to get a permission? How did you go about that if you don’t mind me asking?
Thank you for inspiring me and many others. I hope to meet you one day! xoxo
Hi Emmy! Thanks so much for reading, and congratulations on getting the job, how exciting!! Well, I’m not sure now if you would have to – when I started my blog I didn’t contact anyone at all. They tell you the social media rules when you join but I think as long as you’re not posting anything negative I don’t see why it should be a problem at all! 🙂 xx
Perfect, that’s great to know! Thanks for the reply! 🙂
One advise… kindly read Emirates policy about posting in internet any pictures or information related to the airline…. Everything you are publishing that shows you are an Emirates employee (including pictures from work) needs to be approved by the airline otherwise you may lose your job dear.
Emirates IT Support
Hi Diana, thanks so much for your comment. Don’t worry, I have been in touch with Emirates many times regarding my blog – in fact they have even asked me to advertise on here!
Also don’t forget I can see all email addresses which have been used to leave comments on here, so if you’re from IT support as you mention feel free to send me an email which is not using your private email address if there is anything else you wanted to mention! Rachel
Ineed it’s my private email as I am not writing to you as airline representative. As you know it’s not IT support who spies on these things. 😀
It was just an advise as it happened in the past that some publications made by our staff were investigated.
Hi Rachel 🙂
I love your blog – the layout, your writing style.. everything 🙂
I’m training to become Cabin Crew with BA, and I have started my own blog. At the moment it’s pretty.. amateur lol.
Please may I ask what website you have used for yours as the layout is awesome & I would love to have something similar 🙂
Hi Bex! Thanks so much for reading, I’m so glad you like my blog! I use wordpress, I started off with just a basic theme (free) then I paid for a design from pipdig who did all of the work for me in changing everything over! I’m just about to give your blog a read now 🙂 xx
Hi Rachel 🙂
Oh cool, I hope you enjoy reading!
You may see that I ended up figuring out how to do the same layout – I apologise! I just loved how yours looked and it had everything I was wanting! 🙂
I hope you don’t think I’ve copied you too much!
My colours are black & gold 🙂 & I still need to change my profile picture ha ha.
Quick question – I can’t seem to get rid of the pinned picture to the top of each post, but the box is unchecked so it shouldn’t be there anyway, any help?
You’re so welcome!
I’m trying to get myself associated with people that have travel/Cabin Crew blogs to understand the kindve thing they talk about etc & to get into the community so to speak haha.
Yes, I thought as much as I couldn’t see what I wanted on WordPress themes. I have got the same Pipdig one now (sorry!) – it’s so good and it has exactly what I wanted. My theme colours are different though so hopefully you don’t think I’m copying you too much ♀️.
I can’t seem to get rid of the picture that is pinned to the top of every post though? The box is unchecked so it shouldn’t be set up like that.. annoying :/ I’ve asked Pipdig to help lol.
Ahhh awesome. Let me know what you think. 🙂
I think I may have subscribed to yours
Do you know if Emirates does recruitment in the US? I have been trying other airlines, but so far no luck.
Hi Gabie! Yes, they do have open days/ recruitment days in the US, but at the moment I believe there is still a freeze on hiring. Keep an eye on the Emirates Careers recruitment page and you should be able to see when the next open days are and which locations! 🙂
Hello Rachel! I sooooooo love your blog <3 You deserve all the blessings. I really want to be a cabin crew like you. Would you know if the recruitment process in Dubai is easier that it is in other countries? I'm planning to go to Dubai next year to find my luck. I'm from the Philippines. Are they strict if your height is just 5'2?
Thanks so much for your lovely comment! 🙂 I think the recruitment process is the same in every country, it just depends on how many people show up! You can see all of the requirements on the Emirates Careers page if you google it – when I applied there was no minimum height, only an arm reach of 212cm (which still applies) but now you have to be minimum 160cm, so you should be fine 🙂 Good luck!
Hello Rachel I really like your photos, it seems like you love your job and like you are having so much fun as a flight attendant. Well, it has always been my dream to start up a career like that. Could you please talk to me about the training? Is it hard? Are there any chances that somebody might give up? What does it include? Thank you Anyway ❤️
Hi there! Thanks so much for reading, I’m so glad you enjoy my blog 🙂 The training can be tough but just because you have to process and learn a lot of new information over a short period of time. It would be quite unlikely that someone would give up as most people have waited a long time or tried multiple times to get the job!
https://thedubaidiaries.me/2013/01/14/starting-medical-training/ if you start from this blog post there’s some info about some of the training! Good luck! 🙂
Hi Rachel, love reading your blog! so interesting.
Do you know if there is an age limit to applying for a job as Emirates cabin crew? Is late 30s / early 40s acceptable or is there a age cut off? Also, do many of the crew have children? Just wondering how the job might fit in with having kids.
Hi Kelly! Thanks so much for reading 🙂 There isn’t an official age limit to be hired but I think mid-30’s is about the maximum I know of anyone being hired. Loads of crew have kids but most of them wait until after they’ve already joined as you then get maternity leave etc. (And I guess lots of crew want to travel as much as possible in the first few years before they have any kids) Let me know if you have any more questions 🙂 x
Hi Rachel 🙂 greetings from Philippines 🙂 I randomly came across your blog for some references about whether to become a flight attendant or proceed in my current college degree. I have hesitations though and hopefully you could clarify some for me? :)) Regarding about fitness, I’m actually the type to freely eat what I want and feed myself to my fullest desires but I ain’t fat fat though I’m still chubby, is it a necessary requirement? To look and stay fit, I mean. And secondly, as a flight attendant, are there benefits that your family could get? Cause I somewhat hope I could bring them with me with expenses covered by emirates? 🙂 I find your blog so wonderful because it enables me to actually witness your FA life, hope you could answer them for me 🙂 God Bless and Stay awesome!!
Hi Metz! Thanks for reading my blog! You definitely will need to be within a healthy BMI and maintain a good weight as you will get weighed during the first training and then again 6 months later. Other than that your immediate family (parents and siblings) will be able to get cheap tickets on a standby basis (which means if there is a spare seat on the plane they will get on) but certainly not all expenses covered, you will have to pay for that yourself. If they need a visa to come to Dubai you would have to take care of that as well and as Emirates provides the accommodation they would be allowed to stay for up to 60 days per year as long as your flatmates agree. Let me know if you have any more questions, good luck! 🙂
I’m an Australian girl really excited about applying to become Emirates cabin crew later this year. I am very much into my health and fitness though and i was wondering if you found that challenging at all? If you do exercise, how often do you get the chance to? Is it hard to eat healthy and be a flight attendant? Random question as well but is there Crossfit in Dubai? (if you’ve heard of it!) Within your accommodation in Dubai, how many others are you sharing a home with, and do you have the option of requesting to stay with new friends you’ve made on the job?
Hi Jessica, thanks so much for reading! You do have to be motivated to work out and eat healthily in this job as it can be so easy to just collapse into bed after night flights and be tempted by junk food but there are plenty of crew who make it work! You have more than enough days off every month as well as 24 hour layovers and all of the hotels have a gym (as well as all of the crew accommodation). There are plenty of crossfit places in Dubai as well but I haven’t tried it! You share with either 1 or 2 people, most of the apartments are 3 bedroom and most of the time you get your own bathroom. You can ask to move if you find a vacant room as well. Good luck 🙂
Hi Rachel! 🙂 Im living in Dubai and Im wondering why there’s no cabin crew hiring day information in EK website for a while now. Ive also been searching online when there will be an open day hiring again but I couldn’t find any answer. Can you give me any idea please?? 🙂
Hi Ady, at the moment there is a freeze on recruitment! I’ve heard they should start hiring again around August or September 🙂
Thank you Rachel! you are very approachable and I really admire your passion <3 I better start reading your blog from the beginning to get a lot of useful tips!
Thanks Ady, so glad you enjoy reading! 🙂
Hello again Rachel! Eid Mubarak to you, surely you are having a great Eid holiday. I just wanted to check with you again as I’ve been trying to prep things for emirates cc application. Im glad to have enough time to get ready for this. But can we get a hint how much more time we need to wait till the cabin crew job becomes available on EK website?
Hi Any! Unfortunately I can’t help you out here, I don’t work in the recruitment department so have no other information than what is available online. I do know of someone who just got hired in Dubai though so it might be worth checking the website to see if there are any open days coming up!
Hi Rachel! I just sent you an email query.. Pls. id really appreciate if you can spare few minutes. Thank youu
I have been very interested in becoming a flight attendant for awhile now. Your blog makes me more and more eager to take on this career. I have just a few questions for you and I would love it if you took the time to answer them!
Is it ever to early to apply? It is currently March and will not be graduating college until December. I would like to begin my flight attendant career right out of college though.
How do you know which airlines are the best for you? I am looking to travel far and wide and do not mind moving away from home. I am hoping to experience new things like lifestyles and cultures with this career.
Any advice would be appreciated!
Hi Jessica! Thanks for reading. I would suggest applying around August or September, at the moment recruitment is on hold anyway and that seems to be the time most people seem to think things will start up again. Once you get the job they would expect you to move to Dubai within a couple of months…I did my open day mid September and joined mid December. As for which airline is best for you, you’ll have to do your own research! Every airline has different rosters and layovers, I randomly chose Emirates because I saw an advert in a magazine and it seemed like the perfect fit! Good luck and let me know if you have any more questions nearer the time! xx
Hey Rachel. Quick question. Thinking about applying to Emirates but wondering about the language situation… I’m a native English speaker but don’t speak any other languages fluently. I know Emirates doesn’t have any requirements besides fluent English but I’m wondering how a big a disadvantage only having English is for getting hired? I know its hard for you to say for sure but curious about what you think based on your experiences with other cabin crew (aka do most speak multiple languages?).
Hey Meg! Sorry for the late reply, I must have missed this comment! Honestly I don’t think it’s a big disadvantage at all, as you say English is the main language that is used and spoken onboard so you shouldn’t have any issues at all. A huge number of crew only speak English (i.e. most people from the UK, Australia, US, New Zealand, etc.) so you don’t have anything to worry about! Good luck 🙂 xx
I was wondering what an average age is of a cabin crew member; I’m 27.
I was also wondering if you could tell me what its like living off the salary of a cabin crew member. I saw an average range was about $2,000 (USD). Is it tough to manage a lifestyle off of that?
Hi Kristin! Average age of cabin crew is anything from 21-40s, so you’re absolutely fine at 27 to still apply! 🙂 I don’t generally discuss my salary online but I manage to live comfortably and save sufficiently.
Thank you for doing this, very informative!
Do you often work with men? I’m a man, 23, do you think I have a chance if I apply as a flight attendant? Do they equally hire men? I’ve very rarely seen men doing the flight attendant job, which is why I ask.
Hi there! Yes we have lots of men, most of our flights have at least 1 male cabin crew, but for example on todays flight we have 9! SO it definitely varies. Good luck! 🙂
Hi 🙂 First of all, I absolutely love your blog and your Instagram! And after spending some time thinking about it, I have now decided to apply for a job at Emirates. I was wondering whether there are any restrictions concerning physical appearance apart from height and weight? Additionally, I was wondering whether you had any experience in gastronomy when you applied and whether it is required?
Also, I am worried about the interview as I get very nervous in situations like this and I don’t want to appear shy or awkward. Do you have any tips?
Thank you xx
Hi there! Thanks so much for reading 🙂 Other than height/weight you shouldn’t have any visible tattoos or piercings (other than ears of course) and apart from that there aren’t really many restrictions! I did have work experience, I had been working part time since the age of 15. It doesn’t have to be specifically gastronomy, anything with customer service or that is people related helps! My main tip is just to be yourself, I was so nervous during my interview and was convinced I’d screwed it up! Good luck 🙂
Glad you like my pictures! I either use my iPhone or my Nikon D5300 🙂
Hey Rachel happy new year
I d like to ask you many days usually you fly per month as cabin crew in emirates
I know the roaster is changed every month but usually how many days in month you fly
Hi there! Hm difficult to say really but it’s usually 80-100 hours a month, hard to say in days as it varies between layovers and turnarounds.
I am going to a open day in the UK in 2 weeks I know tattoos are not aloud but what happens if it has been lazered off is this ok? And also I do no finish my studying till September if they offered someone a job could it be delayed for a few months?
Thanks 🙂 love you blog X
Hi there! Yes if you’ve had it layered off and it’s no longer visible then I can’t imagine that would pose a problem. One of the girls I went to the open day with deferred her joining by about 6 months so she could finish uni so it’s definitely possible! Good luck 🙂
Hi Rachel, greetings from Tonga :). I’m not sure you’ve heard of my country, a small island country in the Pacific. Do visit one of our islands in the future, you’l love it im sure. I hve just came across your blog and started reading a few days ago Thank you for taking time to write your adventures as is is a inspiration and motivation to girls all over the world wanting the same dream job. I am travelling to NZ and the US in Feb and March and hopefully have the opportunity to be in an OD. I have submitted my application online. So please keep writing, Its a great feeling reading through your post. Enjoy your flights and be safe !!
Hi Mele! I have heard of your country and if I’m not mistaken I think we even have some crew from there! What’s the best way to get there, via Australia? Or New Zealand? I’d love to visit one day! Good luck for the open day, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you 🙂
Hi Rachel, I hope you have the time to answer my question, I am just wondering if there are filipino cabin crew as well? specially guys, I’m 20 years old and currently living in dubai and can’t see any OD/AD here in Dubai and the Philippines. Do you have any idea? are they recruiting filipinos? or they’ve stopped? thank you for your reply in advance! :DD
Hi there! Yes we actually have a lot of Filipino crew! Currently I don’t know if they are recruiting Filipinos, your best bet would just be to keep checking back on the website. Good luck! 🙂
Hi Rachel cool girl
I want ask you when u are new in Emirates crew Does Ur accommodation provide fridge and oven to cook or you buy all tht Ur own
Yes your apartment is fully furnished including fridge, washing machine, oven, etc 🙂
I have been few years ago to an open day with emirates in Athens,although i am from Cyprus and i haven’t been successful there. I am thinking when they come back here in Larnaca for recruitment to give it a try BUT my problem is that now i have a babe and a husband of course. Do you know any crew members that they are mothers or any tip on that?do they accept a lady with a kid?
Hi there! Hm it’s a tricky one really. The thing is they would employ you and give you a residence visa but not for your husband or baby, so you’d have to try and get them to Dubai at a later point. I’m not really sure how exactly it would work!
Hey Rachel what’s up how are you my crew queen im a new crew here and I ask if the company provide free membership in gyms or at least good offers
U know any info about that
Yes you have plenty of gyms and hotels you have access to! You will get all the info during your training 🙂
It is wonderful to come across your blog. You are so kind to answer so many questions.
Hope you will do the same for mine 🙂
I read in one of your replies, that you have worked with people who joined Emirates as Cabin Crew in their 30s? I am 33 years old, but am interested in becoming part of the Emirates crew. Could I still apply?
Wish you more safe travels, thanks & Warm Regards 🙂
Hi there, thanks so much for reading 🙂 You can definitely apply in your 30’s, go for it! Good luck 🙂
Im a yoing african guy of 24 and realy dream of becoming an air steward but dont have any idea how to land a job with an airline because there are not open days here.
I recently signed in for a cabin crew training in my country and only ended up wasting lots of bucks without any job so please shed more light if theres time for you, how i can pull through this as its a job im dying to do. Waiting for your reply and enjoy your flights.
Im a yoing african guy of 24 and realy dram of becoming an air steward but dont have any idea about it because there are not open days here.
I recently signed in for a cabin crew training in my cointry and only ended up wasting a lots of bucks without any job so please shed more light if theres time for you, how i can pull through this as its a job im dying to do. Waiting for your reply and enjoy your flights.
Hi there! Well you can try applying online for an assessment day, which you will be invited to if you’re successful. You may have to travel to an open day otherwise. Perhaps you can check if there any in cities a bit further away? Wishing you the best of luck! 🙂
Discovered your blog while I was browsing to get all information I could, to fly with Emirates as a cabin crew. And your blog helped, a lot. Thank you. Got the insight. There’s one more thing which I’d like to know, and I guess you’ll be the right person to answer that. My girlfriend and I, both are experienced in the industry and are thinking of joining Emirates, but are afraid that the roster would not always be in our favour and we’ll not be able to see each other for long periods. Is there any possibility, like if we notify the rostering team that we prefer to fly to together, that they put us on the same flight, some times at least ?
Dubai is an islamic country and we both respect their culture and we’re okay having separate accommodations as long as we see each other regularly. Again, your blog helped me know and understand a lot of things, a lot better. Thanks a lot. Wish you a lot more awesome memories. Stay safe and healthy.
Hi there! I personally think if you want to make it work, you definitely can. After your 6 month probationary period you can swap onto each others flights, and if you’re both crew you can stay over at each others apartments at any time. There used to be a “buddy bid” option to bid to fly with your friends/bf/gf but unfortunately that got removed about 2 years ago. I think it’s actually easier having a boyfriend/girlfriend who is cabin crew as they understand your schedule and know how tiring it can be! 🙂
Thx you my dear for answering me
But now I have very concerned about something most of older crew I see here say this job cause you back pain tell me your opinion about this
Does the crew lift heavy thing or just pushing the food Car in the plane
We are constantly lifting things, such as heavy containers in the galley. Also pushing carts in the cabin but these are not too heavy.
Hi Rachel! I am so inspired by your blog. I was up half the night reading it and will probably be up half the night tonight too! It’s been a dream of mine for a number of years to be a flight attendant and I am now seriously thinking of perusing it. I’m now 29 years old so I hope I haven’t left it too late! My short term goal is to do two years domestic here at home in Australia, and then move on to international. I want to be working for Emirites and living in Dubai by the time I am 35. Wish me luck!
I want to say a big thank you for taking the time to publish your thoughts and experiences. I am using it as inspiration to keep me focused on my goals and dreams.
Hi Rachel thx you for providing all that activities it’s nice to read
I am new crew at Emirates and I wonder do you have time to cook for your self since your induction til now or most of time buy from resturants???
Hi there! Well since I’ve been here coming up to 3 years now, I have found a balance between cooking for myself and ordering in/eating out. During training I used to take food with me quite often. Now I usually cook if I have a bit of time off in Dubai! 🙂
Hello Rachel !
Just sent you a tweet :p We have a super project on the way for the cabin crews. Let us know if we can speak forward on it !
Hey sounds cool ! Waiting for :p
Hi girl how are
I have read and watch all Ur stuff such Kool things relly and I d like to ask you as You have the experience about cabin crew
Does the job requirements in plane Need you to lift any thing heavy or Just push the food car with other crew while give the meal ??? Also does the job duties affect or can cause back pain coz long hour flight and all tht stuff
I Wana hear Ur honest advise as always coz I’m accepted but I think bec I have back injury and I recover from it But I ask as maybe it return again form tht kind stuff
So let me know pls what you think in general
Hi there! Yes this job does involve lifting as well – heavy containers in the galley, closing hatracks with passenger bags in, that kind of thing. Many people do suffer from back injury so please be careful!
Do you mean the food containers that the crews walk with inside the plane??
And the passenger’s bags?
What is that. Maximum weight it’s 10 kg right??
Thx you my dear
Hello ! Nice to read your blog 🙂 I’m looking for cabin crew bloggers now; If you don’t mind to contact me I’ll send you some more info ! Tks :p
Hi there! I actually just downloaded the app, I saw it before this comment, haha! I’ll send you an email 🙂
Hi dear how are you Ur pictures are awesome although like to ask you for something I have a regular job and I get paid near 2000$ and I’m in progress to become a crew in Emirates do you think crew salary better or should I think about it I seek Ur advise really
And thx alot for help
Thanks, glad you like my pictures! Well I think that’s up to you really, are you enjoying your current job? I think it’s not just about the salary, you have to enjoy what you’re doing as well.
Thx for Ur answer my dear and yeah I like it pics really)))
And I know it’s about enjoy and love what u do I just want to know from you is cabin crew grade 2 sealry higher or lower or same as my sealry 2000$ bec for its gonaa make difference on my decision
Thx cute friend
Sorry but I prefer not to discuss my salary online! Hope you make the right decision and are happy with your choice 🙂
Hi, stumbled upon your blog and stayed for awhile! I’m just a guy, whose girl is in the final stages of applying to one of the elite carriers in your region. If hired, she’d have to relocate to Dubai. I guess my question is (and please be honest af), how many people in your flight attendant friend circle have managed to keep the “long distance” thing going? I imagine the odds are not good:( Anyhow, any insights into that realm would be very much appreciated. Followed you on Insta!! Thanks.
Hi there! I’ve just answered a similar question to this…basically I think it can work but you both have to make it work. My ex-flatmate was in a long distance relationship for 2 years and she’s now married and living in Hong Kong with her husband. So if you’re both dedicated it definitely can work – having cheap tickets help as well!
Hi! And thank you for the blog. I’m considering of applying either for Etihad or Emirates, but my major concern is that the contract is binding for the first 3 years. Do you know if there are any ways of leaving the company like after 1 year if I don’t feel comfortable in the position for any reason? Most answers I’ve got is just that nobody really leaves any earlier than the 3 years, because of the bonuses. I have been flying before, it’s just that I’m not sure if I would feel at home in Dubai.
No the contract is not binding! You have to pay back a little bit of money if you leave before 1 year is up (which is understandable since they pay for your flight tickets, training, accommodation etc) but other than that you can leave at any time with 1 month notice period! 3 years is just the average contract length in Dubai as that’s how long the residence visa is before it needs to get renewed.
Hi Rachel, I am full of admiration for your job as a cabin crew. It looks like a glamourour job to many but actually it is a very tough job – Odd and long hours and very service oriented.
I wish you all the best of happiness and safe flights.
Hi there, thank you for reading 🙂 I’m glad you appreciate the hard work we do 🙂
Maybe I’ll find that very cute (and rich) guy that is waiting for me at that special place somewhere in the world. I’ll find him!!! ahaha
Hope I’ll have good news in a few days.
I’ve read your entire blog and I’ve started to follow you on Instagram. Glad to see your doing good and you love your job.
I am considering to apply ( again ) to Emirates, but I’m always afraid. I’me very attached to my family, and scared to leave them. The last time I applied I went to the final interview, but they could see that I was in panic to leave, so I stayed. Two years now, and I tried again, applied online and they called me for an assessment day in September. But now all doubts are coming again. How do you deal with this? I really need some help, and you seem to be so nice, hope you can talk to me and help me somehow.
Raquel (my name is the Portuguese version for Rachel!!!)
Hi Raquel! Glad you like my blog. For me I’ve always been quite independent so it’s never been a big problem being away from my family. I think it is definitely tough at the beginning when you’re new here but once you start making friends you make your own little “Dubai family” which is what gets you through the tough days! And once you’ve started flying a few months you can bid for a string of days off and get a flight home to see your family for a few days 🙂 Hope this helps a bit, let me know how the assessment day goes!
Thanks for the fast reply!!!
I’ll go on the 12th September, and then we’ll see.
I thought I was independent because I left home to study and it was far from my town, but I always knew it was the same country and I would get home anytime soon. This is really the only thing that scares me (besides spiders :P). And then, there is other thing, I dream about starting a family and find my prince charming, and I’m afraid to lose that opportunity because if I go I won’t have time then to even think about it. What’s your opinion on this?
Big kiss, thanks for everything,
Don’t worry too much about it, I think the more you think about it the worse it gets. So concentrate on enjoying Dubai and making friends and remember that everyone is in the same situation! 🙂
As for finding your prince charming…don’t worry, you’ll have more than enough days off and plenty of free time to find someone worthy! 🙂
I somehow stumbled upon your blog here searching info on Dubai and your posts are fantastic! Great photos of your travels as well. I have just recently been accepted into the Emirates cabin crew program and my scheduled date of joining is this October! Super excited !!.. ahh! And a little nervous at the same time, as I have never traveled to the Middle East! Is there any advice you could give for a newbie flight stewardess? As far as training goes? Oh, and what all to pack?! I have way to many clothes lol :/ Can’t wait to explore Dubai and the rest of the world! What a dream! I love checking out yummy restaurants and sightseeing, old and new places too. Would love to hear your comments, thanks in advance! I really appreciate it.. happy flying! 🙂
Hi there! So glad you found my blog 🙂 Congrats on getting the job, I’m sure you’ll love it! With regards to packing….don’t bring as much as you think you need! I came over here with 4 suitcases (yes, slightly ridiculous) and half the stuff I brought out with me I haven’t worn since! Make sure to pack a big variety of stuff as you’ll be going to cold destinations as well. I’m not really sure what other advice to give, it feels like so long since I came out here! But if you have any other questions I’ll be very happy to try and help 🙂 x
Hi Rachel! I love reading your stories and keeping up with your life! I used to live in Dubai and now am applying as a cabin crew member also so your posts are really enlightening! I’d love to pick your brains on advice and anything relevant if you have a spare few mins! That would be amazing.
Hope to hear from you soon
HI there! So glad you enjoy reading my blog 🙂 Of course, you can ask me any questions and I’ll be happy to help as much as I can! 🙂
I literally spent my entire Saturday (the one that just past) reading your blog, from the first entry to the latest one.
I found it to be so informative and entertaining and it incorporated all the good and the bad along with it. It has been such a great read thus far.
I too, have a love for travelling and although I’ve only been around South Africa (my home country) I always find that there is ALWAYS something new that you have not encountered or experienced before.
Being a BA in Tourism student, I’m always trying to figure out what I will be doing once I’ve graduated but I know it has to incorporate travelling. The world is my oyster and I really want to experience the world while I can to the fullest. I came across your blog as well as your friend Taylors blog (also a brilliant one!) and I’ve made the decision that I’ll be applying to be part of the Emirates Cabin Crew in 2016 (due to the fact that it would be my final year at Uni and all).
Through your blog, I felt really encouraged and I can only hope that next year will be a success.
Thank you Rachel and all the best
P.S if you happen to have a layover in Cape Town again, you have to go see Table Mountain and Robben Island (its better during summer though) xx
Hi there! Thanks for your long comment 🙂 Really glad you found my blog and enjoyed reading it. Good luck for your final year at uni and once you apply for the job! 🙂 I certainly hope I get a Capetown trip again, it was one of my favourite cities!
Hi , I’ve been reading your blog as I am really Interested in working for this fantastic company. I have one issue though, I only stayed in school until 5th year, getting standard grade exams, does this mean I won’t even be considered for the job ?
Hi, thanks for reading! 🙂 You will definitely still be considered, if you haven’t completed high school there is a test you can do on the open day. I can remember that there was a girl in my open day who hadn’t finished her high school but she still got the job! Good luck 🙂
I love reading your blog and I hope to be following in your footsteps. I am a recent college graduate with two degrees (BA: Sociology, BS: Applied Behavior Analysis). I studied abroad to 14 different countries and I felt like my resume was on point when I submitted it to Emirates. I know I surpass all of the basic qualifications, including the English test. Is there anything I should do in the meantime? I’m working on learning another language, Spanish, but otherwise that, I’m nervous!! I’m just hoping and praying that I get a call back…Would you mind looking at my resume to see if I’d be a good fit? I know your busy but this opportunity would be a dream come true.
Hi there, thanks so much for reading! Well from what you’ve written here it sounds like you’re the perfect candidate! In my opinion there’s not much else you’d need to do, just go for the open day and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you 🙂
Hi Rachel, thank you so much for sharing the fun and interesting adventures of a flight attendant. i was once a flight attendant too many, many years ago for Cathay Pacific based in HK and AirTranscontinental, a wet-leasing airlines based in Windsor, UK that serviced Europe, MIddle-East and Africa. Your blog is inspiring with invaluable tips on traveling around the world. 🙂
HI there, thanks so much for reading 🙂 Wow, sounds like you had a great flying career! 🙂
Hi Rachel, it was really cool on your adventure post. It would really be lovely if you could share your tips on dubai for my upcoming trip there 🙂
Hi there, glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 Absolutely, what kind of tips are you looking for? I did share a few things to do in Dubai when my sister and her boyfriend came to stay, you can check them out here, here or here 🙂
Hey Rachel, thanks for the reply. Would like to know the type of clothings to wear in Dubai and how can I get access to the internet on Mobile 🙂
You can wear pretty much whatever you want in Dubai! It’s a very open and Western city but you should still respect the culture and in places such as malls dress a little more modestly (i.e. cover shoulders and knees). There are two main phone providers, Etisalat and Du, and they both have mobile data plans!
Hi Rachel, my name is Mario. May be you could help me with a problem that I am dealing with. It´s about a friend of mine who is also working as a flight attendant in Dubai. If you could reply me to my email address please I will tell you about it.
Hm what kind of problem? Maybe he’d be better emailing the company? I can only try my best 🙂
Have you spent much time in China? I’m thinking about taking a 3 week trip with a friend at the end of this summer all around China. I have heard both positive and negative things. I’ve been to Hong Kong, but I know it is very different from the mainland. I knew some flight crew for your same airline that tried to avoid China, so that concerns me. I would love to hear your opinions!
No, I’ve only been to Beijing and Shanghai a couple of times! (As well as Hong Kong plenty of times, but as you say, that’s very different to Mainland China!) I personally am not a massive fan, but I’ve seen some places that look absolutely beautiful!
Hi! I’m planning to apply for Emirates cabincrew position. At the moment I’m looking for information about any courses and training that Emirates may offer regarding IATA/ticketing, reservation systems etc. I finished BTEC Level 3 in Travel & Tourism. I want to become a stewardess but I’m aware that it’s not a lifelong career. After working as an air hostess, I’d like to stay within the tourism industry, possibly with Emirates. I was wondering if the company gives you an opportunity to gain any qualifications which would help you to progress to other job role in the future?
P.S Great blog! Looking forward to next posts 🙂
Thanks for reading! I don’t think I’m really the right person to ask regarding career progression to other job roles, why don’t you try emailing the company? I’m sure they can give you an answer 🙂
I’m glad I’ve stumbled upon your blog! Like you I’m also passionate about travel, food, people and exploring new cultures 🙂 Would you share some important advice, tips and knowledge of being a Cabin Crew, please? It’s a dream!
Continue flying high!
Glad you found my blog 🙂 I wrote a post with lots of tips for the interview here: http://thedubaidiaries.me/2015/02/22/tips-for-a-cabin-crew-interview/ so if you’ve got any more specific questions just ask! 🙂
Hi ..I want to hv a trip for honeymoon by the end of this year …can u tell me best places fr where one can enjoy the best .. I am from pakistan. On Friday, April 10, 2015, The Dubai Diaries wrote: > The Dubai Diaries commented: “Glad you found my blog 🙂 I wrote a post with lots of tips for the interview here: http://thedubaidiaries.me/2015/02/22/tips-for-a-cabin-crew-interview/ so if you’ve got any more specific questions just ask! :)” >
Hi! Sorry I’m not sure I can help here, what kind of place are you looking to go on your honeymoon? Why not ask your fiancé? 🙂
Hey there! How much time does it take between the moment you have been hired and your first day in Dubai?
It completely depends – for me it was about 2,5 months. For some crew it can be much longer though, it’s all dependent on how many crew they need at that moment 🙂
Hi Rachel, I just wanted to say I love your blog 🙂 I have a bit of an odd question, does the company you work for stipulate any rules surrounding what you are allowed to blog about or post pictures of or do you have free reign to talk about whatever you fancy? Alice xxx
Thanks for reading 🙂 Well we do have a social media talk during the first induction week, obviously this was a while ago but basically they don’t want us posting anything negative! Mostly I keep my posts travel related and not work related 🙂
Hey Rachel 🙂
I just got an email telling me that I were succesful at the interview (AWESOME), however I have to consider some things, since I have a serious relationship here in Denmark and moving to UAE would probably be a big challenge for my girlfriend, so I would like to be able to tell her how often she can visit me to comfort her more. I read that you only pay 10% of flight tickets when working as cabin crew, pretty amazing :), but would I be able to buy flight tickets for my girlfriend with this discount? And how often is it possible to go home? I’m pretty sure you fly to Copenhagen so I imagine that I could maybe try to get as many flights as possible to there and then visit my gf. What do you think?
And very cool blog, I skimmed all of your posts 🙂
Congratulations! 🙂 Well you’re right about the discounted flights, however these are only for you and immediate family. (You get unlimited discounted tickets per year, parents and siblings get 2 tickets each per year). We have “special tickets” which are discounted tickets for non-family members, but these are not as cheap and also not always available to buy. Copenhagen is a highly desired flight so you’d be lucky to get it often, especially in your first 6 months – 1 year of flying. Not trying to put you off here, just trying to be realistic 🙂 But of course you could go on the flight as a passenger, although I think you can’t leave Dubai on your days off the first 6 months if I remember correctly!
Wow! .i am really happy and motivated by the effort put in by you. Amazing blog, I have hardly seen any cabin crew member doing this. You have added fuel to my fire of exploring the world. Keeping rocking!
Thanks for reading! Glad you enjoy my blog 🙂
Congrats! 🙂 I bought an iPhone 6 a few months ago and since I’ve had it almost all of my photos are taken on there! However I do have a Nikon S8200 which is a brilliant point and shoot camera. I used it on almost every layover and it’s not too big but still takes great quality pictures.
I actually just upgraded now to a Nikon D5300, which is an incredible camera (hence the price tag!). I’m still getting to grips with it and have mostly just been using it on automatic for now (I’ve had it less than 2 weeks!) but the picture quality is so good. I’ll pop some pictures up on here soon. Sorry for the long answer haha! x
Hi Rachel, such a nice blog you have made, so enjoyable to read and I’ve also found it very helpful. I have been thinking about applying to work with emirates cabin crew for quite a while now, I am currently in my final year at university and hope to apply sometime next year. I was wondering how much job experience is necessary? as i have not had a proper job since i was 17. would it be better to gain some more work experience before applying for emirates?
Thanks for reading, glad you’ve enjoyed it! 🙂 I would say it’s entirely up to you, I know of people who were hired straight from university! Although I’m sure a part-time job would help regardless of which job/career you end up going into! 🙂
Hi nice to meet you I am Paolo from ITALY. I’ve got my own web radio ( on spreaker.com) and for my next episode I was looking for a flight attendant. That’s how I found you btw :). I don’t wanna bother you, I just need to know if you would be glad to collaborate with me. thanks for your attention anyway.
Hi Paolo! Glad you found my blog 🙂 What exactly would the collaboration include?
Hi hope you ok?
I was reading your blog and I am considering applying for Cabin crew for emirates as in future I would like to become a member of human resources.
Could you let me know how easy is to go from cabin crew into another positions?
Thanks for reading! Sorry, I can’t really help you there as I have no idea how easy it is to go from cabin crew to other positions. Why don’t you try emailing the company and asking?
Hey there 🙂 Your blog is super amazing! I’m usually not a blog following sort of person but i’m just doing a little research about the job and the lifestyle and your blog popped up a few times.
So i’m thinking of applying for Emirates but I’ve been told they get like a thousand applications every month? Out of which they choose a few lucky hundred or so??
I’m a 22 year old guy thinking about joining but i’m a little nervous about the interview and everything else. If its cool with you could you answer a couple of questions I might have?
Glad you found my blog! 🙂 To be honest they do get a lot of applicants, but you just need to stand out and show them that you’re interested! Sure, you can ask me any questions although do bear in mind my interview was over 2,5 years ago 🙂 I did a post on the assessment day and interview which you can read here: http://thedubaidiaries.me/2012/11/14/the-interview-process/ .
Heey Rachel!! What a nice blog, i have spent a few hours the last weeks surfing around…so jealous! I actually have a question for you that is driving me crazy! I have been invited to the assesment day next week but I am a bit worry about the tattoos policy. I have a tattoo on my forearm but when filling the application I assume the uniforms are long sleeves so that will not be a problem. Today i just found out thet it could also be short sleeve and then i will have a problem. What can you tell me about this? Do you think they will consider hiring someone with a tattoo and provide long sleeve shirt if the person is right for the position? Thanks a lot for your help and keep posting in your blog, we love it! 🙂
Thanks for reading 🙂 Well my airline (along with most major airlines) are pretty strict when it comes to tattoos. Absolutely no visible tattoos allowed, and as females are required to wear only short sleeve shirts yours sounds like it would be visible. Sorry 🙁
I there I’m very curious and interested in joining this company, and was looking for info on the training that you did, and just your experience of it all ? Thanks a million 🙂
If you look back at some of my older posts (Dec 2012 – Feb 2013) I’ve got quite a bit of info on the whole interview and training 🙂 Hope this helps a bit!
Hello!! Love your blog. I read thru almost all your posts within an hr. Lol thanks for sharing!!!! It’s all so great to hear about your wonderful experiences.
I was wondering roughly how much is the salary for starting new flight attendants with emirates ( you can list a rough number if you are not allowed to expose it) and if the benefits allow your family, parents and spouse to have free tickets or discount tickets if so how many percent off. Thanks!!
Hi, thanks for reading 🙂 I don’t really feel comfortable sharing my salary on the internet. I’m sure you can find a rough estimate on the airline website if you are looking to apply as cabin crew. We get discounted standby travel for immediate family (and ourselves) where we pay just the tax. This is about 10-20% of the regular ticket price!
I love your blog! Great to see all your experiences in Dubai and around the world. Just a question- I find you hardly ever get flights to Africa, even though there’s many destinations there. Is there a reason for that?
Glad you enjoy my blog 🙂 It’s true, I rarely get flights to Africa any more! The reason being that since I’ve upgraded to business class, I fly almost exclusively on the A380, and we don’t have any African destinations on the A380 🙁
Hello! I am about to apply to Emirates as cabin crew and I was wondering if I could ask you some questions regarding working there. My email is email@example.com, so if you have some time, I would really appreciate any info!
Hi Jan, you can send me any questions on Twitter or on here, I prefer not to give out my personal email 🙂
I recently just got accepted as cabin crew for the same company you are working for, and I have been looking all over the internet for someone who works for the company AND finds the time to keep blogging every month! Your blog has been so helpful and insightful to what life is like in that position, I am so excited to start! I can see that it has ups and downs, and I can’t believe how many people aren’t up for adventuring all the time! I hope I get to fly with people like you who are down to explore, because isn’t that the point? Haha hopefully we get to fly together someday! Again thanks for the insight, I feel a lot less nervous!
Hi! Thanks for reading, glad you found my blog! I loved Chicago, think it’s my favourite place that I’ve visited in the US! Congrats on getting the job! I agree, we should make the most of getting to visit all these amazing cities! Although I have to admit, after some flights all I want to do (and do actually do) is get into bed and sleep 😛 When are you joining?
I have an on hold e-mail still, it is driving me nuts, but I am glad I get to enjoy time with my friends and family. It looks like a bunch of other on holdees just got their JFIP status today, so I am thinking I will be end of Jan, early Feb! I think your right about sleeping, I have all these ideas about what I will do, but i’ll probably sleep.. A lot. 🙂
Update on this: 1/15 is when I join! 🙂
Woohoo awesome! And you’ll be able to spend Christmas and NYE at home as well 🙂
Yeah, I am super grateful about that actually. But I am over the moon about joining!
Hi! I found out about your blog from Rachel Sales who I know from college in New York, and just wanted to let you know that I’ve really enjoyed reading it. I love travel and it’s great to be able to do it vicariously through reading your blog and especially the behind the scenes look. I look forward to reading more in the future.
Hi! Really glad you enjoyed reading 🙂
Lovely blog! You are so blessed to be doing all this travelling as a profession, and at such a young age. Will keep visiting this space for your updates 🙂
Thanks for reading 🙂 I am very lucky indeed!
Hi.I love youre blog and i have one question for you. I want to apply too for cabin crew next year because i am
20 now. I heard that you can apply with 3 months before you make 21. Is this true?
Thanks in advance.
Hi! Yes I think that sounds about right, though don’t take my word for it! I applied about 3 weeks before my 21st birthday and they actually called me to tell me I got the job before I turned 21! Good luck 🙂
Fantastic blog! I am the editor of Pink Pangea, and we are currently doing a series of interviews with women whose jobs allow them to see the world. I’d love to interview you about your experiences as a flight attendant.
If you’re interested in being interviewed, please send me your email address so I can email you the questions.
I love your blog its incredibly helpful in my preparation for whats to come. I’ll be attending the Openday on the 20th here in Cape Town 🙂
Anyway, i may be jumping the gun abit, but I wanted to know what you would suggest are the essential items that you’d recommend to bring from home when you make your way to Dubai, Clothing, appliances, anything…
Also, as i am assuming you only get your first paycheck once your training is completed, which is a month later? How much money would you suggest as a minimum to live comfortably in Dubai for any needs until you receive that first paycheck? In Dirhams.
Thanks so so much! 🙂 🙂
Thanks for reading, glad my blog is helpful! 🙂 I’d say don’t bring as much as you think you need….I brought so much stuff and half of it hasn’t been used at all! Clothing wise just bring things that you’d wear normally, and appliances you don’t really need to bring anything as the flat is furnished. I honestly can’t remember how much money I spent during training, you definitely need a few thousand dirhams to see you through the first couple of months though as the first few pay checks are pretty small! Good luck for your interview! 🙂
Hi Rachel! Im considering applying to Emirates this month 🙂 I sooo anxious already from what I have heard the interviews can be quite stressful. Anyway what i would like to know is how much time do you have for yourself? Is there some quota of flying hours you need to fulfill? and how often do you get to travel apart from layovers…I take it that most layovers are no more than 24hours
I would really appreciate your response and advice 🙂
Who knows, I may be working alongside you soon enough! 😀
Great decision, good luck with your application 🙂 I do have a lot of free time, I work around 80-100 hours a month! Obviously if I have leave then it’s a bit less, and sometimes it can be more and then I feel like I’m flying non-stop! Yes most layovers are around 24 hours. If I have a few days off in a row I’ll try and travel, I like to make the most of my staff travel benefits! 🙂
Hi Rachel – I am getting ready to addent an Assesment day this month! I am so excited but I have some questions I would love to be able to email of you are open to that!
Glad to have found your blog! Your posts are very interesting, and your stories are so light and amusing! I honestly have that burning desire of becoming an FA too. It has been a secret dream, LOL. I still have braces on tho, once my dentist remove ’em, I WILL really apply. Thank you for being such an inspiration.
Thanks so much for reading, really happy you like my blog 🙂 And good luck for when you apply!
Hi! i’m want to be a flight attendant for Emirates, and I loves finding your blog! I do have one question though, I’ve been told that you guys live in some sort of private village in Dubai, where there’s people from all over the world. Is that true? Because it sounds awesome! lol
Thanks! Have a great day!
Hi! That’s not true at all, not sure where you heard that haha! I live right in the centre of Dubai 🙂
lovely blog.. brings back fond memories of dubai and all the cities i have visited
Thank you for reading 🙂
Hey, i have a question. I am already 30 years old, do i have any chance to get the job as a emirates cabin crew?
Hi, absolutely! As long as you’re interested I don’t see why you shouldn’t get it.
Hey Rachel! I love reading your blog as well, very inspiring! I just read the post about you making the announcement in german. Does EK arrange for people who speak the countries language to fly to that country? So since I speak german, spanish, english and french they would give me flights where the countries language is one of them?
Liebe Grüße und hör bitte nie auf zu schreiben!
Hi Melody, thanks for reading 🙂
Each flight has to have a “language speaker” but since there are sooo many crew it totally depends on rostering whether or not you get allocated flights to countries where you speak the language. I also speak Spanish yet I’ve only had one flight to Madrid…whereas they will often send me to Germany/Switzerland as the only German speaker. So I guess it varies a lot! 🙂
Hello! I love your blog! <3 It's so nice to read about your adventures and I love browsing through all the pictures you've taken on your trips (☆^ー^☆) I'm to become a flight attendant with Etihad next month and I was wondering if I could email you and ask you couple of questions? Like, what's it like to be a flight attendant and caucasian girl living in the UAE and whatnot? Thank you so much!
Best regards, Melissa
Hi, thank you for reading 🙂 Congrats on getting the job with Etihad, very exciting! I don’t actually have an email other than my private one, so any questions you have you can just ask on here if that’s ok 🙂
And to be honest, living in Dubai is just like living anywhere else in the world 95% of the time! xx
Fantastic! =) I’m just “worried” about few things. One hears silly rumours so I’m curious. I reckon A.D and Dubai aren’t that different, but do you feel you can wear anything you want? I have read books about A.D and UAE and every book says girls can wear what they want, but loose clothing that covers legs and chest is strongly adviced Σ(゜ロ゜;) Lols it’s not like I wear really tight dresses and have my boobs hanging out, but I do like shorts and short skirts. And I like well fitted dresses and pants, so I’m slightly concerned that I’m going to get unwanted attention on daily basis.
About internet. I love youtube and streaming tv shows online and reading japanese comics online, but rumour has it that many popular websites are blocked in the UAE (╹д╹;) Can I still access facebook, tumblr, youtube etc in A.D? Heh is downloading music and movies also a big no-no? I surf a lot online, so I’d be sad if I couldn’t access my favourite sites in A.D =/
Another rumour I heard was that when you arrive at the airport the customs may confiscate your laptop and keep it for few days to check you don’t have any inappropriate material O.O
Thank you so much Rachel! Based on your blog it seems like you are really enjoying being a flight attendant and living in Dubai ^_^ I have never been to the UAE so I’d like to hear from people who are living there, or have lived there =D
Have a lovely weekend!!
With regards to clothing, I’m pretty sure whatever you wear now will be absolutely fine, and you’ll get used to it within a couple of days once you see what everyone else is wearing. So I really wouldn’t worry too much about that 🙂
I’m not sure about Abu Dhabi, but in Dubai I can download (PirateBay, torrents etc), go on all the normal websites etc, nothing different to back home 🙂 And I’ve never heard that about laptops being confiscated haha I expect it’s just a rumour!
Hey Rachel! Ich heisse Maida und bin seit September 2014 bei Emirates und lese deinen Blog schon seit Januar :). Ich wuerde mich super gerne mal mit dir treffen. Sag bescheid wenn du mal Zeit/Lust hast.
Hi Maida! Freut mich dass du schon so lange mein Blog liest 🙂 Wohnst du in Dubai? Dieses Monat hab ich nicht so viel Zeit, bin bald wieder unterwegs nach Zürich und dann Australien/NZ. Aber hoffentlich kommt bald der neuer Roster und dann schau ich mal wie oft ich Zuhause bin! 🙂
I’m traveling to the UAE soon, would you mind emailing me?
Such an amazing and interesting blog about your life as cabin crew! I want to ask you what is your camera, the photos it makes are fantastic
Enjoy your lay-overs and your job =) I used to work for EK too, but mainly for the airbus A380. It’s a fun career that allows one to travel.. too bad I didn’t stay long! =( so enjoy! and keep posting about your travels and discoveries =)
Hi! Lately I’ve been mostly on the A380 as well…although I definitely prefer the 777! Glad you enjoy reading 🙂
I am in the process of applying for cabin crew spot. reading your blog makes me want the job even more
Welcome to Dubai and to the crew life. You will have quite the adventure!!!