Tax-free salaries and free accommodation are among the perks when Emirates hires cabin crew in Ireland

Working at 38,000 feet is one way to achieve 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 to recruit staff for an airline that is in growth mode following the pandemic.

Applicants must, among other things, be at least 160 cm (5 ft 3 in) tall, be able to swim, and have at least one year of customer service experience.

While Ryanair and Aer Lingus are pursuing a similar hiring boom, Emirates is offering eye-catching benefits to applicants who struggle with accommodation and cost of living in Ireland.

Salaries are tax-free and average around AED 10,388 (€2,635) per month or around €31,620 per year. Successful recruits will also receive their own room in an apartment in Dubai, rent-free.

A bar on board an Emirates A380

Emirates Cabin Crew applicants should:

  • Be at least 21 years old (no maximum age specified)
  • Be fluent in spoken and written English
  • You must be at least 160 cm tall and reach a height of 212 cm (in the overhead compartments).
  • You must be able to meet the UAE work visa requirements
  • You have one year of professional experience in hospitality or customer service
  • Do not wear visible tattoos in the 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. The fleet of A380s and Boeing 777s serves more than 130 destinations from its hub in the United Arab Emirates.

An Emirates Airbus A380

Successful applicants will 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 resuscitation to “emergency birth.”

Candidates must also demonstrate their swimming skills during training. “All trainees will perform a ditching scenario” (the term for an emergency landing on water), it says.

While working with the airline may require a 7.5-hour flight from home, crew will receive 30 calendar days of vacation per year “and a fixed complimentary annual vacation ticket to your country of origin will be provided,” it said.

“As well as free air tickets for annual holidays, all cabin crew enjoy heavily discounted air tickets for themselves, loved ones and extended family and friends, allowing them to travel together, explore and experience new cultures and the world,” says cabin crew member Éabha Sloyan from Kilkenny.

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 requires male applicants to be clean-shaven and women to wear “full makeup” and high heels.

Candidates are also advised to read the Role requirements before participation.

The open days are as follows:

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

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