Emirates looks close to home to fill new cabin crew vacancies

3,000 vacancies need filling this year and Emiratis will make up a large portion amid renewed recruitment drive
Currently just 3,000 of Emirates' 50,000 cabin crew are Emirati.
Currently just 3,000 of Emirates' 50,000 cabin crew are Emirati.

Emirates is planning to employ cabin crew on a more local basis as part of its latest recruitment drive.

That’s according to a HR boss at the airline, who said last week that the company wants Emiratis to make up a large portion of the 3,000 new cabin crew jobs it is looking to fill this year.

Speaking at a media roundtable on Wednesday, executive vice-president of HR Abdul Aziz Ali said that more than 100 vacancies for the airline’s ground staff will be given to Emiratis, according to Gulf News.

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Currently, just 3,000 of Emirates’ 100,000 staff consists of Emiratis. Only about 50 Emiratis are part of the airline’s 23,000-strong cabin crew team.

Part of the reason for Emirates’ lack of Emirati cabin crew is how people perceive the role, Ali said.

“Emiratis do not want to do jobs in the low-ranking grades. That is why we are inviting them to do jobs like cabin crew and also ground staff, with attractive packages and benefits,” he told Gulf News.

“Cabin crew role provides the opportunity for Emirati men and women to act as ambassadors of the distinct Emirati culture abroad.

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“More than just a role focused on service and ensuring safety on board, Cabin crew members are primed for long and fruitful careers within the group. The diversity [of the job profile] helps us. This is why I want to encourage Emiratisation of cabin crew.”

As part of its localised recruitment drive, Emirates plans to run a schedule of events at schools in the region.

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