Emirates Cabin Crew Requirements 2024

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The Emirates story started in 1985 when they launched operations with just two aircraft. Today, they fly the world’s biggest fleets of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s, offering our customers the comforts of the latest and most efficient wide-body aircraft in the skies.


Dubai, UAE – Long & Short Haul

Cabin Crew Requirements:

  • Be fluent in both written and spoken English (additional languages are an advantage)
  • A natural team player with a personality that shines
  • At least 160 cm tall (5’2”)
  • Able to reach 212 cm high
  • Able to meet the UAE’s employment visa requirements
  • Have at least one year of hospitality/customer service experience (desirable)
  • Have a minimum of high school (grade 12) education
  • Have no visible tattoos while in Emirates cabin crew uniform

Irrespective of nationality, Emirates look for a positive attitude, confidence, flexibility, maturity, a friendly disposition and a genuine passion to help others to provide quality service. As the job can be physically demanding it is imperative you demonstrate resilience and a determination to continually perform well.


Approximately £27,000 (€31,000) starting pay including flying pay.

Other benefits:

  • Hourly payment and daily meal allowance when you are flying
  • Annual leave starts at 30 days per year
  • A range of concessional ticket options are available for staff and their eligible dependants
  • Accommodation provided in furnished shared apartment
  • Transport allowance
  • Medical & Dental Insurance
  • Life & Accident Insurance
  • Discounts at over 100 dining, retail, hotel and leisure outlets in Dubai and the UAE

Company Facts:

CEO & President: Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum

Founded: 1985
Frequent-flyer program: Skywards
Company slogan: Emirates. Fly Better.
2023 Turnover: approximately £28.4 billion
Fleet Size: 249 (including the A380-800 and Boeing 777)

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  1. Hie there
    I have scars on my leg bit lower the knee, do i stand a chance of getting through the interviews?

      1. Are you sure?
        I was looking at common qualifications for becoming an air hostess
        It said no scars allowed
        Cannot be hidden with bandages or makeup
        Isn’t it applied for Emirates too?
        I have a scar on my knee
        I’m going to go to the doctors to get it out, laser or physical surgery
        I’ll do it
        I’m really confused could you confirm if you are sure?

  2. Is it true during long fights when a flight attendant is off they may not read anything at all? I can understand staying off the cell phone but no other way to keep your brain from turning to mush if you cannot read anything at all? Or is that a bad rumor. All the other rules make perfect sense for a top flight airline.

    1. Your breaks on long-haul flights are there for you to get some rest and a little sleep if you can, but there is no reason why you shouldn’t be allowed to read while on your break.

  3. Hi
    I’m Damascius Hori ,I’m very interested to become a cabin crew with the Emirates.Please could you kindly assist me with the necessary steps that I can take in filing the application?..It is always my dream and to work in the aviation industry and maybe this would be a chance for me to make my dreams come true.So please assist me through so that I can get there to fulfill my dreams..

  4. Hi!
    I am currently 19 years old and I would love to apply to Emirates in the future. However, is there anything that I can do to better prepare myself for it now? Also what are the steps to getting hired for Emirates?

    Thank you for your time,

  5. Hi, Can I still apply if I don’t know how to swim? and also is there any training fees that I’ll have to pay after I get selected?

  6. Hi I am a Ghanaian and I want to be a cabin crew but it looks like Emirates doesn’t recruit in Ghana. Please I really need this because I am 21 and will be 22 next month . Please how do I apply. I’ve applied 2 times and I’ve not gotten any reply since last year

  7. Hello! My name is Arshia and I’m from Iran, my native language is Farsi but I was raised in Canada, Toronto (I don’t have a Canadian Password) and because of my childhood in there I both speak and write English very efficient and good…(I’m just turning 21 next october) and I have no tattoos in my full body 🙂 My height is 170 and my arms reach 223 cm (more than 212 cm) I’m really into flight attendance and I also have all the requirements needed for applying…do you think I can get into Emirates? And (when) and (how) can I request for it? And finally (should I pass any flight attendance course before turning 21?)

  8. Hello , I ‘ m a 56 years old mexican Man and I ‘m interested on working as a flight attendant. Am I too old for being Accepted? Thanks for replying

    1. Hi there,

      No your age isn’t an issue – there isn’t an upper age limit for applying, and as long as you meet the other requirements you stand as good a chance as any of the other applicants!

      1. Hello. I am studying sc for the moment. I am looking forward to be an air hostess in the future. I read about the requirements and qualifications and I already started taking care of my body and face. I would like to know which subjects are more recommendable? And also when are you going to do your next recruitment and selection?

      2. Can I try for Emirates cabin crew. I am of 33 years and working in customer support from last 1.5 years. First I worked for WOW Aur customer service and now for Amazon. Can I apply?

        1. Hi Joyce,

          Yes you can certainly apply, you don’t need any previous experience as Cabin Crew to apply to Emirates, and your customer service experience will stand you in good stead!

  9. Hi
    the question is about tattoos.
    I’ve heard that if its small tattoo then Emirates will say you is it ok or not (I have long one on my ankle)
    But if its not, is it possible to tell them that I can remove it if I will ace the interview?


    1. If you’re planning to travel to a recruitment day I would advise you check with the Emirates recruitment team directly and explain you are in the process of getting it removed. There are a lot of rumours surrounding Emirates and tattoos but remember that their policy is very strict, and if you aren’t honest about having a tattoo and it is discovered during the tattoo check (or during your employment) you’ll be asked to leave immediately.

  10. Hi there,

    Been thinking of applying as a cabin crew for Emirates airlines, but my problem is I have acne scars on my face and I have i pre molar tooth missing on the upper left side of my teeth.These things are what keeps me from doing so and making me not so confident on submitting my CV , but I am a confident person.I stand at 5’9″ and I have a good physique and a male.Is there a chance for me? Thanks in advance!

    1. It depends on how visible the missing tooth is when you smile, as this can differ with a pre-molar from person to person! Have you looked into getting a replacement tooth or bridge? If so mentioning that you’re in the process of doing this would be a good idea at the recruitment day.

      Regarding the acne scarring I can’t give you a 100% definite answer, but many other applicants with acne scarring have went on to apply and be selected. If you are impeccably groomed otherwise, and meet all of the other requirements, then there is no reason why you shouldn’t apply.

      Emirates are particularly strict with regard to personal grooming and appearance, but other airlines do have different rules.

    1. For your braces it depends on how long you still need to have them fitted, or whether they are removable. If they would be due to be removed before you would theoretically begin employment then this might not be an issue – but we would advise contacting the Emirates recruitment team directly to make sure before you travel to an open event.

      With the scars on your legs this again might not be a problem as long as they are fully healed, but it would depend on the severity of them and where they are on your legs – if it is high up/above the knee then this shouldn’t be an issue.

    1. Hi there, it depends on whether they are removable, or how long it will be until you are due to have them removed. If they would be due to be coming off before you were likely to begin employment then this might be ok – but we would advise checking directly with the Emirates recruitment team before travelling to an open recruitment event.

  11. Hi, I´ve tattoos in both forearms, but none of them reaches my hands, can i apply for an interview? I am a bit confuse because i saw in theirs website saying that the tattos cannot be visible wearing the uniform, and the uniforms are suits for men, right? And than, they ask u to take a photo with a short sleeve blouse, wich wil show my tattoo… If u can help me, i´d aprecciate it.

    And another doubt, i´m brazilian, and my english isn´t 100%, i´m not fluent… i still have some ishues with the pronaunciation but nothing critical, i´ve had traveld abroad and i handled just fine with my english level, do you think i can apply to an interview? Or they only contract specifically fluent people?

    1. Hi there,

      Emirates are very strict with their tattoo policy – I understand your point that the uniform is a suit and long-sleeved shirt however the airline rules state that male crew shouldn’t have tattoos on their arms below the shoulders.

      Other airlines have less strict tattoo policies, but Emirates are known for being one of the most specific about their rules.

      Regarding the fluency as long as you have a good level of English you should be fine, there are written tests during the assessment process for non-native speakers.

  12. Pls how can I sign up and apply for Emirates cabin crew job…. I really want to become a cabin crew and I have been trying it for days but am not getting it

  13. Pls can a Nigerian send in a cv to work as a flight attendant in emirates?
    If no what are the international requirements.
    If yes what is needed?

  14. Hey, I have a well-groomed beard , I understand you may not grow a beard as a flight attendant , but are there any exceptions for full beards and people with skin conditions that makes it hard for them to shave?

    1. Hi there! At the moment it’s a requirement of Emirates that male cabin crew are clean-shaven, however other airlines do have more flexible policies on facial hair. Etihad, for example, allow their male crew to have well-groomed facial hair, as long as it meets their regulations.

  15. On average how many interviewed people are accepted to become cabin crews per recruitment service? Furthermore, what do emirates recruiters look for in a CV?

    1. If you’ve made it through to interview you’ve already done better than thousands of applicants, but it’s impossible to give exact figures for the amount of interviewed candidates who are accepted as this varies from intake to intake, and everyone performs differently in interview situations. If it helps for putting this in perspective in a record year Emirates recruited just over 4000 cabin crew, but had over 480,000 applications!

      You may find our cabin crew CV information useful https://www.cabincrewwings.com/recruitment/cv-resume/

      1. Hi I just wanted to find out how do you apply for an air hostess position for emirates because when I tried online, it says a need an account and login and it wasn’t working please send me feedback ASAP. Thank you

    1. The current minimum height for Emirates is 160 cm, but there are many other airlines that you fall within the height range for – our article has all the facts and figures!

  16. Hi,
    I always get rejected even though I have prior experience in hospitality industry. Any suggestions on how should I edit my resume for it to pass through ATS and in the hands of a human recruiter.

  17. I have a problem with my molar tooth, but my front teeth don’t have any issues. Would this be a problem if ever I apply as a cabin crew?

    1. As long as your tooth doesn’t cause you problems which would mean you having to repeatedly take time off of employment for treatment then this should be fine.

    1. Hi there, no this does not include pilots, as airlines will have a separate set of requirements for them. As with Cabin Crew the height rules for pilots will differ from airline to airline.

    1. As long as the cut on your hand is healed then this should not be an issue, if there is a scar then in all honesty this will depend on the airline and how noticeable it is. Regarding your nails you could consider quality false nails such as gel-cased or acrylic ones – airlines do allow these providing they are secure and reasonably short.

  18. Hi,

    My height is 157cm and I can reach 210cm. Are they massively strict on these heigh restrictions?! Im so close.

    1. Hi Laura,

      Emirates are known for being strict, though there’s nothing to stop you going to an open day and trying out. Their limit is a few cm higher than the majority of airlines, primarily because of safety considerations with the larger aircraft they use. We have a chart with the height and reach requirements for all of the major airlines here:


    1. Hi there, Emirates are currently holding a number of recruitment days worldwide. You can find information on the dates here.

    1. Hi Elina,

      Airlines don’t generally have a specified weight limit. Some ask for your weight to be proportionate to your height, and others state that as long as you can strap yourself into the jumpseat harness comfortably, and move up and down the aisle with ease, then your weight is fine. Hope this helps!

  19. Hi, I am wondering if there is an upper height restriction with Emirates, in the past I’ve never applied for cabin crew positions as usually the upper height limit is 6’2, I am 6’5, is this an issue with Emirates also?

    1. Hi Stuart,

      Emirates don’t usually have an official restriction on upper height in their job postings, but as they use bigger and more modern aircraft it’s more likely that they would be able to safely accommodate you as crew. Perhaps a good option would be to look out for an Emirates recruitment open day near you (keep an eye on our jobs board or Facebook page for updates of new vacancies) and go along to speak to the recruitment team in person. I’m sorry I can’t be more specific in answering you, but it seems to be one of those ‘grey’ areas. We’re trying to collate information for a future article on this topic so keep a look out on the site!

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