Emirates Cabin Crew Requirements

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 aged 21 years or over
  • Have an arm reach of 212 cm while standing on tiptoes
  • Minimum height of 5’2” (160 cm)
  • Be a high school graduate (Grade 12)
  • Be fluent in English (Written and Spoken)
  • Have no visible tattoos while wearing the uniform
  • Be physically fit to meet the roles requirements

Irrespective of nationality, Emirates look for a positive attitude, confidence, flexibility, maturity, a friendly disposition and a genuine passion to help other 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 £16,500.

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: Tim Clark

Founded: 1985
Frequent-flyer program: Skywards
Company slogan: Fly Emirates. Hello Tomorrow.
2015 Turnover: 88,819 million AED
Fleet Size: 251 (including the A380-800 and Boeing 777)

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Hannah is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist specialising in recruitment, selection and assessment. This means she designs and assesses at selection days just like the ones airlines use.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 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!

  6. 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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