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Emirates (EK) Interview - all you need to know about it (threads merged)

Old 25th May 2019, 08:45
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Hey, does anyone have any good links for the personalty tests, did the ones of latest pilot jobs plenty with no issues, been out for selection passed everything apart from this which I didnít fail, but gave an ďinvalidĒ result, twice. I answered honestly and didnít dwell on anything, didnít over think it and didnt give answers that I thought they would want to hear so am confused. They want me to come back in 12 weeks to do only that bit again, so Iíd like to practice more?
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Old 29th May 2019, 13:21
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Housing allowance

My wife is a EK cabin crew and she receives housing allowance. On the EK website, it states "Available for local recruits currently in privately purchased or rental accommodation or employees who purchase property in Dubai."

A couple of questions...
1. Is local recruit define as a UAE National or candidates residing in UAE?
2. My wife works as a Cabin Crew and she receives housing allowance, If I join, how is it determine who receives housing allowance (Pilot or Cabin Crew)? I know we both will not receive housing allowance.

thank you for reply.

PS...if you like to respond, please stay on the subject. Thank you kindly
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Old 29th May 2019, 20:11
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Originally Posted by av8tordude View Post
My wife is a EK cabin crew and she receives housing allowance. On the EK website, it states "Available for local recruits currently in privately purchased or rental accommodation or employees who purchase property in Dubai."

A couple of questions...
1. Is local recruit define as a UAE National or candidates residing in UAE?
2. My wife works as a Cabin Crew and she receives housing allowance, If I join, how is it determine who receives housing allowance (Pilot or Cabin Crew)? I know we both will not receive housing allowance.

thank you for reply.

PS...if you like to respond, please stay on the subject. Thank you kindly
I was recently in Dubai for an assessment since my wife is employed with EK as a cabin crew. You are only entitled to one housing allowance per family, whichever is the highest. I hope this answer your question.
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Old 29th May 2019, 20:26
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Originally Posted by ezydriver View Post
Hey, does anyone have any good links for the personalty tests, did the ones of latest pilot jobs plenty with no issues, been out for selection passed everything apart from this which I didnít fail, but gave an ďinvalidĒ result, twice. I answered honestly and didnít dwell on anything, didnít over think it and didnt give answers that I thought they would want to hear so am confused. They want me to come back in 12 weeks to do only that bit again, so Iíd like to practice more?
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Old 30th May 2019, 10:43
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The housing allowance is only available now to new joiners if you buy, ie as a new joiner you will not get an allowance to rent. If your wife has the allowance and she was under the terms where she could rent then I’m sure that will be all you will get, unless you buy.

A local is a UAE national.
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Old 26th Jun 2019, 10:43
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Gents,

Have any Boeing guys recently joined accelerated command on the 380? They don't specifically list Airbus time as a requirement. Also is the assessment somewhat different; addition of a LOFT ect?

PM's are welcome.
Best of luck to all.
Thanks for your time.
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Old 26th Jun 2019, 12:08
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Originally Posted by UB6IB9 View Post
Gents,

Have any Boeing guys recently joined accelerated command on the 380? They don't specifically list Airbus time as a requirement. Also is the assessment somewhat different; addition of a LOFT ect?

PM's are welcome.
Best of luck to all.
Thanks for your time.
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Old 28th Jun 2019, 07:43
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Provident Scheme and End of Service Benefit

Hi Guys and Girls,

Iíve read through the thread and please excuse my question for being glaringly obvious if that is the case but a lot of people say that you canít save a lot on the salary whilst living in Dubai due to expenses and inflation etc. Iím wondering what the point of saving is anyway when you have the provident scheme or end of service benefit pay out when you leave? If someone has done in the vicinity of 10 years service then could they expect a substantial payout? Or even 5 years as soon as the bond is up?
Am I missing something??
Cheers
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Old 28th Jun 2019, 16:32
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Originally Posted by HOOROO View Post
Hi Guys and Girls,

Iíve read through the thread and please excuse my question for being glaringly obvious if that is the case but a lot of people say that you canít save a lot on the salary whilst living in Dubai due to expenses and inflation etc. Iím wondering what the point of saving is anyway when you have the provident scheme or end of service benefit pay out when you leave? If someone has done in the vicinity of 10 years service then could they expect a substantial payout? Or even 5 years as soon as the bond is up?
Am I missing something??
Cheers
Long story short, yes you could just walk away with the Provident Fund payout and be happy with that.

BUT I think itís intention is to cover your lack of pension/401K/superannuation after spending so long working at EK. Personally ours will just be going into superannuation back in Aus to cover the lack of contributions from working overseas.

As as for the Ďnot being able to saveí comment. Another poster on this thread summed it up better than I could;

ďif you can save money in your current job/salary, youíll be able to save on an EK f/o salaryĒ

On the other side, if you find yourself unable to save something, no matter how small, on your current salary youíll probably spend everything here. Make no mistake, Dubai is expensive. Once you fall into the trap of eating out a few times, buying a fancy car on finance, getting a maid, sending your kids to a school that charges more than the Education Allowance etc, you WILL have nothing left at the end of the month.

Personally we are able to stick to a budget, have kids at a good school that fits in the allowance, no maid, one car and we save a respectable amount every month. But we came here with a goal to pay down our mortgage as much as possible before we leave Everyone has different goals.

Last edited by aviation_enthus; 28th Jun 2019 at 16:42.
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Old 28th Jun 2019, 18:34
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Hi, everyone! Couldn't find it here, but really in need - where can i find "online application number" which starts from 100? THX!!!
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Old 28th Jun 2019, 22:58
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Originally Posted by aviation_enthus View Post


Long story short, yes you could just walk away with the Provident Fund payout and be happy with that.

BUT I think itís intention is to cover your lack of pension/401K/superannuation after spending so long working at EK. Personally ours will just be going into superannuation back in Aus to cover the lack of contributions from working overseas.

As as for the Ďnot being able to saveí comment. Another poster on this thread summed it up better than I could;

ďif you can save money in your current job/salary, youíll be able to save on an EK f/o salaryĒ

On the other side, if you find yourself unable to save something, no matter how small, on your current salary youíll probably spend everything here. Make no mistake, Dubai is expensive. Once you fall into the trap of eating out a few times, buying a fancy car on finance, getting a maid, sending your kids to a school that charges more than the Education Allowance etc, you WILL have nothing left at the end of the month.

Personally we are able to stick to a budget, have kids at a good school that fits in the allowance, no maid, one car and we save a respectable amount every month. But we came here with a goal to pay down our mortgage as much as possible before we leave Everyone has different goals.
Thank you so much for your reply, it helped a lot. We are thinking of taking the plunge with that exact goal in mind of trying to get ahead with mortgage etc. This thread makes for very interesting reading. I can honestly attest that new shiny widebody jet syndrome is a thing.
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Old 29th Jun 2019, 05:24
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Hi guys what would an FO salary be after 5 years assuming no command yet and how much would the provident fund payout be at that stage? I read somewhere about completing 7 years at Ek to be eligible for the pension (correct me if Iím wrong), what would the value of that be?

Thanks!
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Old 29th Jun 2019, 13:20
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Originally Posted by HOOROO View Post


Thank you so much for your reply, it helped a lot. We are thinking of taking the plunge with that exact goal in mind of trying to get ahead with mortgage etc. This thread makes for very interesting reading. I can honestly attest that new shiny widebody jet syndrome is a thing.
HOOROO, youíre welcome mate!

Just a word of caution:

I too had a reasonable desire to fly all over the world in a big jet. It was a Ďscratch I had to itchí. 😂
Emirates will definitely help you achieve that! However, be aware that everyone has to go home eventually (Iím guessing AUS/NZ for you). That can be for various reasons completely seperate from flying, wife, family etc. So the eternal question you will always have to answer is what will you do when you leave?

Are you happy to go home and rejoin Jetstar/Virgin/Tiger as an f/o and if youíre in your late 40ís by then, potentially sitting in the RHS for the rest of your career?

Basically the decision to head overseas takes you out of the seniority system back home. So yes youíll make some money, see the world and hopefully enjoy it, but when you go back.... itíll be back to the bottom of the pile. Personally I can live with that, but some people canít. Then they end up feeling stuck at EK and come to hate the place.
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Old 5th Jul 2019, 23:00
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Originally Posted by aviation_enthus View Post


HOOROO, youíre welcome mate!

Just a word of caution:

I too had a reasonable desire to fly all over the world in a big jet. It was a Ďscratch I had to itchí. 😂
Emirates will definitely help you achieve that! However, be aware that everyone has to go home eventually (Iím guessing AUS/NZ for you). That can be for various reasons completely seperate from flying, wife, family etc. So the eternal question you will always have to answer is what will you do when you leave?

Are you happy to go home and rejoin Jetstar/Virgin/Tiger as an f/o and if youíre in your late 40ís by then, potentially sitting in the RHS for the rest of your career?

Basically the decision to head overseas takes you out of the seniority system back home. So yes youíll make some money, see the world and hopefully enjoy it, but when you go back.... itíll be back to the bottom of the pile. Personally I can live with that, but some people canít. Then they end up feeling stuck at EK and come to hate the place.
Aviation_enthus I asked in another thread but no answer so far. With a young family, do you live in company accomodation? Even if you donít, do you know what site is better? From what I can tell, we would be put in either Meydan Heights or Meydan South. One looks quite dated and the other quite new. Any info or opinions would be greatly appreciated.
Cheers
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Old 5th Jul 2019, 23:17
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Originally Posted by HOOROO View Post


Aviation_enthus I asked in another thread but no answer so far. With a young family, do you live in company accomodation? Even if you donít, do you know what site is better? From what I can tell, we would be put in either Meydan Heights or Meydan South. One looks quite dated and the other quite new. Any info or opinions would be greatly appreciated.
Cheers
Yes with kids itís likely youíll be put in Meydan South or Heights. I know of some married f/oís with no kids that have also managed to get a villa.

Both places have advantages and disadvantages. Heights is older but has a pool/gym/shops and reasonable park with a playground and grass. South has more parks and playgrounds but less greenery. Youíll find the South villas are a bit bigger and tend to have a bit more outdoor space as well. You can also get one with a park straight out the back door. The Heights villas only get a small courtyard front and back. There is also a school right next to South but Heights has a school only 5-10 min drive away anyway.

South does have a community centre BUT Iíll just say that itís finished but still requires a few Ďtweaksí before itís open properly.

If you donít get the complex want, Iíd definitely ask if you can move. Both complexes have plenty of empty villas and current staff have moved both within and between the different complexes.
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Old 7th Jul 2019, 02:00
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Thanks again for the info, much appreciated. Cheers
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Old 28th Jul 2019, 19:27
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Hello people....anyone recently joined EK and able to advise me the length of time from submitting application to starting with EK..just looking for approximate figure... and appreciate can vary...thanks in advance...(PM welcome).
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Old 6th Aug 2019, 14:27
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I seem to remember someone wrote quite a long and detailed post regarding the fleet expansion or lack thereof and the time to command? Does anyone have it to hand, I can't seem to find it?


Thanks
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Old 16th Aug 2019, 04:05
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Yeah, don't go! I can't believe people are still considering working at that place. I was there precisely 11 months and I can tell you all the negative things you read on here about EK are, for once, spot on.
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Old 19th Aug 2019, 12:33
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Join Date: Nov 2015
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Been to Dubai theses days and they also spoke about the semmer villas which i got to see from the outside, they seem to be much better than the others mentioned, are they really for pilots and how possible to get one? Golden girl?
Thanks in advance.
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