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

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

Old 20th Jun 2003, 03:27
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Can anyone tell me if EK paid location meals and layover allowances? What is the average FO take home pay in the first year?
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Old 20th Jun 2003, 16:57
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I would also like to reiterate, that I find Dr. Doug's posts very
balanced and why no-one would appreciate his input when
people are considering leaving SQ, Virgin Blue, Dragonair etc.,
they need to know all of the facts. The single or married with
no kids will be accommodated in apartments and the ones with
families will live either on the north or south side of the creek
subject to availability of villas. There is no bargaining entered into. If you take the allowance, you can find your own accommodation but be aware of the full costs of utilities etc.
before you go down this path.
Meal and overnight allowances are issued at the hotel in the
local currency, probably at about 75% of Qantas or B.A. You
would be foolish to use allowances when calculating your
potential salary, especially considering how much a beer costs
at China Jump. Only those who can refrain end up using it for
more sensible things like digital cameras and new computer parts
from Sim Lim. This is not the thread to go into pay and conditions.
This has been endlessly repeated over the last three years, and
has changed very little in the last ten years. Obviously cost of
living has increased markedly. I do believe, however, it is exciting times with regards to the expansion. I believe fast track will be around for another year and a half or so and hopefully all the boys who have been held back due to hours will not be inconvenienced any further. Good luck to all of you in your decisions.
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Old 24th Jun 2003, 04:14
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Did he/she get the job?

Anyone know if the original poster - I think CRJ700 - interviewed and what the eventual outcome was? Did he get the job - if so, which aircraft type?

I wish he could follow-up with us....

Good luck
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Old 25th Jun 2003, 05:24
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I think the 75% figure is a bit out ref BA. Not sure about Qantas.
In HKG, a BA purser gets about 800 for 2 nights. EK get about 220 for 3 nights
If only eh!
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Who's going to tell the guys from over the pond that EK don't arm their pilots?
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Old 4th Jul 2003, 01:09
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Interesting thread guys.....

One question regarding "the Mrs"....!

Are there any problems with your wife working in DUbai, or is she destined to stay at home, play "wifey" and bring up the kids for the rest of her life?!
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Old 4th Jul 2003, 23:05
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No problem with the wife working, a few of the the wives have also opened their own bussinesses.
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Old 7th Jul 2003, 05:38
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Teaching the second oldest profession for women in the Middle East.

Lots of positions for Western women(teaching I mean).

For full forward below. There are few cultural restrictions on Western women teaching in the UAE. As a matter of fact they are usually in high demand.

If you haven't heard the expression refering to the world's oldest profession I can't help you. Which is the biggest employer of women in Dubai? The world's oldest or second oldest profession open to debate.

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Old 8th Jul 2003, 01:45
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I miss your point. What exactly you are talking about?
Could you clarify, please?
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Old 8th Jul 2003, 19:20
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Oh dear Gnadenburg,
I do hope fullforward is not serious!!!
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Old 9th Jul 2003, 01:04
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Maybe he is Tony Lockett. Who copped a few wallopings on the back of the head playing full forward.
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Old 9th Jul 2003, 05:57
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Thanks for the useful info chaps (chapettes!)

My own personal worry if I did move to Dubai, would be the apparent lack of choice/control over where you ended up living. Very nice of the company to provide the diggs, but if you don't like it for any reason, it sounds like you are a bit stuck....

with that said however, there doesn't seem to be many people saying that they join, but find their own place and use the allowance the company gives them to help finance the mortgage.

Am I missing something here, or is this a non-starter which is why you hear so little about it.

Personally, that would probably be the only real option for me if I was to seriously consider moving out there to LIVE !!

Any comments.....?!
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Old 9th Jul 2003, 13:52
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You are basically right when you say the allowance is a non starter. This has been hashed out on other threads if you care to do a search. In a nutshell, the allowance is 85000dhs for an F/O, and it will cost you upwards of 120000 plus utilities to live in an equivalent villa in a preferred area. That is why few people do it.

The allowance goes a long way toward paying for a mortgage in one of the new expat estates, but there is a whole bunch of other issues to worry about there, that is why only a small percentage are taking up that offer.

There are rumors of the allowance being increased this year. For now we must wait and see.

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Old 9th Jul 2003, 17:05
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Could you elaborate on the "whole bunch of other issues"?

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Old 9th Jul 2003, 18:45
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I can't elaborate too much as i haven't purchased one, so I don't want to give the impression that what I say is first hand. Having said that, here are a few of the uncertainties as I see it.

The housing market here is restricted for expats. i.e there is only a few designated estates where expats can buy. These have all been developed by one or two companies and they set the price. There is no competition or free market, so there is no way of knowing what prices a free market would support. Hence there is no easy way of knowing whether you are getting a bargain or being ripped off. Discussions with UAE locals would indicate that they are a rip off. But that is yet to be proven.

The UAE government is against expats owning any land in the UAE. The Dubai government has chosen to go against that law. I don't really forsee a major problem here, but Sheikh Zayed is old, and when the ruler changes, anything could happen.

The quality of workmanship here is appalling, and I cant see why the villas for sale would be any different from the ones that we already live in. So the house that you pay 1m for, could well be worth Jack sh*t in 20 years.

When the first bunch of guys committed, they did so based on a 25 year mortgage. This meant that most, if not all the repayments could be covered by the allowance. Subsequent to the papers being signed, the mortgage terms were changed to 15 years. Thanks for coming!

As far as I know, and I am happy to stand corrected, there are few, if any, laws covering expat home ownership here. It is impossible to say with any certainty what the future will hold when trying to sell etc.

At the moment, it seems that each new release is cheaper than the previous. Each new project is also different, so it is very difficult to compare prices, but consider this. Prior to the estates being built the areas where they now stand were just sand. No different in anyway to any other bit of sand in the UAE. Given that we know the houses are going to depreciate (probably rapidly) because of the poor workmanship here, then the only way the property can increase in value is for the land prices to rise. Given that there is no end to available sand for future projects, I can't come up with a good reason as to what will drive up the price of land.

The only way I can see that second hand properties can maintain or increase their value, is if the developers coninually increase the cost of new housing. Remebering that they are already considered expensive when compared to most salaries, I cant see this happening to any significant degree.

That is just a few of the problems I see from a somewhat uninformed position. I know there are many more, but I do not know enough to comment.

This is not meant to be critical of those who have purchased, as many of them have sound reasons for doing so. These are just some of the reasons why I have chosen to sit back an wait for the dust to settle.

I am happy to be corrected on any of the above points by those that know more than I.
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Old 9th Jul 2003, 19:43
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Thanks Rev, a balanced and reasonable argument as ever.
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Old 9th Jul 2003, 21:06
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And not forgetting Madam Zelda.....

Each purchase of a property comes with a visa for the UAE (subject to future regulations).
So potential neighbours could be wealthy expats from worldly areas you may never have heard of, and carrying on with the profession discussed earlier in this thread at all hours of the day and night. You will never know until after the purchase.

And don't forget the utilities costs on top of mortgage repayments, and furnishing, and, and.......

Back to EK accomodation.....

No housing supplied by EK will make you happy. Every place has it's faults.
The reason many complain about the housing they are given is because they didn't get to choose it in the first place.

l know many who would live in equal to or less than what is given out here if they had chosen it and paid for it themselves, being what they could afford.

Another thing is jealousy. "Their Villa is better than ours, and we want one like it" syndrome.

If you can make it home for the time you are here, and spend the energy on something you enjoy doing, rather than complaining continualy, life can be enjoyable here.

It's up to you!
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Old 12th Jul 2003, 13:33
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I have just spent the last hour or so, reading the comments on this thread. My wife, child and I are giving strong consideration to moving to and working for Emirates - provided I progress from the interview pool to an actual interview and ultimate employment.

As information about Emirates is very limited, I have found this site to be a treasure trove of information.

For the men and women that have taken the time to post about working for the Emirates, thanks.
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Old 26th Jul 2003, 22:01
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Having had the 'acknowledgement' email from Emirates Recruitment my Wife and I are weighing up the options should we be called to interview.

We like the idea of expat life for, say, a ten year period, until our child is of secondary school age.

The nagging questions concern housing.

Whilst we are neither greedy nor material a pleasant home would be important.

Could someone give a description of an an actual home that Emirates might supply to a small family?

It would really help us; thanks in advance.
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Old 27th Jul 2003, 06:15
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from personal experience (i lived in Dubai from 1998-2001) i can say that i loved dubai. For pilots seeking a job at emirates, that wonder if their kids will get the right oppertunities, i can tell you most will love it. I was 14 when i moved there and the best teenages years i had were over in Dubai, its safe, clean, and a beautifull place to live. There are plenty of international schools (financed by emirates, i believe) which give wonderfull future oppertunities. Housing for emirates is wonderfull, they built compounds everywhere where you can live, and trust me compared to dutch houses, these houses are mansions. I knew many pilots there that work for emirates whom all love their job, and so do the children that i knew from school, etc.

I myself got fascinated for flying in dubai, and tried to get into emirates training school, which sadly only takes local students. I'm back in holland now and going to start KLM's aviation college, but my heart is in dubai..and i certainly wish to move back sometime!
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