According to the airline, only approximately 50 of its over 20,000 cabin crew are Emiratis, sister publication Arabian Business reported.“We need more UAE nationals,” he said at a roundtable discussion. “The role hasn’t received much interest from Emiratis because some have expressed concerns over what the position entails.”
Among the concerns, he said, are issues with the cabin crew uniform, alcohol and extremely frequent travel.“Regarding uniform, we now have a trouser option for Emirati female cabin crew and we are looking to adapt the hijab too,” he said. “Travel frequency is a little harder to address, given the nature of the job and the complex scheduling involved.”
Ali added that Emirates has over 3,200 job vacancies, mainly for cabin crew positions.“It’s a really essential job, a job that represents the high standards of Emirates airline,” he added. “We need more UAE nationals to represent the airline on board.”
In his comments, Ali also said that while the minimum wage for cabin crew is approximately AED 18,000 – including the accommodation allowance – Emiratis would also receive a retention allowance of AED 4,260 to AED 5,000.“After six months they will get a salary increase and they have the opportunity to apply for different job grades within cabin crew,” he said.