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Emirates Airline and Flydubai are hiring



The airline industry is on the bounce and in recovery mode, and a sign of it is that the two leading airlines of Dubai are recruiting. That is how Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, has preferred to put it.

With the Russia-Ukraine crisis leading to rising aviation fuel costs, any recovery post the influx due to Expo 2020 has taken a beating. But Sheikh Ahmed, who is also chairman of the Emirates Airline Group, said on the sidelines of the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai that the two airlines are buoyant about their prospects and hiring towards that target.

By its own admission last year, Emirates Group had slashed its total workforce by more than a third in a series of job cuts due to lack of demand in the peak Covid-19 phase.

The state-owned Dubai-based aviation holding company posted its first loss in over 30 years, reporting a 22.1 billion dirhams ($6 billion) deficit for the financial year ended March 31, 2021, as it grappled with a huge revenue fall caused by the outbreak.

With the fall in demand, the aviation company has had to cut more than 33,000 jobs, reducing its total payroll by 31 percent to 75,145 employees that represent more than 160 different nationalities. Between 2019 and 2020, the Group employed more than 100,000 employees.
Here are some of the jobs and the requirements listed by Emirates and flydubai on their website:

After shedding one-third of its staff, Emirates Airline is on the rise again on the employment aspect. Courtesy Emirates



Officer – Credit Risk Finance
Qualification: Bachelor’s Degree in Finance (or equivalent)
Experience: 2 years
How to apply: Click here
Last date to apply: May 14

Revenue Management Officer
Qualification: University Degree or equivalent
Experience: Prior experience preferred but not mandatory; Interest in airline revenue management is a must; Interest or experience in business, economics, and/or math is advantageous.
How to apply: Click here
Last date to apply: May 19

Workshop Cleaning Operative (Wheels & Brakes)
Qualification: Ability to Speak and understand English Language, both oral and written
Experience: Previous Technical Cleaning Experience Preferred
How to apply: Click here
Last date to apply: May 18

Senior Supervisor – Wheel Bay Workshop
Qualification: High School Diploma (or equivalent)
Experience: 6-8 years
How to apply: Click here
Last date to apply: May 24

Emirates Airline

Operations Efficiency Controller
Qualification: Degree or Honours (12+3 or equivalent)
Experience: Passenger Handling 5+ Years
How to apply: Click here
Last date to apply: May 13

UX Design Manager
Qualification: Degree or Honours (12+3 or equivalent)
Experience: Minimum of 5 years of digital design experience for web and/or mobile in a consumer brand
How to apply: Click here
Last date to apply: May 22

Cabin Crew Opportunities
Qualification: Minimum qualification is high school graduate (Grade 12)
Experience: You need to be fluent in written and spoken English (the ability to speak another language is an advantage)
How to apply: Click here
Candidates can find out more about the roles and requirements on flydubai and the Emirates website.

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UAE introduces end-of-service benefits system




The UAE Cabinet has approved an innovative system that allows employees in the private sector and free zones to invest their end-of-service benefits, and it’s optional for employers to participate.

Under this system, a savings and investment fund will be established, overseen by the Securities and Commodities Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation. Employees will have the opportunity to invest their end-of-service benefits in the fund, with multiple investment options available.

The announcement was made during a Cabinet meeting chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The primary objective is to safeguard workers’ savings while providing stability to their families and ensuring their rights. This scheme is open not only to private sector employees but also to government employees.

The Process:

Employers can choose to enroll their workers in this system and make monthly contributions. The system offers three investment options, including a risk-free capital guarantee, various risk levels for traditional investments, and Sharia-compliant investments. Upon the termination of the employment relationship, employees will receive their end-of-service benefits and returns.

Over time, this scheme is expected to cost employers less than the traditional system and will help in retaining talent by offering more attractive terms for employees. Many experts have highlighted the dependence of UAE residents on their gratuity as a retirement fund. In a recent survey, 82% of workers expressed openness to having their gratuity invested on their behalf. Dubai had previously introduced a similar scheme for expatriates working in government departments in 2022, offering various savings opportunities and boosting their benefits and savings.

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RJ course by Fun Asia and EMDI gives flight to many dreams



From left, participants Nidhi Vohra, Drishti Goyal and Polina Dikanskaya. Pics by Mohammed Asif

As the sun sets around a building housing the corporate home of Fun Asia Network (FAN) in Dubai’s Media City, for a bunch of people with the female gender prominent, Friday evening is actually a new dawn for them in a sense. Huddled together at the orientation ceremony of a radio jockey course at the ground floor of the Zee Tower, hopes of the aspirants are soaring in anticipation to a new beginning.

An initiative of the UAE institute of EMDI with FAN, who have four radio channels and are offering a two-month paid internship, “participants will learn not just about how to be a radio jockey, but also other aspects about radio programming,” according to the FAN business head Sunny Ahuja.

For some ‘students’, the six-month course to be held on weekends will allow many adults to re-write their destiny. There is Nidhi Vohra, for whom destiny willed to be the last enrolment for the course even though it was always her dream. “I wanted to be a radio jockey and follow my passion for music, but my parents said, choose a ‘proper career’ because this was not something you did normally back then,” she says.

“So I did law and became a lawyer. Then I got married, but stayed as a homemaker, discharging my duties as a mother to my two kids. I heard about the course on radio while on a school run, but did not muster much courage. Then a few weeks later, a friend who knows me closely and my dream heard about it and pushed me. Even now, I have taken the course fee as a loan from my husband, not sure how it will work out … but here I am as the last person to join!”

The trepidations about financials and doing something different from routine is a common under-current. Many turned out to be teachers who want to practice after preaching lessons on building self-confidence in the path to discover oneself.


Radio Jockey hopefuls

Participants at the orientation ceremony for a course in Radio Jockeying by Fun Asia Network in association with EMDI.

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Yet, there is someone, who is trying to re-ignite her passion. Ukraine’s Polina Dikanskaya is in the UAE for eight years and working in real estate. “I was a radio jockey when I was young and back in Ukraine. But, I left it and changed many fields, including the backend office at a real estate developer. My radio experience in Ukraine was in the Russian language. This course is to fulfill my expectations so that I don’t have any regret.”

Drishti Goyal, a mother of two, is also rekindling her passion. She appeared on the Indian singing talent show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa in 2008, but married life can go many ways for females. Now she is a Reiki healer. “When I joined the course, it was to be an RJ. But today, I realised there is a bigger picture (on being told that there will be other aspects of radio programming as part of the course curriculum)… And I believe every voice you utter, has the power to heal.”

With instructors from EMDI and a platform such as FAN, owned by US-based Indian Sam Thakkar, the power of healing for many RJ aspirants has begun. By the end of the year, some lives will take a new turn. A male participant, also a teacher, summed it aptly through an old Hindi song: ‘Ruk jaana nahin tu kabhi haarke .. kaanto pe chalke milenge saaye bahaar ke’ (Don’t you stop feeling lost, only after walking on thorns will you find the comfort of blooming flowers).

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This bank in UAE has given salary hikes to adjust for inflation




Dubai’s biggest bank Emirates NBD has given most employees a pay rise of up to 8% to help cushion against rising costs of living driven by inflation, two sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters.

The increases varied according to seniority and were part of a mid-cycle salary adjustment for inflation, with top executives receiving smaller or no increases, the sources said.

Most employees received a pay rise of between 5% and 8%, with lower-paid staff receiving the biggest increase, one of the sources, who has direct knowledge of the matter, said.

Emirates NBD, majority owned by Dubai’s government, said it did not comment on staff-related matters.
“As a people-first organization and a leading employer, Emirates NBD has remained committed to initiatives and policies that support staff well-being, while adopting a robust employee recognition program,” a spokesperson added in an emailed response to a Reuters query.

It was not immediately clear if the salary increases were only for employees in the country. The bank also has operations in Egypt, India, Turkey and elsewhere.


Annual inflation in the oil-producing Gulf state reached 3.4% in the first quarter, according to the central bank, which has projected 5.6% inflation for the year. The UAE has not published monthly inflation figures this year.
The trajectory of price increases represents a significant turnaround from deflation throughout 2019, 2020 and the first seven months of 2021.

In recent months people have voiced concerns over increasing living costs in the UAE, with retail fuel prices now up around 55% so far this year, falling from a high of about 80%.

The UAE is the only Gulf Arab country without a cap on domestic fuel prices, leading to petrol costs surging at the pump.

Dubai average rental prices for apartments and townhouses rose by 29% and 33% in the first half of the year and for villas by 64%, according to Betterhomes, as the property market continued a strong post-pandemic recovery.
Emirates NBD in late July reported a 42% jump in second quarter profit to 3.5 billion dirhams ($952.98 million).

The Central Bank of the UAE has increased its base rate a cumulative 225 basis points since March in parallel with the US Federal Reserve, because its currency is pegged to the dollar, as central banks globally battle historic inflation.

— Reuters

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