Emirates set to recruit over 4.500 staff in Africa this year


Information was confirmed overnight that Emirates, Dubais award winning airline, was once again on the prowl in Eastern Africa and in fact across the continent, to recruit 4.500 pilots, cabin crew, engineering, ground handling, operations, IT and other staff, urgently needed to back up the planned expansion of fleet and destinations in coming years. The airlines Regional Manager for Eastern Africa, Mr. Sulaiman Essa Ahmad revealed in a media communiqué to this correspondent that Emirates currently employs over 1.000 Kenyans in a variety of positions, which include, according to the lastest figures provided, 10 pilots, 430 cabin crew and over 600 personnel deployed in a range of other areas including engineering. Said Mr. Sulaiman: We need around 4,000 cabin crew in this fiscal year plus hundreds of pilots and other operational staff as well. We do not have specific targets for certain countries but instead looking to hire qualified candidates who can meet Emirates high level of competence. Kenyans are well represented in our talent pool and theyve demonstrated a good measure of competence and drive. This is yet another opportunity for those wishing to work for Emirates to apply before adding: Emirates cabin crews are trained to deliver exceptional customer services experience on every flight. Thus, in addition to the requirement above, the candidate should demonstrate a positive attitude and empathy for others, a strong cultural awareness and the ability to adapt to new environments and people, flexibility and the motivation to manage a demanding work schedule, and qualities necessary to live up to the mission and values that Emirates holds in high regard i.e. professional, empathetic, progressive, visionary, cosmopolitan.
The airline presently receives one additional wide bodied aircraft every month and currently flies to 123 destinations with their 171 aircraft now in service.
Meanwhile has one airline executive responded to questions posed to him by email, saying: Last year we faced a situation where Kenya Airways openly advertised for pilots to join them and that was targeting our captains and first officers. Engineering staff, cabin crew, operations staff are all siphoned away by the big league with better terms and conditions. When the bond arrangements for pilots and other staff trained at our expense expire, we always face a difficult situation if they stay or succumb to offers from other airlines.
Africa is a resource pool, not just for minerals and other riches but now also for well trained staff. Reasons for that are often the political circumstances which are not in favour of top professionals wishing to stay and the opportunities to work as an expatriate especially in the Gulf. Highly qualified staff get paid well, can send money home and us local airlines find it difficult to match terms and conditions. In fact it makes our life much more difficult. We not only compete against the big fish in our own pond which is hard enough as it is, now the Gulf airlines are adding to this. And it is not Emirates alone, every airline now flying from the Gulf to Kenya is looking at recruitments from here. Kenyans are well educated, keen workers with good work ethics and ambitious but this strength is also now a threat to smaller airlines because there simply are not enough training academies to bring up new pilots and the expansion of Gulf airlines is faster than anyone can produce new flying school graduates. So they recruit in the open market
Truly two sides to this coin and as repeatedly referred to here in previous articles, this contentious issue will not go away, considering that Kenya Airways is intent to triple their fleet by 2021 and has already been given green light to recruit expatriate captains themselves to alleviate the looming shortage of cockpit crews. For aviation professionals from Eastern Africa though, this is the time of milk and honey it seems with added opportunities and options how to advance their careers. Watch this space.

203 Responses

  1. Tha’ts great i wish to work with emirates which is my dreamline ht will i get to?

      1. hey am Carlina Kalunda from Kenya i really need a chance to work with your company am 5ft and i promise to be a hard working employee and to respect my work.Regards Carolina

  2. Emirates is my dream airline, I used it last year onFeb 2011 on my way to India and I was very very much impressed by their quality service and work ethics of the crew.When will the recruitment drive start, I would like to work in the engineering section.

  3. This is exciting I have a dream of working with the leading airline I believe and hope I’ll be among the 4500 employees.thanks

  4. im so happy to know emirates is planning to recruite in africa since i was in high school av alwys wanted to be an air hostess,please sir when will u be recruiting in kenya?i dont want to miss it and i hope to be one of the 4500.iv waited for this.

      1. Ad love to work wit emirates as a cabin crew,please notify me when they com to kenya for interviews

      2. hallo Diana wangari… r u sister to anto mwangi n used to be in arya, kagwe? if yes,,am your long lost sister, shiru.

  5. Hallo, mine is an inquiry to find out if the recruitment is over and there is an office here in Kenya where i can drop my CV. Thank you

  6. Hi anyone in nairobi,im writing from uganda.has an open day been set yet plus are there any advertisments in the local papers?

  7. thanks for such an informative blog, good looking out, i pursued the aviation industry at 17 (now im 24) there were very few resource guys like “Wolfganghthome” to bring home information thus it was a lot harder and i made so many mistakes, though im yet to arrive i am happy when i see aviation awareness being raised, we can do it guys, just started out a blog (experimenting) to inform guys like me that aviation careers are very possible, you can learn a thing or two from my initial encounter with the industry including interpreting from your trivial behavior that the industry is for you or otherwise. Feel free to check it out http://lukakuinaviation.wordpress.com/ … im inspired by guys such as “Wolfganghthome” . thanks again.keep us informed.XX

  8. Am linsey i would like to work as a cabin crew its my dream job

    1. hey linsey, i too am passionate about aircraft and its always been my dream to work onborad an aircraft, currently i am aspiring for a cabin crew job, i am always on the lookout on cabin crew jobs are you in kenya?

  9. Hio I have a diploma in instrumentation and control and currently working in the same fiel. i hope to be a member of emirates airline because its my dream future employer

    1. hi Samuel, i guess you are the guys who keep our navigation systems sane….lol.. which did you specialize in (flight or ground instrumentation) ?.. i am very passionate about the industry, even started sharing my small experiences on a blog iv recently started for enthusiatic guys like me esp in Africa… are you in Kenya Aviation Industry or elsewhere?

  10. Im a 21 yr old lady from mombasa, Kenya and would love to work for cabin crew, Emirates. But i see open days were on april and have already passed. Is there another way i can apply and get chosen to recruit with them thereafter securing a job with them? Thank You.

    1. hey Saida i guess we are eyeing the same thing! what steps have you taken so far to prepare for a cabin crew career? im in nairobi, kenya.

  11. hello,i am a 22yr old Ugandan who finished a diploma in human resource management and i would like to work as a cabin crew employee.Can i apply ?

    1. Hey irene,i am a ugandan too who would love to work as cabin crew..lets get in touch and see how we can apply for this job.my email nvanitar@yahoo.ie waiting to hear from you

  12. Hello Tomorrow- Hello Dubai, and Goodbye South Africa.

    1. hey Mandla, tell me you have been hired!!coz you do sound like you’re in!!!?

  13. hi am in uganda and got to know about airhostess jobs advert two weeks after the deadline, i badly want to be apart of the emirates cabin crew, what do i do, is it too late for me?

  14. I am 27yrs old and i would lik to participate in this yrs recruitement for emirates airlines as a cabin crew. Am kenyan n beauty specialist by proffession.

  15. How can i register with the emirates, to be alerted on the recruiting process. Being a cabin has always been dream. thank you in advance.

  16. Am so happy to hear that Emirates is recruiting in Africa and that they really are praising Kenya which is my country.I pray n hope that i will be among the 4500 people because working with Emirates has always been my dream.

  17. When are you starting the recruitments? We need jobs as school leavers from zambia but we are ready to work anywhere as long as we are getting paid. Contacts are:+260968525658 and+260979812483

  18. I am a cabin crew though still undergoing my training at East Africa School of Aviation Nairobi,Kenya and I highly appreciate the offer Emirates are offering and I would be overwhelmed if I also be one amongst the many who are willing to work tirelessly for Emirates thanks.

  19. hi am really interested in working with emirates group , i speak ,read and write italian fluently hope all will be fulfilled

  20. Am currently working as an aircraft technician and i have interest to join and work in emirates. I kindly request for your assistance

  21. dear siror madam am currentely working hospital am a nurse i was graduate addis ababa uneversity bsc degree.but my dream is to be airhotess. what is the criteria. thank you!!!

  22. Hi seriously when is Ermirates to having an Open Day in Nairobi,Kenya.3mths remaining we move to 2013.SERIOUSLY???????

  23. Am a student from a university in kenya,its great expecation for the corporation to rich great hieghts.i would like to ask wether your organization offers internship programmes for students.

  24. Hi,
    My name is Mr. Wandera Edmond,i am a Kenyan.I would like to work with you as a flight dispatcher either in Kenya,Uganda,or anywhere.
    Kindly reply please.Thank you

  25. Hi,
    I am Boniface Boru from kenya and i would like to work with Emirates as a flight dispatcher. How would i apply for it?
    Thank you

  26. I have just visited the emirates.com careers link, the cabin crew section but i dont see any openings for kenya. They do have international openings which are the global information open days and the global assessment centers in other african countries like south africa and morocco but not in kenya. So in that case, where can i find the assessment centres in kenya??? I am interested in a cabin crew position but it seems like kenya is not that fortunate this time round. Can u please assist.

  27. Please inform me if there are any vacancies for cabin crew Sept. 2012. With regards

      1. Thank you for your contribution and for sharing your own views. When I compare RwandAir’s present situation with that of the Gulf carriers when they started out, those have grown immensely and are still not profitable. At times, strategic interests have to be maintained at a cost, and I think in the case of Rwanda a cost worth bearing …
        Thanks for reading my blog.

  28. i am a student at moi university and would like to work with you during my attatchment early next year. i would like to know how to reach you and any qualities i should have. any contacts.

  29. Hey sir,my dream is to work with the Emirates cabin crew and im glad they are recruiting here in africa when is this..kindly let me know

  30. I would be overwhelmed by joy if i could make to work for the emirates as an aeronautics (AVIONICS option) technician the job i have well executed while in the Kenya air force for close to ten years now.

  31. hey….i have always dreamt of becoming a stewardess in emirates, am soo waiting for the open day in kenya. the year is almost ending, what’s happening………..

  32. Iam mary njeri kimani i would like to work with your airline but the moment i send my cv no reply.ai am a graduate from nairobi aviation college and my desire is to work for fly Emirates.thank you

  33. am glad that emirates have this chance for many employees hope i would be working as one of them in the cabin crew department…emirates you are my dream airline and love the cabin crew famous hat

  34. Attended an open day sumtym bak bt dint make it. Am so trying it out again!!!!

  35. I have noticed due many are asking the author of this blog for information he may not specifically have, There are no recruitment drives in Africa, apart from Egypt and South Africa, that will happen between now and Dec 2012. Check the dates on the following page >> https://ekgrpapplications.emirates.com/careersonlineapps/CC_OPENDAYS/CabinCrewOpenDays.aspx?j=f&pub=/english and keep checking that page for 2013 dates.

    Glad to have been of help.

    All the best pple as we search for that fleeting dream job.

  36. It has always been my dream to work as a cabin crew but i just dont know the opening date so i can try out will be greatful if u inform us please thank you.

  37. Congratulations Emirates..
    I’d love a job over there. Where can i send my CV?

  38. i ve seen this late.i know but as a cosolation to my self i decided to post something.am in uganda and i wish to work as an air hostess for emirates is it possible that there is a recriutment any time soon? lydia

  39. Asalam aleykum i’ve seen this a bit late but i never hesitated to ask for vacancy as a member of your carbin crew in the emirates airline, it would be one of the greatest achievements working with u i’ll be greatful if you give me a chance will you have recruitments? am muhamad

  40. Hi name is cynthia,and would like to aplay for this position,im available anytime.

  41. i would like to work with emirates airlines to get vast experience in aviation industry&technical know how to foster&improve the betterment of emirates airlines as a star airline,please notify me if their is opportunity in ground operations,air ticketting because thats where am trained in,cheers&be blessed

  42. I am a home based cameroonian whose dream has always been to work with the Emirates Airlines.Since Emirates Airlines will be in Africa this 2013, i’ll like to know when the recruitment will start in cameroon.PLEASE!!!!!!!


  44. hi emirates is my dream airline i wish to work you and that i will be among 4500 employees

  45. Hi all, Is Emirates Airline really recruiting in KENYA 2013?It did not recruit in KENYA in 2012.I CONTACTED the local offices &they told that i should contact their HEADQUARTERS IN DUBAI.When i contacted them they told me that i should check on their website.On checking in their website there was no KENYA. Or have they stopped recruiting KENYANS ?So when are they coming to Kenya in 2013? thank u.

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  52. i have worked with Emirates for 2 years since 2011 to 2013 n its an amazing experience.i was under the loading section under Dnata.i would very much appreciate to work directly with emirates.please consider me for any opportunity.thankyou

  53. Hello. My name is Hellen Shaidi im 26 yrs of age and I would love to work for Emirates. My height is 5 6″, my weight is proportional to my height and I have good communication skills. I have an advanced deploma in business management and I’m situated in Nairobi.

  54. am a Tanzanian i love Emirates and hope i will work there one day or even soon i did a diploma in flight dispatch an a diploma in airline marketing(IATA) BUT I WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH YOU AS AIRHOSTESS

  55. being trained as a cabin crew I would wish to put my knowledge into practical by working with emirates because it have been my dream airline to work since I was a child and I will be very happy if I will be consdered and I hope I will be employed among the 4500 employees thank you for your updates

  56. my small siz would so love to work for emirates, she cleared high school last year and she is mature, smart, industrious and very beautiful. how can she apply for this job?

  57. hi,i’m lucy arita from nairobi kenya and i’m so impressed by the emirates and would like to work with you, actually i did diploma in airport operation,the two exam bodies i.e. I.A.T.A. and NACEB. from nairobi aviation college.i would like to contribute towards the companie’s success in the ground operations.

  58. hello I’m meron and I’m from ethiopia i am so much interested and impressed by emerate cabin crews and i just want to be one of them and want to join ma dream airways so please teal me how i can join u when are you coming to addis thank you !

  59. Please I want to know when Emirates is recruiting in Ghana. Its been two years since they recruited from Ghana. Thanks

  60. Emirates worldclass airtravel.i would love to work for…

  61. My foundation is in the Nursing Proffesion,how big a leap into the medical services in emirates would i be making and is there a chance from kenya recruitment office

    1. Considering how long ago this article was written I suggest you contact the local Emirates office of check out their website http://www.emirates.com and follow the link to careers and open positions. Qatar Airways by the way is recruiting in Kenya this coming weekend too, again use your own initiative to find out details of where, when and what their requirements are.
      Thanks for reading my blog.


  62. Am a student in technical university of Kenya,undertaking diploma in technology airframe and engine,and I av much problems relating with getting attachment to any airlines in kenya;please if u read this and request much based on this am ready to share with u and if you can assist me that’s the great thing am looking for,thanks

  63. i am a guy,22 yrs of age and just completed my diploma in avionics this month at the kenya polytechnic university college in nairobi.i am looking for employment and i’ll be glad to work in your company if our consider my request.i will be glad to hear from you.

      1. I still wish to work with emirate..could somebody tell me when I can come for recruitment..I can almost fit for any position…thank you

      2. I just had my form four exam back in year 2012 never made to join any campus or college dew to financial problem..what am asking can i still get a. position in. emirate during recruitment

  64. I will be happy to work with you.

    I hope one day to work. with emirate
    may my dream come true….

  65. hi,i’m intrested to join the emirates cabin crew.when is the open day for recruitment in kenya?

      1. I don’t know the nearest office in Nairobi.I wish you can direct me

    1. am completely interested with Emirates when is the recruitment in Nairobi? Any position would work well with me thanks

  66. hulo emirates
    my name is taylor from uganda is it pOSSIBLE EMIRATES WILL EVER RECRUIT crew ifrom uganda?

  67. please i would like to know when Ghanaian are also going to be recruited and how soon? Tina from Ghana

  68. i am a kenyan i completed my diploma of IATA managing the travel business….i have applied for a job many times.i believe i have everything you need at the dnata center.please consider my application because you have a hardworking individual here

  69. Thank you for your well informed blog. I am looking foward to joining your next recruitment for 2015. I hope to qualify working with my dream airline.

  70. Hi!
    Am Tabitha Kimani from Kenya.I would like to know when are you coming to recruit in Nairobi.

  71. hi…..i applied for cabin crew and im still looking forward to your respone. I will be so much greatfull to your respones.Thank you in advance.

  72. I did hotel management, so is it possible to find an opportunity there, Thanks!

  73. Hie im linah bhunu from Zimbabwe..i jus finished my advanced diploma in tourism and business studies. I hop to get a job and work in a big company like yours will be greatly honoured

  74. Hi my name is Fotso Pelagie, I am from Cameroon. I have a first degree in microbiology and my dream is to be part of the Emirates cabin crew. How do I do to apply?

  75. I wish to work with you company because is the best airline in the world and if I will get that chance i promise to be the hard work ever. Thanks for reading my comment