So, I’ve finally started the eight weeks of training with Emirates on Sunday and wow what a tiring few days its been. On Sunday morning my alarm went off at 5am – yes 5am – to get to work on time. As I was still adjusting to the time difference (3 hours) trying to get to sleep was a bit of a task so when I finally dropped around 2:30am, that gave me only 2 and half hours sleep before work. Monday was such an information heavy but exciting first day. They had us come in business wear to the headquarters where we had lots of paperwork to complete, sessions to attend and a chance to see the HQ. The HQ is so so big and such an amazing building, but it was much quieter than usual due to it being a public holiday in Dubai.
In the afternoon the head of training came to say hello, introduce herself and gave a talk. She was really lovely and was telling us information about the job and how the next eight weeks were going to pan out. One thing she said that made me so proud of myself was how that only 4% of applicants for Emirates Cabin Crew get the job, which gave us all such a great sense of achievement. From here we were finally given the red polo shirt, scrunchie and one of the HUMONGOUS training manuals we would need for our training. I was so excited to wear this and finally feel like a part of the Emirates team the next day.
That evening, three of us went down the Jumeirah Beach Walk to explore, mooch around and have something to eat. We finally caught a glimpse of the famous Burj Al Arab (the world’s only 7 star hotel) as we made our way down there. We decided on eating at The Cheesecake Factory as they had an outside balcony overlooking the beach and I absolutely loved it when I was studying abroad in America and the other two had been dying to try it out.
Of course we had cheesecake for pudding, we opted for a Reese’s Peanut Butter one between us as we were so full, but it still tasted absolutely amazing!! Before we knew it, it was time to head back to our apartments to be able to get a decent nights sleep before our next day at HQ. Tuesday consisted of doing the first of medical checks to ensure that you are medically fit to fly and other different information sessions for newly joining cabin crew about living in Dubai etc. There were lots of pictures taken though as we were all finally in the red tops!
That evening, myself and Grace went to the Sahara Mall to get some things for our rooms and to also FINALLY do a food shop! The mall was only a short walk home however carrying all the heavy luggage that way and in the scorching heat resulted in red marks all over my shoulders…
On Tuesday, we completed the final medical tests and I am pleased to say I have been deemed medically fit to fly!!!! I am so pleased as it means I am one step closer to the flying licence. After this, we went to the Muhaisna to have our finger prints and pictures taken for our Dubai ID card and after a long 12 hours it was finally time to go home – I cannot wait to go home and have my tea. Tomorrow we begin at the Emirates Aviation College which is exciting as I have seen and heard so much about this! I will be with my batch for the next few weeks and here is our first batch picture…
They say your batch become like your family throughout training as you spend so much time together and need each others support and help. So that’s us, batch 2939, lets see what the next 7 and a half weeks bring!
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