Hi there!

I’m Rachel, a 24 year old English girl who lived in Austria for 6 years before moving to Dubai. I currently work as cabin crew for a well known international airline that flies all over the world. I love travelling, exploring new places and trying new food!

I hope you enjoy reading about my experiences and travels! πŸ™‚DSCN8598

148 Responses to “About”

  1. Hazem October 1, 2015 at 22:32 #

    Hi girl how are
    I have read and watch all Ur stuff such Kool things relly and I d like to ask you as You have the experience about cabin crew
    Does the job requirements in plane Need you to lift any thing heavy or Just push the food car with other crew while give the meal ??? Also does the job duties affect or can cause back pain coz long hour flight and all tht stuff
    I Wana hear Ur honest advise as always coz I’m accepted but I think bec I have back injury and I recover from it But I ask as maybe it return again form tht kind stuff
    So let me know pls what you think in general

    • The Dubai Diaries October 16, 2015 at 14:15 #

      Hi there! Yes this job does involve lifting as well – heavy containers in the galley, closing hatracks with passenger bags in, that kind of thing. Many people do suffer from back injury so please be careful!

      • Haze October 16, 2015 at 14:31 #

        Do you mean the food containers that the crews walk with inside the plane??
        And the passenger’s bags?
        What is that. Maximum weight it’s 10 kg right??
        Thx you my dear

  2. Genevieve Brechel October 6, 2015 at 02:07 #

    Dear Rachel,

    I discovered your blog and I think you would be a suitable candidate for an interview regarding my Creative Work Project – Dining experience on long-haul or ultra long-haul flights.

    I am a Grad Student at SFSU and like I already said I am working on
    my Creative Work Project about the dining experience on long-haul
    flights with focus on economy class. In my research it is important to
    get deep insights about food preparation, transportation, delivering,
    serving and removing of residual waste for airlines/long-haul flights.
    You, as a flight attendant, are an expert about serving in-flight meals
    on airplanes. That is the reason why I would like to interview you as an
    expert in that field. If possible for you, I would like to do an Skype
    interview with you. If you are very busy we can do an e-mail interview
    as well where I will send you some questions and you can respond to them
    and if I have further questions regarding what you have respond, I hope
    you have some time to respond to these questions as well.

    Please let me know if you would be available for an interview which
    will take 30-40 minutes of your time and if yes, please let me know for
    what kind of interview type you would be available and if you would
    agree to an Skype interview then let me know which time you would be

    Thank you in advance and for your time! *See my contact details below!



  3. Flo October 14, 2015 at 11:18 #

    Hello Rachel !

    Just sent you a tweet :p We have a super project on the way for the cabin crews. Let us know if we can speak forward on it !


    • Flo October 16, 2015 at 16:47 #

      Hey sounds cool ! Waiting for :p

  4. Ramon October 20, 2015 at 21:41 #

    Hi Rachel thx you for providing all that activities it’s nice to read
    I am new crew at Emirates and I wonder do you have time to cook for your self since your induction til now or most of time buy from resturants???

    • The Dubai Diaries October 23, 2015 at 18:13 #

      Hi there! Well since I’ve been here coming up to 3 years now, I have found a balance between cooking for myself and ordering in/eating out. During training I used to take food with me quite often. Now I usually cook if I have a bit of time off in Dubai! πŸ™‚

  5. Vicky October 22, 2015 at 11:12 #

    Hi Rachel! I am so inspired by your blog. I was up half the night reading it and will probably be up half the night tonight too! It’s been a dream of mine for a number of years to be a flight attendant and I am now seriously thinking of perusing it. I’m now 29 years old so I hope I haven’t left it too late! My short term goal is to do two years domestic here at home in Australia, and then move on to international. I want to be working for Emirites and living in Dubai by the time I am 35. Wish me luck!
    I want to say a big thank you for taking the time to publish your thoughts and experiences. I am using it as inspiration to keep me focused on my goals and dreams.
    Kindest regards,
    Vicky xox

  6. Ramon October 23, 2015 at 21:55 #

    Thx you my dear for answering me
    But now I have very concerned about something most of older crew I see here say this job cause you back pain tell me your opinion about this
    Does the crew lift heavy thing or just pushing the food Car in the plane

    • The Dubai Diaries November 3, 2015 at 17:34 #

      We are constantly lifting things, such as heavy containers in the galley. Also pushing carts in the cabin but these are not too heavy.

  7. Manhar Arora October 24, 2015 at 10:41 #

    Hi Rachel

    Discovered your blog while I was browsing to get all information I could, to fly with Emirates as a cabin crew. And your blog helped, a lot. Thank you. Got the insight. There’s one more thing which I’d like to know, and I guess you’ll be the right person to answer that. My girlfriend and I, both are experienced in the industry and are thinking of joining Emirates, but are afraid that the roster would not always be in our favour and we’ll not be able to see each other for long periods. Is there any possibility, like if we notify the rostering team that we prefer to fly to together, that they put us on the same flight, some times at least ?
    Dubai is an islamic country and we both respect their culture and we’re okay having separate accommodations as long as we see each other regularly. Again, your blog helped me know and understand a lot of things, a lot better. Thanks a lot. Wish you a lot more awesome memories. Stay safe and healthy.


    • The Dubai Diaries November 3, 2015 at 17:38 #

      Hi there! I personally think if you want to make it work, you definitely can. After your 6 month probationary period you can swap onto each others flights, and if you’re both crew you can stay over at each others apartments at any time. There used to be a “buddy bid” option to bid to fly with your friends/bf/gf but unfortunately that got removed about 2 years ago. I think it’s actually easier having a boyfriend/girlfriend who is cabin crew as they understand your schedule and know how tiring it can be! πŸ™‚

  8. Otz November 5, 2015 at 03:26 #

    Hello Rachel
    Im a yoing african guy of 24 and realy dram of becoming an air steward but dont have any idea about it because there are not open days here.
    I recently signed in for a cabin crew training in my cointry and only ended up wasting a lots of bucks without any job so please shed more light if theres time for you, how i can pull through this as its a job im dying to do. Waiting for your reply and enjoy your flights.

    • The Dubai Diaries December 13, 2015 at 13:06 #

      Hi there! Well you can try applying online for an assessment day, which you will be invited to if you’re successful. You may have to travel to an open day otherwise. Perhaps you can check if there any in cities a bit further away? Wishing you the best of luck! πŸ™‚

  9. Otz November 5, 2015 at 03:27 #

    Hello Rachel
    Im a yoing african guy of 24 and realy dream of becoming an air steward but dont have any idea how to land a job with an airline because there are not open days here.
    I recently signed in for a cabin crew training in my country and only ended up wasting lots of bucks without any job so please shed more light if theres time for you, how i can pull through this as its a job im dying to do. Waiting for your reply and enjoy your flights.

  10. Mya November 6, 2015 at 18:16 #

    Dear Rachel,

    It is wonderful to come across your blog. You are so kind to answer so many questions.
    Hope you will do the same for mine πŸ™‚
    I read in one of your replies, that you have worked with people who joined Emirates as Cabin Crew in their 30s? I am 33 years old, but am interested in becoming part of the Emirates crew. Could I still apply?

    Wish you more safe travels, thanks & Warm Regards πŸ™‚

    • The Dubai Diaries December 13, 2015 at 13:09 #

      Hi there, thanks so much for reading πŸ™‚ You can definitely apply in your 30’s, go for it! Good luck πŸ™‚

  11. Martin November 12, 2015 at 21:40 #

    Hey Rachel what’s up how are you my crew queen im a new crew here and I ask if the company provide free membership in gyms or at least good offers
    U know any info about that

    • The Dubai Diaries December 13, 2015 at 13:18 #

      Yes you have plenty of gyms and hotels you have access to! You will get all the info during your training πŸ™‚

  12. goldenwings89 November 19, 2015 at 17:51 #

    Hello there,

    I have been few years ago to an open day with emirates in Athens,although i am from Cyprus and i haven’t been successful there. I am thinking when they come back here in Larnaca for recruitment to give it a try BUT my problem is that now i have a babe and a husband of course. Do you know any crew members that they are mothers or any tip on that?do they accept a lady with a kid?

    • The Dubai Diaries December 13, 2015 at 13:27 #

      Hi there! Hm it’s a tricky one really. The thing is they would employ you and give you a residence visa but not for your husband or baby, so you’d have to try and get them to Dubai at a later point. I’m not really sure how exactly it would work!

  13. Justin November 21, 2015 at 20:58 #

    Hi Rachel cool girl
    I want ask you when u are new in Emirates crew Does Ur accommodation provide fridge and oven to cook or you buy all tht Ur own

    • The Dubai Diaries December 13, 2015 at 13:33 #

      Yes your apartment is fully furnished including fridge, washing machine, oven, etc πŸ™‚

  14. blueskywarrior December 29, 2015 at 09:43 #

    Hi Rachel, I hope you have the time to answer my question, I am just wondering if there are filipino cabin crew as well? specially guys, I’m 20 years old and currently living in dubai and can’t see any OD/AD here in Dubai and the Philippines. Do you have any idea? are they recruiting filipinos? or they’ve stopped? thank you for your reply in advance! :DD

    • The Dubai Diaries January 10, 2016 at 19:56 #

      Hi there! Yes we actually have a lot of Filipino crew! Currently I don’t know if they are recruiting Filipinos, your best bet would just be to keep checking back on the website. Good luck! πŸ™‚

  15. Mele January 17, 2016 at 04:31 #

    Hi Rachel, greetings from Tonga :). I’m not sure you’ve heard of my country, a small island country in the Pacific. Do visit one of our islands in the future, you’l love it im sure. I hve just came across your blog and started reading a few days ago Thank you for taking time to write your adventures as is is a inspiration and motivation to girls all over the world wanting the same dream job. I am travelling to NZ and the US in Feb and March and hopefully have the opportunity to be in an OD. I have submitted my application online. So please keep writing, Its a great feeling reading through your post. Enjoy your flights and be safe !!


    • The Dubai Diaries February 2, 2016 at 19:48 #

      Hi Mele! I have heard of your country and if I’m not mistaken I think we even have some crew from there! What’s the best way to get there, via Australia? Or New Zealand? I’d love to visit one day! Good luck for the open day, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you πŸ™‚

  16. Dionne January 21, 2016 at 23:16 #

    Hi Rachel,

    I am going to a open day in the UK in 2 weeks I know tattoos are not aloud but what happens if it has been lazered off is this ok? And also I do no finish my studying till September if they offered someone a job could it be delayed for a few months?

    Thanks πŸ™‚ love you blog X

    • The Dubai Diaries February 2, 2016 at 19:51 #

      Hi there! Yes if you’ve had it layered off and it’s no longer visible then I can’t imagine that would pose a problem. One of the girls I went to the open day with deferred her joining by about 6 months so she could finish uni so it’s definitely possible! Good luck πŸ™‚

  17. Justin January 25, 2016 at 23:05 #

    Hey Rachel happy new year
    I d like to ask you many days usually you fly per month as cabin crew in emirates
    I know the roaster is changed every month but usually how many days in month you fly

    • The Dubai Diaries February 2, 2016 at 19:54 #

      Hi there! Hm difficult to say really but it’s usually 80-100 hours a month, hard to say in days as it varies between layovers and turnarounds.

  18. Wani February 6, 2016 at 20:36 #

    Hi Rachel! Do you mind i’m asking what kind of camera you used to take all those great pictures? They are amazing! Thanks. 😁

    • The Dubai Diaries February 16, 2016 at 22:42 #

      Glad you like my pictures! I either use my iPhone or my Nikon D5300 πŸ™‚

  19. Johanna February 24, 2016 at 16:41 #

    Hi πŸ™‚ First of all, I absolutely love your blog and your Instagram! And after spending some time thinking about it, I have now decided to apply for a job at Emirates. I was wondering whether there are any restrictions concerning physical appearance apart from height and weight? Additionally, I was wondering whether you had any experience in gastronomy when you applied and whether it is required?
    Also, I am worried about the interview as I get very nervous in situations like this and I don’t want to appear shy or awkward. Do you have any tips?
    Thank you xx

  20. Loic M February 28, 2016 at 19:09 #

    Hi there,

    Thank you for doing this, very informative!

    Do you often work with men? I’m a man, 23, do you think I have a chance if I apply as a flight attendant? Do they equally hire men? I’ve very rarely seen men doing the flight attendant job, which is why I ask.

    Thank you!

  21. sandra March 4, 2016 at 02:50 #

    Hi again I have a question that I forgot to ask you begore! Do you get paid just from the time the plane is in the air or from the time you enter and leave the plane? I just red that you fly around 80-100 hours a month so but do you have any idea how many hours you work (I mean if you count it from the time you arrive to the airport) Thanks!

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