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  • What is the procedure for license conversion as per DGCA in Dubai?

    All information pertaining to license conversion, eligibility and the documentation required can be found on the following website: www.gcaa.ae

  • What are the accommodation options available for Licensed Aircraft Engineers in Dubai?

    • Option 1
    – Company accommodation and furnishings (up to Dhs30,000, depending on size of accommodation and items provided by the landlord)
    – starter pack
    – Dhs 3,300 on joining to purchase supplementary items

    • Option 2
    – Company accommodation
    – Dhs 30,000 furnishing allowance
    – No additional allowances
    – No temporary accommodation
    – Unfurnished accommodation

    • Option 3
    –Dhs 119,460 utilities allowance
    –Dhs 30,000 furnishing allowance
    – No additional allowances
    – Up to 3 months' temporary accommodation
    – Temporary accommodation does not have starter pack items (e.g. bedding, towels, cutlery etc).
    – New joiners may order a starter pack.

    All Licensed Aircraft Engineers will be asked to choose from the above options at the time of joining.

  • How much can I carry as my excess baggage at the time of joining?

    On joining, the company will reimburse the cost of unaccompanied shipping of personal effects up to 50-100 kg for the spouse, depending on your grade, plus 25kg per child up to a maximum of three children under 19. The costs will be reimbursed on presentation of receipted invoices.

  • What class of travel am I eligible for?

    If you are a Licensed Aircraft Engineer, you will be eligible to travel on economy/upgradeable to business class on your Annual Leave ticket. However, children under the age of 16 years are not eligible for an upgrade.

  • Will Emirates assist me in obtaining Family Visa?

    Emirates acts as a sponsor for the employee and provides a three-year residence visa/work permit, which is renewable. Once the employment visa is stamped in your passport, you can act as a sponsor for family (spouse and children). We provide assistance in processing family visas.

  • What is the process for applying for family visas?

    You must provide attested marriage certificate, passport copies and photographs of the dependents. It takes around three-to-four weeks generally to process the family visa and once the visa is processed, your family can travel to Dubai on joining ticket.

  • What is the annual leave policy of the company?

    All full-time employees are entitled to generous paid annual leave in comparison to most other companies. The number of working hours of annual leave provided per calendar year is related to your job grade and is specified in your contract of employment.

  • What are the career development opportunities within Emirates?

    Staff have first opportunity to apply for a vacant position as most of these are advertised internally before being advertised to outside applicants. Candidates interested in applying for any internal vacancy should meet the following requirements:
    • Completion of one year in your current role (position/department);
    • The minimum qualifications and experience required for the advertised position;
    • The support of your line manager.

  • What is the probationary period for company employment?

    For all positions, the probationary period is six months from the date of joining the company.

  • What is “Exchange rate protection” scheme?

    UAE-based expatriate employees, irrespective of nationality, grade or position, are covered by the Exchange Rate Protection (ERP) scheme, unless they are from the USA or any country where the currency is fixed against the US dollar.

    The ERP scheme is intended to provide reasonable protection if you are adversely affected by exchange rate fluctuations in the currency of your home country or the place of your permanent residence. Your ERP currency will be given as per the country of your Annual Leave Destination, and once your ERP is determined it can never be changed.  Under the ERP Scheme, 50 per cent of the net basic salary received each month is protected up to a maximum of 15 per cent.

  • What is Profit share?

    If the company achieves its profit target, employees receive a profit share payment. The company’s financial year runs from 1st April to 31st March the following year. The company announces its results – and any profit share to be given - in April for the financial year just ended. The profit share is paid in May. The amount varies from year to year; in the past, it has ranged from two to 14 weeks of basic salary.

    To qualify for the full profit share, you must have been employed for the complete period, 1st April to 31st March. If you joined after the 31st March but before 30th September, you would be entitled to a pro rata amount. If you joined after 30th September, you will have to wait until the next profit share.

  • Do I pay tax on our salary?

    The salary you receive from Emirates is tax-free.

  • Do I need to open a UAE bank account?

    Yes, because your salary is paid monthly in UAE Dirhams.

  • What is the procedure for obtaining a UAE Driving License?

    Obtaining a UAE driving licence and the costs involved are your responsibility. Many countries have an agreement with the UAE under which you can convert your existing driving licence to a UAE driving licence. If you are unable to convert your existing driving licence into a UAE driving licence, then you will have to take driving tests conducted by Dubai Police. There are many private driving schools in Dubai and you can register with one of them for driving lessons.

  • What is the Education Allowance Policy for children?

    Education Support Allowance (ESA) is a contribution made by Emirates towards the school fees of employees’ children (up to a maximum of three children below the age of 19 years).

    ESA for tuition fees will apply on an annual basis using the academic year from 1st September to 31st August as applied in Dubai. ESA will be calculated on a pro-rata basis from the month of joining, provided other policy criteria are fulfilled.

    The ESA will operate on the following basis:

    1. Primary Schools 
     a) If the invoiced school tuition fees are below Dhs 16,000 per annum, the company will reimburse 100 per cent of all actual invoiced compulsory core tuition fees.
     b) If the invoiced school tuition fees are above Dhs 16,000 per annum, the company will reimburse 100 per cent of the first Dhs 16,000 and 90 per cent of the remainder of all actual invoiced compulsory core tuition fees, subject to a maximum overall reimbursement of Dhs 32,000 per annum.

    2. Secondary Schools
     a) If the invoiced school tuition fees are below Dhs 25,000 per annum, the company will reimburse 100 per cent of all actual invoiced compulsory core tuition fees.
     b) If the invoiced school tuition fees are above Dhs 25,000 per annum, the company will reimburse 100 per cent of the first Dhs 25,000 and 90 per cent of the remainder of all actual invoiced compulsory core tuition fees, subject to a maximum overall reimbursement of Dhs 50,000 per annum.

  • Will the education support allowance include registration and admission fees as well?

    A registration fee up to a maximum of Dhs 500 will be reimbursed as a one-off payment. If a child is registered in more than one school, additional registration fees will not be reimbursed. A registration fee is paid once only per child in each level of education (primary and secondary).

    An admission fee (where applied as a separate invoiced amount) up to a maximum of Dhs 2,000 will be reimbursed as a one-off payment. If an admission fee is part of an advance payment of term fee, it is regarded as being part of tuition fees and is included in the overall Education Support Allowance for tuition fees. An admission fee is paid once only per child in each level of education (primary and secondary).

  • Are my family members eligible for medical cover if they do not reside in Dubai?

    If you are a Category A staff member, your eligible dependents not residing in the UAE are covered for in-patient treatment worldwide. They are covered for outpatient treatment only in the UAE. They are covered for emergency outpatient treatment only in countries other than their country of domicile. All non-emergency treatment needs prior approval from the Medical Costs Manager.