Travel Checklist: What to Bring to Dubai?

It has been three weeks already since I wrote my last entry and it is a pity that I was not able to think of anything to write until I realised that I am just thirty-nine (39) days away from my Date of Joining. Without further ado, I will list down ALL the things that you need to bring on your joining flight to Dubai, UAE.

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  • Two (2) colour copies of your passport. One copy should be submitted to the hotel as part of your check-in process only if you have been allocated to hotel accommodation while the second copy is for your personal use.
  • E-ticket and E-visa. (Please print on A4 size paper)
  • Original and copies of academic certificates. (Highest educational attainment)
  • Photocopy and original copy of your Birth Certificate. (It must mention your parents’ name – must be translated into either English or Arabic)
  • Original Pre-Employment Medical forms and any additional reports.
  • Passport copy of your parents. (Parents’ birth certificates are NOT required)
  • Passport copies and photocopy of the birth certificate of your Brother/Sister. (Birth certificates must mention parents’ name)
  • Scanned copy of your photographs and the dependant/family member documents on your flash drive / USB memory stick.
  • Vaccination booklet and dental certificates.


HR/Other records (8 Photographs)

  • 8 photos, coloured, 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm passport size
  • Pure white background and in business attire
  • Smiling

Flying License

  • 2 photos, 3.0 x 3.5 cm
  • Pure white background
  • Taken within the last 6 months
  • Neutral face expression
  • Spectacles or glasses are not acceptable

US Visa License

  • 5 cm x 5 cm (2 inches x 2 inches) in size
  • Taken within the last 6 months without headgear, hat or glasses and without borders
  • For females it is recommended that you apply minimal to nil eye make-up to avoid photo rejections by the US Consulate
  • Please ensure that you have a neutral expression and are facing the camera
  • Self-taken photographs with a regular digital camera are NOT ACCEPTABLE

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  • Power Outlet: Please take note that the United Arab Emirates is using a Type-G plug. You may need to bring your own adapter if your home country is using a different one.
  • Medicines: You should try to pack some
    thing from your home just in case you catch a cold or flu.However, it must be in accordance with the drugs law of the United Arab Emirates. For further information, kindly visit: Restricted Medications in the U.A.E.
  • Business Suit: You need to be in formal/business attire on your induction day.
  • Money: You may not be able to get your full salary within the first 3-months so it is advisable to bring in some money.
  • Appropriate Clothes: Please be aware that the United Arab Emirates’ climate is not tropical. Therefore, the country experiences four seasons (winter, spring, summer, and fall) with summer being the longest.


  • Inner Shirt (for males): This is a part of the uniform. It must be a white cotton, short sleeved, round neck shirt.
  • Socks (for males): Uniform socks must be plain in design and dark brown in colour to match the uniform trousers.
  • Glasses/Spectacles: If you are wearing glasses or contact lenses, a spare set of glasses must be carried at all times. Acceptable frame colours are: gold, silver, brown or tortoise shell.
  • Contact Lenses: Must be soft permeable lenses and suitable for long-term wear in the dry aircraft environment; Coloured and designer lenses are not permitted.
  • Watch: Please bring a conventional watch of a simple or classic design; Acceptable straps are gold, silver and/or black stainless steel finish, brown or black leather; Oversized, colourful, plastic or sport styles are not acceptable.


Before they introduce you to the Emirates Cabin Crew uniform, they will be providing you with a training uniform. This uniform is a red polo shirt that you will need to wear with black trousers. This uniform will be worn from day 1 of SEP (Safety & Emergency Procedures Training) and each day until you are in service training after which you will be provided with your cabin crew uniform.

  • Black Trousers: These need to be your own and can be of smart or casual style. Combat, three-fourth length trousers, ripped or torn may not be worn.
  • Shoes: Black pumps, trainers or any preferred style of black shoe may be worn. For the ladies, these must be flat.
  • Socks: Must be black.
  • Notebook and Pen


  • What to Wear?
     Denims are not allowed; smart or smart-casual outfit is required upon arriving in Dubai.
  • How much is the baggage allowance for check-in items?
     You can bring a total of 50 kgs, however it needs to be split into two bags as per international aviation regulation states that a single suitcase cannot be more than 30 kg.
  • What are the documents you need to carry?
    • All the original medical documents and additional reports (if applicable)
    • Latest academic certificates (original and one copy)
    • Eight (8) passport size photographs
    • Two (2) coloured copies of your passport
    • UAE visa

Timeline Notes: If you are currently using a computer to access this page, you can hover on the text to show the meaning of the given abbreviations below.

  • OD: No Open Day
  • AD: 2015 October 5th (Tokyo)
  • FI: 2015 October 9th (Osaka)
  • IC: 2015 October 21st
  • Call Requesting For Additional Photos: 2015 November 2nd
  • First OH: 2015 November 12th (On hold until 2015 December-end)
  • Second OH: 2015 December 16th (On hold until 2016 February-end)
  • Third OH: 2016 February 18th (On-hold until 2016 March-end)
  • JFIP: 2016 February 24th
  • GC: 2016 February 25h
  • FA: 2016 February 29th
  • DOJ: 2016 April 29th
  • DOT: 2016 May 10th

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About Ryu Namiki | 並木竜一郎

A 28-year old flight attendant all the way from Japan and now living in the United Arab Emirates. Flying for two years for one of the world's best airlines and is still enjoying a "chicken or beef" and "prepare all doors and cross-check" kind of life!
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