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Emirates: National Graduate Trainee Program

Thu Jul 31, 2003 4:39 am

Hello guys,

I have stumbled across some job openings on the website. The National Graduate Trainee Program, as it is called, hires UAE citizens in the age bracket 21-27, with a Bachelor/HD degrees. No aviation experience is required and the end objective is becoming an Assistant or Area Manager in one of Emirates' markets.

I truly believe that my CV, credentials and potential contribution to the Emirates Group are impressive. Here are some notes about my background:

- 25 years old

- Perfectly fluent in Arabic, English and French and beginner in Spanish, willing to learn other languages if necessary.

- Hold a Masters degree in Engineering (relevant in my opinion)

- Founded and managed Eurostar Aviation since 1996, a virtual group of 1000+ professional flight simmers, simulating an airline run by a management ( I also co-designed the automated online operations site, Pegasus, for Eurostar Aviation.

- Have a thorough understanding of the aviation industry and have been following it since I was 10 years old. I have also been watching Emirates and its progress since its early days. I have keeping up to date with publications such as Flight International, Air Transport World, etc..

- I have a deep passion for the airline industry and my great admiration and respect for Emirates is even deeper. It would be a dream-come-true to join them.

- I will be in Dubai in December for an interview.

Now I guess you have expected this: I am not a UAE citizen . But:

- I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia and I am familiar with the local market.

- I speak Arabic fluently, along with English and French

- As a person of Palestinian origin, I do not have a national carrier to join but I believe in Arab unity and brotherhood and as such, joining Emirates is my natural choice.

I plan on submitting an extensive application online and perhaps write a letter to whoever is responsible, to ask if such an exception would be made.

Do you think I stand a chance? Is there anybody you know I shoud contact BEFORE submitting the CV needlessly?

Thank you very much for you assistance ,

Hussam Ali
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RE: Emirates: National Graduate Trainee Program

Thu Jul 31, 2003 11:37 am

You stand no chance- this program is solely for the few UAE nationals who want to work. In addition, the trainees often spend much longer in training if no suitable positions are available for them.
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RE: Emirates: National Graduate Trainee Program

Thu Jul 31, 2003 11:43 am

You will never know unless you try? I think it shows initiative on your part and if done correctly should get you noticed. Go for it....
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RE: Emirates: National Graduate Trainee Program

Thu Jul 31, 2003 4:58 pm

Assalamu alaikum husam,

Im afraid there is a very small chance of them accepting you onboard , because the program is for UAE nationals only .Unfortunately , you will be regarded as an expatriate , even though you are of arab origin . The airline is trying to employ more UAE nationals , since , a small number of them work in the company , when compared to foreigners.

but , i would give it a go , write a letter to the head of HR/recruitment dept. , who knows .....

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RE: Emirates: National Graduate Trainee Program

Sun Aug 03, 2003 10:23 am

I'm sorry to say that I used to work for EK and I can tell you the answer is a very definite "NO"- dream on if you want, but just accept that this is one opportunity that is not open to you- sorry the comments above may have given you a sense of false hope.

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