Dubai Airshow 2017: In Review

Wow! What an exciting week for Emirates at the 2017 edition of the Dubai Airshow. This five day exhibition brought together some of the biggest names in aviation to showcase the latest products, services and technologies that the industry had to offer.

Emirates had its largest ever showing. We unveiled our enhanced Boeing 777-300ER with fully enclosed First Class Suits (an industry first), placed an order for 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners, flew two of our wide-bodied aircraft in formation with the Al Fursan team, launched our new advertising campaign with Jeremy Clarkson, opened the Emirates Flight Training Academy and signed several agreements; for six new flight training devices, for the next generation inflight broadband connectivity and for developing new global e-commerce solutions. We also shared our cutting-edge 3D printing technology to manufacture components for aircraft cabins.

Emirates hosted a total of 27,000 people on our static aircraft that included our 100th Emirates Airbus A380, our newest Boeing 777-300ER, our Airbus A319 Executive Jet and Cirrus SR22 training aircraft.

I was thrilled to have taken part in this exciting event as an Emirates Social Media Broadcaster alongside my colleagues: Jarad, Elizabethe and Doyle. This opportunity gave me the chance to take in these magical moments firsthand; witnessing the innovative thinking that has made us who we are today- industry leaders. I can’t wait to see what’s next for us!

Next stop: Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦

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Layover Life: São Paulo, Brazil

It’s official! I have now been to six continents; North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Two years ago I never thought this would be possible, yet here I stand in country #46, Brazil!

I’ve been meaning to share this post with you for a while now, but unfortunately I couldn’t find the time to do so. Please bare with me as the next couple weeks are going to be busy too and I won’t be online as much as I usually am. That being said, here we go!

We arrived at GRU (São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport) in the evening and decided to go straight to the restaurant in our hotel for some food. As much as the crew wanted to try some traditional Brazilian eats outside of where we were staying, most of us didn’t have the energy to do so after a 15 hour flight. With the entire day ahead of us tomorrow, we turned in for the night shortly after.

The following day nine of us met up in the morning to tour the city. We started off at the São Paulo Cathedral and continued onwards from there to Ibirapuera Park. I love nature and being able to take in the greenery and fresh air there was one of the highlights of the entire layover for me!

Of course, a trip to Brazil isn’t complete without a quick stop at Havianas. (It’s a typical “crew thing” to do, because they are a Brazilian brand and are expensive to purchase in Dubai). I ended up grabbing a black pair and adding a Brazilian flag to them as a souvenir. You can always use a pair of flip-flops right?

Shortly after, my stomach began to growl so I decided to pop into a small restaurant next door for a quick bite to eat. The place was called Chez Astro. It was very laid back and resembled a library. They even had books for sale too.

Our last stop on our tour was Beco do Batman where we finally got the perfect photos for the ‘gram! This area is where three alleys meet. It became a haven for street art after a single Batman appeared there in the 80s. Since then, new designs have popped up and old ones have disappeared as new artists from all over the world pass through.

Before turning in for a quick nap prior to our evening departure, three of us decided to try Brazilian BBQ after the tour. We went to Churrascaria Boizao Grill and enjoyed a variety of local meats, salads and cheeses. Delicious!

Just when I thought I exhausted myself out enough for a nap, I couldn’t sleep before the flight! Thankfully, the flight time was closer to 14 hours this time around and I managed to sleep on my break.

Overall Brazil was a lot of fun and I hope to be back soon. Scheduling Gods, if you happen to read this, please send a Rio flight my way next!

Next Stop: Business Promotions Event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates! 🇦🇪

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Emirates Aviation College: Service EKcellence

October has been a very busy month so far, but an exciting one at that!

This week, I returned to Emirates Aviation College for a service refresher course called “Service EKcellence”. The day was dedicated to helping Cabin Crew learn about the latest Emirates products and service developments, giving us the chance to update our knowledge and enhance our customer service abilities. This course is mandatory for all crew and appears on our rosters when we are scheduled for it.

The course was broken up into several sessions, my favourite being Image and Uniform. We were divided into groups and given a scenario that we had to present to the rest of our class. My group’s scenario was to create a new Emirates marketing campaign in the form of a video. In less than 5 minutes my amazing team produced some amazing content that went over really well with our colleagues!

Next month, I will be returning to Emirates Aviation College for my SEP (Safety and Emergency Procedures) recurrent training. This must be completed once a year in order to renew our licenses. Make sure you stay connected with me on social media so that I can continue to share more of these exciting moments with you guys!

Next Stop: São Paulo, Brazil 🇧🇷

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Layover Life: Casablanca, Morocco

This week I got to visit my 44th country- Casablanca, Morocco! I also got to fly with a friend, which made my layover that much more enjoyable.

We arrived in the late afternoon, and agreed to meet the crew for dinner. With only a few hours to spare before our evening engagement, we decided to have a Moroccan bath; a traditional cleansing ritual of Moroccans, also referred to as Hammam Maghrebi.

Hammam is done to clean and soften the skin as well as to relax tired nerves and muscles while enhancing the blood circulation of the body. It was my first time trying it out, and I must say that it was quite the experience!

We really wanted to try Moroccan style food too, and ended up at local restaurant Basmane by recommendation of two local crew. It was delicious and the live entertainment made for a great night!

Our wakeup call was fairly early the next day, so I didn’t get the chance to do much before I left the next day. That just means I’ll have to come back again!

Next Stop: Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦

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Layover Life: Johannesburg, South Africa

When a colleague sent me a swap request offering me Johannesburg, South Africa in exchange for a London, United Kingdom flight, I couldn’t say no! Having done three UK flights this past month, I really wanted a change of scenery and that is exactly what I got!

A friend of mine was kind enough to take me around the city, showing me places that very few Cabin Crew have visited. I’ve been to Joburg five times, and have never really seen it from a local’s perspective.

We started the day at a cute little area called 1 Fox Street or “The Sheds”. Located in Ferreirastown, the area is composed of historic warehouses that have been refurbished to make an urban marketplace. Here you can find food and produce, as well as shops, eateries and bars.

From there, we ventured to Arts on Main; a creative hub, consisting of studios, galleries, eateries and retail spaces. While there was plenty of food vendors to choose from, we decided to have lunch at a restaurant called Canteen. For the first time, I tried biltong; a traditional South African food made of dried beef marinated with rock salt, pepper, coarsely ground coriander and vinegar. I also tried chicken liver and Springbok carpaccio! There’s always a first time for everything right?

We ended our afternoon walking around Maboneng; the heart of Joburg. There, we checked out some more local street vendors and watched some South African street performers.

While on our way back to our vehicle, we were stopped by some locals and invited to an exclusive Lipton Ice Tea event. As random as that was, it was held at a place called Living Room Jozi which gave us an unreal view of the city.

As amazing as the day was, I had to operate the flight back to Dubai in the evening with no rest! It was totally worth it though.

Next Stop: Casablanca, Morocco 🇲🇦 

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