Jamie Mullen is a former flight attendant of Emirates.


Emirates staff who lost job shares lesson gained


DUBAI – Following layoffs at Emirates, Irish expatriate Jamie Mullen was handed a redundancy letter that ended his five-year career as flight attendant of the Dubai-based airline.

Mullen was one of hundreds of Emirates staff affected by job cuts in May as the airline trimmed its workforce in an effort to keep the business afloat during the Covid-19 crisis.

“Today is exactly two months since my previous company Emirates decided to email me at 12:19am with a meeting planned for 12 hours later at 12:45 for a ‘business update’. This was the day I was handed my redundancy letter,” Mullen said in a post on LinkedIn.

Losing his job was a big blow to Mullen. “This was the day my 5.5 years of memories came to an end….This is the day my whole life turned upside down in a matter of hours,” he said.

Thankfully, the former flight attendant found a silver lining to the situation.

“Now, three weeks after returning to Ireland, reuniting with family, catching up with friends, finding new and exciting job opportunities and rediscovering the beautiful country that is Ireland, I’m beginning to discover that everything happens for a reason!” he said.

This month, Mullen started his new job as front office receptionist of The Castlecourt Hotel in Ireland, the same family-run hotel business where he started as a bartender and waiter from 2011 to 2014 before moving to the UAE to work for Emirates.

He appears as happy as ever. The former UAE resident shared a valuable lesson: “To all my ex-colleagues still in Dubai, there is life after the skies, there is life after the red hat, there is life after Emirates…” ICA/Expat Media

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