FOR Quincey Moyo, working in aviation has never been just a job – it is a calling. A calling she has had since a young age and one she pursued when she joined Emirates as a member of their cabin crew three years ago.
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Quincey’s drive and determination led her to a job with Emirates and now lives in Dubai, the airline’s hub.
“Living in Dubai has been a wonderful experience. It’s amazing to see how the locals have welcomed people from different nationalities into their culture. Although a desert, this city is by far the most advanced city I have ever seen.
“One can easily forget they are in a desert from air-conditioned apartments to air-conditioned bus stops and taxis. Dubai is ever-growing and ever-changing; it’s definitely not the same from the time I got here.”
Despite living in Dubai for over three years, Quincey still gets fascinated by discovering new things about the city. “I haven’t stopped sightseeing; and I enjoy it, especially when I have family and friends visiting.”
As part of the Emirates cabin crew, Quincey has the opportunity to travel the world and experience different people, cultures and food: something she thoroughly enjoys.
“Working with Emirates I have managed to see the world and visit places that I had previously only read about in books or seen in movies. I have been blessed enough to try out dishes from Pad Thai in Thailand to pizza and pasta in Italy.
“I have had the opportunity to listen to conversations in languages I could barely understand, which is always fascinating.”
Quincey enjoys providing a service that helps people travel well; she also enjoys working with people from around the world and learning from them.
“I have encountered some country names that I was never familiar with, like Bhutan and Myanmar. I have got to learn phrases likeShukran, which is Arabic for ‘Thank you’ and the Japanese sayKonnichiwato say hello.”
Her top tips for travelling?
“Do research on visa requirements for each destination you would like to visit; pack lightly – you are bound to acquire a lot of souvenirs along the way; download language translator apps onto your phone; don’t be afraid to try out new things like food, clothes and music; and lastly: Fly Emirates, Fly Better!” says Quincey, who lists her travel essentials as sunblock, bug repellent, a universal charger, a journal, a good camera … and a travel buddy.
In her free time, Quincey likes to read, shop, watch TV and play her ukulele. She also likes to cook Zimbabwean dishes such as sadza with spinach and beef stew.
As fun as travelling the world is, Quincey does miss home. She does her best to stay in touch with friends and family in Zimbabwe and visits at least once a year.
And although she now works for the prestigious airline, her heart belongs in Zimbabwe.
“My country is rich in culture; there are so many fruits and vegetables that one can try out. There are lots of languages to be learnt. The people are very warm and welcoming. The nature is so beautiful, raw and untouched,” she shares.
“I always try and visit my family and friends once a year over Christmas. Luckily Emirates flies to Zimbabwe, so I always get an opportunity to fly home even if it’s just for work.”
Although Quincey works for one of the world’s most respected airline and gets to travel the world, the best part of her career has been making her grandmother proud.
“My gogo calls me an explorer whenever I tell her about the different countries I’m travelling to. I know she is proud of me and what I’m doing; it’s a great feeling.”
Emirates fly from Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport to Dubai daily. Through Dubai, Emirates offers multiple connections for Zimbabwean travellers to 157 of the world’s top business and tourism destinations across six continents.