Emirates' flight attendant program is so exclusive, they even have rules on what shade of lipstick can be worn

There's no doubt that Emirates is one of the most exclusive airlines in the world. 

The Dubai-based airline was established back in 1985, and since then has climbed through the ranks to become one of the best airlines in the world for both first class and economy travel. Everything from the luxurious first class amenities (shower spa, moisturizing lounge wear, on-board lounge) to its impressive in-air fine wine cellar (in which they've invested $700M in a wine program since 2006, including 80 champagnes and wines offered daily) plays a role in their international reputation. 

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Athens (Flights from JFK to ATH are around $250-$300)

Revisit ancient history with a tour of the Acropolis or hit the slopes in Parnassos.

Bali (Flights from JFK to DPS are between $500-$600) 

Tour Ancient Hindu temples, hike Mount Batur or chill on its scenic beaches. 

Dubai (Flights from LAX to DXB are around $600-$800)

Ride a camel, slide down sand dunes and visit the famed aquarium. 

Cape Town (Flights from Houston to CPT are around $600) 

Hike Table Mountain, take an Instagram at the Cape of Good Hope, stroll through KIrstenbosch National Botanical Garden or tour the Mandela Museum.

Hong Kong (Flights from Dallas to HKG are around $600-$700) 

Shop the busy streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, hit the roller coasters at Hong Kong Disneyland or visit the Tian Tan Buddha. 

Nairobi (Flights from JFK to NBO are around $800-$900) 

Animal lovers can visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust or Nairobi National Park, while city dwellers can stick to Masai Market or Bomas of Kenya. 

Singapore (Flights from Fort Lauderdale to SIN are around $600-$700)

Get in touch with your natural side with a walk through Gardens by the Bay, visit its trademark lion statue in Merlion Park or channel your inner child with an afternoon at Sentosa. 

Sydney (Flights from Boston to SYD are around $1800)

Tour the Sydney Opera House, visit local wildlife at the Taronga Zoo or catch some waves at Bondi Beach. 

Milan (Flights from Boston to MXP are around $800) 

Tour the iconic Duomo, visit da Vinci's last supper or catch a show at La Scala Opera. 

Seychelles (Flights from Seattle to SEZ are around $800-$900)

Feed giant tortoises and sail the waters of this pristine East African archipelago. 

Shanghai (Flights from Boston to PVG are around $500-$600) 

Tour the scenic Yu Garden, visit the 3rd-century Longhua Temple and take a tour around the China Art Museum. 

Bangkok (Flights from Chicago to BKK are around $500)

Snorkel the waters of the Phi Phi Islands, tour Bangkok's Grand Palace or relax with a Thai massage on the beach. 

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With over 156 destinations across 86 different countries, Emirates has sustained their rank as one of the best in the world. 

But there's something else that contributes to Emirates' stature -- and it has to do with their flight attendant program, which is known to be one of the most elite globally.

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"Year on year we receive thousands of applications to become Emirates cabin crew," explained an airline representative to AOL Lifestyle. "Our selection process is very stringent, and only a small percentage of our applicants make it through the recruitment phase."

If you've ever flown the airline, then you know just how hospitable and well trained the Emirates' flight attendants are. Their flight attendant program is something that the airline prides itself on. It consists of an intense training process that coaches its students through everything from emergency protocol to a mixology class. 

But perhaps the strictest (and most unexpected!) training process of them all? Their beauty rules, which outline everything from which shade of lipstick they can wear to the types of earrings allowed and how they can wear their hair. All of these regulations are learned at Emirates Aviation College during training. 

Inside the airlines' beauty and uniform guidelines: 

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Emirates flight attendants go through a rigorous training process that includes everything from defense training, mixology lessons and medical training. 

It's not just that the crew members have to learn how to give CPR and assist in emergency situations. They have to look the part, complete with red high heels and a particular shade of lipstick.

"We represent Arabia, and so [we] have designed our uniform and beauty standards to be a blend of modern and traditional, as well as respectful to the area where we live, with the tan color representing the desert sand and warmth of the gulf region," explained an airline representative to AOL Lifestyle.

Since 2009, the Emirates team has been wearing the same uniform of a cream skirt with red outlinings.

The Emirates uniforms were drawn up to help give the airline a more business-oriented image. The airline tested various uniforms in airports by evaluating how different travelers reacted. 

Their uniform is representative of the airline's history and base in Dubai and contributes to the airline's image. 

"Intrinsic to the Emirates look and feel is the iconic hat which incorporates an attractive white silk scarf wrapped around the red hat and curves round the wearer’s neck giving tribute to the traditions of the Middle East," explained the airline to AOL Lifestyle.

"Not only does it remind people that the global airline is based in the Middle East, but it complements the uniform. This has been integral part of the Emirates uniform worn by crew members since the launch of the airline in 1985. This is an item of uniform that will always stay with Emirates, as it is very much a part of the Emirates brand and is recognized around the globe."

Their uniforms, down to the exact color of their hair scrunchie, are outlined by the airline's rulebook.

Part of being an Emirates' flight attendant is not just behaving the part, but looking the part too. Emirates' flight attendants must dress in the airlines' uniform, consisting of a cream skirt and blouse, along with a matching jacket and scarf (to mimic the airline's base in the United Arab Emirates.

Flight attendants also must wear a red hat, too, while in the airport and boarding and deboarding the plane. 

Their uniforms were made to survive long-haul flights.

Everything down to the very material of the uniforms is to promise that the airline's representatives look presentable. The uniforms for both the male and female flight attendants are made with 4 percent Lycra to ensure no wrinkles, while maximizing comfortability and flexibility.

Uniform accessories are made from leather. 

They're even particular about their beauty standards, too. 

Applicants with visible tattoos don't meet Emirates requirements' -- and cosmetic bandages aren't allowed. Necklaces and bracelets aren't allowed to be worn, while cabin crew members can *only* wear pearls, gold, diamond or crystal studs if they choose to wear earrings.  

Even their nails must be up to Emirates standards. 

Nude, light pinks and French manicures are permitted, and certain red nail polish is allowed. The team has an "Imaging and Grooming Department" where all these rules are outlined. 

There is even a shade of lipstick called "Emirates red." 

Because Emirates is so intent on uniformity, cabin crew members are required to wear red lipstick to stay on brand. Many of these workers opt for MAC's long-lasting "Russian Red," outlined by red lipliner. Liquid eyeliner is strongly encouraged, and can be applied with black or beige eyeshadow. These requirements are learned during flight attendant training, where trainees can learn about the airline's beauty standards. 

Their hair is always up. 

For the airline workers, longer hair should be kept in a French twist or bun, secured with a red scrunchie. Men must be well-groomed. A mustache is allowed, but not a beard.

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Even something as stringent as the color of their hair scrunchie helps add to the exclusivity of the airline and how Emirates operates as a whole.

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"We represent Arabia, and so [we] have designed our uniform and beauty standards to be a blend of modern and traditional," continued the representative, "as well as respectful to the area where we live, with the tan color representing the desert sand and warmth of the gulf region."

Read more about these standards in the gallery above. 

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SCHOENEFELD, GERMANY - JUNE 01: The washroomn and mirror in the first class section are pictured on board an Emirates A380 passenger plane at the ILA 2016 Berlin Air Show on June 1, 2016 in Schoenefeld, Germany. The ILA 2016 will be open to visitors from June 1-4. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
SCHOENEFELD, GERMANY - JUNE 01: The washroom in the first class section is pictured on board an Emirates A380 passenger plane at the ILA 2016 Berlin Air Show on June 1, 2016 in Schoenefeld, Germany. The ILA 2016 will be open to visitors from June 1-4. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Food and a selection of beverages are laid out on the new bar area for the Airbus A380 aircraft during the unveiling at the ITB Travel Fair in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Flying bars that cater to premium passengers on the worlds biggest fleet of A380 superjumbos are set for a saloon-style upgrade as Gulf carrier Emirates seeks to use the sky-high hangouts to lure affluent travelers. Photographer: Rolf Schulten/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The new bar area for the Emirates Airlines A380 aircraft sits on display as it is unveiled to the trade and media during the ITB Travel Fair in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Flying bars that cater to premium passengers on the worlds biggest fleet of A380 superjumbos are set for a saloon-style upgrade as Gulf carrier Emirates seeks to use the sky-high hangouts to lure affluent travelers. Photographer: Rolf Schulten/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The new bar area for the Emirates Airlines A380 aircraft sits on display as it is unveiled to the trade and media during the ITB Travel Fair in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Flying bars that cater to premium passengers on the worlds biggest fleet of A380 superjumbos are set for a saloon-style upgrade as Gulf carrier Emirates seeks to use the sky-high hangouts to lure affluent travelers. Photographer: Rolf Schulten/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A first class 'mini-cabin' seat aboard an Emirates Airlines A380 on August 1, 2008. Emirates becomes the first commercial Airbus A380 jet to land in the United States at JFK International Airport in New York. The A380 is the world's largest airliner with 49 percent more floor space and 35 percent more seating than the previous largest aircraft. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 4, 2014 in Abu Dhabi shows the interior of the first class suites of the new A380 aircraft of the United Arab Emirates airline carrier Etihad Airlines. Etihad Airways will be targeting premium high-yielding passengers as the company announced that its Airbus A380 will offer hotel-style bedrooms. AFP PHOTO /KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 4, 2014 in Abu Dhabi shows the interior of the first class suites of the new A380 aircraft of the United Arab Emirates airline carrier Etihad Airlines. Etihad Airways will be targeting premium high-yielding passengers as the company announced that its Airbus A380 will offer hotel-style bedrooms. AFP PHOTO /KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
Scenes from inside the Emirates Dubai First and Business class lounges on September 3, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Scenes from inside the Emirates Dubai First and Business class lounges on September 3, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
A flight attendant stands next to first class seats aboard an Emirates Airlines A380 on August 1, 2008. Emirates becomes the first commercial Airbus A380 jet to land in the United States at JFK International Airport in New York. The A380 is the world's largest airliner with 49 percent more floor space and 35 percent more seating than the previous largest aircraft. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
The first class bathroom with a shower aboard an Emirates Airlines A380 on August 1, 2008. Emirates becomes the first commercial Airbus A380 jet to land in the United States at JFK International Airport in New York. The A380 is the world's largest airliner with 49 percent more floor space and 35 percent more seating than the previous largest aircraft. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN - JUNE 09: Visitors walk by a stewardess at the bar in the first class section of an Emirates Airbus A380 at the ILA Berlin Air Show on June 9, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. Emirates announced the day before that it will increase its order for the A380 to a total of 90 aircraft. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Two first class suites are pictured inside an Airbus A380 of United Arab Emirates air carrier Emirates after the first landing of the plane in Frankfurt's airport, September 1, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (GERMANY - Tags: TRANSPORT BUSINESS TRAVEL)
Economy class seats are pictured inside an Emirates Airbus A380 after the first landing of the plane in Frankfurt's airport, September 1, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (GERMANY - Tags: TRANSPORT BUSINESS TRAVEL)
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