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Etihad is proud to welcome its critics to visit Abu Dhabi because it has nothing to hide

An Etihad Airways crew member attends a class training session introducing new equipment and products at the Etihad Training Facilities in Abu Dhabi. Rich-Joseph Facun / The National
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Since its inception, Etihad Airways has become one of the top employers in the aviation industry. More than 23,000 staff from 140 countries are currently part of the Etihad team with more queuing every day to secure job openings. The reason for that is simple. The airline offers competitive compensation, decent benefits and the opportunity to be a part of a growing business.

Despite this, Etihad has been accused of discriminatory labour practices towards flight attendants. As The National reported yesterday, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants in the US has made accusations against the carrier as part of a larger dispute between Gulf and American carriers. To its credit, Etihad has invited these critics to see the employment conditions for themselves. If they do so, not only will these people see that their claims are unfounded, they will find there is absolutely nothing "deplorable" about the way the company treats its staff – far from it.