Mother jailed with daughter for drinking glass of wine is free to go home


A mother detained in Dubai for three days with her four-year-old daughter after drinking a glass of wine has been told she is free to go home.

Swedish dentist Ellie Holman, who lives in Sevenoaks in Kent with her English partner Gary and their three children, was initially denied water and made to clean toilets while in custody, according to human rights group Detained in Dubai.

She told MailOnline: ‘I can’t believe this is over. When I got the call from the government telling me they were dropping the case I was in shock.

Undated handout photo issued by Detained in Dubai of Ellie Holman and her daughter Bibi. The Swedish dentist, was detained in Dubai for three days with the four-year-old after drinking a complimentary glass of wine on a flight from London, it is claimed. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday August 10, 2018. The 44-year-old, who lives in Sevenoaks in Kent with her English partner Gary and their three children, was arrested on July 13 after having one glass of wine on her eight-hour Emirates Airline flight to Dubai from London, a statement from human rights group Detained in Dubai said. See PA story TRAVEL Dubai. Photo credit should read: Detained in Dubai/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Ellie Holman and daughter Bibi were detained in Dubai after Ellie drank a glass of wine on a flight (Picture: PA)

A mother has told of her terrifying ordeal of being locked up in a filthy Dubai jail for three days with her four-year-old daughter for drinking a glass of wine on a flight from London. Ellie Holman, 44, was arrested after being asked by an immigration official at Dubai International Airport if she had consumed alcohol on the eight-hour flight. The mother-of-three, a dentist, from Sevenoaks, Kent, says she was held in a ?baking hot and foul smelling? airport detention centre ? and not allowed to call her husband, Gary. Now Dr Holman faces spending up to a year in the strict Arab state for her case to be settled. Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, she said: ?My little girl had to go to the toilet on the cell floor. I have never heard her cry in the same way as she did in that cell. ?My passport remains confiscated until the case is settled, which I have been told will take at least a year,? she said. ?So far this situation has cost me around ?30,000 in legal fees, expenses and missed work. My practice is closed. All our savings have gone.? Her nightmare began after she stepped off an Emirates Airlines flight from London to Dubai on July 13th. During the flight she was served a glass of red wine with her meal. Alcohol is served as standard practice on Emirates Airlines on flights from the UK to Dubai. On arrival Dr Holman was quizzed by an immigration official over her visa who told her it was not valid. She said she had visited the UAE several times before and as the visa had not expired assumed it was still valid. The immigration officer told her the visa was valid for a single visit and said she had to buy a ticket and return to London immediately. Dr Holman says she pleaded with the ?dismissive and rude? official to allow her to apply for a new visa at the airport telling him her daughter was exhausted. ?The thought of buying another ticket and turning straight around for another long flight was unthinkable,? she said. During a tense standoff with the immigration officer, Dr Holman said he became angry with her and refused to answer her questions. She said he then asked her if she had been drinking. ?I told him I had a glass of wine on the flight. It was given to me free by Emirates Airlines staff.? The official told Dr Holman possession of alcohol ? even if consumed ? was a crime in the UAE. As the official became more agitated, Dr Holman started filming him on her mobile phone so that she had some evidence of his rude behaviour. Within seconds she was surrounded by a dozen armed police and told filming airport officials was a criminal offence. The terrified pair were led to a cell in the airport and had their phones and passports taken away. Dr Holman said her daughter Bibi was inconsolable and she tried to comfort her by reading her books in the jail. They were taken to a police station where she was told to provide a blood sample for an alcohol test, she said a guard took out her earrings and tried to rip off her hair extensions. As police detention staff spoke in Arabic, Dr Holman pleaded for some water and food. She claims they also asked to use a toilet but were denied permission. Dr Holman, a Swedish national, says she and Bibi were ordered to sleep in a canteen area used by other inmates.She claims the room?s lights were kept on and with no air conditioning she said it was ?baking hot and foul smelling.? She said the male guards offered no help as, exhausted and shocked by her experience, she struggled to lift the mattress. The guards stood by and laughed, she claimed. ?My daughter is a happy, smiley girl, but she was terrified,? she said. The terrified pair arrived at a police building where she says a man in a dirty white lab coat said he was going to take a sample of her blood as evidence she had drunk alcohol. She was told the results showed 0.04% of alcohol in her blood ? a reading far below the UK drink drive limit.During their detention the pair did not eat. ?The food smelled like rotting garbage and neither Bibi or I could face trying it. I stayed awake for the whole three days,? she said. She claims they were also denied a pillow or a change of clothing and Dr Holman was forced to clean toilets and mop the floor while her daughter stood by her side. She said Bibi was in a state of shock and refused to be comforted. Back at their home in Kent, partner Gary was frantic with worry, as he had not heard from the pair.Dr Holman said: ?Friends had found out I was in jail and tried to visit. Nobody was allowed to see us. We were not told.? Gary flew to Dubai leaving the couple?s other children Suri, nine and Noah, aged eight with relatives. Following her detention Dr Holman was taken in handcuffs back to airport and given bail. Bibi and her father have now been allowed to fly back to the UK while Dr Holman is staying with friends in Dubai. Gary said the experience of seeing his partner and daughter jailed was ?devastating for the whole family.? ?The thought of Ellie and our little girl in that awful prison breaks my heart. ?Ellie is a sensible, professional person and excellent mother who would never knowingly break the law. ?Why do Emirates Airlines serve alcohol for a passenger to drink and then pass through the airport. ?This has been devastating for the whole family. Ellie was taking a much needed break with little Bibi, who was looking forward to the beach and playing in the sea. ?I hope this can all be over so we can all be together again and start to heal.? Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained In Dubai, the British human rights NGO representing Ellie said in a statement: ?The UAE maintains a deliberately misleading fa?ade that alcohol consumption is perfectly legal for visitors. ?This is exampled by bars at the airport, by hotels, restaurants and clubs serving drinks. Tourists cannot be blamed for believing that the Emirates are tolerant of Western drinking habits but this is far from reality. ?It is wholly illegal for any tourist to have any level of alcohol in their blood. It is illegal to consume alcohol at a bar, a hotel and a restaurant and if breathalysed, that person will be jailed. David Haigh, a partner at Detained in Dubai added: ?It?s heartbreaking to see a mother and child arrested over something so trivial as a glass of wine.?

Ellie Holman, 44, was travelling to the city with her four-year-old little girl, Bibi (centre) (Picture: MailOnline)

‘I was told to prepare for a long stay in Dubai and a prison sentence. The man on the phone apologised on behalf of the immigration official who put me and Bibi through all of this. I feel like a weight is off my chest. ‘

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She has now received an apology from the Dubai Government who will pay for her flights home.

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The non-governmental organisation (NGO) formed to help people held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said it is representing the woman and her daughter Bibi, who was ‘terrified’ by the experience.

The 44-year-old was arrested on July 13 after having one glass of wine on her eight-hour Emirates Airline flight to Dubai from London, a statement from the group said.

She was taken into custody after an immigration official questioned her about her visa and asked if she had consumed alcohol.

A mother has told of her terrifying ordeal of being locked up in a filthy Dubai jail for three days with her four-year-old daughter for drinking a glass of wine on a flight from London. Ellie Holman, 44, was arrested after being asked by an immigration official at Dubai International Airport if she had consumed alcohol on the eight-hour flight. The mother-of-three, a dentist, from Sevenoaks, Kent, says she was held in a ?baking hot and foul smelling? airport detention centre ? and not allowed to call her husband, Gary. Now Dr Holman faces spending up to a year in the strict Arab state for her case to be settled. Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, she said: ?My little girl had to go to the toilet on the cell floor. I have never heard her cry in the same way as she did in that cell. ?My passport remains confiscated until the case is settled, which I have been told will take at least a year,? she said. ?So far this situation has cost me around ?30,000 in legal fees, expenses and missed work. My practice is closed. All our savings have gone.? Her nightmare began after she stepped off an Emirates Airlines flight from London to Dubai on July 13th. During the flight she was served a glass of red wine with her meal. Alcohol is served as standard practice on Emirates Airlines on flights from the UK to Dubai. On arrival Dr Holman was quizzed by an immigration official over her visa who told her it was not valid. She said she had visited the UAE several times before and as the visa had not expired assumed it was still valid. The immigration officer told her the visa was valid for a single visit and said she had to buy a ticket and return to London immediately. Dr Holman says she pleaded with the ?dismissive and rude? official to allow her to apply for a new visa at the airport telling him her daughter was exhausted. ?The thought of buying another ticket and turning straight around for another long flight was unthinkable,? she said. During a tense standoff with the immigration officer, Dr Holman said he became angry with her and refused to answer her questions. She said he then asked her if she had been drinking. ?I told him I had a glass of wine on the flight. It was given to me free by Emirates Airlines staff.? The official told Dr Holman possession of alcohol ? even if consumed ? was a crime in the UAE. As the official became more agitated, Dr Holman started filming him on her mobile phone so that she had some evidence of his rude behaviour. Within seconds she was surrounded by a dozen armed police and told filming airport officials was a criminal offence. The terrified pair were led to a cell in the airport and had their phones and passports taken away. Dr Holman said her daughter Bibi was inconsolable and she tried to comfort her by reading her books in the jail. They were taken to a police station where she was told to provide a blood sample for an alcohol test, she said a guard took out her earrings and tried to rip off her hair extensions. As police detention staff spoke in Arabic, Dr Holman pleaded for some water and food. She claims they also asked to use a toilet but were denied permission. Dr Holman, a Swedish national, says she and Bibi were ordered to sleep in a canteen area used by other inmates.She claims the room?s lights were kept on and with no air conditioning she said it was ?baking hot and foul smelling.? She said the male guards offered no help as, exhausted and shocked by her experience, she struggled to lift the mattress. The guards stood by and laughed, she claimed. ?My daughter is a happy, smiley girl, but she was terrified,? she said. The terrified pair arrived at a police building where she says a man in a dirty white lab coat said he was going to take a sample of her blood as evidence she had drunk alcohol. She was told the results showed 0.04% of alcohol in her blood ? a reading far below the UK drink drive limit.During their detention the pair did not eat. ?The food smelled like rotting garbage and neither Bibi or I could face trying it. I stayed awake for the whole three days,? she said. She claims they were also denied a pillow or a change of clothing and Dr Holman was forced to clean toilets and mop the floor while her daughter stood by her side. She said Bibi was in a state of shock and refused to be comforted. Back at their home in Kent, partner Gary was frantic with worry, as he had not heard from the pair.Dr Holman said: ?Friends had found out I was in jail and tried to visit. Nobody was allowed to see us. We were not told.? Gary flew to Dubai leaving the couple?s other children Suri, nine and Noah, aged eight with relatives. Following her detention Dr Holman was taken in handcuffs back to airport and given bail. Bibi and her father have now been allowed to fly back to the UK while Dr Holman is staying with friends in Dubai. Gary said the experience of seeing his partner and daughter jailed was ?devastating for the whole family.? ?The thought of Ellie and our little girl in that awful prison breaks my heart. ?Ellie is a sensible, professional person and excellent mother who would never knowingly break the law. ?Why do Emirates Airlines serve alcohol for a passenger to drink and then pass through the airport. ?This has been devastating for the whole family. Ellie was taking a much needed break with little Bibi, who was looking forward to the beach and playing in the sea. ?I hope this can all be over so we can all be together again and start to heal.? Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained In Dubai, the British human rights NGO representing Ellie said in a statement: ?The UAE maintains a deliberately misleading fa?ade that alcohol consumption is perfectly legal for visitors. ?This is exampled by bars at the airport, by hotels, restaurants and clubs serving drinks. Tourists cannot be blamed for believing that the Emirates are tolerant of Western drinking habits but this is far from reality. ?It is wholly illegal for any tourist to have any level of alcohol in their blood. It is illegal to consume alcohol at a bar, a hotel and a restaurant and if breathalysed, that person will be jailed. David Haigh, a partner at Detained in Dubai added: ?It?s heartbreaking to see a mother and child arrested over something so trivial as a glass of wine.?

‘My little girl had to go to the toilet on the cell floor. I have never heard her cry in the same way as she did in that cell’ (Picture: MailOnline)

A mother has told of her terrifying ordeal of being locked up in a filthy Dubai jail for three days with her four-year-old daughter for drinking a glass of wine on a flight from London. Ellie Holman, 44, was arrested after being asked by an immigration official at Dubai International Airport if she had consumed alcohol on the eight-hour flight. The mother-of-three, a dentist, from Sevenoaks, Kent, says she was held in a ?baking hot and foul smelling? airport detention centre ? and not allowed to call her husband, Gary. Now Dr Holman faces spending up to a year in the strict Arab state for her case to be settled. Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, she said: ?My little girl had to go to the toilet on the cell floor. I have never heard her cry in the same way as she did in that cell. ?My passport remains confiscated until the case is settled, which I have been told will take at least a year,? she said. ?So far this situation has cost me around ?30,000 in legal fees, expenses and missed work. My practice is closed. All our savings have gone.? Her nightmare began after she stepped off an Emirates Airlines flight from London to Dubai on July 13th. During the flight she was served a glass of red wine with her meal. Alcohol is served as standard practice on Emirates Airlines on flights from the UK to Dubai. On arrival Dr Holman was quizzed by an immigration official over her visa who told her it was not valid. She said she had visited the UAE several times before and as the visa had not expired assumed it was still valid. The immigration officer told her the visa was valid for a single visit and said she had to buy a ticket and return to London immediately. Dr Holman says she pleaded with the ?dismissive and rude? official to allow her to apply for a new visa at the airport telling him her daughter was exhausted. ?The thought of buying another ticket and turning straight around for another long flight was unthinkable,? she said. During a tense standoff with the immigration officer, Dr Holman said he became angry with her and refused to answer her questions. She said he then asked her if she had been drinking. ?I told him I had a glass of wine on the flight. It was given to me free by Emirates Airlines staff.? The official told Dr Holman possession of alcohol ? even if consumed ? was a crime in the UAE. As the official became more agitated, Dr Holman started filming him on her mobile phone so that she had some evidence of his rude behaviour. Within seconds she was surrounded by a dozen armed police and told filming airport officials was a criminal offence. The terrified pair were led to a cell in the airport and had their phones and passports taken away. Dr Holman said her daughter Bibi was inconsolable and she tried to comfort her by reading her books in the jail. They were taken to a police station where she was told to provide a blood sample for an alcohol test, she said a guard took out her earrings and tried to rip off her hair extensions. As police detention staff spoke in Arabic, Dr Holman pleaded for some water and food. She claims they also asked to use a toilet but were denied permission. Dr Holman, a Swedish national, says she and Bibi were ordered to sleep in a canteen area used by other inmates.She claims the room?s lights were kept on and with no air conditioning she said it was ?baking hot and foul smelling.? She said the male guards offered no help as, exhausted and shocked by her experience, she struggled to lift the mattress. The guards stood by and laughed, she claimed. ?My daughter is a happy, smiley girl, but she was terrified,? she said. The terrified pair arrived at a police building where she says a man in a dirty white lab coat said he was going to take a sample of her blood as evidence she had drunk alcohol. She was told the results showed 0.04% of alcohol in her blood ? a reading far below the UK drink drive limit.During their detention the pair did not eat. ?The food smelled like rotting garbage and neither Bibi or I could face trying it. I stayed awake for the whole three days,? she said. She claims they were also denied a pillow or a change of clothing and Dr Holman was forced to clean toilets and mop the floor while her daughter stood by her side. She said Bibi was in a state of shock and refused to be comforted. Back at their home in Kent, partner Gary was frantic with worry, as he had not heard from the pair.Dr Holman said: ?Friends had found out I was in jail and tried to visit. Nobody was allowed to see us. We were not told.? Gary flew to Dubai leaving the couple?s other children Suri, nine and Noah, aged eight with relatives. Following her detention Dr Holman was taken in handcuffs back to airport and given bail. Bibi and her father have now been allowed to fly back to the UK while Dr Holman is staying with friends in Dubai. Gary said the experience of seeing his partner and daughter jailed was ?devastating for the whole family.? ?The thought of Ellie and our little girl in that awful prison breaks my heart. ?Ellie is a sensible, professional person and excellent mother who would never knowingly break the law. ?Why do Emirates Airlines serve alcohol for a passenger to drink and then pass through the airport. ?This has been devastating for the whole family. Ellie was taking a much needed break with little Bibi, who was looking forward to the beach and playing in the sea. ?I hope this can all be over so we can all be together again and start to heal.? Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained In Dubai, the British human rights NGO representing Ellie said in a statement: ?The UAE maintains a deliberately misleading fa?ade that alcohol consumption is perfectly legal for visitors. ?This is exampled by bars at the airport, by hotels, restaurants and clubs serving drinks. Tourists cannot be blamed for believing that the Emirates are tolerant of Western drinking habits but this is far from reality. ?It is wholly illegal for any tourist to have any level of alcohol in their blood. It is illegal to consume alcohol at a bar, a hotel and a restaurant and if breathalysed, that person will be jailed. David Haigh, a partner at Detained in Dubai added: ?It?s heartbreaking to see a mother and child arrested over something so trivial as a glass of wine.?

She has now received an apology from the Dubai Government who will pay for her flights home (Picture: MailOnline)

Ms Holman and her daughter were initially denied food, water and access to a toilet when they were held in a cell together for three days, the group claims.

She faced the prospect being detained in Dubai for up to a year while awaiting a court hearing.

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The group said she and Bibi were travelling to Dubai for a five-day break to visit friends, having visited a number of times before.

After landing she was questioned by an immigration official, who said her visa was invalid and she must return to London immediately, the group said.

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Ms Holman claims he was ‘dismissive and rude’ when she asked if she could buy another visa, and was then questioned about her alcohol consumption – which she admitted.

Undated handout photo issued by Detained in Dubai of Bibi Holman. Her mother Ellie Holman, was detained in Dubai for three days with the four-year-old after drinking a complimentary glass of wine on a flight from London, it is claimed. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday August 10, 2018. The 44-year-old, who lives in Sevenoaks in Kent with her English partner Gary and their three children, was arrested on July 13 after having one glass of wine on her eight-hour Emirates Airline flight to Dubai from London, a statement from human rights group Detained in Dubai said. See PA story TRAVEL Dubai. Photo credit should read: Detained in Dubai/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

The mum had one glass of wine on her eight-hour Emirates Airline flight to Dubai from London, a statement from human rights group Detained in Dubai said (Picture: PA)

A mother has told of her terrifying ordeal of being locked up in a filthy Dubai jail for three days with her four-year-old daughter for drinking a glass of wine on a flight from London. Ellie Holman, 44, was arrested after being asked by an immigration official at Dubai International Airport if she had consumed alcohol on the eight-hour flight. The mother-of-three, a dentist, from Sevenoaks, Kent, says she was held in a ?baking hot and foul smelling? airport detention centre ? and not allowed to call her husband, Gary. Now Dr Holman faces spending up to a year in the strict Arab state for her case to be settled. Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, she said: ?My little girl had to go to the toilet on the cell floor. I have never heard her cry in the same way as she did in that cell. ?My passport remains confiscated until the case is settled, which I have been told will take at least a year,? she said. ?So far this situation has cost me around ?30,000 in legal fees, expenses and missed work. My practice is closed. All our savings have gone.? Her nightmare began after she stepped off an Emirates Airlines flight from London to Dubai on July 13th. During the flight she was served a glass of red wine with her meal. Alcohol is served as standard practice on Emirates Airlines on flights from the UK to Dubai. On arrival Dr Holman was quizzed by an immigration official over her visa who told her it was not valid. She said she had visited the UAE several times before and as the visa had not expired assumed it was still valid. The immigration officer told her the visa was valid for a single visit and said she had to buy a ticket and return to London immediately. Dr Holman says she pleaded with the ?dismissive and rude? official to allow her to apply for a new visa at the airport telling him her daughter was exhausted. ?The thought of buying another ticket and turning straight around for another long flight was unthinkable,? she said. During a tense standoff with the immigration officer, Dr Holman said he became angry with her and refused to answer her questions. She said he then asked her if she had been drinking. ?I told him I had a glass of wine on the flight. It was given to me free by Emirates Airlines staff.? The official told Dr Holman possession of alcohol ? even if consumed ? was a crime in the UAE. As the official became more agitated, Dr Holman started filming him on her mobile phone so that she had some evidence of his rude behaviour. Within seconds she was surrounded by a dozen armed police and told filming airport officials was a criminal offence. The terrified pair were led to a cell in the airport and had their phones and passports taken away. Dr Holman said her daughter Bibi was inconsolable and she tried to comfort her by reading her books in the jail. They were taken to a police station where she was told to provide a blood sample for an alcohol test, she said a guard took out her earrings and tried to rip off her hair extensions. As police detention staff spoke in Arabic, Dr Holman pleaded for some water and food. She claims they also asked to use a toilet but were denied permission. Dr Holman, a Swedish national, says she and Bibi were ordered to sleep in a canteen area used by other inmates.She claims the room?s lights were kept on and with no air conditioning she said it was ?baking hot and foul smelling.? She said the male guards offered no help as, exhausted and shocked by her experience, she struggled to lift the mattress. The guards stood by and laughed, she claimed. ?My daughter is a happy, smiley girl, but she was terrified,? she said. The terrified pair arrived at a police building where she says a man in a dirty white lab coat said he was going to take a sample of her blood as evidence she had drunk alcohol. She was told the results showed 0.04% of alcohol in her blood ? a reading far below the UK drink drive limit.During their detention the pair did not eat. ?The food smelled like rotting garbage and neither Bibi or I could face trying it. I stayed awake for the whole three days,? she said. She claims they were also denied a pillow or a change of clothing and Dr Holman was forced to clean toilets and mop the floor while her daughter stood by her side. She said Bibi was in a state of shock and refused to be comforted. Back at their home in Kent, partner Gary was frantic with worry, as he had not heard from the pair.Dr Holman said: ?Friends had found out I was in jail and tried to visit. Nobody was allowed to see us. We were not told.? Gary flew to Dubai leaving the couple?s other children Suri, nine and Noah, aged eight with relatives. Following her detention Dr Holman was taken in handcuffs back to airport and given bail. Bibi and her father have now been allowed to fly back to the UK while Dr Holman is staying with friends in Dubai. Gary said the experience of seeing his partner and daughter jailed was ?devastating for the whole family.? ?The thought of Ellie and our little girl in that awful prison breaks my heart. ?Ellie is a sensible, professional person and excellent mother who would never knowingly break the law. ?Why do Emirates Airlines serve alcohol for a passenger to drink and then pass through the airport. ?This has been devastating for the whole family. Ellie was taking a much needed break with little Bibi, who was looking forward to the beach and playing in the sea. ?I hope this can all be over so we can all be together again and start to heal.? Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained In Dubai, the British human rights NGO representing Ellie said in a statement: ?The UAE maintains a deliberately misleading fa?ade that alcohol consumption is perfectly legal for visitors. ?This is exampled by bars at the airport, by hotels, restaurants and clubs serving drinks. Tourists cannot be blamed for believing that the Emirates are tolerant of Western drinking habits but this is far from reality. ?It is wholly illegal for any tourist to have any level of alcohol in their blood. It is illegal to consume alcohol at a bar, a hotel and a restaurant and if breathalysed, that person will be jailed. David Haigh, a partner at Detained in Dubai added: ?It?s heartbreaking to see a mother and child arrested over something so trivial as a glass of wine.?

Mr Holman flew out to bring little Bibi home, but his wife must stay (Picture: MailOnline)

She filmed him on her phone as evidence of his behaviour before learning this was an offence, and that it was illegal to drink alcohol, according to the group.

The pair were taken into custody with phones and passports confiscated before Ms Holman was asked to give a blood sample to test for alcohol consumption. She is said to have been refused the chance to phone her partner and was then held in a cell.

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Ellie takes her partner Gary’s surname but they are not legally married, Detained by Dubai said.

The UAE maintains a deliberately misleading facade that alcohol consumption is perfectly legal for visitors

It a statement from the group, Ms Holman claims the guards tried to rip out her hair extensions and described the prison as hot and ‘foul smelling’. She said the pair were made to sleep on a ‘filthy’ mattress and she was told to clean toilets and floors.

A mother has told of her terrifying ordeal of being locked up in a filthy Dubai jail for three days with her four-year-old daughter for drinking a glass of wine on a flight from London. Ellie Holman, 44, was arrested after being asked by an immigration official at Dubai International Airport if she had consumed alcohol on the eight-hour flight. The mother-of-three, a dentist, from Sevenoaks, Kent, says she was held in a ?baking hot and foul smelling? airport detention centre ? and not allowed to call her husband, Gary. Now Dr Holman faces spending up to a year in the strict Arab state for her case to be settled. Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, she said: ?My little girl had to go to the toilet on the cell floor. I have never heard her cry in the same way as she did in that cell. ?My passport remains confiscated until the case is settled, which I have been told will take at least a year,? she said. ?So far this situation has cost me around ?30,000 in legal fees, expenses and missed work. My practice is closed. All our savings have gone.? Her nightmare began after she stepped off an Emirates Airlines flight from London to Dubai on July 13th. During the flight she was served a glass of red wine with her meal. Alcohol is served as standard practice on Emirates Airlines on flights from the UK to Dubai. On arrival Dr Holman was quizzed by an immigration official over her visa who told her it was not valid. She said she had visited the UAE several times before and as the visa had not expired assumed it was still valid. The immigration officer told her the visa was valid for a single visit and said she had to buy a ticket and return to London immediately. Dr Holman says she pleaded with the ?dismissive and rude? official to allow her to apply for a new visa at the airport telling him her daughter was exhausted. ?The thought of buying another ticket and turning straight around for another long flight was unthinkable,? she said. During a tense standoff with the immigration officer, Dr Holman said he became angry with her and refused to answer her questions. She said he then asked her if she had been drinking. ?I told him I had a glass of wine on the flight. It was given to me free by Emirates Airlines staff.? The official told Dr Holman possession of alcohol ? even if consumed ? was a crime in the UAE. As the official became more agitated, Dr Holman started filming him on her mobile phone so that she had some evidence of his rude behaviour. Within seconds she was surrounded by a dozen armed police and told filming airport officials was a criminal offence. The terrified pair were led to a cell in the airport and had their phones and passports taken away. Dr Holman said her daughter Bibi was inconsolable and she tried to comfort her by reading her books in the jail. They were taken to a police station where she was told to provide a blood sample for an alcohol test, she said a guard took out her earrings and tried to rip off her hair extensions. As police detention staff spoke in Arabic, Dr Holman pleaded for some water and food. She claims they also asked to use a toilet but were denied permission. Dr Holman, a Swedish national, says she and Bibi were ordered to sleep in a canteen area used by other inmates.She claims the room?s lights were kept on and with no air conditioning she said it was ?baking hot and foul smelling.? She said the male guards offered no help as, exhausted and shocked by her experience, she struggled to lift the mattress. The guards stood by and laughed, she claimed. ?My daughter is a happy, smiley girl, but she was terrified,? she said. The terrified pair arrived at a police building where she says a man in a dirty white lab coat said he was going to take a sample of her blood as evidence she had drunk alcohol. She was told the results showed 0.04% of alcohol in her blood ? a reading far below the UK drink drive limit.During their detention the pair did not eat. ?The food smelled like rotting garbage and neither Bibi or I could face trying it. I stayed awake for the whole three days,? she said. She claims they were also denied a pillow or a change of clothing and Dr Holman was forced to clean toilets and mop the floor while her daughter stood by her side. She said Bibi was in a state of shock and refused to be comforted. Back at their home in Kent, partner Gary was frantic with worry, as he had not heard from the pair.Dr Holman said: ?Friends had found out I was in jail and tried to visit. Nobody was allowed to see us. We were not told.? Gary flew to Dubai leaving the couple?s other children Suri, nine and Noah, aged eight with relatives. Following her detention Dr Holman was taken in handcuffs back to airport and given bail. Bibi and her father have now been allowed to fly back to the UK while Dr Holman is staying with friends in Dubai. Gary said the experience of seeing his partner and daughter jailed was ?devastating for the whole family.? ?The thought of Ellie and our little girl in that awful prison breaks my heart. ?Ellie is a sensible, professional person and excellent mother who would never knowingly break the law. ?Why do Emirates Airlines serve alcohol for a passenger to drink and then pass through the airport. ?This has been devastating for the whole family. Ellie was taking a much needed break with little Bibi, who was looking forward to the beach and playing in the sea. ?I hope this can all be over so we can all be together again and start to heal.? Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained In Dubai, the British human rights NGO representing Ellie said in a statement: ?The UAE maintains a deliberately misleading fa?ade that alcohol consumption is perfectly legal for visitors. ?This is exampled by bars at the airport, by hotels, restaurants and clubs serving drinks. Tourists cannot be blamed for believing that the Emirates are tolerant of Western drinking habits but this is far from reality. ?It is wholly illegal for any tourist to have any level of alcohol in their blood. It is illegal to consume alcohol at a bar, a hotel and a restaurant and if breathalysed, that person will be jailed. David Haigh, a partner at Detained in Dubai added: ?It?s heartbreaking to see a mother and child arrested over something so trivial as a glass of wine.?

The family had visited multiple times before (Picture: MailOnline)

A mother has told of her terrifying ordeal of being locked up in a filthy Dubai jail for three days with her four-year-old daughter for drinking a glass of wine on a flight from London. Ellie Holman, 44, was arrested after being asked by an immigration official at Dubai International Airport if she had consumed alcohol on the eight-hour flight. The mother-of-three, a dentist, from Sevenoaks, Kent, says she was held in a ?baking hot and foul smelling? airport detention centre ? and not allowed to call her husband, Gary. Now Dr Holman faces spending up to a year in the strict Arab state for her case to be settled. Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, she said: ?My little girl had to go to the toilet on the cell floor. I have never heard her cry in the same way as she did in that cell. ?My passport remains confiscated until the case is settled, which I have been told will take at least a year,? she said. ?So far this situation has cost me around ?30,000 in legal fees, expenses and missed work. My practice is closed. All our savings have gone.? Her nightmare began after she stepped off an Emirates Airlines flight from London to Dubai on July 13th. During the flight she was served a glass of red wine with her meal. Alcohol is served as standard practice on Emirates Airlines on flights from the UK to Dubai. On arrival Dr Holman was quizzed by an immigration official over her visa who told her it was not valid. She said she had visited the UAE several times before and as the visa had not expired assumed it was still valid. The immigration officer told her the visa was valid for a single visit and said she had to buy a ticket and return to London immediately. Dr Holman says she pleaded with the ?dismissive and rude? official to allow her to apply for a new visa at the airport telling him her daughter was exhausted. ?The thought of buying another ticket and turning straight around for another long flight was unthinkable,? she said. During a tense standoff with the immigration officer, Dr Holman said he became angry with her and refused to answer her questions. She said he then asked her if she had been drinking. ?I told him I had a glass of wine on the flight. It was given to me free by Emirates Airlines staff.? The official told Dr Holman possession of alcohol ? even if consumed ? was a crime in the UAE. As the official became more agitated, Dr Holman started filming him on her mobile phone so that she had some evidence of his rude behaviour. Within seconds she was surrounded by a dozen armed police and told filming airport officials was a criminal offence. The terrified pair were led to a cell in the airport and had their phones and passports taken away. Dr Holman said her daughter Bibi was inconsolable and she tried to comfort her by reading her books in the jail. They were taken to a police station where she was told to provide a blood sample for an alcohol test, she said a guard took out her earrings and tried to rip off her hair extensions. As police detention staff spoke in Arabic, Dr Holman pleaded for some water and food. She claims they also asked to use a toilet but were denied permission. Dr Holman, a Swedish national, says she and Bibi were ordered to sleep in a canteen area used by other inmates.She claims the room?s lights were kept on and with no air conditioning she said it was ?baking hot and foul smelling.? She said the male guards offered no help as, exhausted and shocked by her experience, she struggled to lift the mattress. The guards stood by and laughed, she claimed. ?My daughter is a happy, smiley girl, but she was terrified,? she said. The terrified pair arrived at a police building where she says a man in a dirty white lab coat said he was going to take a sample of her blood as evidence she had drunk alcohol. She was told the results showed 0.04% of alcohol in her blood ? a reading far below the UK drink drive limit.During their detention the pair did not eat. ?The food smelled like rotting garbage and neither Bibi or I could face trying it. I stayed awake for the whole three days,? she said. She claims they were also denied a pillow or a change of clothing and Dr Holman was forced to clean toilets and mop the floor while her daughter stood by her side. She said Bibi was in a state of shock and refused to be comforted. Back at their home in Kent, partner Gary was frantic with worry, as he had not heard from the pair.Dr Holman said: ?Friends had found out I was in jail and tried to visit. Nobody was allowed to see us. We were not told.? Gary flew to Dubai leaving the couple?s other children Suri, nine and Noah, aged eight with relatives. Following her detention Dr Holman was taken in handcuffs back to airport and given bail. Bibi and her father have now been allowed to fly back to the UK while Dr Holman is staying with friends in Dubai. Gary said the experience of seeing his partner and daughter jailed was ?devastating for the whole family.? ?The thought of Ellie and our little girl in that awful prison breaks my heart. ?Ellie is a sensible, professional person and excellent mother who would never knowingly break the law. ?Why do Emirates Airlines serve alcohol for a passenger to drink and then pass through the airport. ?This has been devastating for the whole family. Ellie was taking a much needed break with little Bibi, who was looking forward to the beach and playing in the sea. ?I hope this can all be over so we can all be together again and start to heal.? Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained In Dubai, the British human rights NGO representing Ellie said in a statement: ?The UAE maintains a deliberately misleading fa?ade that alcohol consumption is perfectly legal for visitors. ?This is exampled by bars at the airport, by hotels, restaurants and clubs serving drinks. Tourists cannot be blamed for believing that the Emirates are tolerant of Western drinking habits but this is far from reality. ?It is wholly illegal for any tourist to have any level of alcohol in their blood. It is illegal to consume alcohol at a bar, a hotel and a restaurant and if breathalysed, that person will be jailed. David Haigh, a partner at Detained in Dubai added: ?It?s heartbreaking to see a mother and child arrested over something so trivial as a glass of wine.?

The mother pictured with eldest daughter, Suri (Picture: MailOnline)

She said: ‘My little girl had to go to the toilet on the cell floor. I have never heard her cry in the same way as she did in that cell.

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‘The food (we were given) smelled like rotting garbage and neither Bibi or I could face trying it. I stayed awake for the whole three days.

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‘By now, Gary knew something was wrong and had flown to Dubai to look for me. Friends had found out I was in jail and tried to visit. Nobody was allowed to see us. We were not even told.’

She was released on bail and told her passport has been confiscated until the case is concluded. She said she has lost more than £30,000 in legal fees and missed work.

Ms Holman is now spending time with her other children Suri, nine, and Noah, eight, who have flown out to Dubai to see her while Gary returns home with Bibi.

Radha Stirling, chief executive of Detained in Dubai, said: ‘The UAE maintains a deliberately misleading facade that alcohol consumption is perfectly legal for visitors.

‘Tourists cannot be blamed for believing that the Emirates are tolerant of Western drinking habits, but this is far from reality.

‘It is wholly illegal for any tourist to have any level of alcohol in their blood, even if consumed in flight and provided by Dubai’s own airline. It is illegal to consume alcohol at a bar, a hotel and a restaurant and if breathalysed, that person will be jailed.’

Ms Stirling called on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the UK Government generally to do more to ‘protect’ British nationals, and claimed airlines were ‘complicit’ and needed to be held ‘accountable’.

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