A British mum jailed in Dubai after drinking a glass of wine was “abusive” to airport staff and broke the law by filming inside the terminal, it has been claimed. Dr Ellie Holman, 44, was taken to a nearby police station and kept there for three days with her four-year-old daughter after flying to the UAE on July 13.
On her arrival, she was quizzed by staff over her visa and the red wine she was given by Emirates staff on the plane in. Dr Holman was arrested as she filmed the immigration officer with her mobile phone, and has been charged with three crimes including “alcohol abuse”. She went on to claim she was kept in a “baking hot and foul-smelling jail” with daughter Bibi, who cried and cried.
The 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.
The mum-of-three, who lives in Sevenoaks, Kent, claimed her daughter had to go to the toilet on the “cell floor”.
Now an airport official has told their side of the story, slammed the dentist from Kent and insisted there is “more to it” than first thought. The official from Dubai Airport said: “UAE law is strict on people recording others on their mobile phone without permission, which will not have helped Dr Holman’s case.
Daughter Bibi, 4, who was initially detained alongside her mum. “She became abusive towards airport staff, which is not tolerated.” It’s understood Dr Holman was visiting the country on a five-day break. Dr Holman had originally claimed she had assumed her visa was valid as she had visited the country many times previously and it hadn’t expired. But she said she was told it was a one-trip visa and no longer valid. The official said this was not the case and stressed her arrest was linked to filming inside the airport. She faces up to a year stuck in the country after her passport was taken.
Dr Holman said she began filming when airport staff became heated. She claimed she was told she couldn’t enter the country and would have to fly back to London. She said she was asked how much alcohol she had drunk and was told it was a crime to possess alcohol even if it is already consumed. Possession of alcohol or being under its influence in public is a crime in the United Arab Emirates. She has since been bailed. Dr Holman’s husband Gary came to Dubai to take Bibi home but she faces a 12 month wait trapped in the country until the case is sorted out after her passport was confiscated.
So, when people from the middle east come or stay in the UK, the British are expected to respect their burqa and veils but are the British respected for their human rights or are empathetic towards a mother with a young daughter?