British mother imprisoned in Dubai with her daughter for drinking wine on Emirates flight is FREE to go home

Dr. Holman told MailOnline: "I can not believe this is over. When I got the call from the government telling me that they were abandoning the case, I was in shock. In the photo: Dr Holman and his daughter Bibi, four

A British mother imprisoned in Dubai for having a glass of wine on the London flight has been informed that she is free to go home.

Dr. Ellie Holman received an apology from the Dubai government for her arrest, which saw her locked up with her four-year-old daughter for three days.

He was told in a phone call today that he can leave at any time and will not face any charges. The Dubai government has also said they will pay for flights home.

Dr. Holman told MailOnline: "I can not believe this is over. When I got the call from the government telling me that they were abandoning the case, I was in shock. In the photo: Dr Holman and his daughter Bibi, four

Dr. Holman told MailOnline: "I can not believe this is over. When I got the call from the government telling me that they were abandoning the case, I was in shock. In the photo: Dr Holman and his daughter Bibi, four

Dr. Holman, photographed with Suri, has been informed that she can go home after being locked up in Dubai for drinking wine on a flight.

Dr. Holman, photographed with Suri, has been informed that she can go home after being locked up in Dubai for drinking wine on a flight.

Dr. Holman, photographed with Suri, has been informed that she can go home after being locked up in Dubai for drinking wine on a flight.

Dentist Dr Holman, photographed with children (from left) Noah, eight, Bibi and Suri, nine, said that their ordeal began when armed police surrounded her after trying to film her discussion with an immigration official when she claimed that her visa had expired

Dentist Dr Holman, photographed with children (from left) Noah, eight, Bibi and Suri, nine, said that their ordeal began when armed police surrounded her after trying to film her discussion with an immigration official when she claimed that her visa had expired

Dentist Dr Holman, photographed with children (from left) Noah, eight, Bibi and Suri, nine, said that their ordeal began when armed police surrounded her after trying to film her discussion with an immigration official when she claimed that her visa had expired

The 44-year-old dentist was with her two older children who had flown to Dubai to receive a visit when she received the news and said she was "ecstatic."

She told MailOnline: I can not believe this is over. When I got the call from the government telling me that they were abandoning the case, I was in shock.

"They told me to prepare for a long stay in Dubai and a prison sentence." The man on the phone apologized on behalf of the immigration official who put me and Bibi through all of this. from my chest. & # 39;

The mother of three Sevenoaks children, Kent, hopes to be at home on the first available flight accompanied by her visiting children, Suri, nine and Noah, eight.

His partner Gary, pictured with his children, flew to Dubai to be with his wife and daughter.

His partner Gary, pictured with his children, flew to Dubai to be with his wife and daughter.

His partner Gary, pictured with his children, flew to Dubai to be with his wife and daughter.

Holman said the experience had been "devastating" for his children, in the photo

Holman said the experience had been "devastating" for his children, in the photo

Holman said the experience had been "devastating" for his children, in the photo

"I can not wait to be safe on my flight with Noah and Suri, and leave all this behind," he said.

The release of Dr. Holman came after the personal intervention of the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed, according to sources from the United Arab Emirates.

It is said that he ordered his release after MailOnline's coverage of his ordeal and treatment was covered by the media around the world.

The release of Dr. Holman came after the personal intervention of the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed (pictured)

The release of Dr. Holman came after the personal intervention of the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed (pictured)

The release of Dr. Holman came after the personal intervention of the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed (pictured)

Dubai, which attracts more than 14 million visitors every year, depends heavily on tourism.

The publicity about Dr. Holman's arrest for drinking a glass of wine could have had a deterrent effect on future travelers.

The dramatic turnaround came just 48 hours after MailOnline revealed exclusively how the mother of three was arrested at the Dubai airport after a dispute with an immigration officer over her visa.

During the dispute over his visa, Dr. Holman was asked if he had drunk alcohol.

Dr. Holman said that her daughter Bibi, in the photo, was inconsolable during the test and tried to comfort her by reading her books in prison

Dr. Holman said that her daughter Bibi, in the photo, was inconsolable during the test and tried to comfort her by reading her books in prison

Dr. Holman said that her daughter Bibi, in the photo, was inconsolable during the test and tried to comfort her by reading her books in prison

She admitted that the cabin crew on the Emirates Airlines flight served her wine and was told that alcohol consumption was illegal in the UAE.

She said: I've never broken the law in my life and I would not have done it this time if I had known that drinking a glass of wine in my system was an offense.

"I can not believe that Emirates Airline will give a passenger a glass of wine if they know that the consequences are so serious in Dubai."

Dr. Holman, pictured with his son Noah, said conditions in the cell were "disgusting, smelly and baked".

Dr. Holman, pictured with his son Noah, said conditions in the cell were "disgusting, smelly and baked".

Dr. Holman, pictured with his son Noah, said conditions in the cell were "disgusting, smelly and baked".

DR Holman told MailOnline how the dispute over his visa quickly increased with a "rude and aggressive" immigration officer.

Since his single entry visa has expired, he demanded that he return to London immediately.

When Dr. Holman refused because she and her daughter were tired from the long flight, a tense confrontation ensued.

It was then that the immigration officer asked her if she had been drinking and she admitted having had a glass of wine with her food during the eight-hour flight.

Despite her protests, she was taken to a cell where her daughter was forced to urinate on the floor as the guards would not allow her to use the bathroom.

After being detained for several hours, Dr. Holman provided a blood sample to the Dubai authorities, which returned with a reading of 0.04%, well below the limit of the UK beverage unit.

Emirates Airlines offers wine on flights from the UK to Dubai as a standard practice (image file)

Emirates Airlines offers wine on flights from the UK to Dubai as a standard practice (image file)

Emirates Airlines offers wine on flights from the UK to Dubai as a standard practice (image file)

Without legal representation and unable to talk to her family, she and Bibi were taken to an airport detention center where they spent three days.

They were held for three days in a room that smelled like baking and smelled bad, and they forced her to clean the bathrooms and clean the floor.

With her daughter traumatized, too terrified to put her aside, she was forced to sleep in a dining area where the lights were kept 24 hours a day.

During their detention, the couple did not eat and Dr. Holman said she could not sleep during her forced stay.

& # 39; The food smelled like rotten garbage and neither Bibi nor I could face it. I kept awake during the three days, "he said.

She says they were also denied a pillow or a change of clothes

She said that Bibi was in shock and refused to be comforted.

After his release, Holman was allowed to stay with friends, but his passport was confiscated and he was told that it could take up to a year for the problem to be resolved.

His partner Gary flew from his home in Kent to Dubai to pick up his youngest daughter.

The couple estimates that they have lost more than £ 30,000 in profits and money spent on legal fees.

Since his arrest, Dr. Holman's practice in Sevenoaks has been closed.

Dr. Holman's odyssey was taken by the NGO Stopped in Dubai.

Its CEO, Radha Stirling, told MailOnline: "We welcome the intervention of the Dubai government to dismiss the case against Dr. Ellie Holman, which is an appropriate response to the international outrage over what she and her daughter suffered.

"We reiterate, however, that a single instance of intervention does not solve the current problem of Dubai's confusing policy on drinking."

Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai, said: "The Dubai government owns Emirates Airlines, and Emirates Airlines offers alcohol to international passengers at no charge, essentially catching them to break the UAE law as soon as their flights land.

"Dr. Holman accepted a free drink, and then he was punished by the same government that provided it, and there are many reasons to expect this to happen again.

"Dr. Holman was handcuffed and mistreated during her detention, and her four-year-old son is still traumatized by what she and her mother suffered, and they have every right to compensation for their suffering.

"We continue to advise travelers to avoid the UAE, as it remains the number one destination where foreigners are most likely to face legal problems.

"The dismissal of Dr. Holman's case does not change the laws, does not change the policies and does not mitigate the risks faced by anyone traveling to or through the UAE."

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