British visitors traveling to Dubai have been warned that they are at risk of being arrested if it is discovered that they took something on the flight from the United Kingdom.
The new warning from British consular authorities in the United Arab Emirates comes after Mail Online revealed that a mother in Kent was imprisoned after drinking a glass of wine on a flight to Dubai from the United Kingdom.
Dr. Ellie Holman was locked up for three days and spent more than a month under house arrest before the ruler of the Arab kingdom intervened and released her.
She claimed that her arrest came after she was asked if she had consumed alcohol on the flight from the United Kingdom.
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Dr. Ellie Holman and her daughter Bibi, four. Dr. Holman was jailed for drinking alcohol in flight
Dr. Holman was arrested in Dubai and thrown into a "baked and smelly" detention center
Less than a month after its release, a publication on the Facebook page of the British consul in the UAE indicates that having alcohol in the blood can lead to arrest.
The warning has been posted for expats living in the UAE.
But the NGO Detained in Dubai said it also applies to the hundreds of thousands of people who visit the luxury destination every year and are served alcohol in fights.
The Foreign Office council does not distinguish between expatriates and tourists, but it is a general warning that having alcohol in the bloodstream is an offense in the Muslim country and could lead to detention.
Previous advice from the Foreign Office warned that anyone who is drunk in public in the UAE could be arrested.
Detained in Dubai said they believe it is the first time that the British consul issued such a warning.
British Consul in the UAE states that having alcohol in the blood can lead to arrest
The mother of two Holman, Sevenoaks, Kent, welcomed the warning about drinking in Dubai.
She told Mail Online: "I am very happy that the Foreign Office has changed its advice to British visitors traveling to the United Arab Emirates.
"Millions of holidays in the UAE every year and Emirates and other airlines should not harm them and suffer like me and my family."
The blood alcohol warning was posted on the official UK website on the United Arab Emirates Facebook page on Thursday evening with tips aimed primarily at expatriates living in the Arab kingdom.
It states: "If you have a residence permit, it is illegal to buy or consume alcohol without a liquor license, take it with you at all times, NB a license is only valid in the emirate that issued it.
The Emirate of Sharjah is dry and the consumption of alcohol is illegal.
& # 39; If caught catching or drinking alcohol without a license or with blood alcohol, you may be arrested. It is a punishable offense to be under the influence of alcohol in public, even when transiting the UAE. It can result in custodial sentences and / or fines (other offenses committed while intoxicated will be heard separately).
Be careful to respect local customs and behave respectfully when consuming alcohol.
"There is no tolerance for driving under the influence of alcohol in the UAE You can be arrested as a passenger in a car driven by someone with alcohol in their blood.
Only non-Muslims can obtain a license. Tourists can not get a license & # 39;
The same message was sent to the Consul's Twitter account, but the Foreign Office had not included it in its main travel notice page for people visiting the UAE.
Under the heading of "local customs", the FCO warns that being drunk in public is a punishable crime and warns that British citizens have been arrested and charged under this law.
Dr. Holman told Mail Online that she did not know that having alcohol in her blood could lead to arrest. The country's national airline, Emirates, served him a glass of red wine with his meal.
Holman, who has lived in the UK for 20 years and has dual Swedish and Iranian citizenship, was arrested after arriving with her four-year-old daughter, Bibi, for a five-day vacation.
She had traveled to Dubai with an Iranian passport with a single entry visa that had expired.
After a fight with an immigration official who ordered him to return home, he began filming him on his mobile phone.
She was later arrested by immigration officials after admitting that she had drunk a glass of wine on the flight from London and underwent a blood test at a police station.
Dr. Holman told Mail Online that she and Bibi were taken to a prison where they were forced to sleep in a stifling prison room with other inmates and left with the same clothes for three days.
After being released, the 44-year-old woman stayed with friends while the authorities decided whether she would be accused of consuming alcohol, insulting an immigration official and filming illegally.
She was released after it is said that the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed, intervened personally. Dubai officials said she was arrested for filming and insulting an official, but her arrest report also contains the charge of consuming alcohol.
Holman flew home in an exciting reunion with his family and in an exclusive interview with Mail Online he described his treatment as "inhuman" & # 39;
Holman said they spit on her and pulled her hair out while they put her in jail, where they kept her for hours without food or water.
They denied their daughter permission to use a toilet and had to urinate on the floor.
A blood test confirmed that he had drunk a glass of alcohol, but it was below the legal limit of the drink.
Describing his harsh prison experience, he said: "There was no air conditioning in the cells, so the 30 women on the block dragged their mattresses and slept in the canteen area,
"I did not know how long I would be in prison, but I had to be strong for Bibi and not show that I was afraid," she said.
"A pregnant woman told me how she was raped while I was in prison, I was afraid it might happen to me, but fortunately with Bibi with me all the time nothing happened.
"The guards always referred to me as" that Iranian woman. "They never used my name, only that I was Iranian, I know that the two countries do not get along and I think that played an important role in this. what happened ".
The release of Dr. Holman came after the personal intervention of the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed (pictured)
After MailOnline publicized Ellie's situation last month, she received a phone call telling her that the country's rule would solve the problem.
He also received an apology and told him that he could depart on the first available flight back to the UK and that government officials gave him flowers at the airport.
Since returning to the UK online trolls they have made death threats and went to her beauty surgery where she carries out cosmetic treatments.
A person who called anonymously said that his children would die and that there was a bomb in his garden.
Other unhealthy threats made through social networks include: I hope your children die. I hope they imprison you for life. I hope you're raped by a criminal and have an ugly son. "
Radha Stirling, of Detention in Dubai, said Ellie's arrest highlighted the risks for British visitors who choose to drink while in Dubai.
A Foreign Office spokesperson was not available for comment.