British mother jailed in Dubai with daughter, four, for drinking glass of wine on Emirates flight is allowed to go home

A British mother received a delightful kiss from her son after enduring a hellish stint in a Dubai jail for drinking a glass of wine on a flight from London.

Dr Ellie Holman was pictured with joyous Noah, eight, who was glad to have his mother home after she spent three days locked up in the Arab state with her four-year-old daughter.

The dentist, from Sevenoaks, Kent, has received an apology from the Dubai Government over her detention.

She was told in a telephone call today that she can leave at any time and will not face any charges. The Dubai Government have also said they will pay for the flights home.

The 44-year-old was with her two eldest children who had flown out to Dubai for a visit when she received the news and said she was ‘ecstatic.’

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.

‘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. ‘

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

‘I can’t wait to be safely on my flight with Noah and Suri, and to put all this behind us,’ she said.

Dr Holman’s release came after the personal intervention of Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed, according to sources in the UAE.

He is said to have ordered her release after MailOnline’s coverage of her ordeal and treatment was covered by media worldwide.

Dubai, which attracts over 14m visitors each year, is heavily dependent on tourism.

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

The dramatic twist came just 48 hours after MailOnline exclusively revealed how the mother-of-three was arrested at Dubai airport following a row with an immigration official over her visa.

During dispute over her visa Dr Holman was asked if she had any drunk any alcohol.

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

She said: ‘I have never broken the law in my life and I would not have done so this time if I had known that having a glass of wine in my system was an offence.

‘I can’t believe Emirates Airline would give a glass of wine to a passenger if they know the consequences are so severe in Dubai.’

DR Holman told MailOnline how the dispute over her visa quickly escalated with a ‘rude and aggressive’ immigration officer.

As her single entry visa has expired he demanded she fly back to London immediately.

When Dr Holman refused as she and her daughter were tired from the long flight there followed a tense standoff.

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

Despite her protestations, she was marched off to a holding cell where her daughter was forced to urinate on the floor as guards would not let her use a toilet.

After being held for several hours Dr Holman provided a blood sample to Dubai authorities which came back with a reading of 0.04% – well under the UK drink drive limit.

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