A dentist thrown into a Dubai jail with her four-year-old daughter for drinking a glass of wine on a flight from London today tearfully told how she is desperate to return home and be re-united with her family.
Dr Ellie Holman, 44, faces being held in the Arab state for a year after being arrested for consuming alcohol provided by Emirates Airline on the eight hour flight from London.
She told MailOnline she cant wait to home in Kent and see her three young children, including daughter Bibi, who spent three days with her in an airport jail after her arrest.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, she said: ‘I just want to go home. I miss my friends and I miss my family, especially my Bibi.
‘Being in prison terrified me as a grownup, I can’t imagine how this must have affected her. I just want to be home and safe with Gary and all my children.’
Dr Holman, who runs a dental practice in Sevenoaks, Kent, fears the youngster will be mentally scared by her ordeal and insists she has never put her in danger by breaking any laws.
She added that her family are in torment over not knowing what will happen to her.
Officials have told her it could be up to a year before her case is resolved with the threat of a long prison sentence.
She said: ‘My family in England have it tough too, not knowing if I will end up in prison. I am taking this one moment at a time, anything more than that I am in tears.’
However a Dubai airport official told the Sun that they disputed Dr Holman’s account, saying she had tried to film the discussion with immigration staff.
‘She became abusive towards airport staff, which is not tolerated,’ the spokesman said.
MailOnline revealed how the Swedish born mum of three was thrown into jail after arriving for a five day holiday in the popular tourist destination.
Dr Holmon’s 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.
She says says she and Bibi were ordered to sleep in a canteen area used by other inmates.