Mother jailed in Dubai with daughter, four, for having a glass of wine on flight

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.


KCB Thika kando! Police in Dubai in search of Kenyan guard who stole 137 million!

A Kenyan security guard may tarnish the names of Kenyans in the Emirates after this latest news. The unidentified man was able to disappear with over 100 million shillings. How was he able to do it?

According to Khaleej Times, the unnamed security guard disappeared after stealing the money from a vehicle that was transporting the cash to an ATM at a popular shopping mall in the city.

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The daily reports that the man was able to distract his colleagues before them vanishing with the millions. The robbery happened at around 10:30 pm.

The theft has astounded many with the comments by Kenyans being particularly stinging. Two examples of some of the comments are below:

Gladys: What a shame. Such a Selfish human being who doesn’t think about the reputation of his fellow county and it’s people. (I am a Kenyan…and this is disgusting)

Lisa: These are the kind of Kenyans who are messing up our reputation in UAE. I hope this is the last incident of tainting our beautiful country name

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How will this end for the robber with bowling ball sized balls? The Dubai police are known to be efficient and effective, so unless his plan was not spontaneous he will most likely be caught.

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Robot police men set to hit the streets in 2017

The Dubai police force aim to have fully functioning robo-cops on the beat by 2017.

Colonel Khalid Nasser Alrazooq told a security conference in Dubai, ‘The robots will interact directly with people and tourists.

They will include an interactive screen and microphone connected to the Dubai Police call centers.

People will be able to ask questions and make complaints, but they will also have fun interacting with the robots.’

But they’ll rapidly get more intelligent, the police chief says.

He hopes to have fully AI-driven models on the streets within four to five years.

‘These will be fully intelligent robots that can interact with people, with no human intervention at all. This is still under research and development, but we are planning on it,’ he said.

Just for reference, here is Robocop’s prediction of ‘the future of law enforcement’.


Tanzania may evict Maasai’s to make way for Dubai royalty

Tanzania has been accused of reneging on its promise to 40,000 Masai pastoralists by going ahead with plans to evict them and turn their ancestral land into a reserve fro the royal family of Dubai to hunt big game.

Activist celebrated when the government said it had backed down over a proposed 1,500 sq km “wildlife corridor” bordering the Serengeti national park that would serve a commercial hunting and safari company based in the United Arab Emirates.

Now the deal appears to be back on and the Masai have been ordered to quit their traditional lands by the end of the year. Masai representatives will meet the prime minister, Mizengo Pinda, in Dodoma on Tuesday to express their anger. They insist the sale of the land would rob them of their heritage and directly or indirectly affect the livelihoods of 80,000 people. The area is crucial for grazing livestock on which the nomadic Masai depend.

Unlike last year, the government is offering compensation of 1 billion shillings (£369,350), not to be paid directly but to be channelled into socio-economic development projects. The Masai have dismissed the offer.

“I feel betrayed,” said Samwel Nangiria, co-ordinator of the local Ngonett civil society group. “One billion is very little and you cannot compare that with land. It’s inherited. Their mothers and grandmothers are buried in that land. There’s nothing you can compare with it.”

Nangiria said he believes the government never truly intended to abandon the scheme in the Loliondo district but was wary of global attention . “They had to pretend they were dropping the agenda to fool the international press.”

Source : Guardian

World’s Most Pierced Man Denied Entry to Dubai

Rolf Buchholz claims the Emirate’s officials said they were worried about black magic

He may have more than 100 piercings on his face, but it wasn’t the metal detectors keeping Rolf Buchholz out of Dubai this weekend.

The tattooed German man, whose 453 piercings — 278 of which were around his genitalia, as of 2010 — earned him a Guinness World Record, claims airport workers told him that Dubai officials were worried he practiced black magic, the Associated Press reports.