A BRITISH mum jailed in Dubai after drinking one glass of wine has spoken of her relief as she gets ready to fly home.
Dr Ellie Holman, who lives in Kent, said she had been “left exhausted” after being locked up for three days with her four-year-old daughter Bibi.
The dentist reportedly faced up to a year in the Arab state while awaiting a court hearing.
But she was given the all clear to return home to Sevenoaks, Kent, on Saturday.
As she prepared to fly home to be reunited with her family today, the 44-year-old told the Mail Online she could not wait to be back in the UK.
She said: “I haven’t even begun to comprehend what’s happened to me.
“I’ve been running on adrenaline alone for the past month and I’m exhausted.”
Dr Holman was taken into custody following an eight-hour Emirates Airline flight to Dubai on July 13.
An immigration official questioned her about her visa and asked if she had consumed alcohol.
Dr Holman and her daughter Bibi were reportedly denied food, water and access to a toilet at the beginning of their ordeal when they were held in a cell together for three days.
She faced an uncertain future while she awaited a court hearing, but human rights group Detained in Dubai confirmed that the charges have been dropped.
“I’ve been running on adrenaline alone”
Dr Holman said on Saturday that she is pleased the “nightmare is coming to an end”.
She said: “I am shocked and excited to be returning home to England and that this nightmare is coming to an end.”
Dr Holman and Bibi were travelling to Dubai for a five-day break to visit friends, having visited a number of times before.
The dentist claimed the situation has cost her family tens of thousands, using up all their savings.
It comes as Dubai officials have denied Dr Holman was detained over drinking alcohol.
Dubai’s Attorney General said Dr Holman arrived in Dubai with Swedish passport that expired in June this year.
“She was advised by the immigration officer that she could not enter the country with an expired passport,” said Issa Al Humaidan.
“She then produced an Iranian passport, and was informed by the officer that she could enter the country by issuing a new temporary visa, which allowed a 96-hour stay, and had to change her departure flight according to the new visa.”
Al Humaidan claimed Dr Holman “verbally insulted” and took pictures of the immigration officer, adding that charges of “profanity and photographing a government official at the border crossing, a restricted area” were issued against Dr Holman.