A BRITISH mum jailed in Dubai after drinking one glass of wine of her flight has been told she is free to go home.
Dr Ellie Holman, 44, was detained with her daughter, four, for three days and quizzed over a complimentary drink she was given on the plane.
She claims the duo were dumped in a “baking hot and foul-smelling jail” because consuming booze in the Arab state is illegal.
The dentist, from Sevenoaks, Kent, said she got into a dispute with staff over her visa – who then turned on her for drinking alcohol.
Dubai authorities have now dropped the case and told Dr Holman she is free to return to the UK.
The mum was visit Dubai with her daughter Bibi for a five-day break and is a regular visitor to the city.
“My daughter is a happy, smiley girl, but now she was terrified”
She told the Mail Online: “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.”
Dr Holman was detained over her visa after an eight-hour flight from London on July 13.
The dentist claims she was then asked if she had been drinking, revealed her free glass of wine, and was then arrested and taken to a cell.
A Dubai Airport official said they “dispute” Dr Holman’s account of what happened, reports The Sun.
They defended their actions and claimed she became “abusive” and started recording them with her phone.
Dr Holman said she was told possession of alcohol – even if its inside her body – is a crime in the UAE.
She said: “My daughter is a happy, smiley girl, but now she was terrified.
“My little girl had to go to the toilet on the cell floor. I have never heard her cry in the same way as she did in that cell.”
Her husband Gary had to fly to Dubai to take Bibi back home – while Dr Holman has to stay in the UAE until the case is resolved.
Radha Stirling, chief executive of Detained in Dubai, said: “The UAE maintains a deliberately misleading facade that alcohol consumption is perfectly legal for visitors.
“Tourists cannot be blamed for believing that the Emirates are tolerant of Western drinking habits, but this is far from reality.
“It is wholly illegal for any tourist to have any level of alcohol in their blood, even if consumed in flight and provided by Dubai’s own airline.
“It is illegal to consume alcohol at a bar, a hotel and a restaurant and if breathalysed, that person will be jailed.”