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A passenger flying from the UK to Dubai was jailed after landing when she drank a glass of wine on the flight.
Dr Ellie Holman, 44, from Kent, was travelling with her four-year-old daughter when she was given a glass of alcohol on an Emirates flight.
When she landed, she was jailed due to public intoxication. Her case is currently in progress.
But is it against the law to drink on flights when travelling to Dubai?
Flights to and from Dubai will often serve alcohol, such as Emirates and Etihad.
Some flights will be dry depending on the carrier, and which country it is based such as Kuwait Airways and Egypt Air who do not serve alcohol.
While it is not banned to drink onboard if it is served, it is illegal to be drunk in public in Dubai, also known as public intoxication.
The Foreign Office warns: “You should be aware that it is a punishable offence under UAE law to drink or be under the influence of alcohol in public.
“Passengers in transit through the UAE under the influence of alcohol may also be arrested.”
This means, if a passenger has landed after having had an alcoholic drink, they could be breaking the law if alcohol is found in the blood in tests.
Drinking in Dubai is not prohibited across the country, but alcohol must only be confused in licensed venues such as hotels and restaurants.
Being drunk and disorderly is against the law and could see long jail sentences.
Dr Holman, who has been in jail since July, could face being imprisoned for a year.
She told news.com.eu: “My passport remains confiscated until the case is settled, which I have been told will take at least a year.”
It has reportedly cost her more than £50,000 in legal fees and missed work: “My practice is closed. All our savings have gone.”
A number of tourists have been jailed or fined while on holiday in Dubai for breaking local laws.
Jake Harron, 27, from Scotland, was arrested for public indecency last year after putting a hand on a man’s hip in a bar while walking past with a drink
He was sentenced to three months in prison after spending £32,000 in legal fees, which was eventually overruled.
Caren Harmon, 43, was detained in the country last year after being accused of taking illegal drugs on the flight.
She was subjected to a number of tests, which were found to be negative and she was released after three and a half hours.