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Dubai Lamborghini Speeder Is Unemployed And Disabled

Dubai Lamborghini Speeder Is Unemployed And Disabled25-year-old Farah Hashi is stranded in Dubai, refusing to pay a $ 45,000 speeding fine.



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Mother 'held in Dubai for three days after one glass of wine on flight'

Mother 'held in Dubai for three days after one glass of wine on flight'A mother was detained in Dubai for three days with her four-year-old daughter after a drinking a complimentary glass of wine on a flight from London, it is claimed. Swedish dentist Ellie Holman, who lives in Sevenoaks in Kent with her English partner Gary and their three children, was initially denied water and made to clean toilets while in custody, according to human rights group Detained in Dubai. The non-governmental organisation formed to help people held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said it is representing the woman and her daughter Bibi, who was "terrified" by the experience. The 44-year-old was arrested on July 13 after having one glass of wine on her eight-hour Emirates Airline flight to Dubai from London, a statement from the group said. She was taken into custody after an immigration official questioned her about her visa and asked if she had consumed alcohol. Bibi Holman was detained with her mother before returning home Credit: Detained in Dubai via PA Ms Holman and her daughter were initially denied food, water and access to a toilet when they were held in a cell together for three days, the group claims. She now faces being detained in Dubai for up to a year while awaiting a court hearing. The group said she and Bibi were travelling to Dubai for a five-day break to visit friends, having visited a number of times before. After landing she was questioned by an immigration official, who said her visa was invalid and she must return to London immediately, the group said. Detained in Dubai | What will get you arrested? Ms Holman claims he was "dismissive and rude" when she asked if she could buy another visa, and was then questioned about her alcohol consumption – which she admitted. She filmed him on her phone as evidence of his behaviour before learning this was an offence, and that it was illegal to drink alcohol, according to the group. The pair were taken into custody with phones and passports confiscated before Ms Holman was asked to give a blood sample to test for alcohol consumption. She is said to have been refused the chance to phone her partner and was then held in a cell. Ellie takes her partner Gary's surname but they are not legally married, Detained by Dubai said. Dubai, with its smart hotels, first-class shopping and sunshine, is a popular destination with Britons despite strict laws on personal morality Credit: Karim Sahib/AFP In a statement from the group, Ms Holman claims the guards tried to rip out her hair extensions and described the prison as hot and "foul smelling". She said the pair were made to sleep on a "filthy" mattress and she was told to clean toilets and floors. She said: "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. "The food (we were given) smelled like rotting garbage and neither Bibi or I could face trying it. I stayed awake for the whole three days. "By now, Gary knew something was wrong and had flown to Dubai to look for me. Friends had found out I was in jail and tried to visit. Nobody was allowed to see us. We were not even told." Unusual laws that tourists should be wary of She was released on bail and told her passport has been confiscated until the case is concluded. She said she has lost more than £30,000 in legal fees and missed work. Ms Holman is now spending time with her other children Suri, nine, and Noah, eight, who have flown out to Dubai to see her while Gary returns home with Bibi. 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." 10 surprising things you probably didn't know about Dubai Ms Stirling called on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the UK Government generally to do more to "protect" British nationals, and claimed airlines were "complicit" and needed to be held "accountable". Consular staff spoke to Mr Holman about the incident, advised him on procedures in Dubai and also spoke to UAE authorities to confirm Ms Holman and her daughter were being released, a UK Foreign Office spokesman said. A Swedish foreign ministry spokeswoman said the case had not been registered with them because they had not been contacted by Ms Holman. Emirates airline has been contacted for comment.



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Report: Trump Sons' Private Trip To Dubai Cost $73,000 Or More Of Taxpayer Money

Report: Trump Sons' Private Trip To Dubai Cost $  73,000 Or More Of Taxpayer MoneyA private trip to Dubai by President Donald Trump's sons has so far cost U.S.



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Dubai closes case on Indian actress, calls death an accident

Dubai closes case on Indian actress, calls death an accidentDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai investigators on Tuesday closed the case into the death last weekend of Indian movie icon Sridevi, calling it an accidental drowning.



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Bollywood legend Sridevi's body reaches Mumbai from Dubai

Bollywood legend Sridevi's body reaches Mumbai from DubaiThe body of Bollywood celebrity Sridevi is flown back to India after police say she died from drowning in a bathtub. No reporter narration.



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Dubai police: Bollywood's Sridevi drowned in hotel bathtub

Dubai police: Bollywood's Sridevi drowned in hotel bathtubDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Indian actress Sridevi drowned in her hotel bathtub after losing consciousness, the Dubai police said in a statement Monday, though two police officials said she was also under the influence of alcohol at the time.



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Dubai police: Bollywood's Sridevi drowned in hotel bathtub

Dubai police: Bollywood's Sridevi drowned in hotel bathtubDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Indian actress Sridevi drowned in her hotel bathtub after losing consciousness, the Dubai police said in a statement Monday, though two police officials said she was also under the influence of alcohol at the time.



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Scot given three-month jail sentence for touching Dubai man's hip

Scot given three-month jail sentence for touching Dubai man's hipA British man has been sentenced to three months in prison in Dubai for touching a man's hip in a bar, according to campaigners. Jamie Harron, from Stirling, was arrested in July over the incident in which he said he put his hand on a man's hip to avoid spilling a drink in a crowded bar. The 27-year-old electrician had been working in Afghanistan and was on a two-day stopover in the United Arab Emirates at the time. After his arrest for public indecency he lost his job and was told he could have faced up to three years in jail. Campaign group Detained in Dubai (DiD) said he was sentenced to three months imprisonment at court on Sunday but lawyers plan to appeal. The group said Mr Harron is "angry, disappointed, and dreads what may happen next". He is not currently in custody while the appeal is considered, DiD chief executive Radha Stirling said. Mr Harron has already been sentenced in absentia to 30 days in prison for failing to appear at a court hearing for making a rude gesture and drinking alcohol during the same July incident. Unusual laws that tourists should be wary of DiD said the 27-year-old was not told about the court date in advance and that sentence is also being appealed against. In relation to the alleged public indecency charge, Mr Harron is said to have been holding a drink, moving through a crowded bar and held a hand in front of him to avoid spilling it on himself or others. He then "touched a man on his hip to avoid impact". He was initially jailed for five days and then released on bail with his passport confiscated. Ms Stirling said: "Now Jamie has been sentenced to three months; there is no telling whether a judgement on appeal will be better or worse. "He has already suffered tremendously as a result of these allegations, and now faces the likelihood of incarceration. "His family was unable to visit him during this critical time because they faced a very real risk of imprisonment themselves under the UAE's cyber crime laws which forbid criticism of the government. "At this point, Jamie will definitely be pursuing civil action against his accusers when he does eventually return home, as it appears that he will not be able to find justice in the UAE." She added: "He feels betrayed and exploited by the system, which did not investigate the reports of key witnesses in his defence and led him to believe that the case would be dropped." A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: "We have been in contact with a British man following his arrest in Dubai in July. We are providing consular assistance."



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World's first self-flying drone taxi takes off in Dubai

World's first self-flying drone taxi takes off in DubaiThe world’s first self-flying taxi has lifted off in Dubai.

The Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT) made its maiden flight over the city, taking to the air close to the Jumeirah Beach Park.



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Dubai skyscraper fire: Torch Tower residents wake to screams as flames engulf 79-storey building

Dubai skyscraper fire: Torch Tower residents wake to screams as flames engulf 79-storey buildingHuge fire breaks out in Torch tower No injuries reported The building is popular with expatriates Fire brought under control A fire ripped through one of the world's tallest residential towers in Dubai on Thursday night, sending panicked residents fleeing from the building. Debris could be seen spiralling to the ground across the famous Marina district of the city as the fire consumed multiple floors of the Torch Tower after midnight. Fire rips through the Torch Tower in Dubai Credit: Nivetha Vijayathasan Authorities quickly evacuated the residents and no injuries were reported. "We were sleeping and we woke up to the fire alarm and people screaming. We ran down the stairs and it took us about 10 minutes to reach from the 50th floor. "The fire was very strong at that time, about 1 a.m. Then it started calming down over the next two hours. It started on the 67th floor, that's what we were told." Flames shoot up the side of the Torch tower residential building in the Marina district, Dubai Credit: Reuters Dubai Civil Defence said the fire had been brought under control and cooling operations were underway.  The incident may revive questions about the safety of materials used on the exteriors of tall buildings across the wealthy Gulf region and beyond. The 1,100ft, 79-storey skyscraper, which is known to be popular with expatriate residents of the UAE city, was devastated by a fire in February 2015. There were no deaths in that fire. The external cladding on the building was blamed for the rapid spread of the 2015 fire, leading to the decision to fully renovate the exterior cladding – works which began last summer and were believed to be ongoing. Flames have spread across many floors of the Dubai skyscraper In June, a fire at Grenfell tower in west London led to at least 80 deaths.  The growth of the fire was made worse by the tower's exterior cladding, which was similar to the materials used at Dubai's Torch tower. Cara Spillane tweeted: “Terrifying to see Torch Tower, in the area I live in (Dubai Marina) on fire now. “Hope everyone gets out OK.” Flames shoot up the sides of the Torch tower residential building in the Marina district, Dubai Credit: Reuters Reports on social media suggested the fire reached the roof rapidly, with an entire side of the building engulfed in flames. A witness told Gulf News: "Smoke is everywhere. The streets are covered in debris." Authorities later shared a photo of the charred and blackened tower but it was no longer visibly in flames. Officials said they were now working on providing shelter for those affected. Dubai Civil Defence announces that the fire at the Torch Tower has been brought under control. Cooling operations are underway pic.twitter.com/4k2NeVXYBK— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) August 3, 2017 The UAE revised its building safety code in 2013 to require cladding on all new buildings over 15 metres (50 feet) tall be fire-resistant, but older buildings are exempt. Most of Dubai's approximately 250 high-rise buildings use cladding panels with thermoplastic cores, UAE media have reported. Panels can consist of plastic or polyurethane fillings sandwiched between aluminium sheets. Such cladding is not necessarily hazardous, but it can be flammable under certain circumstances and, depending on a skyscraper's design, may channel fires through windows into the interiors of buildings. The fire can be seen amidst the Dubai skyline Credit: Getty In January Dubai announced tougher rules to minimise fire risks after a series of tower blazes in the modern emirate mostly due to flammable material used in cladding, a covering or coating used on the side of the buildings. On New Year's Eve 2015 a fire broke out in a luxury hotel, injuring 16 people hours before a fireworks display nearby. In November 2015, fire engulfed three residential blocks in central Dubai and led to services on a metro line being suspended, although no one was hurt. 3:32AM 'We woke up to people screaming' By 4am the outside of the building showed no sign of fire as residents and onlookers stood around staring up at the building. A resident who gave his name as George told Reuters: "We were sleeping and we woke up to the fire alarm and people screaming. We ran down the stairs and it took us about 10 minutes to reach from the 50th floor. "The fire was very strong at that time, about 1 a.m. Then it started calming down over the next two hours. It started on the 67th floor, that's what we were told." Another resident, whose name was Mohammed and lives on the 12th floor, said the top part caught fire first and then lower levels followed as debris fell. Bystanders look on as fire is seen at the 1,105 foot tall Torch tower skyscraper Credit: AFP 1:13AM View of the fire across the city The fire can be seen in the Dubai skyline Credit: Getty 12:48AM 'Cooling operations begin' Dubai Civil Defence says the fire has been brought under control and cooling operations have begun. No injuries have been reported. Dubai Civil Defence:Fire at the Torch Tower has been brought under control. Cooling operations are underway. No inures have been reported. pic.twitter.com/4hHMnaRJ7T— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) August 3, 2017 12:40AM Fire 'largely under control' The Dubai Civil Defence says the fire has been "brought largely under control" and that no casualties have been reported so far. Dubai Civil Defence: Torch Tower fire brought largely under control. No casualties have been reported so far pic.twitter.com/ETJN3kPu2a— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) August 3, 2017 12:25AM Flames 'engulf 40 floors' An Associated Press journalist near the scene says more than 40 floors of the high-rise tower appear to be engulfed in flames on one side of the building. Residents of the building are crying, with several saying the fire broke just after 1 a.m. Dubai police cordoned off the area around the building, keeping people about a block away from the fire and the falling debris. 12:18AM 'We're out but people are in tears' Terrifying to see Torch Tower, in the area I live in (Dubai Marina) on fire now. I am on holidays in Ireland atm. Hope everyone gets out ok.— Cara Spillane (@CaraSpillane) August 3, 2017 @SkyNews torch tower Dubai tonight 3rd Aug 2017 pic.twitter.com/QBMukzyHnV— rob shepherd (@robshepherd70) August 3, 2017 We're out but people are in tears… cars are exploding all around now… being moved further away— rob shepherd (@robshepherd70) August 3, 2017 Cars exploding catching fire pic.twitter.com/AtC2PXrdUN— rob shepherd (@robshepherd70) August 3, 2017 12:12AM One of the tallest in the world The Torch tower is believed to be the 7th tallest residential skyscraper in the world – it was the tallest when it first opened in 2011 – and the 32 tallest building, according to the Skyscraper Centre.  It has 676 apartments  11:50PM Location of the tower 11:43PM No injuries reported so far Dubai Media Office is reporting that there are no known injuries so far.  It said Dubai Civil Defence has evacuated the tower and is tackling the blaze.  Dubai Police Commander in Chief & Dubai Civil Defence Director General on site following measures to control the fire at the Torch Tower pic.twitter.com/3hY3tqJfq9— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) August 3, 2017 11:37PM Second fire in building in recent years The Torch tower was also hit with a fire in 2015, the Gulf News reports.  Woke up to the crazy sirens in the neighborhood – yet another fire at the Torch tower in Marina. Hope everyone is safe. #dubaipic.twitter.com/UgRXcmZfea— Dina K (@dinakfouri) August 3, 2017 11:25PM Fire 'started on 30th floor' A witness said the fire started on the 30th floor and has now reached the roof. The Torch building is 79 storeys high. The #Torch building in #Dubai is on #fire. It started on the 30th floor & has now reached the roof of the 79 story residential building. pic.twitter.com/m5gDm8deWL— Aaron G. Sheasley (@aaronsheasley) August 3, 2017   11:21PM 'Smoke is everywhere. The streets are covered in debris' A witness told Gulf News: "Smoke is everywhere. The streets are covered in debris." #Dubai torch tower is currently burning in Dubai Marina @gulf_news �� pic.twitter.com/HvxxnOXSuk— PepGenesio (@Mamad_ElShabazz) August 3, 2017   11:16PM Footage shows skyscraper engulfed in flames DEVELOPING: High-rise on fire in Dubai Marina district; firefighters deployed to the area, Dubai Media Office says. t.co/O0pXTKDQ3ypic.twitter.com/36U0lcMzHo— ABC News (@ABC) August 3, 2017  



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