Detained in Dubai

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Detained in Dubai is a London-based organisation founded in 2008 by Radha Stirling, which states its aim is to help foreigners abroad.[1][2][3]

Detained in Dubai was founded when Stirling's colleague from Endemol, Cat Le-Huy was arrested in the UAE. Stirling led the legal team and media that ended with Cat's release. Following the international press coverage of Cat's case, Stirling was asked by other victims of injustice for assistance.

Cases and causes[edit]

Detained in Dubai has represented businessmen and celebrities including Matt Joyce & Marcus Lee, Safi Qarashi, Sheikha Latifa, Artur Ligeska, Andy Neal,[4] Jamie Harron,[5] Billy Barclay,[6] Ellie Holman,[7] Laleh Shahravesh, David Oliver, Hervé Jaubert, Mohammed Haddad, Oussama El Omari, Richard Lau, Khater Massaad, Oussama El Omari, Peter Clark, Jihad Quzmar, Conor Howard, Robert Urwin, Alan Stevenson, Pancho Campo, André Gauthier, Hind Albalooki, Roxanne Hillier, Danielle Jeffries, Nichole Coffel, Ali Issa Ahmad, Dieter Kellouche, Perry Coppins, Tracy Wilkinson, Derrin Crawford, Andy Neal, Farzan Athari, Morag Koussa, Melissa McBurnie, Christopher Renehan and Sheikha Zeynab.[8]

Princess Latifa[edit]

In March 2018, Detained in Dubai responded to requests for help from Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, a princess and daughter of the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who was abducted by masked armed men off a boat near Goa on 4 March 2018.[9][10] As of 5 May 2018, Latifa's location was unknown, but in December 2018, the “troubled girl” was reported to be in the care of her family by Mary Robinson, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, after a meeting with Latifa's step-mother Princess Haya.[11] Robinson was publicly criticised by Detained in Dubai and Human Rights Watch;[12] in February 2021, Robinson retracted her statement, claiming she and Haya had been misled by the Dubai royal family.[13]

Cybercrime and social media cases[edit]

In April 2019, Detained in Dubai attracted media attention to the case of Laleh Shahravesh, a British citizen who was arrested in Dubai for having called her ex-husband an "idiot" and her ex-husband's new wife a "horse" in a Facebook post. According to Detained in Dubai, Shahravesh had risked a two-year prison sentence and a £50,000 fine for her "horseplay".[14]

Controversial partnerships and cases[edit]

Shahid Bolsen

Shahid King Bolsen became involved with the company after Detained In Dubai took up his case in 2012.[15] Bolsen admitted to killing a German engineer he met online in 2006 and escaped from prison. Bolsen has been accused of inciting violence against Americans and American businesses in Egypt as recent as 2015[16] which he denied in an interview with Radha Stirling.[17]

According to The New York times, Bolsen is quoted as saying "The idea is disruption without bloodshed, I condemn the loss of life and the use of violence against people", he said. But, he added, if a few lives are lost to help prevent needless deaths at the hands of security forces, "sometimes it is a price to be paid."[16]

Ellie Holman

In August 2018, Swedish-Iranian Ellie Holman was charged with having alcohol in her blood after drinking one complimentary glass of wine on an Emirates flight prior to her arrival in Dubai.[18] Radha Stirling of Detained in Dubai alleged that "the UAE maintains a deliberately misleading facade that alcohol consumption is perfectly legal for visitors." According to Detained in Dubai, the UAE presented that she had been detained for visa-related issues, though the official prosecution charge provided that she had been arrested for the consumption of alcohol and invading the privacy of an officer. Detained in Dubai has campaigned for legislative reforms to prevent further such arrests.[19]

In response, Emirates released a statement clarifying that alcohol consumption is not prohibited on their flights and alcohol is served in the lounges in the Dubai International Airport and is available for purchase in the duty-free area of the airport.[20] A statement from attorney General of Dubai was released detailing that Holman attempted to enter Dubai using an expired Swedish passport and was held for less than 24 hours and then deported due to profanity and photographing a government official in a restricted area.[21] Holman later stated that she had been held due to a "visa mistake".[22] The original story was criticized by Dubai for being "fake news."[23] by the UAE government controlled media[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ex-Spy Says the Daughter of Dubai's Ruler Has Been Missing Since He Tried to Help Her Escape". Time magazine. Archived from the original on April 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "Runaway 32-year-old princess 'brought back' to Dubai". The Guardian. 18 April 2018.
  3. ^ "India accused of violating international treaties in sending back runaway Dubai princess". India Today. 11 April 2018.
  4. ^ Russell, Dan; Reid, Ben (2019-02-13). "Former Nottingham soldier accused of 'handling drugs' in Dubai". NottinghamshireLive. Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  5. ^ "Man jailed in Dubai for touching someone's hip says he'd consider going back to work there". The Independent. 2017-10-25. Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  6. ^ "Fake banknote man flies home for family reunion 'and some good food'". BBC News. 2017-10-05. Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  7. ^ "Mother 'held in Dubai for three days after one glass of wine on flight'". ITV News. 2018-08-10. Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  8. ^ "Detained in Dubai Client List". Detained in Dubai.
  9. ^ ""Sheikh Mohammed can get you anywhere in the world", freed Tiina Jauhiainen". Helsinki Times. 31 March 2018. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Detained in Dubai official news desk: Detained in Dubai to hold press conference on the case of Latifa Al Maktoum and attack on US yacht". 9 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Sheikha Latifa: Mary Robinson 'backed Dubai version of events'". BBC News. 27 December 2018. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  12. ^ Sanchez, Raf (2018-12-27). "Former UN human rights chief says princess who tried to flee UAE is 'troubled'". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  13. ^ Panorama - The Missing Princess, retrieved 2021-02-17
  14. ^ Hardy, Jack (2019-04-07). "British mother faces jail in Dubai for calling ex-husband an 'idiot' in old Facebook posts, campaigners claim". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2019-04-07. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  15. ^ "Chloroform killer fights to dodge the firing squad". Radha Stirling. Retrieved 2020-09-04.
  16. ^ a b Kirkpatrick, David D. (2015-02-27). "Online, American Helps Fuel Attacks in Egypt". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-09-04.
  17. ^ "Interview with Shahid Bolsen". Detained in Dubai. Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  18. ^ "Woman held in Dubai with daughter after drinking wine on flight". The Guardian. 10 August 2018. Archived from the original on 12 August 2018. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  19. ^ "radhastirling". radhastirling. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  20. ^ Duncan, Gillian (9 September 2018). "Alcohol is 'not prohibited' on flights to Dubai, says Emirates". The National.
  21. ^ "Statement by the Attorney General of Dubai, regarding the case involving a Swedish national with her daughter at Dubai International Airport". Government of Dubai Media Office. 11 August 2018.
  22. ^ "Deported Swede Ellie Holman concedes she made visa 'mistake' at Dubai airport". The National. 16 August 2018.
  23. ^ Denman, Selina (16 August 2018). "Is the coverage of the deported Swedish woman anything more than fake news?". The National.
  24. ^ "Press freedom in the UAE: No country for bad press". Verdict. 2018-04-12. Retrieved 2021-04-28.

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