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British Citizen who had never visited the UAE was held over MISTAKEN IDENTITY while in transit, trav


British Citizen who had never visited the UAE was held over MISTAKEN IDENTITY while in transit, travel plans ruined.


A British Citizen was arrested in transit through Dubai. He was advised that there was a case against him and given no further information, despite having never been to the UAE in his life. He tried to argue this fact with authorities at the airport but was held for four days before he was able to attend a hearing. It emerged that he was arrested simply because he had a common name and shared the same date of birth as the man he was mistaken for.


After the identity issues were clarified, a bureaucratic nightmare began that lead him into a series of back and forth visitations between CID, the Police, the airport and round in circles again until he was finally able to leave. Of course, his travel plans were ruined and he returned to the UK.