Starwood Hotels & Resorts with properties worldwide recently moved their global operations from the United States to Dubai for one month in May this year.
Even though tourism is the number two income for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, it appears it’s a very unfriendly and possibly dangerous place for foreign ladies.
After this story one may have second thoughts about traveling to the metropolis of super attractions. Thousands of Facebook, twitter and other social media postings already call for a tourism boycott for Dubai. One may have thoughts about boycotting a stay at any Sheraton, Westin, St. Regis, W Hotels, Le Meridien or other Starwood hotels some time ago.
This is the second such incident involving hotels in the United Arab Emirates.
Raped in a hotel in Dubai and sentenced to jail for it. This is a story of a Norwegian women who was sentenced to 16 months in prison for extramarital sex after she reported being raped in Dubai has been revealed for the first time today.
Marta Deborah Dalelv, who worked for an interior design firm in Qatar since 2011 was sexually assaulted by a co-worker in March while she was attending a business meeting in Dubai.
She said she fled to the hotel lobby and asked for the police to be called. The hotel staff asked if she was sure she wanted to involve the police, Dalelv said.
Ms Dalelv reported the sexual assault in March this year, after which she had to spend days in a cell before she was allowed to use a telephone.
With the help of family members, the Norwegian consulate was able to negotiate a release and she has been living under the protection of the Norwegian Sailor’s Church until her sentencing this week.
She was handed a prison sentence for having sex outside of marriage after reporting it to police.
I received the harshest sentence for sex outside marriage, harshest sentence for drinking alcohol and on top of that I was found guilty of perjury,’ she told Verdens Gang.
‘It is a terrible situation she is in,’ said Gisle Meling, the priest at the Norwegian Sailor’s Church.
‘We are very surprised and had hoped it would go another way, but we live in a country which has a justice system which draws its conclusions with the help of Sharia law.’
Ms Dalelv was sentenced to one year and four months in jail but as Norway has no extradition treaty with Dubai, her future is uncertain.
In 2008, Gali, then a 27-year-old Australian woman, was hired as the manager of the Starwood Le Meridien Al-Aqah Beach Resort, in the Emirates of Fujairah. One night, after having her drink spiked in the employee bar, she awoke in her room, naked, covered in bruises, with four broken ribs. Reports were made during the night in response to her screams. Guards who entered the room saw her unconscious and three naked, male hotel employees in her room.
Under UAE law, rapists can only be convicted if either the perpetrator confesses or if four adult Muslim males witness the crime.
Under the Sharia-influenced laws, sex before marriage is completely forbidden and an unmarried couple holding hands in public can be jailed.
Foreigners jailed in Dubai are deported immediately after completing their sentences.