Swedish Firm Fires Raped Norwegian in Dubai

Update 7/20/2011 1046am: An article in English has been published in VG.no, and is reproduced at the bottom of this post.

The details of this case are bizarre, and include a connection with Janet Jackson, the sister of Michael Jackson and a recent “revert” to Islam.

Well, if this doesn’t take the cake. Just when you think Sweden couldn’t sink any lower, it comes up with this little gem. Many thanks to Steen for keeping us informed about this one: the Swedish company that employed the young woman who reported being raped in Dubai has fired her for her actions:

I have emailed the company uae@theone.com, to the attention of the director Thomas Lundgren, that I will give his business as much publicity as possible all over the world.

The company writes to the raped woman:

“As you know, your indecent behaviour in this matter is in conflict with company regulations.”

A real [expletive] — could you spread the word? Hege has the original story.

See Steen’s post (in Danish).

Here’s the article in English from VG.no:

Janet Jackson’s Husband Fired Marte Dalelv (24)

Billionaire Wissam Al Mana, husband of famous popstar Janet Jackson, signed the letter of resignation for Marte Dalelv (24) after she reported being raped in Dubai.

The 6th of March this year Dalelv reported a colleague for rape while on a business trip in Dubai. Earlier this week, Dalelv was sentenced to 16 months in prison after being convicted for having extramarital sex, drinking alcohol without permission and giving false statement to the police.

“Unacceptable and improper behavior”

Ms. Dalelv received a letter from her employer Al Mana Interiors three weeks after she reported the rape, informing her that she was suspended from her position, effective immediately.

The ninth of april she got a new shocking letter: Her contract was terminated due to “unacceptable and improper behavior”. This time it was the company’s managing director, Mr. Wissam Al Mana, who himself signed the letter.

Got married

Al Mana and popstar Janet Jackson, the sister of Michael Jackson, got married in 2012. When they confirmed the marriage this February the news went worldwide.

“Last year we were married in a quiet, private and beautiful ceremony”, the couple wrote in a statement to the press.

“I think a man’s dream woman changes as he goes through different stages in his life. I’m fortunate to be dating my dream woman now,” he told Harper’s Bazaar in 2010 according to Gulf News.

Sacked by a billionaire

Wissam Al Mana is a businesstycoon in Qatar who is believed to be worth one billion dollars. His company has worked together, amongst others, with the luxury brand Herme’s on opening a high-end story in Doha, according to Trends Magazine, an international magazine about arab business, who wrote an article about Al Mana in 2009.

Al Mana Interiors in Doha and their role as a franchisee in the interior chain The One Total Home Experience is also mentioned in the article. Dalelv got recruited through The One for the job in Dubai, and on The One’s website Al Mana Interiors is promoted as The One’s Doha-store.

The One is owned by the swedish bussinessman Thomas Lundgren, which has recruited several Norwegians to work for him and their franchisees in the Gulf-countries. Mr. Lundgren has not replied VGs repeated attempts to get a comment.

Removed Facebook-pages

On their Facebook-page Qatar-based Al Mana Interiors informs that the company is led by the Saleh Al Mana-group, which is owned by the three brothers Hisham, Kamal and Wissam Saleh Al Mana.

This was also confirmed in a statement to the press in 2010.

The brothers owns over 50 different companies in the Gulf-region, Wissam Al Mana informs in an interview to Gulfconnoisseur.

Other companies in the Saleh Al Mana-group do sales of cares, cosmetics and real estate.

The Facebook-page of Al Mana Interiors have been removed since Friday morning and the company has not given any statements. The same goes for the Facebook-page of The One.

Personally signed the letter

Al Mana writes the following in the letter he personally signed:

Dear Ms. Dalelv,

Further to the suspension letter notified to you on 20th March 2013, we hereby inform you that you employment with Al Mana Interiors W.L.L. is terminated for misconduct and breach of your employment duties, effective immediately.

As mentioned is the suspension letter dated 20th March 2013, your employment agreement is termination due to your unacceptable and improper behavior during your last business trip in Dubai, which has resulted in your arrest by the Police Authorities in UAE.

The full and final settlement of any outstanding benefits can be discussed wih Mr. XXXX XXXXXX. At the same time, you are requested to hand in any company property given to you on account of company work.

The present letter has been given in accordance with article 61 of the Qatar Labour Law no 14 of (2004), and a copy of which will be submitted to the Labour Department, for their records.


Wissam Al Mana
Managing Director

VG’s reporters have not recieved any comments from Al Mana Interiors or Wissam Al Mana, despite repeated requests.

Hat tip for the article: The Observer.

27 thoughts on “Swedish Firm Fires Raped Norwegian in Dubai

  1. I hope the Russians will not allow their northern flank to fall.
    A decade ago, I would not imagine myself saying this…

  2. What ever happened to the Australian girl who was jailed for being raped by Muslims in the UAE or was it Qatar?

    • She finally got out and is back home safe in Australia . Traumatised and shaken initially but on the road to recovery. O course she would never go to the middle east again and I ould guess her attitude to arab males , islam and sharia is now what it should be.

      • One wonders if she still votes for Leftwing parties and is beholden to the demonized Western Civilization narrative.

        • “…and is beholden to the demonized Western Civilization narrative…” I don’t think she was ever beolden to that idea.. but having returned home after what was probably her first rip OS certainly knows to prefer the ‘corrupt’ West over it’s islamic alternative.

  3. It was Alicia Gali in Dubai in 2008. Look up this latest one on wiki, not that I trust all but with a few searches you can find this latest ones name and what happened and write.

  4. Hmmph. When I was a kid, my mother (from Norse Dakota–Gud hville henne) used to recount how her grandma would snort about “the French butcher” and “A Swede is just a Norwegian with the brains knocked out” (En Svensker ver en Norsker med hjarrer slutt utt or something like that) whenever Great-Grandpa used to wax proud of his service in the army of the king (back in the days when there was a personal union of Norway and Sweden under the latter’s king).

    This Swedish company sounds colder than its headquarters’ winter weather.

    • “Gud hville henne” means “god rest her”, except “hville” is not a word, “hvile” it should be. I don’t know what to translate it to, since it sounds strange in both languages. You may say “May God let her rest in peace” which in norwegian would be “Måtte Gud la henne hvile i fred”.

      Also, “a swede is just a norwegian with the brains knockout out” is “En Svenske er bare en Nordmann uten hjerne”

      I hope it’s not rude of me to translate it correctly for you, but now you know. I must admit that my english writing skills are not so good ha-ha 🙂

      Hvordan kan du få en svenske til å le på Nyttårsaften?
      – fortelle en vits på Julaften.

      “How can you get a swede to laugh on New Year’s Eve?
      – tell a joke on Christmas Eve.

      • [Attention: This is an English-language blog. Please translate any foreign-language comments into English. I have added a Google translation to your comment, but it is less than adequate. — BB]

        Moget att skämta om svenskar i detta fall, trodde att de flesta norrmän var smarta nog att samarbeta i den situation som pågår? Men det var väl “svenskar” som själva var på besök hemma i Dubai.

        [Google translation: Ripe making jokes about Swedes in this case, thought that most Norwegians were smart enough to work in the situation that is going on? But it was well “Swedes” who themselves were on a visit home in Dubai.]

      • Well, we swedes has almost the same jokes in return, but the one about the missing brain was new for me.

        The best one I’ve heard before was:

        -What’s the name of the the world’s thinnest book?
        -“Swedish heroes”…

  5. Sweden hardly acknowledges rape-figures running higher by the day.
    Did anyone really expect a swedish company to stand up for a female
    employee in a muslim Country…..?

  6. Drink too much pc for too long and you become irresistible prey for looters, rapists and thieves.

  7. Young non-muslim women are now possibly nearly as much in danger to be raped in Sweden and Norway, as they are in muslim countries – and by the same “kind of people”.

  8. The company is registered in UAE, with a Swedish CEO (a religious fanatic btw, and I think we all know that Sweden is not the only country in the world with those..)
    Not sure when this became the country of Sweden’s fault, it sounds rather fanatic and some of your comments actually scare me a bit.. The Russian one for example. I highly doubt that Sweden has committed more crimes against humanity in the past 100 years (or even the last five years) than Russia?

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    So they called for “Women and young ‘Millennial’ ” should very careful with those Qatar lead by MOZA and her spouse Hammad (out sided) now her Son Tamim!
    This new Tamim having very interesting story also?

    let read:

    but this prince having some thing interesting back 2004-2005:
    The Crown Prince of Qatar should be stoned to death for being gay, according to Dr Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim fundamentalist scholar who is based in Qatar.
    and her

  11. Just wondering, but did Janet Jackson have the obligatory clitorectomy when she reverted to Islam?

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  13. To be honest It is not smart, knowingly going to a country where it is not allowed to drink alcohol, knowing it has a risk of jailtime being publicly drunk, going with a colleague to your room, knowing it is not allowed in Dubai and then complaining. How stupid can you be?

  14. and nowhere is mentioned that the man also got jailtime.
    statements one against one.

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  16. “I think a man’s dream woman changes as he goes through different stages in his life. I’m fortunate to be dating my dream woman now,” he told Harper’s Bazaar in 2010 according to Gulf News.”

    i.e. , in 5 years time when he is in a ‘different stage” in his life, he’ll be dating a new ‘dream woman’?

    Don’t say you weren’t warned, ‘revert’ Janet Jackson. Start learning about the fundamental beliefs of your new cult. Check out ‘taqiyya’ for starters.

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