Last Tuesday, Marte Deborah Delelv of Norway was sentenced to 16 months in prison. Her crime? She reported being raped by a colleague while on a business trip in Dubai to the police. According to the Daily Mail, when she first reported the alleged rape in March, she was thrown in jail for four days because she had consumed alcohol. She was then charged with having sex outside of marriage and received her 16-month sentence. Her alleged rapist received only a 13-month sentence. Finally, however, Delelv has been pardoned for being raped and is allowed leave Dubai and return home, reports Associated Press. Unfortunately, she no longer has a job.
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I am actually really kind of jealous of the people of Dubai, because aside from having islands shaped like the world, and the largest indoor ski slope, they’ve also got amazing pizza technology. Red Tomato Pizza restaurant created a fridge magnet with a built-in bluetooth device that allows you to order pizza simply by PUSHING A BUTTON. On your fridge. Once your pizza button is pressed, you receive a text message with the details of your order. The system stores your pizza preferences, so you get the pie you want every time. The pizza magnet comes with its very own pizza box, and to avoid accidentally ordering pizza, like, 2o times a day, you have to lift the box lid to actually press the pizza button (How embarrassing would it be to lean up against your refrigerator door and call in an order for 47 pizzas, right?)
Right now, the technology is only available via Red Tomato Pizza, but here’s hoping pizza fridge buttons make it this way soon. You can check out their epic promotional video after the jump. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
The fashion world is once again spreading rumors that Karl Lagerfeld will retire from Chanel. Why do people care and why does this rumor resurface so often? Because it’s Chanel. And where do you go when you’re already at the top? Since Karl is famous for topping himself year after year with his larger-than-life fashion show productions, the world is waiting for the day he quits—just to see what he’ll do next.
Anyhow. Uncle K hasn’t announced his retirement yet, but he has just taken on an incredible project: designing an island. (An entire island?!) He’s been recruited by an architecture firm and hotel group to create his own little Lagerfeld Land on the man-made Isla Moda off the coast of Dubai. The resort retreat will be made of “luxury hotels, residential villas, spas, lounges and of course, shopping.” Can we go to there? [Hint Mag] Keep reading »
A pair of flight attendants in Dubai has been sentenced to three months in jail. Their offense? They sent each other flirty text messages. Apparently, this is a crime because the woman in the pair was married—she’s since filed for divorce—and thus the texts represent “intent to commit sin.” If there had been any evidence that they actually had an affair, things would’ve been a lot worse. Of course, three months in jail for some sexts is pretty harsh—if that were the case here, every high schooler in the country would be in jail for life by now. Perhaps this couple should’ve have mexted instead? Keep reading »
For some rather obvious reasons, the “Sex and the City” sequel is having trouble getting permission to film in Dubai, a Muslim country. From all that glorified promiscuous sex down to the very name of the show, it’s no wonder that the set and the plot aren’t really meshing. But because we’re morbidly curious about how they’re going to make this even vaguely interesting, we’ve got a few ideas to help them speed up filming. [Daily Express] Keep reading »
Lebanese national Raffi Nernekian was arrested in Dubai for wearing a Marc Jacobs-designed T-shirt promoting skin cancer awareness with a nude photo of Victoria Beckham. Although all of Posh’s important lady parts were hidden by the “Protect the Skin You’re In” slogan, Nernekian reportedly got into an argument with a local over the shirt. After the argument he left to change his shirt, only to find the police waiting when he returned. He was jailed for a month for “offending public decency.” Although Dubai is a tourist destination even for folks like Paris Hilton (who has recently been searching for a new BFF there), visitors are advised to review the country’s moral and social code before partying it up — or getting dressed. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
Even though we gave you a few tips for having sex on the beach, we don’t recommend using them if you’re visiting Dubai. MIchelle Palmer, a 30-year-old British woman who lives there, was arrested for having sex on the beach, and in the United Arab Emirates, sex outside of marriage is illegal, and so is PDA. What happened was that Michelle and a man were caught by a police officer after spending most of the day being gluttons at an all-you-can-eat-and-drink brunch. He let them go with a warning, but then he caught them a second time, and Michelle reportedly called the officer names and tried to hit him with her heel. And now, thanks to a few too many mimosas, Michelle could face up to six years in jail. [AHN] Keep reading »