The Sunday Times was removed by authorities from shelves in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday following its reporting of Dubai's debt problems, the Wall Street Journal has reported.
The National Media Council ordered the paper blocked by distributors without providing a reason, an executive at the paper in Dubai said.
The Sunday Times' Business section featured a double-page spread graphic illustrating Dubai's ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum sinking in a sea of debt. The Sunday Times wasn't given a reason for the block, or a timeframe when it will be lifted, the executive said.
A government official in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the U.A.E., said that the picture of Sheik Mohammed, which accompanied a story entitled: The sinking of Dubai's dream, was "offensive."
The Wall Street Journal says under the U.A.E.'s media code, publications are prohibited from criticising the sheikdom's rulers.