News International’s Sunday Times newspaper was removed from shelves in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday after it ran a series of critical reports about Dubai’s debt problems.
The National Media Council of the UAE ordered that distribution of the paper should be blocked this weekend.
The paper featured a double-page spread graphic illustrating Dubai’s ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum sinking in a sea of debt.
A government official in Abu Dhabi said that the picture of Sheik Mohammed was “offensive.”
Strict media rules prevent publications in the UAE from criticising the sheikdom’s rulers.