By Andy Sambidge
Commander says decision to shut for security reasons was 'exaggerated reaction'.
Dubai's police chief has described the US Consulate's decision to close on Wednesday for security reasons as an "exaggerated reaction".
Lt General Dahi Khalfan, Commander of Dubai Police, questioned the need to shut the office in the World Trade Centre building.
"A man called the police from a public phone and lodged a compliant against an unnamed Arab man. The plaintiff was later arrested for wreaking a malicious personal vendetta against that man," Khalfan said in comments to news agency WAM.
He added: "Apparently, the Consulate officials were not convinced about the details we offered to them. They opted to take the first part of the story and to ignore the other part that the whole matter was caused by a malicious personal vendetta."
A statement issued by the American embassy in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on Wednesday said: "Based on security information specific to the Consulate General provided by Dubai authorities, the US Consulate General in Dubai will be closed to the public on January 21, 2009. This includes the suspension of routine American citizen services and visa interviews."