1 Fabien Barthez When? October 2009. Where? The Chivas Legends Dinner Why? He said at the time: ‘The UAE is a fantastic place. If someone does approach me [to play in the UAE], you never know what can happen.’
2 John & Toni Terry When? February 2010. Where? Le Royal Méridien Hotel, playing football with some children. Why? Trying to patch up his marriage and restore some of his public image after another unsavoury extra-marital incidents.
3 Ashley & Cheryl Cole When? 2005. Where? Al Maha Desert Resort. Why? The former Arsenal player invited then-girlfriend Cheryl on a camel ride and proposed to her, with a diamond ring worth an estimated £50,000 (Dhs294,500).
4 Gary Lineker & Danielle Bux When? May 2008 and April 2009. Where? Gold souk and a Dubai beach resort. Why? The pair are big fans of Dubai – they’ve visited at least three times. They were spotted browsing for rings in the souk in 2008.
5 Robert Pirès When? July 2010. Where? Staying with friends in Jumeirah Why? A holiday – although the French left winger did mention to us that the UAE ‘is definitely a place I could see myself playing football.’ Watch this space.
6 John Barnes When? May 2010. Where? Abu Dhabi airport, photographed with Etihad cabin crew. Why? As part of a promotional tour of the Barclays English Premier League Trophy around the UAE.
7 David & Victoria Beckham When? Various trips since 2006. Last seen here in January 2009. Where? Last seen at Al Nasr Stadium, training with AC Milan, as well as at the Park Hyatt, where the team were staying. Why? To train with his former team. The Beckhams also bought a villa on the Palm in 2006.
8 Dennis Wise When? April 27, 2010. Where? The opening of the Armani Hotel. Why? The miniature sports star is regularly over here for holidays. He was so friendly that he came over to say goodbye before he left.
9 Wayne & Coleen Rooney When? Late October 2010 – just in time for half term (along with hordes of British tourists). Where? Burj Al Arab. Why? To celebrate his pay rise and birthday, rest his ankle and recover after bad press following his alleged affair.
10 Jermain Defoe & Chantelle Houghton When? February 2009. Where? A Dubai beach resort. Why? On a romantic break with new reality TV star and (now ex-) girlfriend Chantelle after he fractured his toe.
11 Peter Crouch & Abbey Clancy When? Early October 2010. Where? Le Royal Méridien Hotel. Why? To allow his pregnant girlfriend, Abbey, to rest following his alleged affair and the resulting well-publicised scandal.