The signings are flooding in from Europe and South America, none bigger than Diego Armando Maradona himself.
So which star did your local UAE Pro-League team snap up this summer, and where will they finish?
Emirates Club The manager: Ghazi Ghrairi The Tunisian guided Emirates Club to the Pro League last season.
The star: Pejman Nouri (pictured above)
The Iranian international pit-bull, known for his stamina in front of the back line, joined Emirates this summer.
The big summer signing: Amer Deeb Jordan’s star winger was signed after his great performances in the 2011 Asian Cup in Qatar.
Our prediction: 12th The season starts on September 15. For info and fixtures, visit www.ufl.ae.
Dubai Club The manager: Nétor Clausen The Argentine has managed Bolivian team The Strongest and was assistant coach for the Oman national team.
The star: Aboubacar M’Baye Camara The Guinean international hit six goals in 18 games as Dubai Club were promoted to the Pro League.
The big summer signing: Eyemen Henaini (pictured above)
The French-Algerian forward has been a consistent goalscorer.
Our prediction: 11th
Al Ain FC The manager: Cosmin Ola˘roiu At just 37, Ola˘roiu led his hometown team Steaua Bucharest to the Romanian double.
The star: Mirel Ra˘doi It was a surprise to no one that Ra˘doi followed his former coach Ola˘roiu to the UAE.
The big summer signing: Ignacio Scocco (pictured above)
The Argentine became known for stunning goals during a three-year spell at AEK Athens.
Our prediction: 10th
Ajman Club The manager: Abdul Qader After leading Al Khaleej to the second-division title, the Iraqi manager took over at Ajman this season.
The star: Ibrahima Touré A product of the FC Metz academy in France, the Senegalese striker scored 36 goals in 51 appearances for Sepahan in Iran.
The big summer signing: Karim Kerkar(pictured above) The French-born Algerian has spells at Le Havre, Man City and Dundee United on his CV.
Our prediction: 9th
Al Wahda FC The manager: Josef Hickersberger The Austrian managed Pro League teams as well as the Bahrain national team in the ’90s.
The star: Fernando Baiano (pictured above)
The veteran striker has played under many clubs in his career, from Corinthians to Wolfsburg, and has always found the back of the net with regularity.
The big summer signing: Yet to make a signing.
Our prediction: 8th
Al Nasr Sports Club The manager: Walter Zenga A goalkeeping legend from his time at Italy and Internazionale.
The star: Ismaël Bangoura (pictured above)
A former fan fave at Dynamo Kyiv, Bangoura is noted for his African dance goal celebration.
The big summer signing: Asimo Iowa The Togolese midfielder learned his trade in Germany with Nuremburg’s second team.
Our prediction: 7th
Al Sharjah The manager: Carlos Azenha He made a name for himself in his native Portugal as an assistant coach.
The star: Anderson de Carvalho (pictured above)
The Brazilian striker was the league top scorer four years in a row after helping Al Wasl to the double.
The big summer signing: Edinho The Brazilian joins from Iranian club Mes, where he hit almost a goal every two games over three seasons.
Our prediction: 6th
Al Shabab The manager: Paulo Bonamigo Bonamigo has been a reliable manager for Al Shabab for the past two years.
The star: Carlos Villanueva (pictured above)
The former Blackburn forward (pictured) signed for Al Shabab for Dhs18m a year ago and hit seven goals in his first season.
The big summer signing: Jociel Ferreira da Silva The Brazilian was brought in by the 2008 champions after a goal-scoring spell in Korea.
Our prediction: 5th
Bani Yas Club The manager: Jorvan Viera The Brazilian has spent most of his 30-year managerial career in the region. The star: Theyab Awana (pictured above)
He recently scored a cheeky back-heel goal for the UAE against Lebanon.
The big summer signing: Ali Mahmoud The striker has scored five times in six matches for Lebanon.
Our prediction: 4th
Al Jazira Club The manager: Vacant
The club is on the hunt for a new man to replace Argentine Alejandro Sabella, who has taken the manager’s job for his country’s national team.
The star: Matías Emilio Delgado (pictured above)
The Argentine playmaker graced the Swiss league with Basel before captaining Beşiktaş in Turkey.
The big summer signing: Ali Mohammad Rashid The Emirati dazzled at Al Shabab last season and will bolster Al Jazira’s midfield.
Our prediction: 3rd
Al Wasl FC The manager: Diego Maradona His arrival is the biggest story in UAE football history.
The star: Khalid Darwish The Al Wasl veteran’s ball control has earned him the nickname ‘Khalidona’.
The big summer signing: Edson Puch (pictured above)
The agile Chilean was snapped up from Universidad De Chile to inject some Latin flair.
Our prediction: 2nd
Al Ahli The manager: Ivan Hasek Hasek coached the Czech national team at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The star: Luis Jiménez The Chilean midfield maestro made a name for himself at Fiorentina and Inter Milan.
The big summer signing: Grafite (pictured above) The Brazilian has been one of Germany top strikers, hitting 80 goals in four seasons for Wolfsburg.