A host of big-name Olympians could be about to set up camp in the United Arab Emirates as they take advantage of the region's world-class facilities to get ready for the London 2012 games.
Just this week, Australian record-breaking swimmer Ian Thorpe arrived in Abu Dhabi, where he intends to stay for several weeks as he trains to make another big splash on the world stage.
While some observers have questioned the 'Thorpedo's' decision to relocate to the emirate, he himself has maintained that it makes excellent sense given the facilities on offer.
Furthermore, the swimmer has also revealed that, far from being a solitary figure training in the UAE, a host of other big names could be set to follow his lead over the next few days.
"I've had a few swimmers, a couple of international swimmers and some Australian swimmers, that want to come and train with me," he told reporters before jetting off from his native Australia.
This comes as the biggest names in world tennis, including Federer and Djokovic compete in the Dubai Championships.