The forthcoming boxing match between Heavyweight World Champions David Haye and Wladimir Klitschko could well be staged in the UAE.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Middle East has emerged as a potential venue for the unification bout after doubts about staging the fight in Germany arose.
The fight between WBA champion Haye and Klitschko, who holds the IBF and WBO titles, was set to be staged in Germany at one of three football stadiums in Gelsenkirchen, Dusseldorf and Frankurt.
However, the newspaper claims that a host of other options are now being explored with Russia, Monaco, Switzerland, South Africa and the US being touted along with the UAE.
Should the event be staged in the UAE it could serve to boost the profile of the country to both tourists and potential investors.
Adam Booth, Haye's manager-trainer, told the Mirror: "It's a bigger fight now than it was two years ago when David pulled out. Wladimir or Vitali have not had a fight as big as this before. When Vitali fought Lennox Lewis he was a late substitute remember and it wasn't a massive fight.
"There is no other fight as big as fighting David, so why would it not happen? It's as about as personal a fight as David has ever had."