Cannavaro now begins the final phase of his playing career in Dubai with club side Al-Ahli, but could soon be joined by Gennaro Gattuso.
He said: "I visited the city, the schools and homes. It is a wonderful place that lives football in a different way. It's an interesting challenge for me at the age of 37.
"Rino was meant to go first, but in the end it was down to me. I think in future more Italians will arrive, because Dubai want to grow their football by bringing in new players to teach youth."