Fans in the United Arab Emirates are looking forward to a feast of football at the beginning of January when a host of big stars and clubs head to the Gulf State.

First up is a prestige friendly for the UAE national team against European and World Champions AC Milan on January 8 which will see world player of the year Kaka head to the middle-east.

Two days later sees the start of the annual Dubai Challenge Cup.

This competition features two national and two club teams.

2007 winners SV Hamburg return to Dubai and this year there is some Latin representation as Brazilian club Vasco De Gama have been invited.

As well as the UAE, China will participate for the first time. The two Asian nations are preparing for the next round of qualification for the 2010 World Cup and will meet in Dubai on January 10.