If there was a world record for breaking the most world records, the United Arab Emirates would hold it.
The past 10 years have witnessed rapid change on a phenomenal scale in the oil-rich nation and one of its growing portfolio of global investments - tourism, property, banking, etc - is now most definitely football.
Kaka's rejection aside, it can only now be a matter of time before Manchester City's owners splash out on the biggest transfer ever.
But, just as Russian football asked questions when Roman Abramovich started ploughing a small chunk of his billions into Chelsea, isn't the UAE game entitled to ask: "what about us?"
And aren't world football fanatics just a little curious about The Beautiful Game in a consistently headline-grabbing nation where expatriates from all over the globe flock to live and work.
The Al Nahyan's cash-fuelled ownership of City actually coincides at a time when UAE football is being taken more seriously than ever.
The league has just turned professional, investment is higher than ever, Brazilian internationals sign for clubs there in big-money transfers, and the odd talented UAE national player or two could be on the verge of moving to a league in the European limelight.
Maybe you live in Abu Dhabi and play football against Emirati youngsters. Do they have the raw talent to one day see a world-class talent emerge?.....
Perhaps you've been to Dubai on holiday and ended up watching David Beckham make his AC Milan debut. What did you think of the facilities? Did you sense a passion or ambivalance towards football out there?.....
Looking at the wider picture, should wealthy foreign Premier League owners have a greater conscience and obligation towards the development of football in their home countries?.....
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