The squad arrived from Doha, where they have been at a training camp since December 21, and had their first practice session tonight at the Al Ahli Stadium.
During their two-week stay in Qatar, the UAE played two friendly matches, both against Yemen, winning the first 2-0 and the second 3-1. The Whites face Qatar in their opening match tomorrow, kick-off 10.15pm, and then meet Bahrain on January 8.
Three days later, Mahdi Ali's team will complete their group engagements against Oman.
The UAE squad
Goalkeeper Ali Khaseif (Al Jazira)
Defenders Mohammed Ahmed (Al Ain), Abdulaziz Sanqoor (Al Ahli), Hamdan Al Kamali (Al Wahda), Waleed Abbas (Al Shabab)
Midfield Majed Hassan (Al Ahli), Omar Abdulrahman (Al Ain), Amer Abdulrahman (Baniyas), Khamis Ismail (Al Jazira)
Forwards Ismail Matar (Al Wahda), Ahmed Khalil (Al Ahli)