The Tornado recruited Jordan attacking midfielder Yaseen Al Bakhit on Thursday from Al Faisaly Amman to fill a spot in their four-person foreign quota.
The 27-year-old follows a number of impressive local deals which were secured earlier in the week despite the start of the 2016/17 Arabian Gulf League season being three months away.
Forward Mohammed Malallah is the headline acquisition after he was the fourth-highest-scoring Emirati during 2015/16 with six goals in 23 appearances for lowly Emirates Club.
Defender Mahmoud Hassan has also joined from the Falcons, while full-back Bader Abdulrahman has been bought from Sharjah and forward Maher Jassim purchased from relegated Al Shaab.
Hatta were last in the UAE’s leading division during 2007/08, the final season of amateur play.
Their opening match this time sees Arabian Gulf Cup winners Al Wahda take the 266-kilometre trip north east to Hatta Stadium, with round one set to begin on September 15.
Al Bakhit has moved on a one-season deal after he joined the Blue Eagles during summer 2015, who finished second in Jordan.
Al Nasr coach Ivan Jovanovic paid tribute to his players after their historic AFC Champions League voyage continued with a place in the quarter-finals secured.
The Blue Wave had a far rougher ride than they would have expected following a 4-1 thrashing of Tractor Sazi in the first leg a week ago.
Their advantage was extended to 5-1 early on when Salem Saleh dispatched Jonathan Pitroipa’s fine cross to open the scoring in Tabriz.
Three Tractor goals in 26 second-half minutes, however, whipped the majority of the 67,858 crowd inside Yadegar-e Emam Stadium into a frenzy and left the Blue Wave repelling a tide of constant late attacks.
Jovanovic acknowledged his team had to work hard towards the end but felt they deserved their 5-4 aggregate victory.
“My special thanks to my players,” said Jovanovic following the game. “Perhaps Tractor Sazi attacked more during the (two) games but we were the more effective team. Tractor Sazi are a very powerful team. In football, if you don’t deserve it, you will not go through to the next round.”
Striker Farzad Hatami leveled the scores on the night just after there-start to give his side a glimmer of hope before Mohammad Iranporian’s rocket sent the home fans soaring as Tractor began to believe.
A second for Hatami meant one more would have taken the tie to extra-time, but Nasr held on to continue their fairytale run.
“I congratulate Al Nasr on this victory,” said Tractor coach Amir Ghalenoei. “We should have scored five or six goals but it didn’t happen. This is one of my bad days. We played good football but couldn’t emerge victorious.”
The pressure was on Zlatko Dalic’s men after they had been pegged back 1-1 in the first-leg a week ago despite scoring early and dominating for large spells.
Goals from Lee Myung-joo and Danillo Asprilla in Isfahan sent the UAE side through 3-1 on aggregate.
At the same stage of the competition last season, the Boss were dumped out by fellow UAE giants
Al Ahli on away goals after a 3-3 draw at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium followed a 0-0 in the opener in Dubai.
And they could face another Emirati team after the Blue Wave booked their spot in the last eight the previous night with a 5-4 aggregate win against Tractor Sazi.
Al Ain talisman Omar Abdulrahman was predictably the catalyst behind their triumph, setting up both goals last night. The UAE string-puller sold a brilliant dummy to full-back Ali Hamam in the 12th minute and swept into the penalty area before cutting back to South Korea midfielder Lee.
The 26-year-old still had much to do, opening up his body to plant a side-footed effort brilliantly into Mohammadrashid Mazaheri’s top left-hand corner.
They almost made it two before half-time when Asprilla won the ball on the edge of his own box and launched a lightening counter-attack. He fed Abdulrahman who played the ball back to him, the Colombian unleashing a rasping, dipping drive that had Mazaheri rooted to the spot but drifted agonisingly wide.
The Al Ain players gathered in a huddle on the pitch at the end of the half rather than head straight down the tunnel, perhaps as a sign of solidarity.
Their lead became iron-clad just after the hour when the much maligned Asprilla put them 2-0 ahead, skipper Abdulrahman again at the heart of it. He sent Asprilla streaking away and he kept his composure to calmly slot under Mazaheri.
That provided the Boss with a big cushion, leaving the hosts needing three goals to progress. They saw out the rest of the game without concern and will now aim to repeat their 2014 campaign when they made the final four.