It appears not only celebrities are interested in visiting Dubai, but extraterrestrials, too. 

UAE resident Prithy Dhakan Rijesh was on a trip to Global Village when she noticed a glowing, circular shape in the sky. She took her phone out to capture the odd sighting and prove it was not the moon she saw so strangely positioned up there. 

According to Gulf News - the news outlet Rijesh swiftly sent the footage to on Thursday - the video "clearly showed a source of light shifting across the sky, with the moon in the background."

"I saw a huge ring, which looked like a UFO and it was constantly moving at a certain speed. In fact, three days ago my friend in Abu Dhabi also witnessed something very similar," Rijesh told Gulf News.

Image Credit: Prithy Rijesh Source: Gulf News

To get to the bottom of this "UFO sighting," Gulf News contacted the Dubai Astronomy Group for scientific insights and explanations. 

According to Hasan Ahmad Al Hariri, CEO of the Dubai Astronomy Group, what the resident witnessed was a mere trick of light called "the 22 degree halo.

"There are ice crystals in the cloud, which bend the light coming from the moon in a special way, creating a halo image," Al Hariri told the English-language newspaper. 

"If this halo was totally away from the moon, I would have definitely said that it might be something else. But because you can see the light from the moon near it, it is the moonlight that is creating the halo effect," he added.

Watch the video below:

Not the first "UFO sighting" in the UAE

Many people have claimed to have seen unidentified flying objects in the UAE's sky. 

In 2017, beams of light flying rapidly through the skies of Abu Dhabi had people perplexed and looking for answers. 

What appeared to be blazing meteorites in many social media users' videos, turned out to be some "debris of the Progress space module, also known as the SL-4 R/B (42972U), a Russian cargo spacecraft (that was unmanned),"  as explained by the Dubai Astronomy Group, according to What's On. 

In 2016, Dulanka Bandara, a 34-year-old Sri Lankan UAE resident, claimed to have spotted a UFO while driving along Al Khail Road towards Burj Khalifa, TimeOut Dubai reported at the time.

According to Al Hariri, it was another trick of light that made a lamppost take a slightly different shape ... as the resident took the photo while driving her car.