Ireland were left frustrated in their pursuit of a three-day victory as the United Arab Emirates clung on to force their ICC Intercontinental Cup clash at Malahide into a final day.
Having set an imposing total of 492, John Bracewell's side turned the screw on their opponents on Thursday morning as they bowled the Gulf state out for 213 in their first innings.
The Irish then went for the jugular as they enforced the follow on.
And despite half-centuries from Swapnil Patil and Saqib Ali, they claimed nine more scalps by the time stumps were called with spinner George Dockrell picking up four for 93.
However, they could not part the final UAE pair of Manjula Guruge and Mohammad Naveed before the close as they resisted stubbornly to force the game into Friday.
The tourists will resume on 251 for nine but still need another 28 just to make the hosts to bat again.