Stephen Constantine's men conjured a spirited performance against the host nation at the Zayed Sports City Stadium, but were eventually made to rue their missed chances as UAE sealed the win through goals from Khalfan Mubarak and Ali Mabkhout.
Despite the defeat during their penultimate game in Group A, India still have a healthy chance of making it to the knockout stages, if they manage to avoid defeat against bottom-placed Bahrain on Monday.
The Reds, who have endured a disappointing start to the tournament, are in desperate need of a win to stand a chance in making the knockout stages of the tournament.
Bahrain's defeat to Thailand has inflicted a heavy toll on the team and they need to bounce back against India, if they are to avoid packing their bags even before hitting their stride in the competition.
Although they have endured a slow start to the tournament, Bahrain are still more than capable of getting the result they want, especially considering they reached the semi-finals of the Gulf Cup last year.
Without further delay, let us delve into analyzing India's next opponents in the AFC Asian Cup -- Bahrain -- and all you need to know about them.
Bahrain are currently ranked 113th according to the latest FIFA rankings, while India are 16 places ahead of their adversaries and occupy an all-time high ranking of 97th at this moment.
Bahrain Coach: Miroslav Soukup
Miroslav Soukup took the reign as head coach of Bahrain back in 2016 and has done a commendable job with the team until now. The 53-year-old guided the Reds to the semi-finals of the Gulf Cup last year as they held both Iran and Qatar to draws on their way to the penultimate round of the tournament in Kuwait.
The Czech coach has the experience of guiding his country to the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Canada and first arrived in Asia when he took the role of head coach with the Yemen national team.
However, Soukup would eventually shift loyalties to Bahrain, where he has spent the last two seasons working towards rebuilding the team after a catastrophic qualification campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup under then manager Sergio Batista.
Bahrain are yet to scale any significant heights under the tutelage of Soukup, but ensuring qualification to the next round from Group A could be monumental, especially considering they have failed to do the same in the last two editions of the tournament.
Predicted Formation: 4-4-2
Form Guide: Bahrain
Here are Bahrain's results from their previous 10 matches:
Lost 1-0 against Thailand on 10 January 2019
Drew 1-1 with UAE on 5 January 2019
Won 4-0 against DPR Korea on 29 December 2018
Won 1-0 against Lebanon on 27 December 2018
Won 5-0 against Tajikistan on 20 December 2018
Lost 2-1 against Oman on 19 November 2018
Won 4-1 against Myanmar on 16 October 2018
Lost 1-0 against Syria on 11 October 2018
Drew 0-0 with China on 10 September 2018
Drew 1-1 with Philippines on 6 September 2018
Overall: 4 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses from their last 10 games.
Next slide: Key Players and full squad for the AFC Asian Cup 2019