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NBA comes to Abu Dhabi

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi have announced a groundbreaking multi-year partnership to host the first NBA games in the UAE. The preseason NBA games in Abu Dhabi beginning in 2022 will mark the first games between two NBA teams in the Arabian Gulf.

Abu Dhabi will host pre-season NBA games beginning with two games in October 2022. The participating teams and host venue will be announced at a later date. Fans can register their interest in receiving more information by visiting

Abu Dhabi will also host a variety of interactive fan events featuring appearances by current and former NBA players, the launch of Jr. NBA Leagues for boys and girls at schools across the UAE fostering teamwork and inclusion, a series of NBA Fit Clinics promoting health and wellness, and an NBA 2K League exhibition event.

NBA fans in the Middle East can access extensive video highlights, news, stats, scores and original digital content in Arabic on the NBA’s official online destination. Fans in the region can also watch every NBA game live and on demand on NBA League Pass, the league’s premium live game subscription service.