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The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2022 will mark the league’s first games in the United Arab Emirates and the Arabian Gulf.

The Atlanta Hawks and the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks will play two pre-season games at Etihad Arena, Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Thursday 6th October and Saturday 8th October 2022.

NBA District

Head down to the NBA District at Manarat Al Saadiyat to celebrate the convergence of NBA and popular culture on October 5-9 as part of the league’s first games in the UAE! This exclusive fan event will feature NBA legends Chris Bosh, Vince Carter, Shaquille O’Neal, Isiah Thomas and Dominique Wilkins, a live musical performance by global hip-hop star Fabolous, viewing parties, Jr. League NBA, NBA FIT Clinics and more. NBA District is ideal for both those attending the games and visiting the region, showcasing music, media and art associated with NBA culture. Fans will be able to engage with NBA personalities from around the world, watch authentic NBA game entertainment, enjoy hands-on basketball activities, and purchase limited-edition NBA merchandise.


Milwaukee Bucks


Atlanta Hawks

Live broadcast

Watch the NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2022 live

The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2022 will be broadcast live in the UAE and across the Middle East and North Africa on beIN SPORTS, The Sports Channel, and NBA League Pass - the league’s premium live game subscription service.

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NBA and DCT partnership

The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2022 are part of a groundbreaking multi-year partnership between the NBA and DCT Abu Dhabi. The partnership also includes a variety of interactive fan events featuring appearances by current and former NBA players, a series of NBA FIT Clinics promoting health and wellness, and an NBA 2K League exhibition event at Middle East Film & Comic Con.

The partnership also sees DCT Abu Dhabi, under “Visit Abu Dhabi”, the tourism promotion initiative of the UAE’s capital city, serve as the Official Tourism Destination Partner of the NBA in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and China.

Fan events

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Abu Dhabi welcomes you

Leader in hosting world-class sporting events

Abu Dhabi has consistently demonstrated its capabilities in hosting world-class sporting events. Pioneering initiatives such as DCT Abu Dhabi’s “Go Safe Certification” highlight the city’s unwavering commitment to the community and visitors’ health and safety, while enabling it to continue to hold the best of live sporting events. Explore more about Abu Dhabi here.

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